Italy Travel News: September 20 – September 30

Here’s a round-up of the latest Italy travel news and information for September 20 through September 30:

  • Roman emperor Augustus’s frescoed rooms unveiled for first time in Rome
    "Lavishly frescoed rooms" in the houses of the Roman Emperor Augustus and his wife Livia on the Palatine Hill opened for the first time to the public last week, "after years of painstaking restoration."

    These are just… WOW.

  • Naples: Less Garbage, Just As Much to Love
    I love Naples, so I love reading articles by other people who love the city – particularly when it wasn't love at first sight. My friend Amanda covers many of the reasons I was captivated by Naples in this article.
  • Following Picasso in Florence, from the Mercato Centrale to Palazzo Strozzi and Back
    Florence might make you think only of Renaissance art, but there's a new Picasso exhibit in two venues in the city. It's a partnership between the Palazzo Strozzi & the somewhat-unlikely-gallery-space of the Central Market, where "Pablo al Mercato" showcases pieces done in the style of Picasso using the famous market as the subject. Go to the market first & get a 15% discount coupon to the Picasso exhibit at Palazzo Strozzi. It's up until January 25, 2015.
  • Why Won’t Italians Have Cappuccino After Dinner?
    In this article, my friend Amanda took on several of what I always thought were old wives' tales regarding health in Italy. She didn't just explain why Italians think you're going to get sick if you use air conditioning, she went to medical professionals to find out if there's any truth behind the belief.
  • Introducing Frommer’s Translator
    I have not tried this yet, but I thought I'd pass it along in case any of you had a trip to Italy coming up. I read something (elsewhere) about how this app even handles slang – which would be amazing in Italy. I wonder if it can handle gestures? (Kidding. Mostly.)
  • Italy’s prime minister: ‘Everything must change in Italy’
    As my friend Michelle put it on Facebook, "OH, IS THAT ALL?"

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