Secret Hotels of Italy: Piedmont
The introduction to this article makes slow travel in Italy sound awesome in a general sense, and then the article zeroes in on Piedmont as one of the best regions in which to experience "the slow lane" easily – pretty much because that's the main option. (via @katieparla & @davidfarley on Twitter)
Five spectacular once-a-year Italy events
Are you hoping to plan your Italy trip so that it coincides with a special event? Italy travel consultant Madeline suggests these 5 as great options.
Vandal Arrested for Attacking Two Roman Fountains
A fountain in the Piazza Navona was damaged (thankfully, it's a copy of the original) when a man knocked two marble pieces off by repeatedly hitting them with a rock. A Roman man has been arrested for the crime. Scroll to the bottom of the story linked here for security camera footage of the vandalism taking place.
It’s Always Gelato-O’Clock in Italy
As a gelato fan myself, I was – naturally – pleased to have so many gelato photos to scroll through in this post. I'm more than a bit horrified that some shop in Florence charged Shannon something like 9euro for a cup of gelato, however. That's criminal!
Italians launch general strike against austerity
Travelers in Italy were faced with transportation stoppages on September 6th as Italian workers in several sectors – including air, train, and bus travel – went on a day-long strike to protest the country's proposed austerity measures.
Italian town Filettino declares independence
A town outside Rome, facing the requirement to 'merge' with another nearby town as part of Italy's proposed austerity measures, has declared independence. What's more, they've already printed their own money – with the mayor's face on all the bills. (via @jonreid1 on Twitter)
Baby Born Aboard Alitalia Flight
Halfway through a flight from Milan to Paris, a French woman started going into labor. Thankfully, the "plane landed just in time" for a waiting team of doctors to board the flight and help with the delivery.
Berlusconi vows to leave ‘shitty’ Italy in conversation recorded by police
Apparently back in July Berlusconi was annoyed enough after the arrests of a couple associates that he said Italy was a "shitty country" anyway and he was going to leave. Oh, if only he'd kept that promise… And really, there's still time, Silvio – you can still go…
L’Andana Hotel in Tuscany
A Tuscan palazzo with estate-pressed olive oil in the mini bar? Umm, yes, please. (And seriously, the photos? I can't get over the PHOTOS.)
Treviso: City of Radicchio
My latest guest post for Under the Tuscan Gun is about the famous radicchio they make in Treviso. Yes, I said "make" – this leafy purple vegetable takes way more than just growing and picking to become Radicchio di Treviso.