Italy Travel News 09/10/2010

  • In Milan, a Family Finds Solace, and Space, in Center of City

    I am speechless – dumbfounded that a nearly 3,000-square-foot apartment exists in Milan, and yet the poor woman who owns it still doesn’t have room for a home office that’s something other than a hall closet. (via @ItaliaNEWS on Twitter)

  • Venice unveils part of Doge’s Palace facade

    Venice's Doge's Palace has been undergoing renovation work since 2008, and they're not done, but part of the covering that's been hiding the work has come down. The work should continue through 2011.

  • Coliseum on Fire

    Wow – this looks like quite an art installation… Video screens in the arched opening of the Colosseum will make it look like there's a huge fire raging inside. It'll only be up September 17-19, so if you're in Rome that weekend be sure to swing by (go at night when it's sure to look even cooler – or is that hotter?). I can only imagine how many freaked out people will be calling Rome's fire department that weekend… (via @ContextItaly on Twitter)

  • Cinque Terre in Days Past

    I love this post – a couple vignettes about the Cinque Terre from 30 years ago, long before it was the tourist-overrun area it is today.



  • No Baggage Challenge, contest #2: Explore your own town

    The new reader challenge is up at the No Baggage Challenge site, and this time it's about exploring your own town. Post a picture of where you live & you could win a prize package of books & travel clothing.

  • Naomi Campbell to buy house in Venice

    Oh, dear, I hope this isn't true. If it is, anyone who signs up to be the housekeeper or whatever for Campbell should arrive at work wearing a hockey facemask at all times. That woman is kuh-RAY-zee. (via @ItaliaNEWS on Twitter)

  • Driving around Tuscany with a GPS

    Here's a guest post I wrote recently for Adriana on the Around Tuscany blog about why I think having a GPS unit in a car makes driving in Tuscany infinitely more enjoyable.

  • Episode 16: Celebrating voga, Eataly, and prosciutto


    The Eye On Italy podcast is back! This week we chatted with Nan McElroy about the voga alla veneta, the traditional rowing style of Venice.

  • The Historical Regatta of Venice in pictures

    Venice's "Regatta Storica" just happened at the beginning of September, and here's a gallery of photos from the annual event. (via @MyMelange on Twitter)

  • How I Travel: Anthony Bourdain

    Says Bourdain: "I plan to keep traveling as long as they let me. As long as I can. And when they won’t? I’m thinking Italy." This may be due in part to the fact that he's married to a woman from Sardinia, but I'll choose to believe that the rest of it is because he's learned the Italians live so damned well. Good choice, Tony.