European Patrimony Days in Italy
Are you in Italy this weekend? My friends at Context Travel have reminded everyone that September 25-26 are European Patrimony Days in Italy and all state museums are free of charge.
The Michelangelo Art Trail in Italy
There are plenty of places to see Michelangelo's works besides Rome and Florence, and this list provides a few of them.
Italian police find smuggled explosives
Seven tons of high explosives were found being smuggled in a shipping container when it was searched in a southern Italian port. (via @ItaliaNEWS on Twitter)
Florence: A guide to the city’s bar scene
Here's a handy little guide to Florence's bar scene, if you want to skip the pub crawl (please) and head right for a watering hole that suits your style. (via @TravelOTC on Twitter)
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Vatican: Bank probe due to misunderstanding
Oh, those pesky money laundering investigations – always due to a "misunderstanding," aren't they? (via @ItaliaNEWS on Twitter)
The Jeans Master
A newly-restored painting from the 17th century is lending credibility to the theory that the fabric known as denim originated in Italy rather than France as previously believed.
Italy bans the plastic water bottle along heritage coastline
I love this! The Cinque Terre has banned the use of plastic water bottles "amid fears that the area is being 'buried in rubbish.'" Bring a reusable water bottle for your Cinque Terre hike. (via @MyMelange)
Eurochocolate – have your chocolate and eat it too!
Perugia's famous chocolate festival, Eurochocolate, is coming up in October. Will you be there?
Tickets to Rome
For some reason, the fares into Milan and Venice have come down more quickly than the fares into Rome after the summer high season – but the prices on tickets to Rome are starting to come down now, finally…
Wet in Venice: an unexpected gift in Italy
This is a very sweet story of a personal connection made in Venice, but I can't help but feel sad that the author didn't love the city…