Tag: Italy News

Italian Capital of Culture 2018 Will Be Palermo

Congratulations to the city of Palermo, which has been awarded the distinction of Italian Capital of Culture for 2018. The Italian Culture Ministry (Ministero di Beni Culturali) awards the prize each year in an effort to promote tourism. Along with the distinction, the winning city receives 1 million euro which is to be used to …

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For the First Time in More Than 20 Years, the Facade of St. Mark’s Basilica is Scaffold-Free

With so many ancient structures in need of constant upkeep, Italy is no stranger to scaffolding. Venice’s St. Mark’s Basilica, in particular, is known for constantly being under repair.

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Rome’s Ancient Pantheon to Begin Charging Admission

Pantheon

The Pantheon, one of the last major landmarks in Rome with free entry, will soon begin to charge admission.

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You Now Have to Pay to See Rome’s “Mouth of Truth”

Truth is, it was bound to happen. Church officials at Santa Maria in Cosmedin, site of Rome’s “Mouth of Truth” (Bocca della Verita), have decided to charge visitors €2 for the pleasure of taking one (just one!) photo with the ancient sewer cover.

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Rome’s Spanish Steps Have Re-Opened Following €1.5m Refurbishment

The Spanish Steps have finally re-opened after a lengthy refurbishment project funded by Bulgari. But will the steps be fenced off at night to keep “barbarian tourists” from trashing them?

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Amatrice and the Earthquake in Central Italy

amatrice earthquake devastation clocktower

During the wee hours of the morning, an earthquake with a 6.2 magnitude struck central Italy. Italian news reports say the epicenter was near Rieti, about 1.5 hours north of Rome.

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CAMERA: Torino’s New Photography Museum

CAMERA Torino

On October 1, the city of Torino (Turin) inaugurated Italy’s newest museum. CAMERA, the Centro Italiano per la Fotografia, will showcase Italian and international photography in a 2,000 square meter space just down the road from the Museo Nazionale del Cinema and other sights in Torino’s historic center.

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Italy News Round-Up XIII: #Dante750, Uffizi Exhibition in a Mobster’s Home

My Pocket list of saved articles has been going through a workout lately. So here is one big Italy News Round-Up. I’ve done about 12 of these things over the life of this blog (and now 13 – XIII). But I will probably end up doing more. For more links to Italy travel, art, culture, and history in the …

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Italy Travel News Round-Up

Here are some of the latest Italy travel and news articles you may have missed: Florence, Italy, Undergoes a New Renaissance [L.A. Times] Just a Quick Bite With Leonardo [Visiting “The Last Supper” in Milan; New York Times] Florence, Italy: Best Place for Singles [Video; Slashfood] Where All Roads Lead – Book Review of Robert …

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The Best Places to Live in Italy

Florence, Rome, Venice – you already know the names of the cities you must add to your Italy travel itinerary. But, do you know which cities in Italy are the best places to live? Each year, the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore publishes the Italy Quality of Life Survey, which calculates factors such as …

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Round-up: Lots on Venice, Shopping in Rome, and Italy Road Trips

Vrooms With a View: Europe’s Most Scenic Drives (includes Val d’Aosta, Piemonte) [The Guardian] Eat Like a Local in Venice, The Venetian Islands Locals Want to Keep to Themselves, Venice Bacari [The Guardian] Global Eye: Venice Carnival [National Geographic Intelligent Travel Blog] Italy’s Sleepy Surprise (Maratea, Basilicata) [Philadelphia Inquirer] Where Puccini Might Shop in Rome …

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Round-up: Italy in Winter, Hidden Salami, Timelapse Tuscany, and more

This installment of Italy travel articles includes two videos that I thought were worth sharing. Enjoy the round-up!

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Round-up: Parma, Body Scanners, Sightjogging, House-Sitting

Stendhal in Parma [NY Times] The Cursing Mommy Cooks Italian [The New Yorker – humor, of course!] Italy’s Reality is a Vita Not So Dolce [The Globe and Mail] Italy Made Easy [The Telegraph] Body Scanners Coming to Rome, Milan Airports [USA Today]

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Round-up: Martinis in Rome, Skiing Switz-aly, and more

It has been a while since I posted an article roundup. Here are some of the great Italy travel articles you may have missed in the last month or so. Roaming Rome, in a Martini Mood [L.A. Times] Do the Splits on the Swiss and Italian Ski Slopes [The Independent] Sicily’s Secret South [The Guardian] …

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Rome’s New Archeology Czar

News outlets are reporting that the Italian government has appointed Guido Bertolaso, of Naples garbage crisis fame, to head a new effort to address the poor state of Rome’s archeological treasures. According to the International Herald Tribune, Bertolaso will be in charge of whipping into shape some of Rome’s most famous – but crumbling –  …

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Foreign Food Ban in Italy

Now I love Italian food as much as the next person. But, a ban on foreign food in some municipalities and regions is, in my opinion, a kind of gastronomic racism (as described by Italian chef Vittorio Castellani). I learned of the foreign food ban in such towns as Lucca from the Hugging the Coast …

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Catchall Catch-Up Post: More Articles About Italy

Here are just a few notable articles on Italy that I’ve come across in the past month or so. I need to get them off my plate, as it were, so I can move on to more tips, hotels, and news that has come my way… One Fish, Two Fish – This article my Mimi …

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2008 Year-End Article Round Up

I am still trying to figure out how to manage a toddler and a newborn and find time to keep this blog up-to-date. But I have been keeping track of the numerous articles about Italy that have come out in the past couple of months. So, enjoy the following links and have a Felice Anno …

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Water World

Talks of Italy and flooding usually make one think of Venice. While Venice has suffered – and flooded – because of the latest bout of heavy rain, it’s Rome and its Tiber River that weather watchers are concerned about now. The New York Times has put together an interesting slide show of the flooding throughout …

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Avoiding ‘The Law’ While in Italy

By now, you’ve probably heard about the case of the American girl and her Italian boyfriend accused of murdering British student Meredith Kercher. As it stands now, American Amanda Knox is set to serve 30 years in an Italian prison. Is she guilty? I really don’t know, as I haven’t followed the details of the …

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