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Two young Italians were killed when their boat was hit by a motorboat. The boat that collided with them (rented by two German tourists) didn't stop, didn't help. Instead they turned the boat in and went to dinner. They allege they didn't realize they hit anything (despite one apparently being slightly injured and their boat sustaining significant damage).
Experts doubt that they would not have noticed the collision and suggest they must have been speeding. Police are also investigating if they were under the influence of alcohol.
Meanwhile, the two tourists were last seen heading back to Munich in their Porsche.
A Dutch tourist stripped off in the middle of the day to the shock of onlookers. Police immediately intervened and she was fined 300 Euros.
Stunning beaches sandwiched between towering cliffs and aquamarine seas. If you are looking for the best beaches near Amalfi or Positano here they are.
Life in Orvieto is lived well. Food, wine and simple pleasures are never taken for granted. Locals love to mingle, sitting along the cobbled paths, talking of years gone by. Discover more...
Which are the best three and four star hotels in Venice Italy? These are my picks. P.S. I include only hotels which I can recommend with confidence - you won't find any long lists like on other big sites - these are personal, genuine recommendations.
I am Italian and here is the way I have always made lasagna. It is the way my mother taught me and this homemade lasagna recipe is something my family really love.
Despite promises that ships over 50,000 tons would not be back in Venice they are back.
In fact the Governor of the Veneto was happy to announce the return of two MSC monster ships.
He was delighted to let everyone know that these two ships, both over 90,000 tonnage, would be sailing from Venice this summer and they would be heading down the Giudecca canal: where near accidents have happened, where many locals say the very foundations of priceless palaces, churches and homes are being undermined and where nature thrived while the monsters were gone.
Why have they gone back on their word?
Well, they say the new docking facilities aren't available in Marghera and it could be years, maybe decades, before they are.
So, that's it then.
The future of Venice is put at risk for short term profit. I will let MSC know how I feel. If you would like to do the same you can on https://www.msccruisesusa.com/forms/contact-us
Support the campaign against the huge cruise ships on https://www.facebook.com/comitatonograndinavi/ and https://www.weareherevenice.org/category/against-giant-cruise-ships/
People often ask me which are the most beautiful places in Italy? My answer to them is this...
We are often asked where the earthquake risk in Italy is at its most dangerous. We've the answer for you: not only the most at risk but the least at risk regions too.
Planning a Christmas in Italy? I have everything you need - advice on Italian Christmas traditions, insider tips, weather, great value accommodation picks and a guide to the best restaurants.
My mamma makes the BEST Italian meatballs recipe. Yes, the BEST. They are to die for and if you don't believe me, you must cook up a pot of them yourself. I dare you...
Venice is one of the world's greatest attractions but Covid-19 has changed the city. And I NEVER want it to return to the way it was before. The future of Venice...
In many ways it is in Bari that the heart and soul of Puglia is to be found. Bari is real, Bari is vibrant and Bari is enchanting. Watch out for flying wooden spoons though!
Is Italy still run by Caesar? The Top 10 Craziest Questions About Italy
If you could pay $4.99 a month and get hundreds of dollars worth of value in exchange would you?If you answered yes click continue reading below...
We all rush way to much and miss the little things. Yet, it is in the little details that the greatest joy is to be found and the only way to see the details is to go slowly.
Take this video for example, you might just be tempted to skip through it or jump onto some thing else but then... you'd miss the little path on the right zigzagging down to the beach; you'd miss the villa on the hill, the one with the three cypress trees; and you'd most certainly miss the little church, perched high on the hill to the right.
Fragrance of jasmine & lemons in the air, colorful cottages tumble down to azure seas far below. This convent is the best hotel on the Amalfi coast...
Gondolas inside and gondolas floating by outside, piles of books, cats everywhere and a fire escape that involves jumping into a canal. This is the Acqua Alta Bookshop
Give the gift of love straight from Italy - the land of amore. Have you experienced a summer in Italy? We've a way for you to bring that joy home with you...
Venice vacation rentals, the best way to really live the city & feel like a local. I love going to the outdoor market, coming home laden with local produce & great wine to cook up a pasta dish.
The beaches in Tuscany meet the needs of even the most demanding; from the island beaches of Giglio through to these stunningly beautiful and wild beaches of the Maremma...
Looking for the best beaches near Rome? Look no further! These are beaches with azure seas and endless soft sand, paradise right on the doorstep of Rome.
Venice seems so bright and sparkly on a summer's day but, as night falls, another Venice can be felt.
A Venice where the loud voices, laughter and excitement of the tourists is gone. Now it is the ghosts of Venice who dominate, the spirits of centuries past. Mist rolls slowly along the blackened canals, enveloping all in its embrace. A shiver runs down your spine, your blood turns to ice. Mostly benevolent, you can feel their presence, the presence of a thousand years of lives lived and lost in these streets.
I have been to Venice several times now, and always end up going back to this Trattoria. The owner and staff are very friendly and the food and wine excellent.
Occasionally I've seen maps of Italy which have everything in Italian except the Piemonte region will be shown as Piedmont. My understanding is that Piedmont
Real Venetian life is lived far from the tourist spots. Down the little canals and lanes is where you'll discover the real Venice.
Getting lost in Venice is the best way to discover the amazing secrets and soul of this city. These amazing photos were all captured down the secret alleys and forgotten canals...
The Rialto Bridge is the most beautiful bridge in Venice and perhaps the world. Here's everything you need to know about the bridge and plenty more on Venice too..
Wondering what to see in Sicily? We've a lot of fabulous suggestions that you will absolutely LOVE!
What is it about the south of Italy that makes it so special. This story will provide the answer....
Did you know that perhaps millions of Europeans, including Italians, were captured by slavers from North Africa?
There are some things Italians absolutely DO NOT do. Some of those things things that YOU do daily Italians see as life threatening.