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What Day Job? Supreme Court's RBG Tries Acting

Ginsburg will have a cameo in 'The Merchant of Venice'

(Newser) - Art often imitates life, and that will ring true for none other than Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg this summer as she throws off her court garb and dons stage attire for her role in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, Vox reports. The 83-year-old justice's cameo appearance... More »

Venice Wants to Outlaw Your Rolling Suitcase

Tourists with wheeled suitcases could face $620 fine under proposal

(Newser) - You may need to ditch your rolling suitcase if you plan on visiting Venice in the future. Under a new proposal introduced yesterday, the Italian city would fine tourists caught with a suitcase on plastic or hard rubber wheels up to $620 beginning in May, the Local reports. Apparently the... More »

George Clooney Ties the Knot

Weds human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin in Venice

(Newser) - George Clooney and human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin were married today in a private ceremony in Venice, Italy, the actor's representative said. Clooney's celebrity pals joined the couple to celebrate the ceremony in the luxury Aman hotel overlooking Venice's spectacular Grand Canal. Clooney and friends had coolly... More »

7 Places You've Got to See Before They're Gone

Climate change threatens these natural wonders

(Newser) - Thanks to climate change, some of the planet's greatest natural wonders are in danger, Time notes. Megan Gibson lists 10 that you shouldn't miss before they disappear:
  1. Great Barrier Reef, Australia: It could be gone within a century as ocean temperatures climb and the reef suffers from pollution.
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Venice Votes to Leave Italy

Secessionists declare victory with 89% in online 'referendum'

(Newser) - Venice made its dream of independence come true on Friday, if an online poll means anything. A stunning 2.3 million voters took part in the self-organized "referendum," and 89% approved letting Veneto—the wealthy region that surrounds Venice—break away from the rest of Italy as a... More »

Now Voting on Secession: Venice

Non-binding referendum considers 'Republic of Veneto'

(Newser) - Could Venice become a sovereign state for the first time in more than 200 years? That's what voters are considering in a non-binding referendum on Venetian independence, the BBC reports. Venice's online vote, which continues all week, raises the possibility of separating from Italy and becoming the Republic... More »

Tourist Crushed to Death in Venice Gondola Crash

3-year-old girl also hospitalized

(Newser) - A German tourist was crushed to death today after the gondola he was riding in collided with a larger boat ferrying passengers along Venice's Grand Canal, authorities say. A police spokeswoman says the vaporetto, or the public "water bus" that plies Venice's canals, was docking and apparently... More »

Venice Robbers Steal $1.7M ... in Lagoon

They robbed a boat ferrying money to banks

(Newser) - Filed under the only-in-Venice category: Three bank robbers pulled off a $1.7 million heist in one of the city's lagoons. In fact, they made it look easy: An armored truck delivered the money to a courier boat, which then was supposed to deliver it to banks, explains Fox... More »

Tourists Swim in Flooded Venice Square

Others wear bathing suits to underwater cafes

(Newser) - Heavy rains yesterday raised the water level in Venice to its sixth-highest since record-keeping began in 1872: a high-tide mark of 59.06 inches, the AP reports. But as almost three-quarters of the city flooded and stores, houses, and historic buildings filled with water, tourists didn't let any of... More »

Venice Sees Major Flooding

Some 55 inches of water soak the city

(Newser) - High tides have flooded Venice, leading Venetians and tourists to don high boots and use wooden walkways to cross St. Mark's Square and other areas under water. Flooding is common this time of year, and today's peak level of 55 inches was below the 63 inches recorded four... More »

Venice Sinking Again, Slowly

Satellite measurements show it tilting slightly to the east as well

(Newser) - Venice is sinking once again, according to new satellite readings. The famous canal-ridden city sank significantly last century thanks to underground water extraction, but once that practice stopped, data from the early 2000s indicated that the city had stabilized. But now a team of US and Italian researchers has concluded... More »

Venice: Cruise Ships Are Killing Us

Tourism surging, residents worry about Costa Concordia disaster

(Newser) - Fragile, waterlogged Venice has long been unhappy with the onslaught of ever-larger cruise ships that inundate its picturesque port. But the wreck of the Costa Concordia has sent fears soaring, and many in the city are calling for regulations to cut down on the 650 cruise ships that come to... More »

Venice Tourists to Pay Tax to Save City

Minimal tax on overnight visitors could raise millions

(Newser) - Vacationing in Venice is about to get a wee bit pricier. In a bid to save the slowly sinking city, Venice will next month start levying a tourist tax. Those lucky enough to stay in a five-star hotel will see a nightly per-person charge of nearly $6.50 added to... More »

Venice Bans Racy Julianne Moore Billboard

Nudes 'not appropriate' for St. Mark's Square

(Newser) - Actress Julianne Moore's suggestive photo for Bulgari is more peek-a-boo than bold, but it's still too risqué for Venice, which has barred the nudie billboard from St. Mark's Place. Moore's secrets are tucked away behind a roomy Bulgari bag and squishy lions cubs, but it's nevertheless inappropriate, ruled the town's... More »

Angelina Makes Up With Dad in Venice

Jolie photographed with her estranged pop, John Voight

(Newser) - The Jolie-Pitt clan just keeps growing: The family has been spotted with Angelina's father, Jon Voight, publicly signaling an end to their long-running feud. The duo, along with Brad Pitt and two of the couple's kids, were seen taking a water taxi ride in Venice yesterday. Pitt, who is known... More »

Venice Struggles to Stay Afloat

Billion-dollar floodgates may fail to stave off rising tides

(Newser) - Not only is Venice sinking, but the $6-billion floodgates designed to protect it may not do the job, NPR reports. Critics say that the 78 half-built mobile gates, designed to block off seawater when it rises, may fail to fend off sea levels heightened by climate change. And even if... More »

Venice's First Lady Gondolier Makes a Splash

(Newser) - A 23-year-old mother of two has overcome a grueling entrance exam and 900 years of taboos to become the first female gondolier in Venetian history, the Los Angeles Times reports. Giorgia Boscolo's entry into the profession has caused waves among the city's close-knit fraternity of gondoliers, with some fearing she... More »

World's Most Legendary Bars

(Newser) - Even the most enjoyable vacation can leave you in need of a drink, and bars make great, offbeat places to learn about the history of your destination. The staff of VirtualTourist.com shares its favorite legendary watering holes with Reuters:
  • Harry’s Bar, Venice: Famed Hemingway haunt claims to have
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'Vampire' Unearthed in Venice

Gravediggers took steps to stop corpse feasting on other plague victims

(Newser) - Italian archeologists have discovered evidence of an ancient vampire-slaying ritual in a 16th-century plague pit near Venice, the AP reports. A female skeleton was unearthed with a brick wedged between her jaws, in what experts believe was an attempt by superstitious gravediggers to stop the corpse from eating through its... More »

Scorn Bubbles Over Venice-Coke Deal

Outrage greets plan to install vending machines in lagoon city

(Newser) - The mayor of Venice has cut a $2.1 million deal with Coca-Cola to install dozens of vending machines, leading to angry charges that the company was "buying" the historic lagoon city. The city council has spent years passing ordinances to keep tourists from disrupting Venice's heritage, but in... More »

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