Italy Travel News: June 1 – July 20
Here’s a round-up of the latest Italy travel news and information for June 1 through July 20:
- The Ethics of Travelling Cheaply in Venice
"Whilst many who have travelled to Venice and came back with considerably less in their bank account can empathise with the complainant, it may be that the cost to visit the city is the price that us tourists have to pay to enable this beautiful yet crumbling city to survive."
- 12 of Italy’s Sexiest Desserts
My favorite part of this article is the thing where it's not just tolerated but perfectly local to eat granita for breakfast. Any country that embraces dessert for breakfast is OKAY BY ME, MAN.
- Disused public buildings to be sold off
Nearly 700 "disused" buildings are set to be auctioned off in Italy, including some castles and "other historical buildings." Y'know, just in case you're in the market for a "disused" Italian castle.
- Rebuilding a Roman death trap: Ancient machine that carried animals into Rome’s Colosseum reconstructed by archaeologists
Archaeologists have rebuilt the elevator-like contraption that once hauled animals from their cages below up onto the arena floor of Rome's Colosseum. And then filmmakers released a live wolf into the monument using the newly-rebuilt lift.
- Church converted into mosque for Venice Biennale shut down
I had read about the controversy over this former church being used as a temporary mosque during Venice's Biennale, and I'm sorry to hear that it's been shut down.
I have no way of knowing if the reasons cited – that it "contravened safety regulations" and lack of proper permissions – are valid, but they seem fishy to me, given the existing swell of negative reactions to what was meant to be (at its heart) an art installation. As art officials from Iceland (this was the Icelandic pavilion) said, the controversy meant that "the installation had fulfilled its purpose of opening up a debate on Islam in the West and the limits of religious freedom." I'm not sure this is the debate outcome they hoped for, however.
- Italians celebrate return of classic dish based on calves’ intestines
14 years ago, "pajata" – a dish made with the intestines of veal calves – was banned in Rome over fears of mad cow disease. Today, it's back – and Romans are thrilled.
- Italy sizzles under intense heat wave
This summer has brought record heat to Italy… Stay hydrated, travelers!
- Marvelous Rose Window of Florence’s Duomo on Temporary Display for Unique Up Close View
The rose window of Florence's Duomo, after undergoing a major renovation, will be on unprecedented close-up display in the Baptistery until September 8th.
- Pompeii mosaic dog returns to public eye
The famous dog mosaic at Pompeii has been unveiled once again after extensive cleaning & restoration work.
- My Guide to Eating & Drinking in Rome 2015 Edition
Going to Rome this year? Do yourself a favor & study Katie Parla's indispensable guide.
- Inside Venice’s bid to hold back the tide
“To preserve Venice has always been to interfere in the natural course of events.” The Mose flood barrier project has been delayed, but is set to be completed this summer. This is a good inside look at the project.
- Vatican hires tattoo remover – to clean its sculptures
A tattoo removal specialist from England has donated one of his machines to the Vatican, & it is now being used to clean centuries of dirt from sculptures in the Vatican Museums collection.
- Leonardo self-portrait exhibits in Rome
A Leonardo da Vinci self-portrait is on rare public display as part of an exhibit at Rome's Capitoline Museums through August 3rd.