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Camogli: tranquility on the Golfo Paradiso

As “resta a casa” mandates and travel bans continue to be the new normal, many of us have found extra time to daydream, to get lost in thoughts that...

Pasqua – a season of hope

The vigorous celebrations of Pasqua and Pasquetta in Italy -- Easter and the Monday after Easter -- are as much a part of the season of renewal as...

The Piemontese palate: rich, traditional, and delicious

Ask the average non-Italian to give you a rundown on Italian cuisine and chances are it will sound like this: "Spaghetti…with meatballs, Fettuccini...

The bread of Tuscan life: pane Toscano DOP

Few scents evoke an emotional response like that of bread as it rises to perfection in a hot oven. Taste buds awaken, eyes widen, stomachs rumble,...

Northern Italy’s Krampus runs: the devilish parades of Yuletide

Oh the delights of Christmas in an Italian village with all its endearing traditions! Twinkling lights, carols floating on air, the revered nativity...

New life for ancient wheat: Montespertoli’s ancient grains association

Wheat fields have decorated the rolling hills of Tuscany for thousands of years. Interspersed amongst linear vineyards and silver-leafed olive groves...

Italian men’s suits – why are they so special?

A debate on whether a man in a suit generates appeal might last a minute or two. The same debate on a man in an Italian suit would be over before I...

Italy’s lighthouses – new lights for old treasures

There seems to be a shared fascination with lighthouses the world over. These austere pillars of hope and guidance, most often planted on precarious...

Tracing the origins of pasta

There are great love affairs that permeate the ages: Anthony and Cleopatra, Rhett and Scarlet, Samson and Delilah…Everyone and Pasta. There’s...

Auguri, Negroni! – celebrating 100 years of Italy’s iconic cocktail

Elegant, complex, beloved… Italy’s Negroni cocktail is celebrating its one-hundredth birthday this year. Despite its centenarian status, the 1:1:1...