Italy Travel News: May 8 – June 1

Here’s a round-up of the latest Italy travel news and information for May 8 through June 1:

  • Episode 62: Dreaming of Italy with Kathy McCabe & Rebecca Winke
    The latest episode of the Eye on Italy podcast is an interview with two of the women behind the new "Dream of Italy" series on PBS. Kathy McCabe and Rebecca Winke gave us a behind-the-scenes look at what it was like to film the series, and shared some of their favorite moments.
  • Rose petals at the Pantheon
    Each year for the feast of Pentecost, rose petals are floated through the oculus of the Pantheon in Rome. It's an ethereal sight, and the tradition dates back centuries. Someday, I hope to see this in person. Have you ever been in the Pantheon underneath all those rose petals?
  • Does The City of Venice Rip-Off Tourists?
    There are lots of good points here about a recent complaint that Venice – which charges more to tourists than residents for many services, including transportation – is "ripping off" tourists. I think, as does the author, that the best way to avoid over-paying for anything – in Venice or anywhere else – is to do your research in advance.
  • Yeah, an Italian Hoedown Is as Weird as You’d Think It Is
    The northern Italian city of Pordenone has hosted a genuine Western rodeo for two straight years. And it's a huge hit.
  • La Gondola: The Prow and Joy of Venice
    Wonderful explanation here of what the iron symbol at the front of every Venetian gondola represents.
  • Rome plans ‘minimalist’ Jubilee
    Pope Francis wants as many people as possible to be able to complete part of the trip to the Vatican during the upcoming Jubilee Year to do so like "real pilgrims" – on foot. So, it looks like one lasting impact of this unusual Jubilee Year will be updated/increased pedestrian and bike routes to holy places in Rome.
  • ‘Stolen from Death’ Pompeii show
    A new exhibit at Pompeii features previously unseen photos as well as 20 additional casts of some of the people who died in 79 C.E. when the volcano buried the city. The "Stolen from Death" show runs through November 2, 2015.
  • MyGelato: The First App for Gelato Lovers
    Wait, what? An app to find gelato shops? COUNT ME IN.
  • 10 Useful Italian Phrases You Won’t Find in a Travel Dictionary
    Some of these may not come in terribly handy, but there are a few that could be REALLY useful to travelers – particularly the colloquial way to tell a pushy vendor you're broke!

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