Italy Travel News 10/26/2010


  • 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. 🙂

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  • 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)