Here’s a round-up of the latest Italy travel news and information for November 3 through November 19:
First thought: ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME??!?
Second thought: Funny how a few hundred years makes all the difference. We find "graffiti" carved by the likes of Lord Byron on an ancient Roman monument & we think it's charming today. This guy? Carving a K into the Colosseum in 2014? Notsomuch.
After hearing of a homeless man in Rome who said he smelled too badly to join a Bishop for a meal in a restaurant, Pope Francis has ordered the public toilets in Vatican City to be upgraded – they will soon include shower facilities for the city's homeless.
I think it's fair to say that this pope is the best.
"According to the Ignorance Index, an Ipsos MORI survey carried out in 14 countries, Italians are the least informed on the subject [of immigration], believing that immigrants make up 30 percent of the population, when the real figure is just 7 percent. That’s less than Britain or Germany (both at 13 percent), Spain (12 percent) and France (10 percent)."
1. Italians having a problem with immigrants is nothing new, but – according to this essay (& recent stories in the news) it appears to be getting markedly worse, not better. Which is the opposite of what should be happening, as people become more aware of the wider world. So that's disheartening.
2. There is something called the Ignorance Index. That is a thing. I am both completely intrigued & terrified to find out where the U.S. might come out on that scale. Ugh.
3. Okay, three things. You should really read this essay. It’s a look at the decayed outskirts of Italian cities, how that decay impacts today’s young people, and what Italy is trying to do about it.