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Category Archives: Italy travel
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
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
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
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
From London Independent. Lots of ski destinations in France, Italy and Switzerland and a few in places that may not leap first to mind.
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
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
From France 24. Two entrepreneurs have opened an ice cream shop in Turin. Check it out next time you’re there.
Only a week after another large quake hit northern Italy, another one strikes in the same area. From France 24.
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
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
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
From Deutsche Welle – what’s up with Berlin and bears? From London Independent – 48 hours in Trier, Germany or how about Milan?
From the London Independent’s Simon Calder… Air arrangements assume a London departure, of course, but the overviews are exciting. Milan Reykjavik Dublin
Malev is out, everybody else is pushing to get in; from Prague Post 2 days in Venice by Simon Calder; from London Independent
London Independent visits Bologna and Marseille