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Landslides and Flooding in Cinque Terre

I was planning to tempt the mid-November weather Gods and visit Cinque Terre for the first time later this month. That's not going to happen now since they beat me by about three weeks.  Severe storms hit the area on October 25, triggering…

Vinicio Capossela

Discovered this Italian singer from Putomayo's Music From the Winelands compilation. Simply Fabulous. Here's an interview with Capossela with NPR's All Things Considered last January. "I have an attitude about the grotesque in my shows,"…

Weegee in Milano

Meant to post this months ago, but there's still a little time: If you’ve watched old Hollywood crime films from the 1930s and 40s, you’ll have seen plenty of Speed Graphics in action, those bulky cameras with large bulbs that could light…

July pic(k)s

I had an accordion forced upon me at an early age. I wanted to play guitar, but my parents insisted I be a good little Slovenian-American boy and bought me a squeeze box. I was never very good, and peaked in the fourth grade. Certainly not…

30 Second Cheap hotel Advisor – Rome

Hotel Luciani Via Milazzo, 8 00185 Rome, Italy Luciani is one of the dozens (or perhaps hundreds?) of little hotels that appear in every nook and cranny near Rome's Termini (main) train station. A tiny room, Spartan bed, old bedstand,…

30 Second Cheap hotel Advisor – Milan

Cityhotel Central Station Via Giovanni Battista Sammartini 15 Milano, Italy True to its name, this place is a five-minute stroll from Milano Centrale Station. As you can see, I had a fairly large room, with a big window overlooking a…

20 second cheap hotel advisor – Milan, Italy

Monopole Via Fabio Filzi 43 20124 Milan Stayed one night, 27-Nov-2007 Great location, just about a five minute stroll from the Centrale station. Roomy, nice, comfortable; breakfast left a bit to be desired, but best of all, I got it…

Mandatory blog-licensing in Italy?

A distinct possibility, according to popular Italian blogger and political activist Beppe Grillo. Ricardo Franco Levi, a confidante of Prime Minister Romano Prodi, authored a draft law which would mandate all bloggers to register their…

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On more quick Udine follow-up... This week marks the 90th Anniversary of the Battle of Caporetto (Slovenia's Kobarid) aka the 'Twelfth Battle of the Isonzo', the last of the battles on the Izonzo front (Soška fronta), and the one…

Gadling photo of the day

Udine briefly revisited: I'm not really a voyeur, but it was fun taking this pic, selected a few days ago as the popular travel blog Gadling's Photo of the Day. Gadling had a major overhaul yesterday, by the way, so check it out. If you…

A new political movement?

"Serbia to Tokyo." Seen atop castle hill in Udine, Italy, 12-Oct-2007. Perhaps I'm just over-analyzing? A new political movement?, originally uploaded by pirano.

Italian baggage

Hauled these bottles home from a recent visit to Rome, and humbly seek your suggestions, comments, notes, etc. on any and all. Thanks! - Bigi Aliatico di Gradoli (vini Liquoroso), N/V - Bersano Barolo 2003 - Vigneti la Selvanella Chianti…

San Vittore Olana

Sleepy town, a Milanese suburb about 35 minutes from Milano Centrale. Not much here, but I did find these cool hands in the main square.