Here’s a round-up of the latest Italy travel news and information for October 7 through October 18:
"Patience is considered “holy” here for good reason. You learn to shrug and smile and ignore the inane reason someone is giving you to explain why you can’t do the thing that you see everyone else doing (enroll in a course, build an addition, park your bicycle, get paid). You learn to ask again, after you have been told “no”, and you learn that the 5th time it usually turns to “yes”. Things happen slowly but they eventually happen, and in the long run it doesn’t matter if St Peter’s took centuries to build; it’s still here today. Patience and humour are essential; miracles are a useful optional."
This beautifully captures my reason for loving Italy so much – the chaos is instructive.
In 2012, after the disastrous earthquakes in Emilia-Romagna, one event attempted to rally people all over the world to support one of the region's most famous products – parmigiano reggiano cheese. Parmigiano Reggiano Night in 2012 invited people to participate, preparing the same menu at homes around the world, as if we were all sitting down to dinner together.
In 2014, Parmigiano Reggiano Night (because, yes, it's now an annual event) is on Saturday, October 25th & has adopted the hashtag #dinnertogether. Participants are invited to either prepare a meal at home with family & friends on one of the event's themes, or go out to a participating restaurant. You can find out more & sign up on the website.
Venice plans £100m artificial island to stop cruise ships invading Grand Canal
Since Venice is one of my favorite places on the planet, I'm in favor of anything that will help limit the damage caused by those giant ships. I just wonder if this will do the trick?