Italy Travel News: April 14-20

Here is a summary of the most recent information and travel news from Italy for April 14-20, 2018.

  • Mediterranean migrant ship tragedy: The death toll could reach 950

    Tragic news. The crisis of migrants trying to reach the EU (often via Italy) will only get worse as there is more unrest in countries like Syria, Egypt, Libya, and Libya. Because there is no EU-wide policy for dealing with migrants countries are left to their devices. This patchwork of laws is often not helpful to migrants and places a heavy burden on countries bordering them.
  • Turin shroud on display for the first time in five year

    Between now and June 24, more than one million people will be visiting Turin. Since 1933, the Shroud of Turin was only on display five times.
  • Episode 60: Learning about Italian Wine with Hande leimer

    The latest episode of Eye on Italy features a guest who was born in Istanbul and married a German. She fell in love with Italian wine so much that she decided to dedicate her entire life to it. Wine doesn’t need to be scary. Hande Leimer will help you discover new wines while on your next trip to Italy.
  • The Italian History of the Centuries Are Revealed in Quest to Fix Toilet

    Another example of “no matter how deep you go in Italy, you’ll find another civilization underground,” the Italians never opened the trattoria that they wanted. Instead, they have opened a museum with all the items they found when trying to fix the sewage pipes.
  • Francis announces a new global jubilee: The Holy Year of Mercy

    You can plan ahead for your 2016 trip to Rome by noting that Pope Francis has declared it the Jubilee Year. The Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica, also known as the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica, will be open. It’s only open during Jubilee Years. There may be special events throughout the year. According to the pope, the “Holy Year of Mercy” begins December 8, 2015 and ends November 20, 2016.
  • Trajan’s Column – Reading an Ancient Comic Strip

    National Geographic’s article about Trajan’s Column is available for you to read. NatGeo has a fantastic interactive graphic that explains the column. This “ancient comic strip”, brought to life by high-tech wizardry.
  • Visitors may be able ‘live’ Caesar’s day

    The Roman Forum could soon have new 3D glasses that will give visitors “augmented reality” experiences. Cool, no?
  • Top Italian Proverbs About Wine

    This list of proverbs about wine and Italian culture will appeal to those who, like me love the way popular phrases in one culture can be found in other cultures with different touchstones. This is my favorite.
  • Battle between the mayor and the priest

    The mayor of a small town on the Italian Riviera and a priest are locked in a dispute. The mayor demands that the priest reduce the volume of the church bells. A ban on bell ringing between 10pm and 7am has been threatened. If the mayor doesn’t back down, the priest will file formal complaints against summer festivals that are noisy. Who will blink first?
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