Italy in the News: Cruise ship sinks, survivors rescued and captain jailed, cannabis for dinner and free e-books

Headlines from the week of January 8-14

(Yahoo News) –  A helicopter on Sunday airlifted a third survivor from the capsized hulk of a luxury cruise ship 36 hours after it ran aground off the Italian coast, as prosecutors said they were investigating the captain for manslaughter charges and accused him of abandoning his ship….Read More

(Yahoo Travel) –  World’s Prettiest Hotel Pools:  Perched along Italy’s Amalfi Coast and less than 50 miles southeast of Naples, the Hotel Caruso Belvedere by Orient Express occupies what was once an 11th-century palace. Read More

(ANSA) –  Italian police discovered a third fake blind person in the space of a week when a woman in this northern city, registered as sight-impaired, was found to be working at a municipal health office….Read More

(ANSA) – Cannabis is an ‘amazing ingredient’ according to Perugia’s Flavour University…. Read More

(ANSA) – Fiat’s future in Italy depends on Italy’s decision on whether it intends to remain a manufacturing nation, Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne said on Thursday….Read More

(ANSA) – A luxury Florence brand has released a limited-edition handbag inspired by a drawing by Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci…..Read More 

(BBC) – Lugging books to the beach is so 2007. It’s time to gear up with the right tech and turn your smartphone, e-reader or tablet computer into the universal library it was destined to be. Using a few websites or apps, you can quickly load up on books that are completely free because they are in the “public domain”, meaning they slipped out of copyright (usually many decades after the work has been published)….Read More

(NYTimes) – For years, the only way to get inside the Renaissance-era Palazzo Farnese and see its finest gem — ceiling frescoes rivaled in Rome only by the Sistine Chapel — was to attend a prebooked tour, in French or Italian….Read More

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About the author: Andi Brown

I am passionate about helping people create vacations that are perfect for them through personalized travel planning, itinerary review and small experience focused tours. My services put an emphasis on the experience of Italy, getting my clients away from the tourist crowds and into the heart and soul of the people. I believe in working with family run businesses at great locations with attention to the details. If you can dream it I can make it happen.

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  1. Thomasina Burke - 2012-01-15 at 12:50 pm Reply

    And if you have anyone stationed overseas in the military, Magic Bridge is downloadable for free through “Operation Ebook Drop,” an effort by indie authors to give something back to our servicemen/women. If anyone is interested, email me at and I will give you the coupon/link.

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