Buddy’s Blog 11/19/15

Having just returned from a vacation to Italy, once again I was awed by the natural beauty and how different each of the regions are. Soon, in coming issues of the Italian Tribune, my “Publisher’s Tour” will be your guide through Maremma, which is in the southwest portion of Tuscany, Sorrento in Campania, along the Amalfi Coast and the Eternal City of Rome, in the region of Lazio.

The distinctive contrasts in regions are what makes Italy one of the most popular destinations in the world and our recent trip introduced our travelers to some new sights. One was the small historical town of Pitigliano in the province of Grosseto. This quaint town of about 4,000 people was originally inhabited by the Etruscans and today is known as “Little Jerusalem” for the cultural and historical contributions to this most interesting area. In a recent previous issue, we featured Pitigliano and described it accurately, but I would encourage you to take the time to visit the area.

Italy is much, much more than Rome, Florence and Venice, and this destination offers the really “untouched” Italy. Please look for this new series of the “Publisher’s Tour,” for it will showcase and introduce you to so many new places to consider on your next visit.

Even though, during my recent visit to Italy, the locals were voicing great displeasure with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development revised its economic growth forecast for Italy and hailed the reforms of Renzi’s government as it noted his jobs act for particular praise. It should be interesting to follow the initiatives of the young Prime Minister and the bitter pills that must be endured by the Italian people to correct so many ills.

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The Fendi fashion empire announced it will fund the restoration of four more treasured Roman fountains.

The most popular current project that the Fendi family is funding is the Trevi Fountain and now the Quattro Fontane complex. Many of Italy’s famed and historical sites have been neglected due to the financial crunch gripping all of Italy, and the assistance from private sectors has been most welcomed.

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