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Some Italian news and tidbits for your Sunday reading: The new seven wonders of the world have been announced, and Italy’s entry – the Colosseum in Rome – made the final cut. Touring in Campania without a car? You can borrow a bike for free. Don’t be afraid to order […]

Italian News Snippets: 07.15.07


A woman took a dip recently – naked – in Rome’s Trevi Fountain. Her defense? “The water belongs to everyone and it was hot. What’s wrong (with taking a dip)?” Now she’s a bit more contrite, wishing people would just forget about her. Fat chance. Italy will begin taxing lap […]

Italian News Snippets: 05.04.07


Some Italian news for your Sunday reading pleasure: Italy ranks first among international vacation destinations for U.S. travelers for the 5th year in a row. Thankfully, you don’t have to speak Italian to understand this funny little video about telling time in Italy. What’s the secret? Why, it’s all about […]

Italian News Snippets: 01.06.08



Late Sunday night just before I was shutting down my computer I read the first reports of the Italy earthquake. At the time, the bulk of the news was coming in via Twitter, and the latest information had the epicenter in L’Aquila – about 60 miles east of Rome in […]

6.3 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Italy near Rome


In January 2011, Rome introduced a new tax on accommodation, amounting to €1-3 per person per night, depending on the type of accommodation. Not to be outdone, the cities of Florence and Venice have rushed to implement similar taxes, which will take effect on July 1, 2011. >> Thanks to […]

New Hotel Taxes in Florence & Venice


Following closely in Rome’s footsteps, the city of Florence voted recently to implement a hotel tax, which took effect July 1. Although the cost of the tax itself is small in comparison to the amount you’ll spend on your whole Italy trip, it doesn’t feel good to think you’ve been […]

Florence Hotel Tax: What it Costs & How to Avoid ...