Italy Travel News 04/13/2010

  • Italy winemakers eye tweet sales with social mediaFrom the article: “Italian winemakers, usually wedded to centuries-old traditions, are slowly embracing Twitter, blogging and Facebook to boost sales that have been hit by the global economic crisis.”
  • Fiberglass gondola idea dead in the waterA businessman in Italy wants to change city laws in Venice so that his company can supply gondoliers with gondolas made of fiberglass (current law requires certain building materials, colors, etc.). As you might imagine, gondoliers in the city are furious and very much against the proposal.
  • A year after Italy’s earthquake, residents rebuild on their ownIt’s been a year since the devastating earthquake in L’Aquila; this lovely article says that despite some initial rebuilding activity immediately after the quake it now seems like rebuilding the town’s vital center will be left to the residents – because they’re no longer willing to wait on someone else to do it.
  • How to Make Home-Made WineI’m not planning to make my own wine, but it’s really fun to read about it – Vince Scordo & his family make their own wine every year.
  • SAID…A place in Rome for lovers of chocolateBlogging pal Arlene talks about a trip to a chocolate shop in Rome that sounds like it’s worth seeking out.
  • Home Food: Italian Cooking at its BestHere’s the link to my April 2007 article about Home Food. I attended a Home Food dinner in Milan in November 2007, and it remains one of my fondest memories from Italy.
  • Through Home Food, Being a Guest for Meals at Italian HomesNY Times’ Frugal Traveler Matt Gross writes about the Home Food experience in Italy. I’m glad it’s getting more publicity, but I’m still amazed at how many people still don’t know about it. This NYT article appeared in April 2010 – I wrote about it in April 2007 ( after reading about it in a food magazine.
  • Prostitutes sign confuses motoristsHilarious. A road sign near Treviso in northern Italy says “Attenzione Prostitute” under a drawing of a large-breasted woman. Locals are laughing, not sure whether it’s indicating a “prostitute crossing zone” or an area where you can pick up a prostitute. (via @thetuscangun on Twitter)
  • Landslide derails train in Italy leaving nine deadSad news – train derailment near Merano (close to Austrian border) causes at least 9 deaths & 30 injuries (at least as of this moment). (via @AlexBerger on Twitter)
  • Rivals too hot for Italy’s classic coffee potIs George Clooney killing the traditional Bialetti mokapot with his adorable-ness? Some Italian newspapers are citing the success of the ad campaign featuring Clooney for a rival coffee maker being responsible for Bialetti closing up its Italian shop & moving production to Eastern Europe.
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