Santa Maria della Salute, Venice, Italy
I'll take one ticket to Venice, please. No, one-way will do nicely. *sigh*
Smooth, flavorful gelato may be Italy’s greatest attraction
There's a recipe for fruit gelato at the bottom of this article that I'm curious about trying… I still think my strawberry gelato is damned good without using mascarpone, but I'm sure adding the cheese makes the consistency even more voluptuous. (from @michellefabio on Twitter)
Win a Bag of Café Orzo: The Italian Caffeine-Free Alternative to Coffee
My friend Michelle talks about this barley-based coffee alternative found in Italian bars and – because she's super generous – she's giving away a couple bags of the stuff to lucky readers in the US. Comment by July 25th for a chance to win.
An Italian Beauty Without Foreign Suitors
Oh, dear. If people who love Lerici like it because it's beautiful and quiet – as opposed to the beautiful and overrun Cinque Terre nearby – they might want to prepare for an onslaught. The New York Times just asked, "How is it that Lerici, an undeniably beautiful seaside town just minutes from the Cinque Terre on the Italian Riviera, has largely evaded the radar of foreign tourists?"
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George Clooney faces hordes before testifying at Milan fraud trial
The route into a courtroom in Milan might have felt a bit like the red carpet recently as George Clooney testified in a fraud trial against three people who are accused of using Clooney's name and likeness (without his consent) in order to sell their clothing line.
Take a dump in a masterpiece: In Italy even the porta-potties are art
Oh my – porta-potties covered with iconic images of Italian art? Yes, please. (I still think I'll admire them from afar and look for a toilet at an AutoGrill instead, but at least these are prettier than the usual industrial blue.) (from @casinadirosa on Twitter)
Phototour – Venice at Carnevale
You know how much I love Venice… I'm always happy to hear about someone else who loves the city as well, especially when she's at her cold and foggy best. This set of photos (scroll down for the whole gallery) is just dreamy.
Maldini indictment sought in tax case
Tax evasion is quite common in Italy, and this new case involving soccer legend Paolo Maldini isn't the first time a celebrity has been accused of trying to dodge the country's tax laws. As Italy attempts to crack down on tax evasion (again), it'll be interesting to see how this case pans out.
Eat Pray Love Contest from Cost Plus World Market
Cost Plus World Market is running a contest to coincide with the release of the new movie, "Eat Pray Love" – you can win a trip for two to one of the three countries featured in the film, including Italy. (from @italofileblog on Twitter)
Vatican makes attempted ordination of women a grave crime
Oh, dear me, Vatican. Really? Ordination of women is on par with sex abuse of minors now? For shame. (from @AlexBerger on Twitter)