During the wee hours of the morning, an earthquake with a 6.2 magnitude struck central Italy. Italian news reports say the epicenter was near Rieti, about 1.5 hours north of Rome. What We Know The town of Amatrice, located in Rome’s region of Lazio, was hit very badly. “The town isn’t there anymore,” said the mayor. Pescara del Tronto, located in Le Marche,…
On October 1, the city of Torino (Turin) inaugurated Italy’s newest museum. CAMERA, the Centro Italiano per la Fotografia, will showcase Italian and international photography in a 2,000 square meter space just down the road from the Museo Nazionale del Cinema and other sights in Torino’s historic center. CAMERA plans to stage three main exhibitions each year and five to six…
My Pocket list of saved articles has been going through a workout lately. So here is one big Italy News Round-Up. I’ve done about 12 of these things over the life of this blog (and now 13 – XIII). But I will probably end up doing more. For more links to Italy travel, art, culture, and history in the news, see my Italofile Facebook page…
Here are some of the latest Italy travel and news articles you may have missed: Florence, Italy, Undergoes a New Renaissance [L.A. Times] Just a Quick Bite With Leonardo [Visiting “The Last Supper” in Milan; New York Times] Florence, Italy: Best Place for Singles [Video; Slashfood] Where All Roads Lead – Book Review of Robert Hughes’ “Rome” [Sydney Morning Herald]…
Florence, Rome, Venice – you already know the names of the cities you must add to your Italy travel itinerary. But, do you know which cities in Italy are the best places to live? Each year, the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore publishes the Italy Quality of Life Survey, which calculates factors such as employment, free time, air quality, and public services in order to determine which Italian city dwellers are faring the best.
Not surprisingly, almost all of the towns that made it into the top 10 are not tourist hot spots. Although, Siena took the #5 spot and Bologna entered the top 10 this year at #8. Also not surprising is that most of the towns are in northern Italy, which is traditionally healthier and wealthier than the south.
And where did Rome, Florence, Venice, Naples, and Milan place? Of those five tourist hotspots, Florence was the highest, ranking at #16. Milan was next at #21. Rome #35. Venice #46. And Naples ranked dead last at #107 (the trash problem, perhaps?).
Are you thinking about retiring in Italy? Relocating to Italy? Getting a summer home in Italy? Perhaps you want to consider the cities listed in the latest quality of life survey.
Following are the top 10 Italian cities with the best quality of life:
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