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Italian sports newspapers | Print |  E-mail
Written by Larry Aiello   
Thursday, 24 June 2010 00:00

Italian sports newspaper, Gazzetta dello SportItaly is a country that is rabid for its sports. In fact, there are even 3 daily Italian newspapers that focus entirely on sports.

The more popular one being La Gazzetta dello Sport which is published with a bright pink paper to make it stand-out. It began publishing in 1896 and had a heavy emphasis on cycling. In fact, the color pink is the jersey worn by the race leader of the Giro d’Italia cycling race.

Another popular sports paper is the Corriere dello Sport, which began publishing in 1924. It originally only published 3 times a week, but later became a daily paper in 1927. This paper is published in Rome but can be found all throughout Italy.

Of course you can also follow the sports in Italy by reading some of their popular daily newspapers such as Corriere della Sera, La Repubblica and Il Mattino. Of course, the amount of coverage is not as in-depth as the daily papers.

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Alitalia new Airbus A330 Arrives in August | Print |  E-mail
Written by Larry Aiello   
Thursday, 17 June 2010 17:23

Alitalia, Italy's national carrier made the following announcement today:


This summer, two new A330-200 Aircraft begin service between the US and Italy. The aircraft will operate between Milan (Malpensa) and New York- JFK beginning August 10 and between Milan (Malpensa) and Miami beginning August 12 *.

Passengers traveling on the A330 Aircraft will enjoy new lie-flat seats, which include a built-in massage feature. A divider screen allows passengers to relax in privacy. Individual entertainment systems offer numerous on-demand audio and video features. Choose from over 45 films, available in 8 languages, sit-coms, videogames and real-time news. You can also connect your MP3 player and listen to your favorite music. Laptop connections and satellite telephones are also available in the Magnifica Class Cabin onboard the new A330-200 Aircraft. View connecting flight information in Milan (Malpensa) and Rome (Fiumicino) airports.

* The service will soon be available for flights from and to Rome, Fiumicino.

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Best beaches in Italy | Print |  E-mail
Written by Larry Aiello   

Let’s face it, you can’t compare the beaches in the Mediterranean with those of the Pacific, Caribean, Florida, etc, The water is generally cooler, and the sand is coarser. The water is also more salty, and sometimes the beaches can be rocky (including cliffs). But that doesn’t mean you can’t find a beautiful location to take a swim. In fact, there are many!

Here are some of Italy’s better beaches (From North to South)

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World Cup Preview for Italian National Team | Print |  E-mail
Written by Larry Aiello   
Thursday, 03 June 2010 21:00

With the upcoming World Cup soccer tournament set to start in 8 days, the Italian team, led by coach Marcello Lippi, is about to embark upon their defense of the 2006 title.

Despite being ranked 5th in the world according to FIFA, the Italians should put up a strong defense. A lot will depend on how the new players mesh with the players that were on the championship team, and of course how star goalie, Gianluigi Buffon can perform in the net.

The Italian World Cup roster is now set, and the team will only have 9 players from the championship squad:  Gianluigi Buffon, Iaquinta, Andrea Pirlo, Fabio Cannavaro, Gilardino, Gianluca Zambrotta, Canoranesi, Daniele De Rossi, and Gennaro Gattuso.  A surprise player to make the team is Mauro Camoranesi, despite having injured his knee on Tuesday.

The team will leave on June 8th for South Africa, and will play in Group F against Paraguay, New Zealand, and Slovakia.

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Summer Time in Italy, 2010 | Print |  E-mail
Written by Larry Aiello   
Monday, 24 May 2010 00:00

Summertime in Italy

Ah, summer is in the air.  The weather starts warming up very nicely, the kids are out of school, and many people take their vacations.  And who could think of a better place to take a vacation than in Italy during the summer.

It should come as no surprise, a country with a heavy emphasis on tourism, that the summer is a great time to visit Italy. Summer in Italy means there are tourists from all over the world, so it takes on a very festive atmosphere. If you go to Rome, you will see many different cultures from all over the world, and also hear many different languages. This is especially true in June, July and Early September. In August, however, the Italians go on vacation. Ferragosto (August 15th) is a national holiday in Italy. Many of the towns like Rome, Florence and Milan will be relatively empty. Italians are on vacation this month, and will head to the beaches.

Table showing average high and average low temperatures in Milan, Rome and Naples (Amalfi Coast, Capri), Italy for the months of June, July, August and September.  Also shows average precipitation.

What can you expect for the weather in Italy this summer? See table to the right. The weather will be hot, with temperatures in the 90s (Fahrenheit) and sometimes in the 100s down south.

Need to cool off while you're taking in the sights? Italy is famous for it's delicious gelato, their version of ice cream. However, it is different (and tastes better) than ice cream. Many are made with fresh nuts and fruits. There are even places in Rome that serve more than 200 flavors!

And if you are in Rome, a drink from one of the public fountains will be refreshing. No need to worry, they've been doing this for over 2000 years.

Be prepared to go with the flow. There are often transportation strikes during the month of August. It is a great way for the transportation workers to get their point across during busy travel season. However, it can get on your nerves as a tourist.

Italian outlook Summer 2010 - Despite the civil unrest in Greece, and the volcanic ash from the Icelandic volcano causing travel headaches, early estimates are showing increased demand for European travel for the summer of 2010. And this is despite the fact that airfares are higher compared to last year. According to Travelocity, the average cost of all U.S. flights to Western Europe are $1,322 on average this summer compared with $1,059 last summer. The good news is that the weakened Euro against the Dollar (US and CDN) will help travelers from North America this summer. I estimate the same trip will probably cost around $1,000 USD towards the latter part of September.

The summer train schedule was released earlier this week, so now is a good time to start booking your train travel, as there is plenty of availability at this moment. There will probably be more train routes, especially the regional routes, added to the summer schedule in the next couple of weeks or so. However, the majority of the routes for high-speed travel for Rome, Florence, Venice, Milan and Naples are already in place.

Wishing you and your family un buon viaggio! Larry Aiello

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Agriturismo in Italy

What is Agriturismo? In Italian, it is actually a combination of two words - Agricoltura and Turismo - agriculture and tourism.

It basically means spending your vacation on a farm.  It started becoming popular in the 1980s when many Italian farmers were looking for other ways to supplement their income. At an Italian agriturismo you will usually have the chance to experience the foods prepared from raw materials produced on the farm.  Some will allow their guests participate in the activities surrounding the farm such as wine-making, cheese-making, olive production, milking cows, etc.  It is usually a very rustic experience.  Agriturismo can be another option instead of a typical Italian vacation that involves Italian hotels.  Most of them are located in Tuscany, Umbria and Sicily.


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