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Eataly Dares to Dream of Building a Foodie Theme Park in Italy

Where: Bologna, Italy
March 3, 2014 at 10:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

Your next trip to Italy might just include a little more theme park and a lot less museum, as what they’re calling the Disneyland of food might be arriving in Bologna. The folks behind the foodie supermarket wonderland known as Eataly are getting ready with their next big idea, and it sounds like Fico Eataly World will be arriving sooner than later.

Details are somewhat limited at this stage in the process, but we do know that the park will take over around 20-acres of real estate. Restaurants, grocery stores, and something they’re calling food labs will all be part of the place. They’re even going to bring in some fish—to eat?!—as there are also plans for an aquarium.

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Beyond the Movie 'Pompeii' and Into the Real Thing

Where: Italy
February 21, 2014 at 2:38 PM | by | Comments (0)

This year you can get a taste of ancient Rome on the big screen and in person.

Pompeii, starring Kit Harington as a slave-turned-gladiator trying to save his true love as the Roman city crumbles around him, open in theaters today. Or, if you'd rather get up and close and personal with the ruins of Pompeii, there are several Italian tour companies offering day trips to the city and the area around the volcano that buried it.

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Pack Your Galoshes, as 'Acqua Alta' Has Arrived to Flood Venice

Where: Venice, Italy
February 10, 2014 at 12:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

So you’ve been to Venice during the warmer weather—and it was great—but to see the city in a different way you might want to check things out during the late winter. After all, that’s when the Acqua Alta rolls into town, and makes a pair of waterproof boots essential for getting from point A to point B.

More often than not the Adriatic Sea gets cranky during the winter, and the tides strengthen. That’s especially the case for the waters in the Venetian Lagoon, and that means the lagoon becomes one with the lowest parts of the city—even more so than usual.

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The 5 Italy Etiquette Rules Every Traveler Should Know

Where: Italy
January 21, 2014 at 4:10 PM | by | Comment (1)

Whether you're a frequent flyer or an armchair traveler, there are certain details it's nice to review before making plans for that next big trip. Every week, we'll squeeze our mindgrapes and share tips to make sure you're the best informed flyer in seat 1A...or 38K.

Italy has been a major destination for travelers since...well, forever. In the 17th and 18th centuries, it was the building block of The Grand Tour, designed to "enlighten" and inspire foreigners. In the 20th and now, the 21st century, modern air travel has made a quick hop to Italy totally doable.

Despite centuries upon centuries and billions upon billions of tourists, some finer bits of Italian etiquette still escape visitors. Here, we'll share a few details we've been enlightened to, over our own many trips to La Bella Italia:

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Travel Contest Alert: Last Chance to Win American Airlines Tickets to Milan

Where: Italy
December 2, 2013 at 10:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

Milan is quite the hotspot lately, but then when hasn't that been the case?

Joining the aircraft on Malpensa Airport's tarmac is another American Airlines plane, as AA has just begun a new nonstop route from Miami to Milan. To properly celebrate the launch for these two capitals of style, American is asking travelers to tweet a quick video showing off a short runway walk.

Granted, you won't have the same backdrop as the video above, but it doesn't matter how well you sashay so long as you enter the contest. One winner will be chosen by random drawing to claim two roundtrip tickets from any US city served by American Airlines, to Milan.

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Like It or Not, Venice Could Get a Theme Park in 2015

Where: Venice, Italy
November 5, 2013 at 9:38 AM | by | Comments (0)

Venice is known for its architecture, its gondolas, and of course its water, but if one group gets their way the city will soon be known for its theme park. Apparently, one developer is eager to build something else where tourists can head after they’re done filling their carry-ons with Murano glass and Venetian carnival masks.

The group behind the idea is Zamperia, and they’ve released their plans to shell out around €80 million to set up an amusement park on the artificial island of Sacca San Biagio, including plans for a 160-foot Ferris wheel as well as a roller coaster. The island is currently made up of landfill waste, so on the bright side they really can’t make things worse.

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LeBron James and Savannah Brinson Tweeted Away Their Roman Holiday

Where: Rome, Italy
September 19, 2013 at 4:08 PM | by | Comments (0)

After a super swanky 3-day wedding in San Diego last weekend, LeBron James and Savannah Brinson have surfaced in Rome, Italy.

It appears the high school sweethearts are spending their honeymoon visiting the city's ancient ruins and are loving every minute of it.

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The Adventures of Travel Cat: In Civita de Bagnoregio, italy

Where: Italy
September 18, 2013 at 12:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

Kitty cats. They rule the internet and, whether we realize it or not, pretty much the world too. Ever noticed how cats sometimes stake out the coolest spots in a city? This new feature—Travel Cat—focuses on exactly that. Submit a photo to be featured by tweeting or Instagramming it to us (details below).

Travel Cat spotted in: Civita de Bagnoregio, outside of Orvieto, italy.

This curious cat was photographed by Jaunted friend @whitesky60, who spotted this pack of cuties in a tiny town in Umbria. Of them, she says, "TravelCats wait for lunch in Civita de Bagnoregio, Italy."

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Beyonce Humble-Brags Her Mediterranean Vacation Via Tumblr and Instagram

Where: Italy
September 12, 2013 at 3:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

Beyonce is at it again! She recently posted several jealousy-inducing photos of her latest Mediterranean getaway with Jay Z and their daughter Blue Ivy on Tumblr and Instagram.

The family spent much of the last two weeks cruising the islands of Italy in their own personal yacht. During the excursion they were spotted along Italy’s Sorrento Coast and on the island of Capri. They even made their way to Blue Grotto, a cave that traps sunlight and creates a beautiful blue reflection.

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The Adventures of Travel Cat: In Capri's Gardens of Augustus

Where: Italy
September 11, 2013 at 2:51 PM | by | Comments (0)

Kitty cats. They rule the internet and, whether we realize it or not, pretty much the world too. Ever noticed how cats sometimes stake out the coolest spots in a city? This new feature—Travel Cat—focuses on exactly that. Submit a photo to be featured by tweeting or Instagramming it to us (details below).

Travel Cat spotted in: Capri, Italy

This curious cat was photographed by Jaunted reader Heather B, who notes that she spotted him "patrolling the Gardens of Augustus on the island of Capri."

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George Clooney Busted for Driving a Venice Water Taxi

Where: Venice, Italy
August 30, 2013 at 2:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

George Clooney got himself into some hot water this week in Venice. The debonaire actor was in town to promote his upcoming movie Gravity with co-star Sandra Bullock at the Venice Film Festival when he nonchalantly took the wheel of a water taxi.

As is the case everywhere he goes, the locals were so blinded by Clooney's charm offensive they didn't even realize he was breaking the law in the process well, all except one. After seeing George steering the boat, lawyer Mario D'Elia asked authorities to find out if he had the appropriate nautical license and a permit to pilot a water taxi. “I asked the authorities to go to the Hotel Cipriani to see if Clooney has a nautical license,” D’Elia told the local paper.

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The Adventures of Travel Cat: In the Town of Montalto Ligure, Italy

August 14, 2013 at 12:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

Kitty cats. They rule the internet and, whether we realize it or not, pretty much the world too. Ever noticed how cats sometimes stake out the coolest spots in a city? This new feature—Travel Cat—focuses on exactly that. Submit a photo to be featured by tweeting or Instagramming it to us (details below).

Travel Cat spotted in: Montalto Ligure, Italy

This curious cat was photographed in the tiny town of Montalto Ligure by Instagrammer @j8blake, who greets him simply with a "buona sera." Montalto Ligure is located in the Italian region of Liguria, but is located easy day-tripping distance from Monaco, the French Riviera and Italian Riviera.

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