Italy News: 01.11.09

Some news from Italy for your Sunday reading pleasure:



    • If you thought you were the only one getting overly bombarded with snow this winter, take heart – much of Europe is under unusually large amounts of snow. Northern Italy has been pummeled lately, and the bad weather has even forced delays and cancellations at airports in Milan, Bergamo and Turin. The snow has been blamed for a dozen deaths in Europe, including one man in Milan who was crushed under a collapsed canopy.






    • Finding B&Bs in Italy isn’t hard – but finding ones run by expats is a bit more challenging. Alex at Blog from Italy has started to feature the expat B&Bs in Italy he knows about, which can be a great help if you’re looking for them.




    • After hoofing it through Roman ruins or trudging through Tuscan hilltowns, a little pampering at an Italian spa sounds just about right. And when the spa uses chocolate in its massages as well as its menu, you know it’s going to be good.






    • A woman in Scotland is being extradited back to Italy after being convicted of armed robbery and counterfeiting in Milan.



    • Not yet being an expat in Italy, I find myself pining for Italian things I can’t get here in the U.S. But for folks who have been living in Italy for a long time, it’s the little things – like bacon, Pringles, and orange-colored cheddar cheese – that can really make a girl’s day.


    • The coach of Italy’s national soccer team seems to think there aren’t any gay players in the country. Besides the fact that he’s certifiable for saying that, I particularly love the reaction by the former head of the Italian gay rights organization Arcigay, who said, “I’m sorry to say that Lippi’s eyes must be covered in ham if he can state, with frankly misplaced certainty, that there are no gays in Italian soccer.”


    • A town outside Pisa made the record books last week with the longest Christmas stocking – it was a whopping 279 meters long. I’d hate to be the one who had to fill that thing with gifts.




    • I think just by retyping the title of this news story you’ll see that there’s really nothing more to be said about it: the Italian government is set to “finance clown therapy.”




    • Anyone who’s traveled has seen funny mis-translations of the local language into Italian; this one frm My Bella Vita gave me a good giggle this morning.


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