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Many passionate love stories start out nice enough, but somewhere along the way jealousy, cultural clashes, or rejection enter the stage…and romance turns to tragedy. Romeo and Juliet, Samson and Delilah, Tony and (I just met a girl named) Maria, …

Briny, tart, and surprisingly complex, the tiny Mediterranean caper has played a key role on dinner plates for several thousand years. Can you imagine Pasta Puttanesca or Caponata or Chicken Piccata – and don’t forget tartar sauce -without the pungent, …

It’s hard to find a place not to like in Tuscany, an Italian region rich in food, wine, culture, and picture-perfect landscapes. A region reminiscent of a mosaic, her small borgos and villages coalesce as elements of a stunning big …

The stunning Amalfi coastline might be one of Italy’s most recognized landscapes. A spectacularly clear sea laps at the shore of one picturesque town after the other, each a tumble of pastel buildings and majolica tiled church domes arranged like …

Cars, motorcycles, and busses whiz at breakneck speed on the modern roadway that encircles this ancient town. Commerce is healthy here, just as it seems to always have been. Eyes divert, though, to a sea of emerald grass, a solid …

There’s an enduring love affair with Italian food amongst most Americans, Italian heritage or not. Recent rankings from food industry giants Technomic and US Foods back up the claim: Americans favor Italian, Mexican, and Chinese food – in that order …

  “Italy isn’t Italy without donkeys.” – Princess Nicoletta Caracciola  Italy’s glories are numerous, and often they’re immortalized in kitschy miniatures easily packed and carted home by tourists. Models of the Coliseum, the David, Pisa’s tower, a gondola, a donkey…wait, what? …

Superstitious or not, don’t we all like to tip the odds in our favor with a little sprinkle of good luck – especially these days? Every culture has its go-to list of good luck enhancers, but when it comes to Italian …

Lake Como might well be one of the most spectacular areas of natural and manmade beauty in all of Italy, if not in all the world. Popular villages and towns such as Bellagio, Lecco, Menaggio, and Laglio attract the rich …

All it takes is nine balls, a flat surface, and two or more people to play. It’s second only to soccer in popularity in Italy…and around the world. Anyone of any age can play it.  We’re talking about bocce, that lawn bowling …