Crybaby: The Expat Tantrum
Although this could be about an expat experience anywhere in the world, it happens that Rebecca lives in Italy. Either way, it's painfully honest and beautifully written.
Life In These Here Hills
This is a beautiful story about one young expat's attempts to find people her own age to hang out with in her adopted Italian home – and thereby avoid being set up with middle-aged Italian men by her neighbor.
Italian women face 500 euro fine for wearing miniskirts
A conservative mayor in a town near Naples wants to "restore urban decorum" by banning mini-skirts, low-cut jeans, & swearing in public – among other things. (via @JCreatureTravel on Twitter)
Napoli intersection shows Italian drivers are nuts
A friend sent me these videos, saying it was this kind of traffic that scared him half to death in Naples. I'm in Naples now, & yes – this is how the roads look. Same thing in Palermo. But I don't think this is an example of bad driving at all. If these drivers were bad, people would be getting hit. Cars/scooters would crash into one another. I think this just proves Italians are the most gifted drivers anywhere. 🙂
Napoli Ultras went hunting Liverpool fans, say police
When hooligans make the front pages, it's sad news for soccer fans everywhere. Apparently the night before the Napoli-Liverpool game in Naples, the Napoli "ultras" (the hard-core fans) went out looking for Liverpool supporters in town, & a couple Liverpool fans were stabbed and had to be taken to the hospital.
You Know You’re a Milan Insider When…
Ignore the list at the top of this article, because it's ridiculous, but scroll below to find lots of fun recommendations from long-time Milan residents about where to get great coffee, where to see art, etc. (via @Moscerina on Twitter)
Italy to combat prostitution by cutting trees
Good grief… This is *so* one of those "only in Italy" stories that I'm kind of at a loss for what else to say. Especially since I caught wind of it from @onlyinitaly on Twitter…
Extremely tiny apartment in Rome
Umm, no. This is just … so … WRONG. (via @PortlandBologna on Twitter)
Beauty and the Inferno by Roberto Saviano – Review
This book is a follow-up to "Gomorrah," about Saviano's life since the Camorra issued a death sentence on him. (via @michellefabio on Twitter)
Arrivederci, Italia: Why Young Italians Are Leaving
Interesting article about the sad state of affairs that is the 'brain drain' in Italy. (via @italyfrominside on Twitter)