Italy Travel News 12/26/2010

  • WWOOFing in Italy

    Even if you're not interested in volunteering at a vineyard in Tuscany like these travelers did, you'll enjoy the beautiful pictures from their Tuscan experience. Just gorgeous shots…

  • 11 Last Minute Italian Gift Ideas

    Who cares if it's past Christmas this year? These are good gift ideas for the Italy lover at any time of year.

  • Anarchists claim embassy blasts

    Italian news outlets are now reporting that an Italian anarchist group is claiming responsibility for the bombs that went off at two embassies in Rome [story linked below]. (via @legalnomads on Twitter)

  • Carabinieri travestiti da Babbo Natale incastrano un esattore del pizzo

    Why, yes, that IS an Italian policeman dressed up as Santa Claus (Babbo Natale) in a sting arrest on a suspected mafia member! (via @newsfromitaly & @nico_mar on Twitter)



  • Bombs explode at Switzerland and Chile embassies in Italy

    Bombs have gone off at both the Swiss & Chilean embassies in Rome – a Swiss official was injured opening the package the bomb arrived in. This is after a pipe bomb was found in Rome a few days ago (& diffused). (via @newsfromitaly on Twitter)

  • Transfer News and Rumors

    The whole "Cassano to AC Milan" thing isn't the only transfer story of the January window, but it's one of the biggies. Find out about all the transfer rumors and confirmations – both for Italy's Serie A and elsewhere – on this one handy page.

  • Q&A with An Irreverent Curiosity Author David Farley

    You've probably heard me talk about how great David Farley's "An Irreverent Curiosity" is, but in case you haven't read it (or you've missed my praise in the past) here's another chance to read about it. Farley talked to blogging pal Robin about the book, & one lucky reader will get their very own copy. Comment by 11:59pm EST on Weds. Dec. 29, 2010 to win!

  • Episode 28: “The Berlusconi Effect” with Alex Roe


    We brought Alex Roe back to talk politics on the Eye on Italy podcast in light of the recent confidence vote, the subsequent protests that turned violent, and what comes next for Italy's government.

  • Did Berlusconi Create Italy or Did Italy Create Berlusconi?

    This is the question Alex was proposing when he chatted with us on the podcast, and he managed to put together this blog post very quickly. It's a good read, & I agree with his answer.

  • In Memory of a Legend – Enzo Bearzot

    The coach who led Italy to its 1982 World Cup has died at the age of 83 in Milan.

  • Let’s dance – Balla con la Roma!

    Four members of the Roma football team appeared on an Italian show called "Let's Dance," performing "YMCA." It's all kinds of adorable, especially because one of the dancers/players is the everso delicious Marco Borriello. (via @ItalianMeetup on Twitter)