The Surprising 2011 Summer Fashion Trends in Italy
This photo-laden report from my friend Margo's recent trip through Italy is a fun look at what people are wearing in Italy this summer.
Berlusconi rejects debt crisis despite market upheaval
In a televised speech on August 3rd, Berlusconi seemed to be living in la-la-land as he proclaimed the Italian economy to be "strong."
Massive Crowds And Crumbling Monuments, Has Venice Reached A Breaking Point?
Venice has been in the news quite a bit lately as the tourist burden increases at what seems like an exponential pace. Apparently last week the island's only parking lot got full – so police had to close the city to any more incoming cars. (The city has also made the odd decision to do a bunch of work in the parking lot in the middle of summer.)
Diesel Jeans to Save Rialto Bridge
In other Venice news (alluded to in the story just above), the Rialto bridge is in serious need of repair – and the founder of Italy's Diesel Jeans has apparently agreed to foot the entire repair bill. This comes after the head of Tod's Shoes donated 25 million euro to repair Rome's Colosseum and has vowed to donte a further 8 million to fix up Milan's La Scala opera house.
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La pizza migliore di Napoli? Una app aiuta a trovarla
This iPhone app is all in Italian, but if you're a "pizzavore" like me and you're headed to Naples it's one you might want to pick up anyway. It's the "Guida alle migliori pizzerie di Napoli e dintorni," or the guide to the best pizza places in Naples and the surrounding area. And yes, it's in the US iTunes shop, too – not just the Italian one. (via @OnlyInItaly on Twitter)
Italian committee approves face veil ban bill
Following in the footsteps of France and Belgium, Italy looks well on its way to approving a nationwide ban on the full-face veil worn by many Muslim women.
Court rules sex with smelly husband rape
Okay, maybe it's just me, but I think the fact that this Italian shepherd was restraining his wife's hands and ignoring "her requests to stop" is what makes this more of a rape case than the fact he didn't shower…
For Second Year Italy is Top Choice For Vacations
According to The Harris Poll, more Americans would choose Italy as a vacation destination than any other country. This isn't where they've actually traveled, however, only where they WOULD go if they didn't have to worry about the cost. (via @michellefabio on Twitter)
Sex in car ruled a felony
Italy's highest court has just ruled that having sex in a car that's parked in a public place is now a felony. And yes, parked cars are popular places for sex to occur in Italy – when so many people live with their parents well into their 30s, where else are they going to do it?!? (via @newsfromitaly on Twitter)
Ferrari Factory Tour in Maranello, Italy
Okay, car people – click through to this slideshow to enjoy a virtual tour of the Ferrari factory in Maranello. And note, if you will, the indoor terrarium in the middle of the factory floor. Love! (via @michellefabio on Twitter)