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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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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.
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 tiny Principality of Monaco just so happens to be both the world's densest country and its richest. Long a favorite of the cruise crowd and wannabe James Bonds, it's more than just Grace Kelly and gilded yachts; Monaco is one destination that deserves a prominent place on your bucket list and all week we'll be sharing why.
Despite the difficulty of locating Monaco on a map that lacks detail, traveling to the principality is remarkably easy from almost any major metropolis in Europe. There's no income or bling requirement to visit, and no special handshake to saunter up into its famous Casino. Monte-Carlo is actually fully connected to the rest of the world by air with a heliport, by rail with a lovely train station, and by its famous World Rally and Formula 1 roads.
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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:
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.
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 featureTravel Catfocuses 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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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.
If you’re headed to Rome on holiday this summer the view of the Colosseum is going to be a little different. Thankfully it has nothing to do with new bits and pieces of the ancient monument crumbling away—although that’s a problem too. The new issue is traffic related, as the Mayor of Rome is shutting down the main roads circling one of the city’s most famous landmarks.
As of this last weekend, the roads leading to and surrounding the Colosseum are now closed to traffic. The hope is that the new traffic patterns will limit pollution as well as wear and tear on the city’s architectural treasure. Emergency vehicles, buses, and bicycles will still be allowed to get up close and personal, but even those modes of transportation will be limited to new reduced speed limits.
Hayden Panettiere took part in a Verona tradition yesterday when she felt up the town's Juliet Statue while on vacation with her boyfriend, Wladimir Klitschko.
The statue can be found at Juliet’s House (as in Romeo and Juliet) where the world's most famous balcony is also located. Though Romeo and Juliet are fictional characters, the city of Verona bought the home from the Dal Capello family more than 100 years ago and, due to the similarity of their names, declared the house to be the residence of the Capuleti family (creating endless tourist dollars in the process).
The Nashville star wasn't just getting frisky with the statue though; legend has it if you touch the statue's right breast you will be showered with good luck.
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Her dad, Tom Cruise, has his own private jet. But when Isabella Cruise heads off for a summer vacation in Europe, she does as the plebes do and flies Ryanair.
According to Radar, Isabella was visiting friends in London and then hopped a Ryanair flight to Florence. Considering that Ryanair doesn't even operate at Florence airport, it's possible that she flew from London-Stansted to either Ancona or Perugia, then caught a bus or train into Florence. Either way, we're sort of impressed that she flew the low-cost carrier. That's the equivalent of Willow Smith taking a Greyhound bus.
Over in fair Verona, one of the most famous literary tourist sites is about to make it rain. Sadly the cash flow is only going their way as Verona is considering charging a few Euros to view the balcony and courtyard of "Romeo and Juliet," even if it isn't the real thing (because it's fictional).
Verona played home to the star-crossed lovers of Shakespeare's play, and it's said that certain families in the city's history were the inspiration for Shakespeare's play.