Articles for Italy

Italy & Alabama: Strange Cultural Bedfellows

Italy & Alabama: Strange Cultural Bedfellows July 7, 2010 | Culture/History, Italy, Offbeat, Travel News, USA | Read More
When you think of culture, music, art, literature and dance, you probably don’t immediately think “Alabama!” But in 2008, the Alabama State Council on the Arts pledged to spend $100,000 over three years to try to up the state’s cultural and global reputation by starting an exchange...

Hail Pounds Barolo, May Devastate Italy’s Wine Harvest

Hail Pounds Barolo, May Devastate Italy’s Wine Harvest June 2, 2010 | Italy, Travel News | Read More
This May, two violent hailstorms hit parts of Italy’s Barolo zone and caused serious damage.  One Serralunga d’Alba winemaker reported half of its crop was lost.  La Morra and Serralunga were the areas hardest hit by the overnight storms, while the communes of Barolo, Verduno and Roddi...

Italian Ghost Towns Lead to Dispersed Hotel Concepts

Italian Ghost Towns Lead to Dispersed Hotel Concepts May 26, 2010 | Italy, Offbeat | Read More
It can be hard to find the bright spot in the wake of a natural disaster. Destroyed homes generally force families to move on. In Friuli, one Italian man moved in. The mountainous area near the Alpine border with Switzerland doesn’t see a lot of travelers, less so since an earthquake leveled houses...

Shroud of Turin Now on Exhibit in Italy

Shroud of Turin Now on Exhibit in Italy April 14, 2010 | Italy | Read More
Casual museum-goers and theology enthusiasts rejoice – the legendary shroud of Turin is now on display in Turin, Italy, for the next six weeks. The shroud, which has recently been restored after some damage it sustained since it was last refurbished by sixteenth-century Catholic nuns, is anticipated...

At Sea: Why NileGuide is the Perfect Cruise Companion

At Sea: Why NileGuide is the Perfect Cruise Companion March 12, 2010 | Barcelona, Italy, Spain | Read More
Cruises are the ultimate exercise in worry-free travel… that is, until you stop at a port of call and find yourself in need of plans for an entire day in a city you have no idea what to do in.  What are the options? You could buy a separate guide book for every port of call: an expensive and heavy...

Photo Friday: An Ancient Republic

Photo Friday: An Ancient Republic April 10, 2009 | Italy, Photo Friday | Read More
In which NileGuide destination was this photo taken? UPDATE 4/13: The photo was taken in Rome at the Roman Forum. The oldest and most important structures of the ancient city are located in the forum, which was designed to be the center of social, political and economic life. (See more Photo Friday fun...

On Sicily

On Sicily February 13, 2009 | Italy | Read More
Though I usually write code for NileGuide, today I’ve been asked to write some English on being Italian. My parents were both born and raised in Sicily (the large island in southern Italy) and – though I grew up in San Diego – we would go back to visit family every few summers. In America,...