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Is there an Italo Calvino museum or historic site?

I really love Italo Calvino's novels, stories and nonfiction. I'm planning a trip to Europe and was wondering if there is any kind of museum or historic site devoted to him (I was imagining something like the Hemingway Museum). Is there a place that would be especially good to visit for a Calvino fan? I've googled a bit but all I can find is his grave in Castiglione della Pescaia.
posted by oulipian on May 4, 2016 - 2 answers

Travel suggestions in Italy

we are driving around in Italy this month and would love suggestions for the must-see, the off-beaten-track, the delicious [more inside]
posted by supermedusa on May 1, 2016 - 10 answers

Non-traditional things in Italy that made your trip remarkable.

What are your non-traditional things in Rome, Florence, and Venice that made your trip really remarkable? [more inside]
posted by scrittore on Apr 20, 2016 - 51 answers

Best ways to get from town to town along French and Italian riviera

Traveling along the Côte d'Azur and the Ligurian Sea in the next few weeks. Need to optimize our travel between the towns on our itinerary but searching is giving me incomplete information. Can you walk me through it, step by step? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Mar 15, 2016 - 7 answers

411 on Baltimore's Little Italy

At a conference in March, I'll be organizing a group of public history colleagues for a dinner conversation. I'd really like skip the hotel restaurants and chains take them to Baltimore's Little Italy neighborhood, but I don't know much about the area. Can you recommend a good place where 15 people could have dinner, ideally in a private room or somewhere easy to hear? And what other sites/stops/points of interest would some geeky historians like to know about? Thanks!
posted by Miko on Feb 26, 2016 - 8 answers

Quiet, non-lux living along the Mediterranean this summer: where to?

My wife and I would like to rent a simple furnished apartment or small house somewhere along the Mediterranean this summer, for about a month. We just want a place where we can do some writing and go swimming every day. The catch is that we don't have much more than 500€ or so to pay for rent. Seeking recommendations for countries, specific islands, towns or villages, or website recommendations! [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Feb 18, 2016 - 8 answers

Planning a 10-day road trip in Italy

Help me plan a 10-day road trip in Italy in March or April. I've already been to the tourist sites in Rome, Venice, Florence, etc. so would prefer to drive up the coast and stay in little towns along the way. More snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Feb 9, 2016 - 13 answers

Food, cooking, arts trip in Italy...

Please help me figure out how to craft a fabulous vacation for my two kiddos and myself to Italy this summer.. [more inside]
posted by pearlybob on Jan 31, 2016 - 22 answers

Great Moments in Obscure 19th Century Italian History

I’m trying to fact-check an anecdote that I’ve come across in the course of a research project, and coming up short. In a nutshell: did King Umberto I of Italy ever visit Paris at any point between 1889 and his assassination in 1900? The anecdote suggests that he did, but my (admittedly limited) understanding of French-Italian relations at the time suggests that this is unlikely.
posted by fizzyliftingdrink on Jan 26, 2016 - 1 answer

The Search for the Definitive Bolognese...

Sometime in late March/Early April 2015, the NYT Now App ran a story that linked to a very long article on the definitive bolognese sauce. The story followed a reporter as he went from town to town in Italy in search of the true version of this delicious sauce. The story disappeared from NYT Now before I got to finish it, and my google searches return recipe after recipe, but not that story. Did anyone out here happy to read it and remember the source? (My efforts to contact the Times through customer service also led to dead ends, hence this post.)
posted by teddyb109 on Dec 26, 2015 - 5 answers

What was this Italian dessert?

Help me identify this Italian dessert that my wife had several years ago. She describes it as layers of Gorgonzola cheese, mascarpone cheese, and dried fruit. Possibly there were other elements but that’s all she remembers, aside from it being delicious. [more inside]
posted by theory on Nov 23, 2015 - 2 answers

Forward Planning: Southern Germany & South Tyrol holiday

What shouldn't we miss around the Romantic Road area of Germany and South Tyrol region of Italy? [more inside]
posted by biffa on Nov 18, 2015 - 4 answers

Filling in the gaps between Munich and Milan (or a little beyond)

Solo traveler looking for your recommendations for off-the-tourist-trail places roughly between Munich and Milan for the last week of December/first week of January. Bonus points for an interesting place to spend New Year's Eve. [more inside]
posted by a bird, it's a bird on Oct 8, 2015 - 5 answers

Online restaurant reservations in Italy: what do you use?

I usually use something like Opentable in the U.S. What's the best app or site with similar functionality for restaurants in Rome and Florence? [more inside]
posted by Right On Red on Sep 15, 2015 - 3 answers

A stylish disaster -- Should we avoid Milan during 2015 Fashion Week?

We booked a trip to Milan September 23-27th. After the fact, we learned it is Fashion Week! Should we try to avoid the city and just escape into the countryside? Will museums still be open to the public? Bonus question: Is the Milan Expo worth attending? [more inside]
posted by BusyBusyBusy on Sep 14, 2015 - 5 answers

Roman Holiday: Level Advanced

Going on a trip to Rome with my dad. As a serious history/art history buff, he absolutely loves Rome and has been 5 or 6 times before. Looking for advice for some off-the-beaten-path activities for a two week trip in October. [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter on Sep 12, 2015 - 25 answers

Should I move to Italy?

I am thinking about moving to Italy from the US for the lifestyle, and need input on whether this is crazy, and whether I can live comfortably on the money I make. If you've done this yourself or are familiar with life on both sides of the pond, I’d love to hear your thoughts. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 11, 2015 - 27 answers

Italian Videos

I am looking for videos in Italian. I want something like this puppet show, but in Italian, not French. Basically I want Sesame Street or The Muppets in Italian. [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen on Sep 4, 2015 - 4 answers

Info & Advice for Planning an Awesome Xmas Vacation to Italy/Vatican

My family has decided to spend the holidays in Italy and at the Vatican. I'm doing all the planning and booking and I need some advice both in general, and specific to the holidays/closures etc. We will spend about 2 weeks and plan to see Rome/the Vatican, Florence and Venice. [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin... on Sep 2, 2015 - 17 answers

Italian Singer/Songwriters

I would like to listen to some singer/songwriters who sing in Italian. [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen on Aug 17, 2015 - 10 answers

Where can I buy affordable fashion and/or accessories while in Milan?

I'm staying in Milan until Tuesday evening, and I'd like to pick up something for a close friend's birthday while I'm here. I can't spend a huge amount of money (maybe $100-$150 max), but I'd love to get her something unique from Milan. She's kind of a fashionista, and she tends to have an Anthropologie-esque style. I'd be looking for something like a blouse, dress, unique accessory, or personal product. Where should I go? Any specific suggestions and/or products you can recommend? Thanks!
posted by theantikitty on Aug 16, 2015 - 6 answers

Italy travelfilter: Venice vs. Naples/Amalfi Coast

I have the awesome problem of deciding what I want to do with two and half days in Italy, in August. [more inside]
posted by jameaterblues on Aug 4, 2015 - 11 answers

A Tour On Purse Strings

After years of scrimping and saving, we are contemplating a trip abroad in the fall. However, small budget means we have to figure out what to visit and how. Please help us figure out the last potential vacation overseas for the next decade or so! [more inside]
posted by Atreides on Jun 4, 2015 - 19 answers

Elena Ferrante: Why no Catholic Church in the Neapolitan Novels?

Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels are set in post-war Naples, and the Catholic Church shows up only peripherally, if at all. There is a wedding in the first novel, and the religious aspects of even this event are hardly acknowledged. Why might this be? [more inside]
posted by kensington314 on May 25, 2015 - 3 answers

Where to get beer I like in Italy?

So what are some good beer makers for me to look out for in Italy, and what particular bars or restaurants have good beer selections in Rome and Venice? My preferred styles are IPA, Belgian ales, stout; but anything that has some depth of flavor is good, especially if it is rooted in local/regional brewing traditions. Just not flavorless lager! [more inside]
posted by Mechitar on May 15, 2015 - 7 answers

New and interesting in Rome and Venice?

My girlfriend and I are going to Italy in three weeks. We both love Rome, but neither of us has been in a while. I am a "foodie" (sigh) and am fluent in Italian, if rusty. Some things we're seeing: Palazzo Altemps, S. Luigi dei Francesi for the Caravaggios, Villa Borghese, MAXXI, the Quirinale. Is there anything new, or newly open, that we should be aware of? Any musical happenings in early May we shouldn't miss? [more inside]
posted by lackutrol on Apr 10, 2015 - 6 answers

1000 Days In A Small Place Under The Tuscan Sun

I'm going to be spending almost two months in Tuscany, and I want reading material. But I'm picky. Book recommendations for the traveling jaded literary snob? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Apr 7, 2015 - 24 answers

Best time to buy my Italy airfare?

I'm hoping to purchase my tickets to Italy soon - should I wait or pounce now? [more inside]
posted by PussKillian on Mar 20, 2015 - 5 answers

Street Navigation App for Android Tablet: Italy edition

We spend a few months in Italy each year, and duplicate our lives from Australia over there. Last year we purchased a second-hand car, and find it really useful to use a GPS for navigation. Our TelCo also gave us two Samsung Note 3 Android Tablets. We have smartphones and iPads, and are hoping to use the android tablet in the vehicle for navigation when required. Would Google Maps be the best? There is the provision for SIM cards in the Samsung, however I would probably prefer to link it to a portable hotspot if needed. PREFERABLY a navigation app for Italy which works well off-line. Any suggestions? TIA
posted by Flashduck on Mar 20, 2015 - 2 answers

Recommendations for places to visit in Northern Italy

We will there for about 1 week, based near Milan. We are thinking about a day or overnight trip to Venice. Any other recommendations for day or overnight trips around there? We won't have a car. [more inside]
posted by neutralmojo on Mar 15, 2015 - 13 answers

Florence, Chambord, and something in between

In late May, I will spend a week with my family in Italy (Rome, Florence, Venice) and then I'm going by myself to the Loire Valley to gawk at castles. Where should I stop for a day or two in between: Nice, Marseille, Lyon? [more inside]
posted by wintersonata9 on Mar 9, 2015 - 12 answers

Can I replace the SIM card in my Galaxy SIII in France and Italy?

I've read that for some smartphones it's possible, when traveling in Europe, to buy a local SIM card and put it in the phone. Is the Samsung Galaxy S III, purchased in Toronto, one of these phones? [more inside]
posted by feelinggood on Mar 7, 2015 - 8 answers

Getting to/from the US to Split, Croatia in June?

I'm planning to travel to Split this June and would like some advice on air travel logistics from people who've been there recently. There seems to be a steep premium on direct itineraries, so I'm trying to decide if there's a better way. Specific questions on traveling through Rome-FCO or Zagreb inside. [more inside]
posted by Kadin2048 on Mar 6, 2015 - 9 answers

HoneymoonFilter: Europe Edition (Greek islands, Italian neighborhoods)

Which neighborhoods should we be trying to stay in, as first-time travelers to Rome and Florence? Which Greek island should we be looking at? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Mar 5, 2015 - 12 answers

Italy on short notice

Going to Italy this weekend on short notice for a surprise romantic getaway. In last-minute planning mode, need the wisdom of the traveled Hive Mind - where should we go? [more inside]
posted by hot soup on Feb 8, 2015 - 20 answers

What's this song? Taped an hour of radio in 1983.

For the past thirty years I've been trying to identify every song on a cassette tape I made from the radio. I have now found them all, except one. Can anyone tell me what the artist and title of this song is? I have only two seconds of audio here. Here’s the backstory behind my pointless three decade old mission… [more inside]
posted by Italian Radio on Jan 30, 2015 - 4 answers

Please help me plan a vacation to Italy!

I just booked a vacation in Italy for 11 full days with my girlfriend. We are flying into and out of Rome in early May. Please help us plan our trip! [more inside]
posted by masters2010 on Jan 29, 2015 - 13 answers

Shipping address in Spain or Italy needed

I'm looking to buy an item of clothing online, but I need an address in Spain or Italy to do so. I know there are companies that provide you with an address in the US or the UK or Japan and will then forward your package on to you, but I can't seem to find anything like this for Spain or Italy. Does anyone know where I might find such a service?
posted by Put the kettle on on Jan 5, 2015 - 2 answers

Furniture Makers in Brianza region, Italy

Hi, My partner and I are going to Italy in a couple of weeks. We're going to spend 3 days in Milan. We are aware that Milan is great for shopping and we're definitely planning on visit some of the furniture showrooms in the city. But internet search also says the Brianza region right outside Milan has the greatest concentration of furniture shops in Italy. But I have a hard time figuring out logistics of visiting these shops. [more inside]
posted by wcmf on Dec 9, 2014 - 1 answer

Italian Culture, in and out of translation

Recommendations, please, on current Italian popular music, literature in English translation, and subtitled media. [more inside]
posted by Mngo on Dec 7, 2014 - 5 answers

Has anybody seen this photograph? Complication: boobs.

Three or four years ago I saw a photograph in an actual newspaper of a group of wetnurses and babies in an Italian orphanage. There were some rows of buxom young women in uniform, each one seated with a breast out feeding a baby. The young women all wore a kind of nurses cap and oddly, every single one of them had dark curly hair. There was an odd juxtaposition in the picture between the uniformity of the group - and they were pretty smart - and the intimacy of the action. The date must have been 1940's or 30's. Now I've tried googling this picture and while the searches have taken me to some unexpectedly alarming places, I've not found it. The closest I've got, in feeling and structure, is number 3 of 4 here; but this isn't it. So, consulting the diverse and extensive knowledges accumulated here, does anyone know the photograph and where I might see it again? [more inside]
posted by glasseyes on Oct 24, 2014 - 14 answers

Lemons!(?!)

Our awesome new flat has a large garden area attached to it. It's primarily all paving stones, excepting the borders and what appears to be an untamed lemon tree in the corner. I need help with some plant identification and basic lemon tree triage. Difficulty level: Rome, Italy [more inside]
posted by romakimmy on Oct 8, 2014 - 12 answers

Purse shopping in Italy

Where and what shops should I look at for purses in Venice/Milan? [more inside]
posted by jellyjam on Oct 7, 2014 - 3 answers

Temporary European banking

I'm going to the UK and Italy for 5 months for work and am having trouble getting the banking situation worked out. [more inside]
posted by rustcellar on Jul 24, 2014 - 14 answers

What is this book that a mad monk recommended?

Reading The Count of Monte Cristo. Spoilers: [more inside]
posted by johngoren on Jul 15, 2014 - 4 answers

Moving to Naples, Italy! Need help with lots of practical questions

My wife has just accepted a good job in Naples. She's a British citizen and so, according to the Italian consulate, I'll be able to get an EU residency card and a work permit, healthcare, etc. wiout much trouble at all. (Sadly, she just recently turned down a job in the UK because the spousal visa process was so onerous as to be ridiculous.) A new adventure! But we know *nothing* of Italy and Naples n particular. Help! [more inside]
posted by alaaarm on Jul 4, 2014 - 13 answers

How to find/contact a family member in Milan, Italy?

Looking for ways to find/contact a lost family member in Milan, Italy. Suggestions welcome. [more inside]
posted by knz on Jun 26, 2014 - 8 answers

Book about Italian apprentice making fountain for stray cats.

Ok, I could have sworn I read this book multiple times when I was a kid, but nobody seems to remember it exists including my cat-loving, children's literature professor mom who gave it to me. I'll try to list every thing I can remember about it in the extended explanation. To summarize, it takes place in an Italian town where a young-fountain-making apprentice wants to make his own fountain so that all the stray cats around him will have some place to drink. As he is poor, he cobbles together the material from things he can find, and in the end I do believe he ends up making the fountain. My mom and the internet don't seem to remember this book, but I think it did exist. Maybe you guys will come up with something. [more inside]
posted by KinoAndHermes on Jun 17, 2014 - 6 answers

Best way for a UK citizen to manage money and cellphones in Europe?

I'm a Canadian/UK citizen living in London and I'm going travelling in Europe for three months. What's the best way for me to manage my money/cell phone plan while I travel? Requirements and details over the fold. [more inside]
posted by Cpt. The Mango on May 9, 2014 - 6 answers

Avoiding molluscs in Italian food

I'm allergic to molluscs: scallops, mussels, clams, squid, oysters, whelks, etc. I'll be spending some time in Venice and the Cinque Terre area soon. Is there anything I should look out for to avoid accidentally eating molluscs? [more inside]
posted by neushoorn on Apr 23, 2014 - 11 answers

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