Centuries of History and 300,000 Wheels of Cheese Destroyed in Deadly Italy Earthquake

The latest reports about the earthquake that hit Emilia-Romagna this weekend state that at least seven people were killed, 50 injured, and more than 13,000 have been displaced. The 6.0 earthquake struck early Sunday morning north of the city of Bologna in the town of Finale Emilia. According to The Guardian, the quake “wrought havoc in small towns and villages dotting the countryside between Bologna, Ferrara and Modena.” Continue reading Centuries of History and 300,000 Wheels of Cheese Destroyed in Deadly Italy Earthquake

Free Airfare to Italy with Perillo Tours

My friend Jessica over at Italy Logue found this (pretty) great deal from Perillo Tours this summer. Here’s the gist:

In order to take advantage of the (admittedly generous) free airfare offer, you have to fly from New York’s JFK into Rome, Bologna or Palermo. You have to fly on EuroFly airlines. The flight must be booked by June 1, 2008. And – here’s perhaps the most critical piece – the flight must be booked along with one of three of Perillo Tours’ specific trips in Italy.

So, this isn’t the greatest package deal that we’ve seen. But it’s nice for Perillo to throw a bone to its cash-strapped yet vacation-starved American clients. If you want to read more about the Perillo deal, check out Jessica’s post. Otherwise, you can visit the Perillo Tours website for more information.

36 Hours in Bologna

One of the most underrated and overlooked cities in Italy is Bologna. This beautiful college town is home to two (count ’em) two leaning towers and some of the best cuisine in the country. But Bologna sure won’t be one of Italy’s best kept secrets now that the NYT has put out the article 36 Hours in Bologna.

Bologna is very easy to get to, especially if your itinerary includes Florence and Venice. So, on your next trip to Central Italy, why not at least stop by for a tortellini lunch and a stroll through Piazza Maggiore? Ah, to be in Bologna right now…

Bologna’s Old Cutlery Shop

Antica Aguzzeria del Cavallo, Bologna, Italy. Source:nytimes.com 

In a recent NY Times Foraging column, Melissa Clark profiles Antica Aguzzeria del Cavallo, a cutlery shop that dates back to 1783. Clark notes, “If it cuts, rips, tears, nicks, grates, slices, shaves or pricks and is legal to sell, they most likely have it.”

Being the heartland of Italian cooking, Bologna is a great place to pick up a new kitchen tool. Just make sure to pack it in your checked luggage.