Ancients Doing Modern Things

I posted this silly tweet on my personal account one week ago and people are still retweeting it. Some replied with suggestions that it was Marcus Aurelius attempting a selfie. While quite a few suggested photos like this could become a trend. Is this a meme in search of a hashtag?

Either way, I hope to be doing more of these while I’m in Rome. Stay tuned for photos and musings posted on my personal and italofile twitter accounts. I’ll also be posting more Italy stories, how-tos, and travel news as I get settled.

Italy Is A-Twitter

It happens to the best of us. We stop to check out a new technology/trend/what-have-you and forget about our blogs.

For the past several months, as I’ve relocated to the U.S. once again and tried to make a nice summer for my two young sons, I’ve certainly had my blog on my mind. Unfortunately, I’ve had the attention span of a [insert distractable creature here – toddler?] and have not had the opportunity to really sit down and write any meaningful blog posts about Italy – my passion.

This is where Twitter comes in.

I signed up for twitter in the spring to see what was all about. What I found was a parallel universe of people dishing out travel, writing, technology, humor, etc., in 140 characters or less. I’ve become hooked – to the detriment of this blog.

You don’t need me to tell you about twitter, of course. It’s a worldwide trend. Lots of PR firms and tourism agencies are using the power of twitter for marketing. But I was particularly interested in which official Italy tourism boards were tweeting and where some of the most prolific tweeps were tweeting from (if you don’t understand the lingo, google it!). Here is a short run-down. I’m hoping that by getting this blog post/tweet out there that more tourism boards and people from areas not covered below will start tweeting and/or more of my twitter friends will send me leads for more.

Rome Tweeps
@WikiRoma (in Italian)

Venice Tweeps

Tuscany Tweeps

Umbria Tweeps

Campania Tweeps (Naples/Amalfi Coast/Capri)

Sicily Tweeps

Tourism Board Tweeps
@TuscanyTourism – Tuscany Tourism Board
@APTVersilia – the tourism board of the subregion of Versilia in Tuscany
@RegioneVeneto – Veneto region tourism board

You can find more fine tweeters, such as Jessica at Italylogue (@italylogue), by looking at the people I follow by going to my twitter account @italofileblog or checking out #italy via twitter search.

Photo by tentonipete.