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SUMMER SAVORIES

July 27, 2017

Sometimes, when we think of Italian food, the heavy, thick, rich “US version” comes to mind. Often enough, this is simply the most basic Italian cuisine, as many of us aren’t familiar with the bounty of other dishes that come from the 20 — yes 20! — separate regions in…

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Sassi-Town: GO NOW!

April 25, 2017

Sassi-town. Cave-town. City of stones. I was astounded by the interest in Italy’s sexy “new” cave-city, Matera, at the huge travel trade show “BIT” a couple of weeks ago in Milan. I kept coming back to the Basilicata stand, inexorably drawn to a region that a few short years ago…

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Lake Como: Clooney’s Paradise

January 27, 2017

So here is part 2 of our series inspired by Afar Magazine’s Where to Go in 2017. This week: Lake Como. What attracted the attention of Afar? Check out Il Sereno Lago di Como, the lake’s newest luxury property. And if you have nearly $1000/night to spend on your vacation,…

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Parma: Creative City of Gastronomy…and Not Only

January 2, 2017

I absolutely love Afar Magazine. I look forward to that every-other-month issue of gorgeous photography and truly cutting-edge travel suggestions. Their latest issue is all about The Afar 100 – Where to Go in 2017. Three places in Italy made the list, so this week I’ll begin a mini-series highlighting…

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A WORD OF RINGRAZIAMENTO – or – Do Italians Eat Turkey?

November 25, 2016

Many different countries have celebrated some sort of harvest feast- Native Americans celebrate with a corn dance, while Jewish people honor the end of the agricultural season with Sukkot. The Romans honored the God Ceres with a celebration called Cerelia, where they celebrated the first fruits of the season by…

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TRUFFLES!

September 14, 2016

European white truffles may well be the most expensive food in the world. With prices upward of $3600/pound in a slim year (supply and demand truly rule this market), white truffles top even Russian caviar ounce per ounce. Focusing solely on Italian truffles (tartufo sing. or tartufi plural), the most…

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GELATO!

August 2, 2016

Gelato is one of the best-loved Italian exports in the world: everyone “knows” it originated in Italy (or did it …?), but many may not be aware that it walks hand-in-hand with many centuries of history. Stroll down an Italian strada and you may realize, not only does Italy specialize…

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FIVE MUST-TRY SICILIAN FOODS

July 7, 2016

Although many regions of Italy boast superb cuisine, that of Sicily is uniquely steeped in history. A walk down the streets of a typical Sicilian town reveals a variety of vendors, selling not only typical Italian specialties (dried pasta, hearty bread), but also exotic fruits and vegetables, capers, tomatoes, eggplant,…

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It Really Was Amazing

June 23, 2016

IT REALLY WAS AMAZING – Guest Blog from Helen Desai. Helen is an accomplished photographer and, as you can see, a delightfully engaging writer. We loved how her photos captured the essence of our experiences during those few days together…. Having returned from Italy just a few weeks ago, I…

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Romeo, Romeo, Where Art Thou….? Adagio in VERONA

March 18, 2016

Stunning architecture, a rich culture, elegant locals, a deep artistic history. What’s not to love? Although most of us think “Venice” when Northern Italy comes up, consider standing out in the crowd, and instead whispering: “Verona”. For this city, located on the Adige River, has subtle beauty that merits an…

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