Here is a summary of the most recent information and travel news from Italy for June 1, through July 20, 2018.
The Ethics of Travelling in Venice Cheaply
“While many people who have traveled to Venice with much less money can sympathize with the complainant, the reality is that tourists must pay a price to allow this beautiful city to survive.”
12 Of Italy’s Most Sexy Desserts
The part where granita is not only acceptable but also perfectly accepted in a local setting for breakfast is my favorite part of the article. I’m OKAY with any country that allows dessert as a breakfast option.
Public buildings that are no longer in use to be sold
Nearly 700 buildings that are “disused,” including castles and other historical buildings, will be up for auction in Italy. You might be interested in an “old” Italian castle.
Rebuilding the Roman death trap: An ancient machine that transported animals to Rome’s Colosseum was reconstructed by archaeologists
Archaeologists rebuilt the elevator-like device that used to transport animals from their cages down onto the Colosseum’s arena floor. The lift was then reconstructed and a live wolf was released into the monument by filmmakers.
Church was converted into a mosque for the Venice Biennale.
I was aware of the controversy surrounding this former church that was used as a temporary Mosque during Venice’s Biennale. I am sorry to hear it has been closed.
Although I don’t know if the reasons given – it “contravened safety rules” and lacked proper permissions – are valid, they seem suspicious to me considering the current swell in negative reactions to what was (at its core) an art installation. According to Icelandic art officials (this was the Icelandic pavilion), the controversy had “fulfilled its purpose of opening up debate on Islam in West and the limits religious freedom.” However, I doubt this is the outcome they wanted.
Italians Celebrate the Return of a Classic Dish Based on Calves’ Intestines
14 years ago, Rome banned “pajata”, a dish made from the intestines veal calves. It’s back today, and Romans are delighted.
Italy melts under intense heat wave
It has been a record summer in Italy… Keep hydrated, travellers!
The Marvelous Rose Window in Florence’s Duomo is Temporary Display for Unique Close-Up View
After a major renovation, the rose window in Florence’s Duomo will be displayed in the Baptistery up to September 8th.
Pompeii mosaic dogs return to the public eye
After extensive cleaning and restoration, the famous Pompeii dog mosaic has been revealed once more.
My guide to eating & drinking in Rome 2015 Edition
Are you going to Rome this year Do yourself a favor and study Katie Parla’s indispensable guide.
In Venice’s attempt to keep the tide
“To preserve Venice has always meant to interfere with the natural course of things.” Although the completion of the Mose flood barrier project was delayed, it is expected to be complete this summer. This video gives you a great insider’s view of the project.
Vatican hires a tattoo remover – for cleaning its sculptures
One of the tattoo removal specialists from England donated his machine to the Vatican. It is currently being used to remove centuries-old dirt from sculptures in Vatican Museums.
Leonardo self portrait exhibits in Rome
An exhibit at Rome’s Capitoline Museums that runs through August 3rd features a Leonardo da Vinci self portrait.