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The art of Italian aperitivo

“Salute!” — the clink-clink of glasses resounds like church bells throughout Italy as the late afternoon begins to dissolve towards evening. It’s...

The white gold of Italy: Massa-Carrara and its marble

We hear Tuscany and, of course, we think Florence, Siena, the leaning tower of Pisa, Lucca’s medieval walls. If idyllic settings and wine are your...

Secret Italy: a voyage through the mysterious and the unknown of the peninsula

The nature of mystery is manyfold and there is certainly more to it than supernatural events, haunted locations and unsolved murders. Mystery,...

The Caracalla Baths, a plunge into the Roman Empire

For centuries ancient Romans have built roads and bridges connecting all of their conquered territories, triumphal arches celebrating their victories...

Sweet success of licorice, Rossano’s ‘black gold’

Even in the time of the Ancient Greeks, Calabria’s s soil and climate had already proved ideal for growing long, thick and sweet licorice roots...

Carnevale and its thousand faces

When I was a child, Carnevale was the occasion to don some improbable outfit, usually involving satin gowns and glitter or, depending on the mood of...

It’s Not Just Pizza Anymore!

Did you know the United Nations considers pizza Napoletana a cultural heritage? In December 2017, the Art of the Neapolitan Pizzaiuolo, lovingly...

Turin offers us a “bicerin”of tradition

While I write, I’m sitting in my own house in the hills of the Langhe, a good feet of snow outside. It’s that time of the year when the scent of...

Land of many faces: the Crete Senesi

She lies just south of Siena, this stark yet soft and wizened land. Her sensuously rolling landscape is ever-changing — breathtakingly alluring when...

The truth behind ceramic Moorish heads

Any trip to Southern Italy is never complete without browsing through dozens of ceramic stores from the Amalfi coast, to Puglia and throughout the...

Prosciutto done right: process, quality and passion

Ah, prosciutto - that lovely, pink hued, paper-thin sliced meat that has delighted Italy’s residents for at least 3,000 years. Perhaps not as...

Italy’s most common last names: is yours among them?

We carry our own history in our name: it often tells about our relatives, after whom we may be named, or about name trends in the year we were born...

Sicily’s storytelling traditions

Since the first days of language, humans have been passing on stories. From the sea shanties of Cornwall to the shadow puppetry of China, from the...

There's more than one leaning tower in Italy

I taly’s towers are an integral part of her appeal, yet comparatively few remain. At the height of its development, Lucca boasted 250 towers; today...

Magnificent Muro Lucano, buds of hope after battles

There are well-kept secrets hidden behind the southern Appennine Mountains in the remote, charming village of Muro Lucano, set amid the rugged beauty...

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