Student protests turn violent in Rome
Reports of more student protests in Italy – this time in the country's capital, and this time they got violent. (via @gmcguireinrome on Twitter)
Another building collapses at ancient Pompeii site
Very sad news from Pompeii today – it seems that another structure has collapsed at the ancient site after heavy rains. This one is apparently a garden wall and first reports say it didn't contain any frescoes, but of course that's small consolation. Italy's culture minister ignored calls for his resignation after the House of the Gladiators collapsed earlier this month, and he remains adamant that he hasn't neglected Pompeii. (via @newsfromitaly on Twitter)
Italy Could Be Next in Debt Crisis
A Goldman Sachs chairman says he thinks Italy has the potential to be the next European country in a debt crisis requiring a bailout similar to the one Ireland received. (via @newsfromitaly on Twitter)
Italy official rules out extra budget correction
Despite reports like the one linked above, Italy's treasury under-secretary says Italy is "not among the countries at risk" for financial ruin. I don't know about you, but I'm not sure I believe him. (via @newsfromitaly on Twitter)
Italian handyman killed non-paying clients
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A handyman near the Sicilian town of Siracusa is accused of shooting 8 people to death – all of whom evidently hadn't paid him for work he'd done.
Venice Now; Minus the Crowds
There's a "Venice in Winter" theme apparently going around the interwebz today, as I've found a few posts on the subject. This one provides several tips about what to do during a cold-weather trip to the canal city, & it's doing nothing to quiet the longing I ALWAYS HAVE to be in Venice. At all times. *sigh*
GAM GAM Kosher Restaurant in Venice
Did you know the origin of the "Jewish ghetto" is Venice? There's still a Jewish section of the city (and tours you can take of the Jewish sites), but evidently there's only one restaurant left in the city that's Kosher – although it's worth noting that they do deliver. (via @italofileblog on Twitter)
Enjoying Winter’s Chill in Venice: Photo Slideshow
Is Venice cold during the winter? Absolutely – bone-chillingly so at times, what with the dampness & the fog. But is it also hauntingly beautiful then? Not to mention far cheaper and less crowded? Yeah. I'll take a wintertime visit to Venice, I'll just bring a heavier coat. (via @MyMelange on Twitter)
Students Storm St. Mark’s Basilica
In the last news update, you read about an Italian researcher & teacher who was saddened by education cuts in Italy. Those same cuts have led to student protests in several Italian cities – including the one covered here, in Venice. (via @MyMelange on Twitter)
Episode 24: Researching your Italian Genealogy and Ancestry
Researching your Italian heritage in Italy can be a daunting task if you don't speak the language and your Italian-born relatives are either no longer alive or not exactly forthcoming with details. On episode 24 of the Eye On Italy podcast, Sara and Michelle (I was traveling that week!) talked to Peter Farina of italyMONDO about researching Italian ancestry. He offered handy tips, and there's even a special discount on italyMONDO services for Eye On Italy listeners.
Episode 25: Playing Baseball in Italy
In episode 25, we chatted with an American expat who has lived in Italy since 2004 – playing professional baseball! Didn't know Italy played America's favorite pastime? Well, it's not as common as soccer, but it's there. We had a great time talking with Mark Langone about baseball in Italy.
Italy’s Brewers Blend Wine & Beer Techniques
How interesting… Italian craft beer producers are experimenting with using grapes in the beer-making process. What do you think, beer lovers?