Category Archives: Italy travel

Spinning on Milan’s bull

So… here’s the deal… In the center of Milan’s Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, a gorgeous 19th (!) century high-ceilinged open-air covered shopping mall opposite the Duomo, there’s a mosaic of a prancing bull. According to popular myth, you should place your … Continue reading

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Emperor Augustus on exhibit

From France 24. A new exhibition on Roman emperor Augustus opens in Rome and runs through early February. It turns up again mid-March in Paris until mid-July. This all coincides with the 2000th anniversary of Augustus’ death. No flowers please. … Continue reading

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First impressions of Venice

Italy sounds like the most romantic destination. The name conjures images of wine and cheese, pastoral sunsets, pizza and pasta, cypress-dotted countryside and Renaissance art and architecture, not to mention movies and movie stars that glam up the image. You’d … Continue reading

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Round two of the spring trip 2013

Now it’s buon giorno and dobry dan. I did get my seafood dinner in Barceloneta overlooking the Mediterranean. Started with a glass of sparkling cava (why not?), accompanied by bread with garlic and tomato, a small bowl of olives and … Continue reading

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Fifty best European ski breaks

From London Independent. Lots of ski destinations in France, Italy and Switzerland and a few in places that may not leap first to mind.

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Cash only at the Vatican

From France 24. Because the Vatican is out of compliance with Italian laws regarding money-laundering, the government has shut down credit card use in Vatican City. Of course, this may not last long, but it does make for an interesting … Continue reading

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Fundraising for Milan’s Duomo

From France 24. Milan’s Duomo needs 25 million euros for cleaning. Budget cuts won’t begin to cover the costs, so they’ve come up with an interesting idea – adopt a gargoyle! The price to adopt one gargoyle is 100,000 euros, … Continue reading

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One answer to recession in Italy – ice cream!

From France 24. Two entrepreneurs have opened an ice cream shop in Turin. Check it out next time you’re there.

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Another large earthquake in Italy

Only a week after another large quake hit northern Italy, another one strikes in the same area. From France 24.

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Earthquake in Emilia Romagna

From Deutsche Welle. Aftershocks from the Emilia Romagna earthquake do more damage. From the Guardian. Cheese warehouses sustain damage from the earthquake. From the BBC. Photos of earthquake damage. So now I’m wondering whether I’ll include Bologna on my next trip? If … Continue reading

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Rick Steves’ report on Italy’s Cinque Terre

I’m a big fan of Rick Steves. Rick is a Europhile from the Pacific Northwest, seen often on PBS and he is a big fan of, among other European destinations, Italy’s Cinque Terre. Last year, a few days before New … Continue reading

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a few ideas for world destinations

From the London Independent… Visiting the Tyrol in Italy, secret Porto Santo and its gorgeous beaches. On the other side of the world – Perth, Australia, but it only makes sense to spend 48 hours there if you’re already in Australia … Continue reading

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roundup of European news for early April

From Deutsche Welle – what’s up with Berlin and bears? From London Independent – 48 hours in Trier, Germany or how about Milan?

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a roundup of travel news – Milan, Reykjavik, Dublin

From the London Independent’s Simon Calder… Air arrangements assume a London departure, of course, but the overviews are exciting. Milan Reykjavik Dublin

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replacing Malev airline in Hungary; 48 hours in Venice

Malev is out, everybody else is pushing to get in;  from Prague Post 2 days in Venice by Simon Calder; from London Independent

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some info for visiting Bologna and/or Marseille

London Independent visits Bologna and Marseille

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