The LG Weekly News Roundup: 2.18.10

Canada, Food & Wine, Italy, Peru, Weekly Travel News — By on February 18, 2010 at 6:00 am
By Molly Fergus
LG Travel News Editor

Missed the big travel stories of the week? And the weird, wacky and insignificant ones? We’ve got your round-up right here….

Naples’ pizza policy
Here’s a deal we can really stand behind: The European Union last week gave Naples pizza the Traditional Specialty Guarantee, which means future pizzerias will need to be vetted and trained before opening up shop under that title. The label ensures the strictest ingredient standards – including buffalo mozzarella and San Marzano tomatoes – and of course lets restaurants jack up prices.
Source: BBC News

Where the caribou roam
One more reason to love our neighbors to the north: Canada is sectioning off 11,000 square kilometers of land in the Mealy Mountains as its newest national park. That’s bigger than both Yosemite and Yellowstone combined. As with all national parks, the effort aims to protect wildlife, including caribou that rove the mountains. No word on whether Caribou Coffee will open up a latte outpost.
Source: Jaunted

Floods stall Inca Trail hikers
After disastrous rains and flooding, Peru is shutting down its hallmark Inca trail through March. Regular train service to Machu Picchu should be up and running again by the beginning of March, and an alternate route to the lost city could be open as early as next week. Still, this is a sting for any travelers hitting up Peru this week and an even bigger issue for the Peruvian economy, which relies heavily on tourism.
Source: Gadling

Snowy ruins
Stay off the roads! Italian traffic is bad enough, and last week’s record snowstorm had moped drivers dragging their feet, literally. The snow marked the heaviest Rome has seen in 24 years and blanketed the Eternal City’s ruins in white. We’d prefer that to the East Coast’s slushy, blizzardy mess.
Source: Yahoo!

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Travel Bits
Pack a Snuggie! American Airlines to charge $8 for pillow and blanket sets, beginning May 1, 2010.
Source: USA Today

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