Italy

Traveling Companions

06/10/2014
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Fiesole, Italy, is a gloriously romantic spot. High on the hazy hills overlooking Florence, it’s the sort of over-the-top setting you associate with Merchant-Ivory movies about British girls falling in love under the Tuscan sun. Everything and everyone seems beautiful, bathed in golden light.

The hills overlooking Florence, where the author and her mother traveled together.  Wikimedia Commons

Where Leisure Finds Its Sweet Spot

06/03/2014
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Eat, drink and gaze.

These are essentially the only activities that matter in Sorrento. The quintessential seaside resort town of Southern Italy does not have a real beach, and the cultural touchstones of Campania are elsewhere: classical ruins in Paestum, volcanic vestiges in Pompeii, archaeological marvels in Naples.

The view from a cliffside terrace overlooking the Mediterranean in Sorrento.  Hilary Larson/JW

After Five Years, Italy's First Holocaust Museum Is Years Away

Rome's mayor says it's important to open the museum while survivors still live, and expects final approval on funds by the end of January.

01/22/2013

If all goes according to plan, a starkly modern, $30 million Holocaust museum will soon rise on the site of fascist dictator Benito Mussolini’s Rome residence.

Italian fascists salute the tomb of Benito Mussolini, whose residence will house Italy's first Holocaust Museum. Getty Images

Italy Will Not Recognize Unilateral Palestinian State, Berlusconi Says

05/13/2011

ROME (JTA) -- Italy will never recognize a unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said.

Berlusconi at a celebration of Israel's 63rd birthday praised the Jewish state as the only democracy in the Middle East. He was the guest of honor Wednesday at an Israeli Independence Day reception hosted by Israeli Ambassador Gideon Meir.

"No, absolutely not," he was quoted as telling reporters when asked whether Italy would recognize a unilaterally declared Palestinian state.

Vatican Paper Slams Berlusconi Over ‘Jewish Joke’

10/05/2010

Rome (JTA) — The official Vatican newspaper slammed Italy’s prime minister for a joke that played on Jewish stereotypes and made fun of the Holocaust.
Silvio Berlusconi told “offensive” and “deplorable” jokes, the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano said in an editorial published Sunday
Berlusconi was filmed telling the “Jewish joke” to well-wishers Oct. 2; the video clip was posted online by the anti-Berlusconi newspaper La Repubblica.

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