Italy Travel News: January 30 – February 3
Here’s a round-up of the latest Italy travel news and information for January 30 through February 3:
- Fight or Flight? The Venice Residents’ Debate
This is a really excellent article on the differences between the Venice travelers know and the one that has been home to actual human beings for centuries.
The bottom line is that as travelers, we need to be respectful of any place we go – as if we're visiting someone's house. For some reason, for many people, that's hard to do in Venice. Maybe because, as author Marjorie says, the city has been declared "unreal" for so long that we forget it's a real place where people really live.
At any rate, this is definitely a worthwhile read if you're headed to Venice, or if you're just curious about the impact of tourism on a fragile place like Venice.
- Milan Galleria rooftop to open in April
Just in time for the start of Expo 2015 in Milan, visitors will be able to see the city from a new vantage point – catwalks atop the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.
- Almost 600,000 bookings for Turin Shroud
If you're planning to be in Turin from April 19-June 24 and you'd like to see the Shroud of Turin when it's on rare display, book now – there are already almost 600,000 spots booked to see the relic.
- Mascot ‘Briciola’ welcomes new president
1. The Caribinieri police force has an animal mascot.
2. That mascot is a rescue dog.
I love this so much.
- Ortigia’s Jewish Ritual Baths
Being half-Jewish, I tend to perk up when I hear about Jewish history in Italy – a country so closely associated with the Catholic church. As it happens, Europe's oldest mikveh – Jewish ritual bath – is in Sicily. It dates from the 6th century.
- “Italy Explained: Italian Trains” Book Review
I'm so thankful for my Italy pals… When I published the book on trains, I heard from many who volunteered to read and review it. The first such review has been posted, by my friend Michelle, and I'm so pleased she liked the book!
- ITALY Magazine Blogger Awards 2014
Italy Magazine has listed a selection of Italy-related blogs for its blogger awards, and now you can vote for your favorites. I'm happy to see some of my friends' sites in the mix – I aspire to join them someday!
- Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito found guilty: one year on
A year after Amanda Knox & her former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were (again) found guilty of murdering Meredith Kercher, this piece takes a look at where Knox & Sollecito are now as they wait for the next step in the Italian legal process. Spoiler – they're not in jail.
- Is Renzi’s tweet the beginning of the end for Italy’s pantomime political TV?
"On any given night, Italy’s myriad political talkshows can look more like tame versions of the WWE than programmes serving up serious and informative political discourse. In a country suffering from a deep economic slump, the shows are heavy on melodrama and lengthy, orchestrated fights, and light on fact-checking and hard-hitting interviews."
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi expressed his annoyance with such shows on his Twitter account recently. Viewership numbers have dropped dramatically in the last few years, too. I wonder if this could really be the beginning of the end of those horrid shows?
- Pizzaiolo bites bit of client’s ear off
A pizza maker in Bergamo was just convicted of biting off a piece of a customer's ear after (he says) the customer "insulted" him.
You can't make this stuff up.