Italy Travel News 11/23/2011

Here’s a roundup of the latest news from Italy: November 11th through November 23rd:




  • Ten Italian Songs You Would Love if You Knew They Existed
    I love Italian pop music – stuff that, if it were in English, I'd probably dismiss as vapid. But in Italian, I don't care – and sometimes it actually helps with language learning. In this fun and funny post, there are 10 songs (some of which I'd never heard of) that the author contends you'd love if you knew they existed. I'm going to have them on repeat all day long, I can tell.
  • Top Things To Do On The Amalfi Coast
    When most people think of the Amalfi Coast, they probably think of their "to-do" list being empty. That said, if you're the type (like me) who just can't sit still for too long, you'll appreciate having some options. In this guest post for Pocket Village, I offer some ideas for things to do on the Amalfi Coast – and don't worry, none of them are too taxing.
  • Giro d’Italia: Be the Next Fighter
    Do you want to wear the pink jersey of the Giro d'Italia – even if you're not a cyclist? The Giro is looking for the "next fighter" – a male model between the ages of 20-35 – to star in a photoshoot promoting the 2012 race. Think you've got what it takes? Post your photo on the Giro's Facebook page before November 28th.
  • How to Order an Italian Coffee in Italy: the ebook on Amazon Kindle!
    Well, check this out! My podcast co-host Sara Rosso now has an ebook you can buy on Amazon! She wrote an excellent post on her blog years ago with tips for ordering coffee in Italy, and has expanded it into an ebook – complete with things you need to know about breakfast in Italy in general and photos of all the coffee drinks listed.
  • Eye on Italy Podcast » The Genius of a Place with Sarah Marder
    The newest episode of Eye on Italy includes an interview with Sarah Marder, who's making a documentary looking at the impact of tourism on the places we love. The film, "The Genius of a Place," focuses on the town of Cortona and features interviews with people who know and love it – including Frances Mayes. The filmmakers are currently raising money to help get the documentary to Sundance in 2013.
  • Italian scientists find beer offers same cardiovascular benefits as wine
    "Scientists with the Research Laboratories at the Fondazione di Ricerca e Cura in Italy said that drinking about two glasses of wine per day for men and one glass for women can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease – up to 31 percent less when compared to non drinkers. In new research conducted at the laboratory, the scientists said they found the same benefit from one to two pints of beer." (via @jetsettingjulie on Twitter)
  • An Archaeologist Wants The Story Of Rome’s 99%
    Rome's history is full of stories of emperors and gladiators – but most ancient Romans were neither. What were "the 99%" like back then? An archaeologist is hoping to find out, thanks to the DNA found in ancient Roman skeletons. (via @WalksofItaly on Twitter)
  • Il modo più semplice per viaggiare in Europa
    Trenitalia is offering some awesome deals on trips from Italy to other cities in Europe when you book 7-14 days in advance – including Paris from Venice for 30euro and Zurich from Milan for 19euro. These offers are good through mid-December 2011. [This page is in Italian]
  • Understanding da Vinci
    As a new exhibit on Leonardo da Vinci opens in London, CNN International's Nick Glass visits to Italy to try to understand more about the man behind the art. The video is really lovely, including the intro music! (via @WalksofItaly on Twitter)
  • Italy’s economy: That sinking feeling
    Among other things, this article points out that "The average Italian was worse off in 2010 than in 2000: GDP per head fell over the decade." Amid the depressing news, at least the picture at the top of the article is kinda cute… (via @DeirdreS on Twitter)
  • Overnight Trips to France From Italy
    If you're spending more than a few days in one of the cities that's close to the French border, it's tempting to jump over into France for a day or two – and this article offers some ideas of where to go in France from a homebase in Italy.