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"Mangia! Mangia!" May Soon No Longer Be Italy's Unofficial Slogan. The Changing Face of Italian Cuisine

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/16/2014, 12:00 PM

The Italians are eating very differently today. And so, too, will the visitor when he heads to “The Boot”. That was the surprising revelation when I discussed Italian cuisine with Fred Plotkin, author of what is, arguably, the foodies “bible” to Italy, a three-inch thick book called “Italy for the Gourmet Traveler”. Its 5th edition is debuting in bookstores this month. The changes...

To La Dolce Vita! Airfares from the US to Italy Just $438 in April and May

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/11/2014, 11:15 AM

Thanks to the Points Guy for spotting this excellent bargain. It seems that, on a number of dates this spring, airfares from New York's JFK to Milan are being prices at as little as $438 round-trip. There are some catches: You'll have to fly Emirates or Alitalia. And you'll have to bring your significant other along, as this is a deal for doubles not solo travelers. For complete d...

A Study Suggests That the Benefits of Educational Travel Are Far More Far-Reaching Than Most Realize

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/14/2013, 5:15 PM

In 2000, Reid Bramblett, a writer and long-time scout leader in Pennsylvania, took 9 members of his Boy Scout troop to Europe for nearly a month (along with two other adults). One of the participants was a 16-year-old who suffered from dyslexia, never had done well in school, and worked part-time a gas station. His goal was to go to a technical school after high school and become a mechanic. ...

The Trailer for 'Pompeii' Starring Kit Harrington Mistakes Tourist Attraction for History

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/14/2013, 2:45 PM

The cheesy, pectoral-flexing Hollywood treatment of the destruction of Pompeii will arrive in cinemas in February, but the quick teaser trailer is already here. It starts as the camera trails along those famous ossified corpses supposedly left by the volcanic eruption in the year 79. "Many wished for death," intones a gravelly voice as the camera pulls back to reveal a field of such bodies...

Italian State-Run Museums Now Free to Everyone Under the Age of 18

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/05/2013, 2:00 AM

My thanks to Frommer's author Donald Strachan (who's currently hard at work on a new Frommer's guidebook) for spotting this one. Until now, non-European Union teens and children had to pay entrance fees at state-run museums. That changed on May 28th with a ministerial decree that these museums would now be open to all young people, no matter their nationality. Bravo! Of course, not all...

Cheaper Vacation Rentals and New Tours Are Being Offered in Europe as the Ongoing Recession There Forces Locals To Get Creative to Earn a Living

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/16/2013, 6:45 PM

Would you be interested in a guided tour that focussed on the excesses of Spain's construction bubble? Apparently the idea is not as nutty as it sounds. According to NBC News, the relatively new "Ruta del Despilfarro" or "route of wastefulness" tour in Valencia, offered by 5 out-of-work college professors and journalists in Valencia, has been a bona fide hit, with over 1000 visitors paying...

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