Badolato in the snow
We've got a winter theme going for this round-up! Here's a set of photos by my friend Michelle in Calabria of her town covered in snow.
A Snowy Night in the Neighborhood
I love seeing photos of Venice, & especially Venice when it's underneath a light layer of snow. Just beautiful…
NEVE A ISCHIA DOPO MOLTI ANNI 16-12-2010
It's so cold & snowy in southern Italy right now, that it even snowed on the island of Ischia, off the coast near Naples. I love this video as much for the voices captured as for the delicate snowfall… (via @NapoliUnplugged on Twitter)
Blogging friend Jessica Stewart visited the Sancta Sanctorum in Rome for the first time recently, having lived in Rome for years. This is the former private chapel of the Pope before they moved to the Vatican, and the photo she posted is just gorgeous. You don't have to be a photo blogger or Rome resident to go – you just need to book a visit in advance! (via @MyMelange on Twitter)
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Florence from Brunelleschi’s Dome
Iconic pictures of Florence always include the famous Duomo's dome – but what does the city look from *inside* the dome? This picture shows you. (via @MyMelange on Twitter)
Berlin overtakes Rome in tourist popularity rankings
It's not clear where these numbers are coming from, so I'm writing this with one eyebrow raised, but apparently Berlin sold more hotel stays in 2010 than Rome – the first time the German capital has outpaced the Italian capital in that category.
Dome of the Pantheon
Simply beautiful image of the Pantheon's domed roof; it's my favorite building in Rome, and this just makes it more so. The light is spectacular. (via @MadelineJ on Twitter)
Rome to tax tourists instead of locals
A new hotel tax in Rome will add roughly $4 per person per night to your hotel bill. If you stay in cheaper properties, the tax is lower (the $4 estimate is for 4- and 5-star properties). The tax goes into effect on 1 January 2011, and is in addition to the existing hotel taxes. (via @MyMelange on Twitter)
The Berlusconi Effect
This is a great article by my friend Alex at Blog from Italy; there are so many lines worth quoting, it's hard to pick just one. So here are two: "Yesterday’s victory, albeit very slim, clearly demonstrated how deeply Berlusconi’s talons reach into the flesh of Italian politics and society." and "The only thing which can save Italy now is a miracle, and new blood in Italian politics. Is this going to happen? No way – the vulture has too many friends." Read the whole thing, it's well worth your time.
Assange rocks Rolling Stone
Nevermind that it's not even clear whether he plays an instrument – the Italian version of Rolling Stone has named WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, their "Rock Star of the Year." (via @michellefabio on Twitter)