Italy Travel News 04/23/2010


  • Weird Food From ItalyThere’s plenty of odd food to be found in Italy – it’s certainly not all pizza and pasta! Here are some of Italy’s stranger culinary offerings.
  • Italy’s economy to grow by 0.5 percentSome stories – like this one – seem to be indicating that Italy’s economy is growing (however slowly) this year… (continued below)
  • Italy Joblessness to Reach 11% by 2012…while other stories – like this one – bring up Italy’s rising unemployment rate and talk about “the worst recession since World War II.”
  • Driving Italy’s Ligurian CoastI don’t think it’s true that “only Italians” have discovered the coastline of Liguria, but there are parts of the coast that are certainly far less popular than – for instance – the Amalfi Coast.
  • The priest sex abuse scandal is closing in on the popeThis is an interesting opinion piece – it’s what one journalist (who also happens to be Catholic) thinks the Pope ought to be doing instead of hiding from the latest scandals.
  • Photographing Italy: the VaticanThe equipment the photographer talks about in this article may not be in every traveler’s camera bag, but there are still some good tips in here about how to capture good photographs at the Vatican. (via @MyMelange on Twitter)
  • Designer Outlets in ItalyThis article was totally on my to-do list, so thank goodness Melanie at Italofile did it first so I can just link to it! Italian designer outlets aren’t always very easy to find or reach without a car, but if you’re a die-hard shopper you’ll find a way, I’m sure.
  • Florence’s Vasari Corridor Re-OpensY’know that private walkway connecting the Uffizi Gallery with the Pitti Palace in Florence? The one that goes over the Ponte Vecchio, one level up from the sidewalk? It’s been closed for quite awhile, but you can once again reserve a spot on a tour to walk the famous corridor yourself through July 7, 2010. (via @italofileblog on Twitter)
  • Appian Way in RomeAll roads don’t REALLY lead to Rome, but the Appian Way – or Via Appia – is easily the most famous Roman road. Taking a (virtual) stroll down this road is a walk through time. (And don’t miss part 2 of the article, linked at the bottom.) (via @MyMelange on Twitter)
  • Food Shopping at the┬áIpercoop in ItalyYes, Italy has big supermarkets. James of Wandering Italy talks about what you can find in them, and why they’re different from big American supermarkets.

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