What’s New, Hot in Travel to Italy This Week

A few quick notes from your editor on what I’m hearing about this week in terms of travel to Italy. I’d like to start making this a weekly feature. A few quick links about what’s on my Italy travel radar. A great way to get this information in real time is to follow me on Twitter! Here’s what reading about, researching and writing about this week:

  • I always love to hear about celebrity weddings in Italy mostly because they get married in some of the most amazing venues; Salma Hayek’s vows at La Fenice in Venice is one example. A few days ago actors Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard got married in one of my favorite regions – Puglia. They said their vows at an exclusive hideaway (that doesn’t even have a Web site) owned by British expats. People.com has the details.
  • Movie fans are getting excited about next week’s premiere of the film version of Dan Brown’s bestseller Angels & Demons. If you’re headed to Rome any time soon and want to visit all of the places mentioned in the book, follow our Angels & Demons tour.
  • This Sunday, May 10, the guards at the Vatican Museums will be donating their salaries to victims of the Abruzzo earthquake.
  • On May 12, Rail Europe will celebrate its 50th anniversay by selling a Eurail pass at the1959 rate: $125 for 5-day, 3-country pass. Quantities are limited and the deal won’t be online until Tuesday.
  • On Saturday, May 16, museums across Italy will be staying open late into the night. Check our calendar of events in Italy for more on what’s on in Italy during the coming months.