Monthly Archives: June 2017

Breaking News: Genoa Thwarts Airport Pesto Restrictions, World Reacts

Summer’s Here – Bring on the Pesto!

Rapallo near the city of Genoa

Dramatic news last week with the the city of Genoa announcing that travelers departing from Genoa’s Cristoforo Colombo airport are now permitted up to 500 milliliters (about 2 cups) per passenger in carry-on baggage, thwarting otherwise strict rules prohibiting liquids, creams, gels and oils. Anxious travelers can now breathe a sigh of relief not to have their precious pesto cargo confiscated, provided it is authentic Genovese pesto, certified for authenticity and safety for a “fee” of €.50 Euro cents. Happily, the fees are donated to charity.

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Italy Perfect’s Most Requested Advice: Do’s and Don’ts

Fortunately Italy is a welcoming country, happy for its visitors and proud of its own fine culture. No need to worry that you might not fit in like a local, but here here a few gentle suggestions or cautions to avoid awkward or embarrassing situations.

Don’t picnic (eat or drink) at the sites like monuments, cathedral steps and fountains. It is a new restriction that might get you shooed off or you may be asked to pay a fine of up to €240 Euros.  We recently watched a very polite but firm Italian official scold people who were eating ice cream cones on the Spanish Steps. Instead, do stroll with your gelato or enjoy relaxing at a sidewalk cafe while enjoying your snack. Continue reading Italy Perfect’s Most Requested Advice: Do’s and Don’ts