Italy Travel News: March 14 – March 25

Here’s a round-up of the latest Italy travel news and information for March 14 through March 25:

  • Electricians find ancient burial sites
    In Italy, when digging for basically anything can reveal something unexpected, electricians working in Sicily turned into archaeologists when they dug up an ancient burial site. Actual archaeologists think it may date from the 5th century B.C.E.
  • Tourist Tales: Encounters With Other Tourists in Venice
    I loved this series of anecdotes on encounters in Venice. Some made me laugh, others made me roll my eyes. Also, if you love Venice half as much as I do & you're not already subscribing to the OG Venice blog, you're missing out.
  • When in Rome: James Bond team win praise for litter-picking Spectre shoot
    The crew of the new James Bond film won over locals who feared Rome's best face wouldn't be put forward due to graffiti and garbage. I don't know what happens after the crew leaves – probably the graffiti and garbage return, eventually – but I can't wait to see the film.
  • Codice Atlantico show in Milan
    If you're heading to Milan at any point during the Expo this year, don't miss two new displays of Leonardo da Vinci sketches in the city – more than half of which have never before been seen by the public.
  • Vatican gets ransom note for stolen Michelangelo letter
    A letter written in Michelangelo's own hand was apparently stolen from Vatican archives by an employee back in 1997 – although Vatican officials only announced that this month. A ransom note asking for $108,000 was reportedly recently delivered to the Vatican.
  • Supreme court upholds Berlusconi sex-case acquittal
    I am simultaneously so irritated & completely not surprised at all. If any human being was ever made of Teflon, it is Silvio Berlusconi. He's as crooked as they come, & keeps managing to dodge truly serious penalties. I was so hoping this would have meant Italy had seen the last of him, but… No.
  • Berlusconi ‘returns to field’
    Great, so not only does he get acquitted, he returns to politics? Italy just can't seem to get rid of this guy…

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