Italy News: 05.17.09

Some news from Italy for your Sunday reading pleasure:


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    • I’m not a fan of creepy stuff in general, but for some odd reason I love bone churches – and there are several in Italy. You can read about a few of the Italian ones, plus several others, in my BootsnAll article, “9 of the Strangest Bone Churches in Europe.” Oh, and I’ve added another one to my must-see list since writing that article, too, now that James Martin sent me the link to this church in Umbria with mummies in it.






    • As any language learner knows, the when you make a big mistake you’re not likely to screw up the same way again. Cherrye’s taking Italian classes in Calabria right now, and if you read this post you’ll understand why she’ll always remember the Italian word for “roof.”






    • Italy writer & fellow blogger Angela Nickerson has a free ebook called “Rome’s Angels & Demons: the Insider’s Guide” which you can download from her blog. And if you’re on Twitter, you can enter to win a collection of cool Rome-related prizes, too. Check out all the details here.





    • The American art student who was being questioned about the death of an Italian man in Florence has confessed to the murder. The word is that the student has “psychological problems and had consumed drugs and alcohol” before he killed the 62-year-old man.




    • A recent poll suggests that Berlusconi’s divorce, paired with the fact that he’s spending an inordinate amount of time aroung an 18-year-old aspiring model and giving her lavish gifts, is making his approval rating go down.









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