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Venice Plans Theme Park on Toxic Waste Dump Site

Venice Plans Theme Park on Toxic Waste Dump Site Oct 31st, 2013 at 2:32PM: Flickr/Dr. Savage An amusement park built on the site of a toxic dump might not sound all that appealing right now, but an Italian company is hoping it will eventually become a draw card for tourists visiting Venice. The theme park is planned for an abandoned island in the city which was once home to an incinerator but may soon house roller coasters and a giant Ferris wheel, among other...

The Leaning Tower of Pisa Just Got a Little Bit Straighter

The Leaning Tower of Pisa Just Got a Little Bit Straighter Oct 31st, 2013 at 12:52PM: Flickr/Neil Howard Pisa's famous bell tower has just lost a little bit of its lean, according to a new report by researchers. The Italian tower, which has been tilting perilously for more than 800 years, has straightened by 2.5cm (1 inch) since 2001 thanks to a massive restoration project. The Tower of Pisa has been leaning to one side pretty much from the beginning-the tower took nearly two...

Venice Tests Flood Barriers

Oct 17th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Engineers in Venice have successfully tested a new flood barrier that they hope will protect the city. The BBC reports that the first four flood barriers of a planned 78 were floated in the entrance of the city's famous lagoon. Venice suffers annual floods due to unusually high tides that threaten irreplaceable buildings and a destination essential to Italy's tourism industry. It's also...

Serial Killer's Home Becomes Tourist Site

Serial Killer's Home Becomes Tourist Site Sep 18th, 2013 at 3:30PM: ilvadel, Flickr Between the beaches, national parks, vineyards and theme parks, California has plenty of tourist draw cards, but now an unlikely attraction has made the list -- the home of a serial killer. The boarding house run by Dorothea Puente, a Sacramento woman convicted of killing her elderly residents, became a tourist attraction when the city decided to add the building to its local...

Photo Of The Day: The 'Real' Bellagio

Photo Of The Day: The 'Real' Bellagio Sep 13th, 2013 at 6:00PM: jrodmanjr, Flickr We're not talking about the one in Las Vegas. Today's featured photo is again sourced from our Gadling Flickr Pool. Flickr Pool member jrodmanjr claims the center of Lake Como, Italy may be "the only place where the tourists outnumber the locals." We'd love to feature your photos and videos on Gadling, so please add them to our Flickr Pool (with Creative Commons licensing!),...

Get A Free Ride With Your New Car: European Delivery Programs

Get A Free Ride With Your New Car: European Delivery Programs Sep 11th, 2013 at 10:35AM: Like many longtime New Yorkers, I don't own a car and know little about the finer points of purchasing or owning a vehicle. A recent Volvo ad caught my eye in an airline in-flight magazine: If you purchase your car and pick it up in Sweden, they'll pick up the tab on your trip. A new car and free travel? This was something I could get behind! Doing some research, I discovered quite a few of the...

Hidden History Revealed By Receding Glaciers

Hidden History Revealed By Receding Glaciers Sep 9th, 2013 at 2:50PM: Michael Gwyther-Jones, Flickr Well at least global warming is good for something. The rise in Earth's temperature is making snow lines and glaciers recede on mountain ranges all over the world. While this is a worrying trend, it's revealing hidden bits of history to archaeologists. In Norway, the receding Lendbreen glacier at 6,560 feet above the sea level has revealed an ancient wool...

Tourists In Venice Shocked By €100 Coffee Bill

Tourists In Venice Shocked By €100 Coffee Bill Aug 21st, 2013 at 4:30PM: Richard, enjoy my life! Flickr It's no secret that Europe is an expensive travel destination, but sometimes even Europeans are shocked to discover just how pricey their homeland can be. A group of tourists from Rome got a nasty shock after enjoying a caffeine fix at a café in Venice. The travelers had taken a seat outdoors at the well-known Caffe Lavena in St. Mark's Square where they...

Why Do We Give Countries Different Names?

Why Do We Give Countries Different Names? Aug 15th, 2013 at 1:30PM: EndonymMap.com You booked a trip to Germany, so why does your passport stamp say Deutschland? Your name didn't change from John to Johann, so why should the country's name change? If you've ever wondered why countries go by different names in different languages, you can check out the Endonym map, that displays each country by their own name. Endonyms are a country's name within its own borders...

Was This The Real Mona Lisa?

Was This The Real Mona Lisa? Aug 14th, 2013 at 10:30AM: Wikimedia Commons Scientists in Florence are examining the bones of a 16th century nun they think served as the model for the Mona Lisa. Lisa Gherardini Del Giocondo was the wife of a wealthy merchant and is rumored to have been the model for Leonardo da Vinci's famous portrait. She was a famed beauty in her time and lived across the street from the famous artist and inventor. When her husband...

The Love Boat Makes Final Voyage

The Love Boat Makes Final Voyage Aug 8th, 2013 at 12:00PM: StefanoF, Flickr The iconic MS Pacific, better known as "The Love Boat," has made her final voyage. Purchased for 2.5 million euro by a Turkish ship recycling company and taken to a scrapyard on the Aegean Sea coast of Turkey, the cruise ship will be stripped for metal and parts, as a renovation of the 42-year-old ship would have been too costly. Cruise Tips: Five Things to Splurge on...

American Tourist Snaps Finger Off Priceless Florentine Statue

American Tourist Snaps Finger Off Priceless Florentine Statue Aug 6th, 2013 at 12:30PM: sailko, Wikimedia An American tourist who says he was "measuring" the finger of a 600-year-old statue of the Virgin Mary ended up accidently snapping off the statue's pinky. Staff at the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo in Florence, Italy are outraged. Although the statue is a cast of the original, repairs will be complex and costly. Timothy Verdun, an American expat and art historian who works with...

Photo Of The Day: Vino

Photo Of The Day: Vino Jul 30th, 2013 at 6:00PM: Frankensteinnn, Flickr Love Italian food? You're in luck -- today is National Lasagna Day. Whether you're in Indiana or Italy, what better pairing than a glass of red wine? Salute. We'd love to feature your photos and videos on Gadling, so please add them to our Flickr Pool (with Creative Commons licensing!), tag @GadlingTravel on Instagram or email us at OfTheDay@gadling.com....

Territorial Disputes Over Tourist Attractions

Territorial Disputes Over Tourist Attractions Jul 29th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Gibnews.net, Wikimedia Commons Spain is being accused of intentionally holding tourists in long lines as they make their way back from day tripping in Gibraltar. The British Overseas Territory claims the traffic jam -- which has so far affected more than 10,000 vehicles -- has been deliberately orchestrated because of a disagreement over a creation of an artificial reef in territorial waters. Of...

Photo of the Day: Colorful Canal

Photo of the Day: Colorful Canal Jul 26th, 2013 at 6:00PM: WorldIslandInfo, Flickr Wherever you go this weekend, we hope this photo of the Burano Canal in Italy helps things get off to a bright, fun start. Happy Friday! We'd love to feature your photos and videos on Gadling, so please add them to our Flickr Pool (with Creative Commons licensing!), tag @GadlingTravel on Instagram or email us at OfTheDay@gadling.com....

Venice Gondoliers Should Take Breathalyzer And Drug Tests, Their Chief Says

Venice Gondoliers Should Take Breathalyzer And Drug Tests, Their Chief Says Jul 6th, 2013 at 4:30PM: Wikimedia Commons The president of the gondolier association of Venice says all boat operators in the watery city should be screened for alcohol and drugs, the BBC reports. Nicola Falconi suggested this after a video was posted on YouTube showing a hazing incident of a new assistant gondolier who was ordered to strip naked and jump in a canal. This was just the latest of numerous reports of...

Finding My Inner Foodie In Sicily

Finding My Inner Foodie In Sicily Jun 26th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Meg Nesterov I really hate the F-word. I think it's overused, lazy and borderline offensive. I'm talking about the word "foodie," a concept we have rallied against here before, yet the movement seems to stay strong and keep evolving with the advent of the latest bacon Frankenstein dish or artisanal ketchup. I do love food, and sometimes a meal (or more often for me, a really good peach) can be...

Gifts From Slovenia And Italy

Gifts From Slovenia And Italy Jun 22nd, 2013 at 11:00AM: Sean McLachlan When a trip is over, it's always nice to open your suitcase and have a little bit of it still with you. I enjoy bringing gifts back to my wife and son so they can share my experiences. While on a recent trip to Slovenia and Italy, I kept an eye out for things they might like. My trip started at a book festival in Gorizia, Italy. In between the book stalls of Italian publishers...

Venice: Grand Vistas And Little Details

Venice: Grand Vistas And Little Details Jun 21st, 2013 at 12:00PM: Sean McLachlan On my first day in Venice I walked the streets without a camera in order to savor the beauties of this unparalleled city. I was leaving the next afternoon so that morning I got up at dawn in order to catch Venice at its abandoned best. It's a different city, more peaceful. You can linger on a bridge or take a shot from the middle of a street without getting trampled. You can...

Strolling Through Venice Without A Camera

Strolling Through Venice Without A Camera Jun 16th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Wikimedia Commons I've wanted to visit Venice all my life. Who wouldn't? It has the reputation of being the most beautiful city in the world, and with my love of architecture my first glimpse of it was going to be a lifelong memory. After a rainy week in Slovenia, I arrived in Venice on a gloriously cloudless afternoon. I had less than 24 hours in the city before family obligations would take...

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