We No Speak Americano ft. Cleary & Harding
Italians are famous for "talking" with their hands – so while this isn't an Italian video, it is a fun "dance" for the hands, set to an updated version of "Tu Vuo Fa l'Americano." Enjoy! (via @ItalyinAmerica on Twitter)
Travel Sweepstakes and Contests at Tablet Hotels
Tablet Hotels has a delightful travel giveaway going right now – one lucky person will win 5 nights at the Capo d'Africa hotel in Rome, plus $1500 toward a "curated culinary experience" in the city. (via @italofileblog on Twitter)
Episode 52: Tuscan Sun Festival with Alberto Alfonso and Edward Mayes
In the newest Eye on Italy podcast, we got to hear about the creative process and the influence of Tuscany & the Italian people on the art created by Alberto Alfonso & Edward Mayes. It was fun listening to them talk about how much they love Italy!
Judge a Gelateria in 7 Easy Steps
Blogging friend (and foodie extraordinaire) has some valuable advice for spotting the kind of gelato you want to stay away from – take notes.
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A Sweet Sip of Italy
This is a lovely profile of the famous Caffe Al Bicerin in Turin, where many say the equally famous bicerin coffee/chocolate drink originated. I didn't know the cafe has been owned and run by women since the 1800s! Very cool… (via @italofileblog on Twitter)
Austerity Measures for Italy, Finally
Blogging friend Alex in Milan has (once again) put Italian political issues into language even I can follow. This time, he's talking about the recently-rushed-through-Parliament austerity measures, including the impact (or lack thereof) that they may have on the politicians themselves.
Mediterranean Islands: 6 Destinations Not to Miss
All of these islands sound lovely, but it's worth noting that HALF of them are Italian! Salina, Stromboli, & Pantelleria all make the cut here.
“Va Pensiero” video (a message to Berlusconi)
This is really a moving video, & I (like the person who posted it) encourage you to watch the whole thing. It's from a March 12 performance of "Nabucco" in Rome (which Berlusconi attended) when the conductor gave a small speech after "Va Pensiero" – looking straight at Berlusconi – and invited the audience to sing along in an encore performance. The person who posted the video wrote a great description of the event, and has kindly posted a translation of the conductor's speech (there's a link near the bottom), so be sure to read that, too, if your Italian is as bad as mine. (via wallofdis.tumblr.com)
Mediterraneans Abandon Their Famous Diet
Seems the Mediterranean diet is actually getting to be more expensive – even in the Mediterranean – and that younger generations are opting for cheaper (read: less healthy) alternatives. (via @italofileblog on Twitter)
10 best bars in Rome
I love the variety of styles here, from hip modern-looking places to the city's oldest wine bar. There's something for everyone here. (via @italofileblog & @romeparents on Twitter)