Italy Travel News: March 26 – April 11

Here’s a round-up of the latest Italy travel news and information for March 26 through April 3:

  • Oldest Neanderthal DNA Found in Italian Skeleton

    "The calcite-encrusted skeleton of an ancient human, still embedded in rock deep inside a cave in Italy, has yielded the oldest Neanderthal DNA ever found."


  • Amanda Knox murder conviction annulled
    "In a stunning turn in a legal saga that has lasted more than seven years, Italy’s high court has not only rejected the convictions of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito, it has annulled them and declined to order another retrial."
  • Police find 250,000 euros hidden in panettone

    "A businessman carrying traditional panettone Christmas cake in his car boot at Easter raised suspicions of finance police."

    Let this be a lesson to you, folks – carrying the wrong holiday cake in Italy raises suspicions.

  • Video: Pope gifted pizza on Naples visit
    This may be my favorite video of the day.
  • Eye on Italy Podcast Episode 60: Digging into Roman Archaeology with Darius Arya

    We're up to episode 60 on the Eye on Italy podcast! I kind of can't believe that.

    This time, we got to talk with the incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic archaeologist Darius Arya, founder of the American Institute for Roman Culture and long-time expat living in Rome. Anyone who has ever been gobsmacked about all the history that lies underfoot in the Eternal City will enjoy this one.

  • Strange Geographies: The Happy, Haunted Island of Poveglia
    We certainly have a thing for abandoned spaces, don't we? This tale of visiting the supposedly-haunted island of Poveglia in the Venetian lagoon -including the long-ago abandoned insane asylum and mass graves for plague victims – is something else. Click through for the photos alone, which are actually really beautiful.
  • Rome’s Forum of Caesar, Temple of Peace highlighted
    "Special sound and light shows" will be held this month at some ancient Roman sights in the historic center, including the Forum of Augustus and the Forum of Caesar. At the latter, a virtual Caesar will "rise again" for Rome's birthday on April 21st.
  • Domus Aurea Reopens to the Public
    After 10 years of restoration work, the Domus Aurea – the residence Nero never got to finish for himself – is once again open to the public in Rome.
  • Video: ‘They are going to eat him!’: nuns stun Pope
    Everybody loves Pope Francis – especially these cloistered nuns, who are (basically) nun groupies who can't get enough of the pope. Love the reaction to their affections…

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