Italy Travel News 08/24/2010

  • Italian court throws out topless sunbathing complaint

    A mother of two boys, aged 12 and 14, claimed that the sight of a topless large-breasted woman applying suntan lotion at a beach near Rome "troubled her sons." I can't help but think the boys would have used a different word there. (via @michellefabio on Twitter)

  • Jailed Mobsters Sent Messages Via Italian Soccer Show

    A soccer TV program in Italy that broadcasts text messages viewers send in along a ticker at the bottom of the screen was apparently broadcasting coded messages sent by Mafia members to be read by jailed mobsters. Oopsie! (via @michellefabio on Twitter)

  • Best Places to Find Etruscan Ruins in Italy

    Ancient Italy is about more than Roman ruins – depending on where you are in the country, you can also explore Greek ruins and Etruscan ruins. This piece talks about some of the best places to see Etruscan ruins.

  • Book Review & Giveaway: Palermo by Roberto Alajmo

    This book about Palermo sounds wonderful (it's going on my to-read list), and blogging/podcasting pal Michelle at Bleeding Espresso not only provides a nice review of the book but also an opportunity to win it as well.



  • Perugia: a girl’s guide to the best shops, hotels and restaurants

    If you're planning a visit to the Umbrian capital city of Perugia, here's a guide from the UK's Telegraph – it's one woman's perspective on the best the city has to offer. (via @MyMelange on Twitter)

  • WhyGo Italy Tumblr

    Are you a Tumblr fan? Did you know that WhyGo Italy has a Tumblr? If you're on Tumblr and want to subscribe, you'll get links to all the stories published on the WhyGo Italy site as well as other Italy goodies I find out there on the interwebz (and other Tumblrs). It's yet another portal to all the WhyGo Italy you can handle in your life.

  • Naples Orientation Walking Tour: Naples Welcome Kit

    I *love* this idea – not just a Context Travel walking tour of Naples, but a PDF with restaurant recommendations & visitor's tips as well. How incredibly cool…

  • Italy seeks to expel Roma without housing, income

    Although the European Commission has denied Italy the ability to do this in the past, the Italian government will once again seek permission to expel citizens of other EU countries who "live solely off state benefits." (via @ItaliaNEWS on Twitter)

  • Thousands Join Italian Self-Punishment Rite

    Sunday was the final day of an event that only occurs every seven years in the southern Italian town of Guardia Sanframondi. To mark the discovery of a Madonna & Child statue in a field hundreds of years ago, thousands of men parade through the streets whipping their own backs with a "scourge" or beating their own chests with a pin-covered "sponge." I can't quite see the connection between finding a statue and self-flagellation, but I may just be missing something. At any rate, if you're curious about the strange rite, you'll need to wait another seven years to see it again.

  • Travel with Rick Steves: Program #217, Michelangelo’s Rome

    My Italy blogging pal Angela Nickerson was a guest on Rick Steves' radio show recently talking about her book "A Journey into Michelangelo's Rome." You can listen to the whole show here.

  • How to Grocery Shop in Italy

    This article has great tips if you're planning to do any food shopping in Italy – including Italian translations for some of the foodstuffs you might buy or be looking for.