Italy Travel News 07/11/2011

  • Did you leave a comment on WhyGo Italy on June 30-July 1? If I haven’t replied, please leave your comment again!

    Just a quick note to any WhyGo Italy readers who left a comment on the site on June 30-July 1, 2011 – we were in the process of switching comments over to the new system you now see, but I wasn’t notified of comments left during that period. In other words, if you left a comment on WhyGo Italy on June 30 or July 1, please leave the comment again so I get notified and can answer the question! Without notification, it would be nearly impossible for me to find new comments left on older posts. Thanks so much!

  • Roman-era shipwreck reveals ancient medical secrets

    A shipwreck discovered off the coast of Tuscany and that dates back to 130 BCE included some incredibly well-preserved medicines. Scientists found pills that were still intact, since they were in still-sealed containers, that were made of ground-up vegetables, herbs, and plants. The ship was found in the 1970s, and the pills in 1989, but the identification of what was in the pills had to wait for more modern DNA sequencing. (via @leifpettersen & @hackneye on Twitter)

  • Like the Sistine Chapel? You’ll Love These

    Just as there's more than one leaning tower in Italy, the Sistine Chapel isn't the only beautifully-painted ceiling. This blog post features four other stunning chapels in Italy with gorgeous frescoes.

  • Italy’s most popular politician (he’s not Berlusconi)

    If only Italy's well-liked president, Napolitano, was more than a figurehead in the government…

  • See the Shirt John Paul II Wore On Day He Was Shot




    There's a new relic on display in a convent in Rome – the blood-stained shirt doctors cut from Pope John Paul II's body after he was shot in 1981.

  • foursquare :: lefrecce

    Hey, foursquare users who are going to be riding the rails in Italy, now you can follow Trenitalia's Frecce trains (the high-speed ones) on foursquare!

  • How Does Venice Work?

    The company that essentially maintains the city of Venice has launched a website called "Venice Backstage" that gives a behind-the-scenes look at how the city's works work. It's in English as well as Italian, and there are great diagrams and illustrations as well as videos – like the one featured in this post, called "How Does Venice Work?"

  • Italian court convicts nine in Nazi massacres

    From the story: "Italian news reports say a military court in Verona has convicted nine former Nazi soldiers in the deaths of more than 140 civilians in massacres in the Apennine mountains during the spring of 1944."

  • Historic Hadrian’s villa ‘at risk of collapse’


    It's unfortunately another story about an historic site in Italy being closed because it's not stable – and it's not stable due to lack of money, apparently. This time it's Hadrian's villa at Tivoli, near Rome. (via @WalksofItaly on Twitter)

  • Former monk convicted in Italy of raping nun

    The monk was still claiming innocence – loudly – after the verdict, shouting "shame" at the nuns in the courtroom. Oh, dear.

  • Episode 51: Judaism in Italy with Rabbi Barbara Aiello

    This conversation with Italy's first female Rabbi was fascinating to be a part of… I hope you enjoy listening as much as we enjoyed recording!

  • Venice ‘risks losing its soul due to mass tourism’

    Honestly, the idea that Venice would cap its daily influx of visitors isn't – in my opinion – a bad idea. The Grand Canyon has a strict limit on the number of rafting permits it lets out each year. But the notion that they'd court high-spending visitors is troubling. Sure, more money is good for the city, but it shouldn't be turned into a playground for only the wealthy. (via @italofileblog on Twitter)