chris atwood

11 Rules for Eating in Italy

Dining in Italy can delight your taste buds. Heck, food is the reason many folks travel to Italy in the first. But, the etiquette of eating in Italy...

Delicious fiori di zucca

In sunny months, Rome’s markets brim with orange-and-green zucchini blossoms. Romans stuff these fiori di zucca with a bit of melty cheese, frying...

Four Summer Festivals Locals Love in Italy

Festivals in Europe were once local affairs. Today, popular celebrations lure millions of visitors. With so many attending events like Carnival or...

How to lunch like a local in Rome, Florence and Venice

It’s hard for travelers to Italy to encounter the country they’ve dreamed of. Anyone can cruise the Colosseum or stroll the Spanish Steps. What’s...

Cherries and Cheesecake: a cherished Roman treat

When in Rome, eat ricotta cheesecake. Technically, ricotta is not a cheese. Meaning "re-cooked" in Italian, this fluffy latticino is a cheese by-...

Sea & Sun: Italy’s Secret Shores

Bound on three sides by water, Italy is a beach lover’s paradiso . But -- come summer -- Italians skip the tourist meccas of the Amalfi Coast and...
Harlequin mask - photo by Daydream

“Midnight Mischief at Venice’s Masquerade Balls

Masked balls. Fried sweets. Colorful costumes. In the weeks before Fat Tuesday ( martedì grasso ), Venice revels in Carnevale . Dating back to the...

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