Italy Travel News: April 29 – May 7

Here’s a round-up of the latest Italy travel news and information for April 29 through May 7:

  • Tourists posing for selfie wreck 18th-century Italian monument

    Tourists trying to pose for a selfie in Cremona managed to break off a piece of an 18th century sculpture – the city's symbol. The lesson here is a pretty basic one, & I hope you'll pardon me when I say: DON'T BE AN ASSHOLE, when traveling or otherwise.

    There is no photograph so important that you must climb on a work of art in order to take it; that you must damage or destroy something that you do not own for purely selfish reasons. These things are not there for your enjoyment alone. These places do not exist solely for your entertainment.

    If you do not live there or own the property, YOU ARE A GUEST. BE A DECENT ONE. This should not be too much to ask.

  • Limiting Mass Tourism For The Love Of Venice

    Many moons ago, I wondered if Venice would be better off if, in order to visit, you had to get a permit – like you do for rafting through the Grand Canyon – thereby limiting the number of people who would flood the city every day.

    It's easy for me to say that, having had the freedom to see Venice whenever I wanted to in the past – including, yes, on a day trip just like the ones I always tell people not to make. But, like the author of this (long but very worth reading) piece, I think that looking the other way and pretending that the increased tourism burden in Venice isn't doing irreparable harm is folly.

    In the end, limiting tourism in the city in some way is probably the only thing that will help preserve the Venice that we ought to all have the opportunity to see and – yes – fall in love with at some point in our lives.

  • Rome presents the first map of Street Art

    Street art isn't new in Rome, but the city's tourism office has introduced a free downloadable map of some of the best street art in Rome. There are more than 330 works highlighted in 30 different districts of the city, from the historic center to the suburbs.

    (This description is in Italian, but the map can be downloaded from this page where it says "Scarica la mappa della Street Art a Roma.")

  • Italy Explained: Italian Trains by Jessica Spiegel
    I'm so pleased when my smart Italy friends like my work… Here's a nice review of my book, ITALY EXPLAINED: ITALIAN TRAINS, from my friend Laura of Ciao Amalfi.
  • Video: Pope Francis does basketball tricks with The Harlem Globetrotters

    Three reasons why this video is THE BEST THING you'll see today:

    1. The pope spins a basketball on his finger. SPINS A BASKETBALL, YOU GUYS. Okay, it's just for, like, a second, & it was set up for him by one of the players, but STILL.
    2. The pope kind of gets left hanging by one of the Globetrotters on a high-five. Proof that even the pontiff has the ability to look awkward.
    3. The pope has been named an HONORARY HARLEM GLOBETROTTER. He can pretty much drop the mic & walk offstage now, right?
  • Italy’s museum of faeces smells ‘fresh as a daisy’

    A cattle farmer near Piacenza managed to find a way to turn cow manure into useful things – fuel and bricks among them – but he didn't stop there. He now showcases an astounding array of (ahem) crappy artifacts in his Museum of Sh*t – including fossilized dinosaur feces.

    Yes, he is completely serious about it. And no, it (apparently) doesn't smell at all.

  • Man hangs up on Pope twice thinking he is an impostor

    Pope Francis calls sick man on the phone. Man thinks it's a prank, & hangs up. Pope calls back. Man hangs up AGAIN. POPE CALLS BACK A THIRD TIME.

    This makes me giggle so, so much.

  • What fruits and vegetables are in season in May in Italy?

    "Fact: Produce is of better quality and taste when in season."

    I wholeheartedly agree, which is why lists like this are so incredibly helpful.

  • Oldest flour in the world at Expo 2015

    The flour in question is 30,000 years old & made from a "marsh plant cattail." Two things.

    1. Flour that is 30,000 years old, archaeologists say, changes how we think about our prehistoric ancestors. They weren't just meat eaters.
    2. There just HAS to be a way to recreate that flour & make something with it. I can't read about this amazing 30,000-year-old flour without thinking, "What does it TASTE like??"
  • Three Perfect Italian Spring Destinations
    These three places are listed as great for spring travel, but they all look like glorious options for the summer, too.

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