Traditions

Mascherone, home protection the old-fashioned way

Today most self-respecting homeowners install alarms and locks to protect their homes, but step back to the 16th century and the preference was for...

Le Buchette del Vino, Florence's Little Wine Tabernacles

Let’s say you find yourself in Florence on a fiery-hot summer afternoon, walking around the city’s narrow streets in a carefree manner. Let’s also...

Coffee and “scaramanzia,” an entirely made in Italy match

My neighbor is from Naples. We bonded over our personal obsession on a Spanish novela and our love for coffee: we’d invite each other for one several...

“Dream it. Discover it. Experience it. Italy.”

This is Vitalia Tours and Celebrations ’ invitation to each of its guests. Anyone that joins the Vitalia adventure signs on for an “experiential tour...

The Small World of Salento

Whether you choose to drive through the heel of Italy, from Lecce to Otranto, or from the Ionian to the Adriatic coast, the breathtaking town of...

Looking into Italy’s soul: the many reasons the world loves Italian food

2018 will be a special year for Italy. 2018 will be the year of Italian food, as announced by Dario Franceschini, minister of Culture and Tourism,...

Be my Cicerone, guide me through Arpino

In so many ways, the Romans are ingrained in our ways of thinking. Many of our fundamental thoughts about life have been shaped and tested by the...
Pesto with arugula

Pesto with Arugula, healthy recipe

This pesto is unique due to the arugula, which gives it a peppery bite balanced with the sweetness of almonds and a touch of tasty cheese. Use as a...
The Bravio delle botti (Bravio of the barrels) is an annual race held in the Italian town of Montepulciano since 1974, replacing an equivalent horserace dating back to 1373. Photo: metina.it

Montepulciano – Tuscany’s Medieval Gem

Where the sunrise lifts swirling rounds of swallows skyward over ancient terra-cotta to announce the day, and cobbled streets host the daily walk of...
Chocolate hazelnut spread

For all Nutella lovers around the world

Nutella® was invented by Piedmont pastry maker Pietro Ferrero. Today is one of the most famous Italian food around the world. History tells that...

Sicily: beauty, heritage and a difficult past

In the heart of Sicily, there was once a town called Corleone, the birthplace of a mafia boss of the likes of Bernardo Provenzano; his bloody history...
Vintage Moka Pot

How the Moka pot was born

“Moka pot” is a stove-top or electric coffee maker that produces coffee by passing boiling water pressurized by steam through ground coffee. It was...
Montefioralle – not much far from Greve in Chianti, a town 30 kilometers south of Florence – which some consider the real birthplace of the great explorer

Back to the Land of Explorers (Part III): Vespucci and Florence

Having discussed Christopher Columbus, John Cabot, and the traces these great navigators have left in Genoa and Venice, our tour of the “land of...

One Hundred Years of Italian Summers

The coming of Summer brings to each and every one of us different emotions: for school kids, it is synonym with holidays and mornings spent in bed...

The evergreen Italian diaspora according to Prof. Pasquale Verdicchio

P erhaps because Pasquale Verdicchio can boast a grayish beard worthy of a Greek philosopher - the likes of Plato or Aristotle - or maybe thanks to...

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