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The New Alitalia Is Looking Very Much Like The Old One

Where: Italy
June 16, 2015 at 10:19 AM | by | ()

In case you missed it, the planes over at Alitalia recently revealed a new look and — well, it’s a lot like the old look.

Adweek shared its thoughts on things, and we're pretty much in agreement. The Alitalia planes have been "redesigned" (that term used loosely) for the first time in 46 years. But the newly unveiled planes look largely the same.. The logo (the letter A) remains very similarly to former incarnations. Same goes with the colors. (As far as we know Italy is not changing the colors on its flag anytime soon, so this patriotic carrier won’t be changing colors in its livery either.)

As for what did change: the subtle alterations do add up to a more polished and contemporary look. It appears that Alitalia focused on a few main factors, like giving the logo a more prominent appearance. Although the color scheme stayed the same, the hues are a bit deeper. And the plane's belly is newly naked (read: white), losing its green stripe.

Keep an eye out for the new look on your next trip over to Milan or Rome, and be sure to let us know what you think.

[Photo: Alitalia]

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Foreign Grocery Friday: Fruits and Veggies at Carrefour Express in Rome

Where: via del Gesù, 58, Rome, Italy, 00186
May 15, 2015 at 4:12 PM | by | ()

When we travel, one of our favorite things to do is to pop into a local grocery store and check out the food products and candies we'd never find anywhere else. So we're trying out this new feature, Foreign Grocery Friday, where each week we'll feature some of our (and your) favorite overseas treats. Got a recommendation? Let us know!

Usually the premise of FGF is to, as stated above, "check out the food products and candies we'd never find anywhere else." But when we popped into a Carrefour Express in Rome on Via de Gesu, we were giddy to see the display of fresh fruits and vegetables, instead of the usual quick-market suspects like chips and soda. Check out the wide array of good-looking produce. We were nearly tempted to buy the prickly "brocolini romani" in the bottom row.

Admiring the produce also served as a quick Italian lesson for us. Cauliflower is pronounced "cavolfiori" while cucumber is "cetriolo" and fennel is "finocchi." But no translation was needed for "peperoni rossi." Oddly, iceberg lettuce is still called "iceberg" here.

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Movie Fans: This Is the Must-Visit Filming Location Featured in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

Where: Bard, Italy
May 4, 2015 at 9:10 AM | by | ()

POW. BAM. Avengers: Age of Ultron is on track to be Marvel's biggest movie — ever. And for good reason. Everything about the movie is bigger: the cast, the special effects and even the filming locations.

Shooting for Age of Ultron was based at Shepperton Studios in the UK, but its on-location shoots took place all over the world. Frequent travelers will recognize Seoul, Korea's Gangnam District, Johannesburg, South Africa, the Chittagong Ship Breaking Yard in Bangladesh, parts of London and the Hawley Woods in Hampshire, England, among other locales.

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Ladies, Gentlemen and Devout Catholics: The 2016 Hot Priests Calendar is Here

Where: Rome, Italy
April 30, 2015 at 12:08 PM | by | ()

This week's Jaunted Field Trip is coming from Rome! Got a question about the Eternal City? Let us know in the comments section below!

Three years ago we told you that everyone was buying this pin-up calendar of priests, which featured black and white photos of seriously good-looking Roman Catholic priests each month (dressed in their religious frocks of course. Get your mind out of the gutter.)

But if you weren't convinced back then that the calendar was a total tourist souvenir, maybe this will convince you. We spied the 2016 Calendario Romano with the exact same pictures as the 2013 edition.

The calendar was also for sale pretty much everywhere souvenirs were being sold. Near the Vatican, away from the vatican, down side streets, along bridges, everywhere. This one cost 8 Euros but really, you shouldn't pay full price for any souvenir in Rome.

Meanwhile, we actually spied some priests on their cellphones in front of a store where priests go to buy robes and shoes and other "gear." When in Rome, right?

[Photos: Juliana/Jaunted]

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Will The Trevi Fountain Be Finished in Time for Your Summer Trip to Rome?

Where: Rome , Italy
April 27, 2015 at 11:57 AM | by | ()

This week's Jaunted Field Trip is coming from Rome! Got a question about the Eternal City? Let us know in the comments section below!

Visiting the Trevi Fountain is always at the top of the "Things to See in Rome" list--especially since a popular tourist legend has it that if you throw a coin in the fountain, with your back to the fountains, it means someday you'll return.

But since last June, the fountain was drained for extensive renovation, and (gasp!) coin tossing has been strictly forbidden. So when will the fountain open and when can coin tossing resume?

It's a little bit hard to tell. Initially, the completion date was set for next month, but now there are reports it won't reopen again until the fall, after the crush of summer tourists. The restoration will cost over 2 million Euros and is being financed by the Fendi fashion house. #WheninRome.

However, there is a silver lining for tourists-- the fountain isn't closed.

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The Tourists of Rome Have a Selfie Stick Problem (But It’s Not What You Think)

Where: Rome, Italy
April 23, 2015 at 2:00 PM | by | ()

Selfie Sticks are without a doubt the most polarizing travel gear on the market today. People either love them and use them for selfie opps at major landmarks or they hate them and make fun of the folks who carry them, usually by posting a shot of the selfie stick users on social media.

The love-hate also extends to businesses as many music festivals and events, such as the Kentucky Derby, have banned selfie sticks while British Airways sells them out of their Duty Free catalog.

But in Rome, selfie sticks, whether you love them or hate them, are a real problem.

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Why It's Important To Be Right When Flying to Venice

Where: Venice, Italy
February 26, 2015 at 10:20 AM | by | ()

What’s this? Well, if you could see through the thick cloud, you’d have a prime view of La Serenissima, beautiful Venice curling out like a snail below to your right.

We often talk about which seats are best on a plane – aisle, bulkhead, premium economy, business class. But forget all that. All you need to fly to Venice is a seat on the right hand side.

Three out of three times we’ve sat on the right, now, and seen Venice. We checked with our pilot this time, and he confirmed that it is almost always, if not always, Venice to the right.

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Travel Movie Tuesday: Escapism and an Expat Life in 'Under the Tuscan Sun'

Where: Italy
December 9, 2014 at 3:16 PM | by | ()

From Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck falling in love in Rome to Julia Roberts circling the globe to find herself, film has played an important role in shaping both the golden years and current day of travel. Thus, we present our newest series, Travel Movie Tuesday, where we detail the most inspiring travel films.

Expat life is quite a decision; you pack up your life and heading to a destination that's not only a new city, a new country, but possibly also a new culture and new outlook. Major life changes like new jobs, marriages (and divorces), or just the desire to immerse oneself in a new part of the world are usually the driving forces behind such a change, and a mild combination of all of them form the basis for "Under the Tuscan Sun."

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Venice is Tired of Noisy Rolling Luggage, May Fine Tourists Up to $620

Where: Venice, Italy
November 21, 2014 at 2:23 PM | by | ()

Remember how we said that luggage is the worst? Yeah, well the whole of Venice, Italy agrees and may even be successful with a new proposal to outlaw rolling baggage.

As there are only two ways to get around Venice (by foot or by boat), tourists who haven't lined their pockets with enough cash for a private water taxi transfer typically have to hoof it along canals, down alleys, and over bridges to reach their accommodation, lugging their baggage the whole way.

2013 was a record year for Venice tourism; La Serenissima welcomed nearly 60,000 daily visitors on average. The Venice Times actually figured out that each Venetian who lives in the historic center (excluding the islands) is "'in charge' of about 354 tourists per day." Compare that to Florence's 22 tourists per resident, and it's obvious Venice is a little crowded. Each visitor naturally arrives with some belongings, and that's exactly the problem.

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Travel Movie Tuesday: 'Summertime' in Venice with Katharine Hepburn

Where: Italy
October 21, 2014 at 11:53 AM | by | ()

From Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck falling in love in Rome to Julia Roberts circling the globe to find herself, film has played an important role in shaping both the golden years and current day of travel. Thus, we present our newest series, Travel Movie Tuesday, where we detail the most inspiring travel films.

Planning for the trip of a lifetime can be just as exciting as getting on the plane to step foot in your dream city. 'Summertime" follows the story of Jane Hudson (played by Katharine Hepburn) as she squirrels away her wages from her elementary school secretary job to escape Akron, OH during summer break and head to Venice. A young and beautiful American woman traveling alone in La Serenissima, what could go wrong?

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Took Long Enough, But Italian Designers Now Making Furniture for Italian Airports

Where: Italy
July 17, 2014 at 6:50 AM | by | ()

A little bit of modern design is heading into airports across Italy in the form of new gate furniture. We’re used to the standard look and feel of the seats that fill the concourse and terminal, but now one firm is taking things to the next level with a simple—yet snazzy—"less is more" approach.

Poltrona Frau, whom you may remember as also having done the plush leather seats in Singapore Airlines Suites Class as well as Ferrari sports cars, are branching into airports. The seat has been dubbed "Flair" and it was launched in Milan last year. The first to score the swank seats is Bologna Airport, thanks to a little help from the architecture firm over at Progetto CMR.

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Three Destinations Ideal for a George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin Wedding

Where: Laglio, Italy
April 28, 2014 at 2:48 PM | by | ()

Now that George Clooney's mom has confirmed that the world's most notorious bachelor is indeed settling down with Amal Alamuddin, it's time to start wedding planning.

Based on Clooney's own travels and favorite locations, we've narrowed it down to 3 potential locations for the couple's nuptials:

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