Italy Travel News 06/21/2010

  • Italy of yore

    These photochromes of Italy from 1890-1900 were just uploaded to Flickr by the Library of Congress, & they're simply lovely to look at.

  • Some businesses stop for World Cup play

    The fact that some businesses come to a grinding halt during the World Cup isn't surprising, but I loved how Fiat gets as many as 500 doctor's notes on game days.

  • High hopes for Italian rooftop pools

    If having a hotel in Italy with a pool isn't good enough, how about a rooftop pool? This article highlights three hotels in Italy – one in Rome, one in Florence, and one in Venice – that have rooftop pools.

  • 10 million Italians being spied upon, says Berlusconi

    There's a controversial bill in Italy that would limit wire-tapping, and this statistic is being brought up as a way to generate support for the bill. But Berlusconi's the one who's pushing the bill, which makes it suspicious to me, since I kind of think he's the one ordering most of those wire-taps to begin with.

  • Episode 9: The Malocchio Episode




    I wasn't able to be on this week's podcast, but Sara & Michelle chatted with Italian food blogger Sara Maternini – and this week's "angolo d'Italiano" is a handy one to learn if you're going to spend any time in southern Italy.

  • Petrol prices across Europe rise by up to a third

    This is good to know for anyone who's thinking of renting a car on a trip to Italy or elsewhere in Europe. Yes, the euro-to-dollar exchange rate is more in the dollar's favor these days, but you don't want to unexpectedly wipe out that savings with gas that's more expensive than you'd bargained for. (via @MyMelange on Twitter)

  • Video: Italian Hand Speak

    I love this video of Italians gesturing as they're talking. As Nicole points out in this post, most of the Italians she filmed don't gesture wildly like they're so often stereotypically portrayed, but rather gesture for emphasis or punctuation. And frankly, I don't think they're gesturing any more than the people I know and talk to here in the U.S. What about you?

  • Nutella at risk

    The EU is apparently contemplating a law that would effectively prohibit Nutella from being advertised at all. They want to ban ads for products that contain more than 10 grams of sugar, 4 grams of fat, & 2 mg of salt per hundred grams. This seems silly to me. If the label clearly states what's in the product, why bother with a ban?

  • The Complete Football Foodie World Cup Voting Guide

    Okay, this is only tangentially related to Italy, but it's too cute not to share. Someone has created a table of the 8 World Cup groups where each country is represented by an iconic food item from that country. (Italy is pizza.) If you click through, I think you can vote for the best food, so it's a sorta World Cup of food or something. It's very clever, & it's making me hungry. I'll have one of everything, please.

  • Rome Pizza Showdown: Callegari vs Bonci

    Katie Parla is a foodie I trust, so I'm making note of the two Rome pizza places in this article that she recommends.

  • Eminent Italian ex-priest to stand trial for abuse

    A former Catholic priest in Italy has been ordered to stand trial on sex abuse charges at a drug rehab center he once ran.

  • Why So Much Cash Is Used In Italy… And It Is A Good Thing

    Interesting article about the reasons why Italy is traditionally more of a cash-based society and why that's a good thing. For travelers, it can be frustrating when restaurants and shops don't take credit cards, but knowing in advance that might be an issue – and, as this article points out, why it's done – should help you be prepared for it. (via @michellefabio on Twitter)