francesca bezzone

The Reggia di Caserta is one of Italy’s many marvels and it has been part of UNESCO’s World Heritage List since 1997. Designed in the 18th century by Neapolitan architect Luigi Vanvitelli, it is by many considered the most splendid …

Back in the late ‘80s, when I was still in elementary school, we used to study every region of Italy. Each week, we’d prepare a ricerca, a two- or three-page essay with photos and drawings, about the region we focused …

Every city has its square, but there isn’t quite a country where squares are as socially important as they are here in Italy. Our piazze are truly special: to begin with, even the smallest of hamlets has one, something you …

Medicine in Rome was at once incredibly different and incredibly close to what it is today. Different, of course, because of what 2,000 years of discoveries and research gave us; but similar, because some of our ancestors’ intuitions – which …

Let’s face it, February is the strangest month: it’s in full winter, but people feel like it’s spring already; it’s the shortest of months, and the only one with 28 days. If that wasn’t enough, it’s got an extra day …

To be truthful, artichokes are almost a mystery outside of the Mediterranean: yes, we find jars of them on the shelves of our local grocery stores, but the fresh variety remains a bit of a rarity. Mind, carciofi are a …

Mount Etna is one of the symbols of Sicily and of the Mediterranean. Since the beginning of time, it kept watch on its lands and its sea, witnessing and keeping track of history. Silent, protective, and peaceful, but also roaring …

Ricotta is so versatile and so good. A simple dash of lemon juice and a spoonful of sugar, and we have a light, refreshing dessert. Some honey and cinnamon and we already feel closer to the Middle East, while chocolate chips …

If you think about it, Verona, one of our most beautiful cities, has been made world-famous by a Briton. And certainly not a random one: William Shakespeare. The Bard – this is what the residents of the land of Albion …

I’ve been to Florence on several occasions, even though I haven’t in years – note to self: it’s time to pay a visit soon. There is so much to see and learn in this city: art lovers, historians, and foodies …