Hosts Sara, Jessica, and Michelle talk about Prime Minister Berlusconi’s latest scandal, Rubygate; a proposed law that would ban miniskirts in one Italian town; a recent court decision that discourages couples’ having sex in cars; and also a quick update on the Amanda Knox trial as we mark the third anniversary of Meredith Kercher’s death. Later, we’re joined by Susan Van Allen, author of 100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go, who will share tips for traveling to Italy in the off-season, including some great winter destinations.
Eye on Italy News Stories:
- Silvio Berlusconi accused of having uncontrollable sickness for women; Berlusconi under fire over help for a teen. Bonus: Silvio Berlusconi’s women slideshow on the Telegraph
- Sesso in auto: ora si rischiano 3 anni di carcere
- Miniskirt Ban to Take Effect in Italian Town; Italian women face 500 euro fine for wearing miniskirts
- Change of judge adds questions to Knox’s appeal
Susan Van Allen, @100placesItaly on Twitter, is the author of 100 Places In Italy Every Woman Should Go. Her love for Italy stems from her maternal grandparents, who emigrated from Southern Italy. She was born in Newark, New Jersey, and grew up on the Jersey shore amidst wonderful food and drama. When she first stepped off the train into Roma Termini in 1976, she got hooked on Italian travel. Since then she’s explored the country up and down the boot–visiting relatives, immersing herself in the country’s masterpieces and culture, taking language and cooking classes, and going on boating, biking, and hiking adventures.
She’s written about Italian travel for many media outlets, including National Public Radio, Town & Country, Student Traveler, Tastes of Italia, Chicago Daily Herald, several Travelers Tales anthologies (including Best Travel Writing 2009), and CNN.com. Van Allen also writes for television, and was on staff of the Emmy winning sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. When she’s not in Italy, she is based in Los Angeles, where she lives with her husband and makes scrumptious lasagne.
- Golden Days in Italy (Susan’s blog)
- 100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go on Facebook
- @100placesItaly on Twitter
Eye on Italy Angolo d’Italiano:
- semaforo (rosso)
- traffic light (as opposed to the Red Light District — quartiere a luci rosse)
Eye on Italy Picks of the Week:
- Sara: International Rome Film Festival – October 27th – November 6th, and accompanying, Roma Film Festival iPhone app; Flickr maps: Where tourists & locals take pictures in Italy at WhyGo Italy.
- Michelle: Georgia’s Kitchen by Jenny Nelson: fun, delicious read partially set in a Tuscan trattoria and Taormina, Sicily.
- Jessica: The local Italian wine isn’t always red. Falanghina wines in Campania are white & delicious with the region’s seafood. Sciacchetrà wines in the Cinque Terre are white & sweet, & perfect for dunking biscotti in. Find out what’s local before you instinctively order a carafe of red!
- Susan: Flavors of Rome: How, What and Where to Eat in the Eternal City, by Carol Coviello-Malzone; Soul of Sicily, based in the Baroque town of Noto, offers cooking classes in the spring and fall.
Deal of the Week:
- San Francisco to Rome round-trip airfare from $815 in November, $866 in December
- See the WhyGo Italy travel deals page for the latest travel deals
Video of the week: