Stuck at Rome’s FCO for the Holidays? Love it!
I don't know that it's possible to really love getting stuck at an airport – at the holidays or any time – but Erica at Nile Guide offers some great tips on how to spend a long layover at Rome's big Fiumicino Airport.
Secrets of Rome revealed
These may not be bona fide secrets, but they're proof that there's plenty to see and do in Rome beyond where most of the tourists go. Add a few of these spots to your to-do list and you'll escape the crowds, even in the high season. (via @TravelOTC on Twitter)
Affordable, Romantic Day Trip in Tuscany, Italy
Who would have thought that hiring a private guide for a personal tour of the Chianti region would make the trip more affordable? According to this traveler, that's what made the difference.
Episode 22: Women in Italy
In the latest Eye On Italy podcast, we talked about a few racy topics – including the latest underage-girl-scandal involving Berlusconi and a court ruling that would mean 3-year jail sentences to anyone caught having sex in a car. We also chatted with Susan Van Allen, the author of "100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go."
“I was paid to have sex with the Prime Minister”
Yet another escort has come forward claiming she was paid to have sex with Berlusconi (and some of his colleagues). At least this one's not underage. (via @newsfromitaly on Twitter; translated article from La Repubblica online)
Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi: Liking girls ‘better than being gay’
Oh, fergodsake, Silvio. Is there no end to your penchant for saying whatever pops into your head, however stupid it is? Evidently not.
My favorite fallacies
This is a great list of common Italian food myths – and the truths that should replace them – from Eleonora Baldwin. (via @michellefabio on Twitter)
Tips for Helping Your Kids Learn Italian
These tips from Cherrye at My Bella Vita about helping kids learn Italian are tips that work with adults too!
36 Hours in Venice
The "36 hours in" series from the New York Times finally comes to Venice – and while I might quibble with some of the things they left off their list (St. Mark's Basilica? Hello?), it's not a bad reference if you're looking for things to do in Venice that aren't on every other tourist's to-do list. Well, except now they might be, since they're in the NY Times.
Key political risks to watch in Italy
This is a good overview of some of the political stories brewing in Italy right now – handy since Italian politics/government is not exactly easy to keep up with. (via @newsfromitaly on Twitter)