Italy Travel News: October 7 – October 18

Here’s a round-up of the latest Italy travel news and information for October 7 through October 18:

  • An urbanist’s guide to Rome

    "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.

  • Parmigiano Reggiano Night 2014

    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.

  • Top Tips for Traveling to Italy with Kids
    If you've got a trip to Italy planned and you're bringing children along, I recommend checking out this (holy-wow) long list of travel tips from my friends at Ciao Bambino. It's all good stuff, although I'd argue that Rome's Gladiator School is definitely not just for the boys…
  • In Venice, Navigating Like a Native
    In this lovely article about the traditional rowing style of Venice, my friend Nan McElroy gives a rowing lesson to the author. You, too, can take a rowing lesson in Venice – find out more in the article.
  • Venice plans £100m artificial island to stop cruise ships invading Grand Canal
    Currently, cruise ships docking in Venice go right into the historic – and fragile – city, causing quite a bit of damage. A new proposal aims to limit that damage by building an artificial cruise terminal island in the Adriatic Sea. Passengers would be ferried to the Venetian islands by catamaran.

    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?

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