Italy Travel News: March 26-April 11

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Here is a summary of the most recent information and travel news from Italy for March 26 to April 3.

  • The Oldest Neanderthal DNA is Found in an Italian Skeleton

    “The oldest Neanderthal DNA has been found in a calcite-encrusted skeleton from an ancient human, which is still embedded in rock in a cave in Italy.”


  • Amanda Knox murder sentence annulled

    “In a dramatic turn in a legal saga which has lasted over seven years, Italy‚Äôs high court has rejected the convictions Amanda Knox and Raffaele Solecito and has also annulled them. It has declined to order another trial.”

  • Police discover 250,000 Euros hidden in panettone

    “An Easter businessman found traditional panettone Christmas cakes in his car boot raised suspicions from finance police.”

    This is a warning to all: Having the wrong holiday cake in Italy can raise suspicions.

  • Video: Pope gifted pizza on Naples visit

    This might be my favorite video.

  • Eye in Italy Podcast Episode 60: Digging deep into Roman Archaeology With Darius Arya

    We are at episode 60 of the Eye on Italy podcast! It’s amazing to me.

    We had the opportunity to speak with Darius Arya, an archaeologist and founder of the American Institute for Roman Culture. He is also a long-term resident of Rome. This talk will be a delight for anyone who has ever been blown away by the amount of history underfoot in Rome’s Eternal City.

  • Strange Geoographies: The Happy, Haunted Island Of Poveglia

    Don’t you think we have a thing about abandoned spaces? The tale of Poveglia, a supposedly haunted island in the Venetian lagoon, where you will find an abandoned insane asylum and mass graves of plague victims is quite another. You can click through to see the photographs, which are really lovely.
  • Rome’s Forum of Caesar and Temple of Peace highlighted

    This month, “Special sound-and-light shows” will be held at several ancient Roman sites in the historic centre, including the Forum of Augustus or the Forum of Caesar. A virtual Caesar will “rise again,” at the Forum of Augustus, to celebrate Rome’s 21st birthday.
  • Domus Aurea reopens to the public

    After 10 years of restoration, the Domus Aurea, Nero’s residence that he never finished for himself, is now open to the public in Rome.
  • Video – ‘They’re going to eat them!’: Pope stunned by nuns

    Everyone loves Pope Francis, especially the cloistered nuns who love him as much as any nun groupies. I love their reaction to their affections…
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