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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.
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Welcome to "What Everyone's Buying," a new series on souvenirs, wherein we investigate what tourist trinkets are the hottest selling in hotspots around the world.
How could a simple black & white calendar, with the simple name "Calendario Romano" cause such a titter among tourists? Simpleby borrowing the pin-up concept and applying it to handsome Roman Catholic priests.
Spend enough time in Rome and you'll begin to notice they're everywherethe fathers in their conservative black vestmentshaving un caffe e cornetto next to you in the morning, or petting a cat on a windowsill. The calendar selects 12 (having a chiseled jawline is more qualification than being actually ordained) and photographs them in innocent occupation, though their eyes betray less than innocent thoughts. Preview all 12 months on the back of each calendar.
St. Paul's Outside the Walls, a basilica you should probably check out
It's a crazy time in the Catholic Church right now. There are two popes! It's almost Easter! Spring Break means Catholic school kids are misbehaving!
WIth all the hubbub surround the Vatican of late, maybe it's time to go old school and score you some Indulgences, AKA "Get Out of Hell Free" cards. Indulgences were once granted by the Catholic Church for good deeds done and acts of humility, but eventually they became a commodity sold or gifted to those held in favor by a corrupt church, centuries ago. If you've seen The Borgias, then you have some idea of what we're talking about. Indulgences technically don't exist anymore, but they sorta still do.
In any case, there are a few ways of going about earning indulgences, if you're into that. One is to climb the steps of the Scala Santa on your knees and reciting the correct prayers, the Scala Santa being a marble staircase supposedly brought to Rome from Jerusalem, where it was the stairs on which Jesus met Pontius Pilate.
Another way of earning an indulgence is to visit Rome and make a pilgrimage to each of the four "major basilicas," all which happen to be within a quick walk or subway ride of each other in la città eterna.
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There’s a new pope in town, but that doesn’t mean that pope-a-palooza is winding down anytime soon. If you’re lucky enough to be in Rome there are many opportunities to check out the goings on around the arrival of Pope Francis, and you’ll even be the first to score some fresh-out-of-the-box papal souvenirs. However, the whole conclave thing was an inconvenience to those looking to check out some of the Vatican’s best tourist attractions: the Musei Vaticani.
Beginning today—Monday—the Vatican Museums are once again open to the paying public, and that includes access to the Sistine Chapel. Visits to the Borgia Apartment as well as the Collection of Modern Religious Art are available too, so once again you’ll be getting your Euro's worth when you check things out.
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Italy has a lot of good stuff we don’t have here at home, but the thing we’re missing most here—besides an abundance of gelato—is WiFi in our rental cars.
All the car connection magic comes from the folks over at Hertz and their rental car empire. It’s called Hertz Mobile WiFi, and it’s a little pocket-sized thing that’s offered up to rental car customers in collaboration with Wind Mobile. Basically it sounds like a mobile hotspot that goes right in your car and gives you all-the-time access to the internet no matter how many wrong turns you take or exits you miss.
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It’s never too early to start thinking about ski season, and that’s especially the case with November just around the corner. Sure the good flakes might not start coating those slopes until a month or two from now, but we’re thinking that there will be plenty of the white fluffy stuff to get you outdoors. The only problem with skiing is that there’s a lot of equipment to lug and things get even more inconvenient when you need to fly to the mountain. Thankfully there’s one airline over in Europe that’ll serve as a lift for your equipment, and they’ll do it for free.
Monarch Airlines out of the United Kingdom is gearing up for ski season and offering to carry your stuff under the belly of the plane without an extra fee. You do need to book your tickets between now and the end of 2012, and you’ll end up saving yourself roughly $65. They’ve even got low rates to many popular destinations, as rates start around $55 each way inclusive of taxes to spots like Friedrichshafen and Innsbruck.