Italy Travel News 03/25/2010

  • Easter in ItalyWill you be in Italy for Easter? Or are you just curious how the Italians celebrate the holiday? Here’s what you need to know.
  • Capodanno Pisano: New Year’s Day on March 25Did you know that Pisa has its own New Year celebration that’s completely apart from the calendar most of the rest of us work from? Here’s some information about the Pisan New Year.
  • Lava bread, anyone? Pompeii snack bar rises from the ashes after 2,000 yearsI love archaeology stuff. So I get positively giddy when I read that they’ve unearthed a SNACK BAR in the ruins of Pompeii. What’s more? Visitors can now taste some of the things this 2,000-year-old eatery once served.
  • Visiting the Abruzzo RegionThis is a nice overview of the Abruzzo region, and includes a slideshow. (Thanks to Melanie at Italofile for pointing this out!)
  • How to Make Fresh PastaBring a little bit of Italy into your kitchen by learning to make fresh pasta. It can be time-consuming, but it’s not difficult & the results are scrumptious.
  • Design in Milan: a top 10 guideI’m making a note of a few of these spots in Milan that I’d like to check out next time I’m there – the cafe with free WiFi & good food sounds especially nice, since finding free WiFi in Italy can be tough!
  • Learn Italian: Street SlangYou know how much I like my Italian swear words… Well, if you’re interested in learning a bit more street slang, this is one way to do it. The eBook advertised here is $4.99 and says it offers more than 80 slang words & phrases. (I don’t have it, so I can’t comment on its contents.)
  • 3 budget-friendly Venice restaurants popular with the localsVenice is notorious for bad & expensive food, so this article is handy – budget restaurants that the locals actually like, too!
  • Idiot Goes Diving At the Trevi FountainNot only does this crazy person go swimming in the fountain’s pool, he climbs halfway up the sculpture and dives off. The pool, by the way, is incredibly shallow. No idea how he escaped breaking his neck. (Note that he falls on his face climbing out of the pool, however, into the waiting arms of the Roman police.)
  • Rome: A quick guide to local wines (and Italian wine classification)This isn’t a comprehensive guide to Italian wines, but it’s a nice look at some local wines you might want to look for when you’re in Rome.

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