What you need to know about the Venice Carnival (or Carnevale), from Venetian masks to the Carnival’s history in Venice!
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When one is born Italian, he/she is supposed to like coffee, wine and animal organs (in this order) as if it were part of the natural genetic patrimony. Caffelatte (Milk and coffee) is what I grew up having for breakfast as a child.
Coffeeee???!! Asks those I share the information with, now concerned for my extravagant childhood. Yes, as a child, I had a dab of espresso in my morning milk- Plasmon Biscotti to go with it. That was the breakfast of champions. Every day, every morning. Never got tired of it. [...]
What do Italians eat on Christmas? The answer is that there's no dish in particular that can be found on every single Italian holiday table. Each region has its own traditional dish for Christmas dinner: the cuisine reflects the characteristics and flavors of the local environment. [...]
ABRUZZO. Minestra Di Cardi (Cardoon Soup)
BASILICATA. Baccalà Con Peperoni Cruschi (Cod with Fried Peppers)
CALABRIA. Scillatelle Al Ragù (Homemade Pasta with Meat Sauce)
CAMPANIA. Minestra Maritata (“Married” Soup)
EMILIA ROMAGNA. Tortellini in Brodo (Tortellini In Broth)
FRIULI VENEZIA GIULIA. Brovada E Muset (Turnips and Sausage)
LAZIO. Abbacchio Al Forno Con Patate (Roasted Lamb and Potatoes)
LIGURIA. Cappon Magro (Lean Gurnard)
LOMBARDIA. Cappone Ripieno (Stuffed Capon)
MARCHE. Vincisgrassi (Marche Lasagna)
MOLISE. Baccala Arracanato (Breaded Cod)
PUGLIA. Capitone Alla Brace (Grilled Eel)
PIEMONTE. Bue Bollito Di Carrà o Moncalvo (Boiled Ox)
SARDEGNA. Culurgiones De Casa (Home-style Ravioli)
SICILIA. Timballo Di Pasta Al Forno In Crosta (Crusty Baked Pasta)
TOSCANA. Crostini Ai Fegatini (Chicken Liver Canapés)
TRENTINO ALTO ADIGE. Canederli (Dumplings)
UMBRIA. Cappelletti Ripieni (Stuffed Pasta Soup)
VALLE D'AOSTA. Carbonata (Beef In Red Wine)
VENETO. Polenta E Baccalà (Cod and Corn Porridge)
Italy has 20 regions and a wide range of climates from Alpine to hot and sunny. Each offers a wealth of amenities and activities, regional food and wine, even dialects. Speaking of which, if you decide to settle in Italy, you will need to learn at least some Italian to be comfortable.
As one of the most typical desserts belonging to the Italian Christmas tradition, not all Panettone are as good as the artisanal one. Here the best places around Italy where to find the most delicious artisanal Panettone:
Our experts' pick of the top 10 activity holidays in Italy for 2015, including recommendations for families, cycling, trekking and horse riding, in destinations such as Sicily, Sardinia, Umbria, the Dolomites, the Apennines
Culture is at the root of everything in Tuscany – from the etruscan era to the Renaissance times, Tuscany is probably the greatest repository of art in the world, from extraordinary paintings and sculpture to frescoes and architectural masterpieces.[...]
Tourism in Tuscany is back to the record levels of 2011. According to recent statistics, this year 43.4 million tourists visited the Italian region, which is the second highest result ever.
“Compared with 2013, this year there have been 209,000 more arrivals and 441,000 more overnight visitors,” explained Mr. Alberto Perruzzini, director of the touristic sector of Toscana Promozione. These numbers confirm that Tuscany is still very appealing. More and more foreigners decide to visit this region for holidays – today they represent 53% of the total number of tourists. In 2005 they accounted only for 47.1%. [...]
A short-list of the best Italian movies to prepare for your trip to Italy. There’s no better way to learn how to be an Italian than by watching others!
Eat Pray Love
Life Is Beautiful
Pane e Tupliani
Under the Tuscan Sun
Wendy Perrin and one of her Trusted Travel Experts outline the perfect 12-day itinerary in Italy.
Day 1: FLY TO NAPLES (OR ROME)
Day 2: NAPLES TO POMPEII TO POSITANO
Day 3: THE AMALFI COAST
Day 4: CAPRI
Days 5 – 7: ROME
Days 8 – 11: THROUGH TUSCANY TO FLORENCE
Day 9 or 10: PISA AND LUCCA
Day 12: FLY HOME
The famous towers of San Gimignano can be admired from the surrounding Tuscan hills. Walking into the enclosed 13th-century walls of this UNESCO World Heritage Site is like walking back into the Middle Ages and getting a taste of what the village was like over 700 years ago. [...]
Wherever you travel in the Western world, the chances are you’ll never be too far from a restaurant offering Italian food. But is it really Italian? Here, The Local speaks to an Italian food blogger and culinary tour guide - and dispels a few persistent food myths.
If you intend to do your Christmas shopping in Italy, now is the time to plan your trip. But don’t just hit the cities—there are plenty of lovely Christmas markets laden with cakes, wooden statues and handmade baubles waiting to be discovered.
Mercatino di Natale di Arco, Trentino Alto Adige
Il Paese di Natale, Sant’Agata Feltria, Le Marche
Mercatino di Natale di Napoli
Airline tickets. Hands down the most agonizing, frustrating and stress inducing piece of planning a trip to Italy. I wish I could lay out a specific formula that would guarantee the best rates for the perfect dates. Sadly, nothing like this exists. Not even close. What I can offer are my go to sites, some proven and researched facts, how to balance cost versus risk, and my two cents. This is a long post, stick with it to the end, click on the photo and enjoy...
Discover the David by Michelangelo and more masterpieces that made the Galleria dell'Accademia one of the most important museums in Florence! [...]
All those who enjoy living the city, walking around, and don't really care about spending much time sitting down to have a meal, will be glad to know that street food has now become a trend in a lot of Italian towns. Many Italians remember with fondness early morning stops at food stalls after a night out clubbing, each peddler selling panini outside strategic places: hot sandwiches and fresh pizza slices consumed standing up or in the car, watching the sunrise with friends, and looking forward to a sunday spent in bed.
Today, street food seems to be living a second youth: it has become, all of a sudden, en vogue. It is a time saver during the week, when work or school may take up much of the day; it often represents an alternative to conventional meals and can be a pleasant change from routine. It is also cheap, a great characteristic in these days of crisis. [...]
Ever wonder what it’s like to be a part of one of those crazy, big, Italian families? Better yet, ever wonder what it’s like to grow up in one of them? Fortunately, I was lucky enough to grow up in one of those families… and the stories I can share from my lovely family are endless.
Tuscany Travel Video, writers tend to deploy the word 'idyllic' far too often, devaluing it in the process. But here in Tuscany, it really does apply. Tuscany Travel Video, Tuscany has been enticing visitors ever since the Etruscans arrived here to party and decided to stay. The Romans came to stock their grain silos, Christians came to walk the stages of a medieval pilgrimage route, Napolean came to plunder art and British aristocrats came to complete their Grand Tour. Once here, these and many other visitors swiftly fell into the local swing of things, partaking of the food and wine with gusto, admiring the diverse landscapes and soaking up the region's incredibly rich historical and cultural heritage. You're sure to enjoy following in their footsteps.