Favorite Reads on Italy (FRI) is a weekly roundup published on Fridays featuring interesting articles, fascinating experiences, and handy resources that I’ve come across that week.
This week’s roundup features hiking in the Dolomites, reasons to visit Piedmont, the ecology of Venice, leaning towers in Italy, truffles and more.
Culture and Travel
3 Questions about the ecology of Venice by Context Travel – Fascinating read that explains “the structural characteristics of Venice, the problems that the city faces, and some of the remedial measures currently being carried out”.
Murano, Italy, Still Sparkling After 700 Years by The New York Times – While Murano, as mentioned in the article, often caters to first-time visitors and packaged tours, this island still boasts some talented artisans.
Dolomites hiking: the historic Valley of the Mills by Italy Beyond the Obvious – As you know, I am always looking for places to hike in summer and it is likely that you’ll find me hiking here next summer.
10 Leaning Towers of Italy (not just in Pisa) by Slow Italy – The Leaning Tower of Pisa is renowned but there are more leaning towers in Italy than you think.
Solunto – One of the world’s first multicultural cities? by The Sicilian Housewife – While we made it to Agrigento when we visited Sicily, we unfortunately didn’t have the chance to visit Solunto. Another reason to visit Sicily again.
Visiting Piedmont, a truly Italian region by Select Italy – Here’s a list of what makes this region special. We were here this summer and were in awe at the variety the region has to offer.
Three Marvelous Maremman Traditions by ArtTrav – All about cowboys, BBQ and criminals! Click to read more.
Food and Drinks
Italian white truffle lovers celebrate bumper harvest by The Telegraph – While we’ve been moaning about the wet summer, here’s one good news – it has resulted in one of the best harvest in recent years and therefore making it more affordable.
Sweet tour: 5 desserts from the Maremma by Tuscanycious – If you have a sweet tooth, don’t miss out of these treats when in Maremma, Tuscany.
Life in Italy
Not quite Armageddon by The American – This week several regions have been pounded by storms and it’s heartbreaking to see the damages and lives lost every year as a result of the floods.
What favorite reads on Italy have you come across this week? Share them with us in the comments below.