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Becoming Italian Word by Word: Celebrating Easter in the Italian Language

Becoming Italian Word by Word: Celebrating Easter in the Italian Language | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Natale con i tuoi, Pasqua con chi vuoi" ("Christmas with your family, Easter with whomever you want"), Italians say. An invitation to Easter dinner with friends in Italy is a special treat indeed.

After forty days of fasting during Quaresima (Lent), Italians celebrate with foods that form a mouth-watering vocabulary of their own.

Throughout Italy the traditional main dish is agnellino al forno (roasted baby lamb) or capretto(baby goat). Rome’s Easter specialty is abbacchio, a suckling lamb no more than a month or so old. Because it has ingested only its mother’s milk, its meat is especially tender.

The name comes from the Latin baculum, the cudgel used to kill lambs. Until a few decades ago, shepherds would lead their flocks into Rome every Spring so people could select victims for the annual slaughter. The word abbacchiato became slang for someone beaten down, physically or mentally.

“Pasta matta” (crazy dough) encases torta Pasqualina (Easter cake), a traditional savory pie from Piedmont and Liguria. Its distinctive feature is that whole eggs are baked inside. Italy’s traditional Easter dessert is Colomba cake, a sweet, eggy, yeasted bread topped with sugared and sliced almonds. Commercial bakers shape this confection into a colomba (dove), the symbol of peace and renewal...

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10 Never missed things on Holidays in Naples, Italy

10 Never missed things on Holidays in Naples, Italy | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Naples is the third largest city in Italy, covering an area of 117.27 sq km. The city has significance historical value, known as Neapolis in ancient Rome. The city has also been listed by the UNESCO as a World Heritage site due to the course of its long history.  The city has also one of the busiest ports on the Mediterranean Sea.

Naples has been a major cultural hub, and had a great deal of influence during the Renaissance Enlightenment era. The city has been home to several artists in past, and is often reflected in the architecture and museums of the city. Naples is definitely an ideal spot for those who are interested in history and arts alike. 

Here’s a list of never missed things on holidays in Naples, Italy.

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  1. Pizza, coffee and gelato.
  2. History - Pompeii and Herculaneum
  3. Wander aimlessly in the city
  4. Teatro di San Carlo.
  5. Museo Archeologico Nazionale
  6. Mount Vesuvius
  7. The old part of Naples, the Palazzo Reale, churches of Gesù Nuovo, San Lorenzo and Santa Chiara.
  8. Diving and snorkelling - Gulf of Naples, Phlegraean islands.
  9. The Cinema Arcobaleno
  10. Spaccanapoli
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Italian coffee culture: a guide - Telegraph

Italian coffee culture: a guide - Telegraph | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
If you don't want to be taken for a tourist in Italy, you should drink coffee as and when the locals do.

Coffee is so much a part of Italian culture that the idea of not drinking it is as foreign as the idea of having to explain its rituals. These rituals are set in stone and not always easy for outsiders to understand.

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Wild, Non-Touristy Umbria: A Brief Tour - nymag.com

Wild, Non-Touristy Umbria: A Brief Tour - nymag.com | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

It's like Tuscany 20 years ago. Here are some other places to put on your radar, and these are just a fraction of the options. (Also, it goes without saying that all are medieval, off the beaten path, and ridiculously picturesque).

  • Spoleto
  • Norcia
  • Narni
  • Todi
  • Montefalco
  • Perugia
  • Assisi
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How to Love Your Mother Like an Italian

How to Love Your Mother Like an Italian | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

We checked in with six of our favorite Italian men around town (NewYork) for their best tips on varsity mother-loving you can use on this side of the Atlantic.

1. Let her think you’re Jesus … like, the Jesus.Chazz Palminteri

2. Refer to her only as “Ma”Tony Sirico

3. Protect her and tell her she's pretty.John Turturro

4. Let her schlep you wherever she wants.Commissioner Salvatore Cassano

5. Give her (more) stuff to pray for.Dominic Chianese

Bonus: Love your nonna as much as your mama.Joe Bastianich

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5 Top Sites to Visit in Bergamo

5 Top Sites to Visit in Bergamo | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Here are 5 top sites to visit in Bergamo Alta, a picturesque hilltop dating back to Medieval times and surrounded by the impressive defensive walls.

1) Piazza Vecchia

2) Piazza Duomo

3) Walkings on the City’s Walls

4) The Castle

5) Sant’Agostino

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Cheer you up in Burano

Cheer you up in Burano | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

If your feeling sad or down, this tiny, colorful island will cheer you up in an instant! Burano, Italy is a small technicolor town, located on the same lagoon as Venice, Italy.
The fisherman of the city painted their houses in bright colors to get home safely in the fog. Today, if the residents of Burano want to change the color of their home, they must send a letter to the government, to which government officials will reply with a list of acceptable colors. Quite the system for repainting your house! [...]

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The violent beauty of the Cathedral of Salerno

The violent beauty of the Cathedral of Salerno | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
From the outside the Cathedral of Salerno looks plain. Inside you find yourself in a treasure trove of fragrant incense, golden stones and embalmed saints
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I LOVE cathedrals - and this one is now top of my Italian list! 

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Wilkes University Offers Study Abroad Ceramic Arts in Italy

Wilkes University Offers Study Abroad Ceramic Arts in Italy | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

This course will be presented in Certaldo, Italy, in the province of Tuscany. The course is a cooperative effort between Wilkes University and La Meridiana, an international school of ceramics in Tuscany. It is designed for artists and teachers of art at a site that is rich in Italian culture and art history, and will stress both technical competencies and pedagogical skills. The creative process will also be explored through the use of visual journaling and other techniques to follow the artistic life. [...]

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Italy in a day

Italy in a day | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Italy in a Day is directed by oscar awarded Gabriele Salvatores. A number of people in Italy has been asked to send videos made with any device (videocamera, smartphone, photo camera) during the 24 hours of October 26, 2013. Desires, dreams, fears, remarks, anything believed of importance occurred that day or, also, simply what could be seen by looking out of the windows. Italy in a Day consists of 44,197 videos received, that is 2,200 hours of images, 632 edited videos, a team of 40 selectors organized by editors. Italy in a Day is an emotional diary, a census of the emotions and the thoughts of the Italians, a secular confession, the wish to share one’s feelings, an Italian psychodrama, some times tender, others angry or funny or desperate. It is also an involving honest remark, without intellectual filters [source]

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Hiking the Sentiero Azzurro: Cinque Terre, Italy

Hiking the Sentiero Azzurro: Cinque Terre, Italy | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Along the mountain cliffs of the Italian Riviera’s Cinque Terre is a ribbon of trail aptly named the Azure Path that offers breath taking views of the coast, seaside towns, and countryside. [...]

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The Cinque Terre  is a rugged portion of coast on the Italian Riviera. It is in the Liguria region of Italy, to the west of the city of La Spezia. "The Five Lands" comprises five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. The coastline, the five villages, and the surrounding hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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The Best of Basilicata

The Best of Basilicata | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Traveling through the rugged, under-the-radar Basilicata region of southern Italy still provides the thrill of discovery.

Located above the “arch” of Italy’s boot, Basilicata (known locally as Lucania) may not have the glamour of the Amalfi Coast or the polish of Tuscany. But it does have a wild beauty that can seem otherworldly, even biblical: ancient buildings hewed from honey-colored limestone; black-sand beaches fringing a verdant coast; and a simple yet rich culinary tradition. In recent years, the area has undergone a renaissance thanks to an influx of talented chefs and hoteliers—including Francis Ford Coppola, who opened the nine-room Palazzo Margherita in his grandfather’s hometown of Bernalda. [...]


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How to date Italian women? A Do’s and don’ts list

How to date Italian women? A Do’s and don’ts list | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Every single man wants to date an Italian woman right? But with the cultural differences it can be a fraught business. Here together some do's and don't’s for dating Italian women.

  1. Dress to impress
  2. Impress her friends
  3. Be a gentleman
  4. Tick the boxes
  5. Compliment her
  6. Play for laughs
  7. Don’t talk politics
  8. Don’t talk religion
  9. Don’t get (very) drunk
  10. Take her some place nice
  11. Be open
  12. Wine and roses

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Stunning Aerial Video of the Amalfi Coast | Ciao Amalfi

Stunning Aerial Video of the Amalfi Coast | Ciao Amalfi | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Take a flight along the beautiful Amalfi Coast in this stunning video created by Drone Experience.
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Molise: Italy's Hidden Gem

Molise: Italy's Hidden Gem | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Located in the heart of Italy, Molise is a small region with a lot to offer the experiential tourist. Boasting towns steeped in history and culture, with many splendid examples of ancient architecture and surrounded by breath-taking mountainous landscape – Molise has it all. [...]

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36 charming small towns in Tuscany

36 charming small towns in Tuscany | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Tuscany offers many different experiences, on one hand there are the art cities such as Florence, Siena, Pisa and Lucca, on the other there’s the countryside with its towns, villages, hills, castles and vineyards.

One of the best things about Tuscany is getting lost in the small roads of the territory and discover new hidden gems: beautiful and ancient towns where we can feel a different atmosphere from everywhere else in the world. If you don’t know from where to start, here you’ll find a list of 36 charming small towns that boast the Bandiera Arancione. [...]

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1. Anghiari (Arezzo)
2. Barberino Val d’Elsa (Firenze)
3. Barga (Lucca)
4. Casale Marittimo (Pisa)
5. Casole d’Elsa (Siena)
6. Castelnuovo Berardenga (Siena)
7. Castelnuovo di Val di Cecina (Pisa)
8. Castiglion Fiorentino (Arezzo)
9. Certaldo (Firenze)
10. Cetona (Siena)
11. Collodi (Pistoia)
12. Cutigliano (Pistoia)
13. Fosdinovo (Massa Carrara)
14. Lari (Pisa)
15. Lucignano (Arezzo)
16. Massa Marittima (Grosseto)
17. Montalcino (Siena)
18. Montecarlo (Lucca)
19. Montefollonico (Siena)
20. Montepulciano (Siena)
21. Monteriggioni (Siena)
22. Murlo (Siena)
23. Peccioli (Pisa)
24. Pienza (SI)
25. Pitigliano (Grosseto)
26. Pomarance (Pisa)
28. Radicofani (Siena)
29. San Casciano dei Bagni (Siena)
30. San Gimignano (Siena)
31. Sarteano (Siena)
32. Sorano (Grosseto)
33. Suvereto (Livorno)
34. Trequanda (Siena)
35. Vinci (Firenze)
36. Volterra (Pisa)

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Italy by water: All aboard for la bella vita

Italy by water: All aboard for la bella vita | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
On the lake surrounding the city of Mantua, we find our hotel barge, La Bella Vita, peacefully moored. A glass of prosecco – the first of many – accompanies introductions to the crew and fellow passengers before we set off for our first shore visit. A few minutes' walk along grassy banks takes us beneath the imposing walls of St George's Fortress and into the cobbled main square of the city.
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Throughout the season the 20 passenger La Bella Vita provides Italian river cruises that encompass the romance and architecture of Venice as well as the captivating lakeside setting of the Renaissance city of Mantua. Venice is, of course, the crowning jewel of most Italian river cruises, but Mantua, in central northern Italy, has also been (and still is) a hub of art, culture and music for centuries. The route inland takes you along the River Po and the Bianco Canal through the Po Valley.

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36 Hours in Florence, Italy

36 Hours in Florence, Italy | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
See the skyline without battling crowds, sample pastries from a secret gem, sip artisanal beers and soak up culture during a weekend in the Tuscan capital.
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FRIDAY

1. A Garden With a View | 3 p.m. -  Forte di Belvedere

2. Aperitivo Ora | 6 p.m. - Enoteca Pitti Gola e Cantina

3. Chic Cucina | 8:30 p.m. - Cucina Torcicoda

4. Prison Break | 11 p.m. - Le Murate Caffè Letterario

SATURDAY

5. Colazione of Champions | 9 a.m. - Pasticceria Giorgio

6. Remember the 1900s? | 11 a.m. - Museo Novecento

7. Pick a Panino | 1 p.m. - Semel

8. Spada Shops | 3:30 p.m. -  MIO Store

9. Balanced Meal | 8 p.m. - Il Santo Bevitore

10. Beer Buzz | 10:30 p.m. - Archea Brewery

SUNDAY

11. Tower Power | 10 a.m. - Torre di San Niccolò

12. Lunch Counter | Noon - Zeb Gastronomia

13. Gucci Goods | 2:30 p.m. - Gucci Museo

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If you ignore the press trip like itinerary timings and see this more as pointing you in the right direction, you'll have a wonderful weekend!

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The best cookery courses in Italy - Telegraph

The best cookery courses in Italy - Telegraph | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Sophie Butler suggests the best cookery courses in Italy, including in Tuscany, Umbria and Puglia
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Best hikes in Italy in the Oldest and Most Beautiful Forests

Best hikes in Italy in the Oldest and Most Beautiful Forests | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Forests cover almost 35% of Italy and the number is growing. Here is a list of my favourite best hikes in Italy in the oldest and most beautiful forests.
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Foresta del CansiglioVeneto

Forest of Sasso Fratino - Foreste Casentinesi National Park

Bosco dell’Archiforo in Serra San Bruno, Calabria

San Vito cork oak forest - Sughereta S. Vito - Fondi, Lazio

Grande Porta del Pollino - Pollino National Park

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Celebrating Sophia Loren, Style Icon

Celebrating Sophia Loren, Style Icon | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Milan Women’s Fashion Week SS15 is, as with every season, a celebration of all things fashion. But a week of cat walks, must haves and celeb spotting wouldn’t be complete without taking a moment to honour our style icons. That’s exactly what this exhibition does, celebrating the Sophia Loren.
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Italy’s Best Street Food

Italy’s Best Street Food | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Gelato and pizza are terrific, but they only scratch the surface of Italy's exciting, rich and colorful street food scene. We picked 12 essential street ...

  1. OLIVE ALL'ASCOLANA
  2. LAMPREDOTTO
  3. CREMA FRITTA
  4. PIADINA
  5. PANELLE
  6. PANINO CON PORCHETTA
  7. PANZEROTTI
  8. ARANCINI
  9. PANI CA MEUSA
  10. STIGGHIOLA
  11. ZEPPOLE
  12. PESCE FRITTO AL CONO


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4 amazing tours in Rome in October!

4 amazing tours in Rome in October! | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

I’m a firm believer in investing in quality tours. I did a lot of research to find the tours that offered what I wanted to see/do and were available on the dates I would be there. It had been a LONG time since I had been to Rome and I had never invested in tours…this time it was different and I’m so glad I did invest

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Italy's 'Little Jerusalem' Opens The Doors To Jewish History

Italy's 'Little Jerusalem' Opens The Doors To Jewish History | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Today 27 countries are marking the European Day of Jewish Culture. The Tuscan town of Pitigliano is one of the sites involved: it's home to few Jews today, but once housed a thriving Jewish community.[...]

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A Foodie’s Guide to Fall in Umbria

A Foodie’s Guide to Fall in Umbria | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Known as the “green heart of Italy,” for its fertile countryside, Umbria is at its gourmet best during the fall harvest season. With a focus on tradition, the beauty of Umbrian cuisine lies in its simplicity and quality ingredients. From truffle hunting to wine tasting, here are some of our favorite ways to enjoy the flavors of the season. [...]

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New York Magazine: Why Won’t Italians Have Cappuccino After Dinner?

New York Magazine: Why Won’t Italians Have Cappuccino After Dinner? | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

And seven other mysterious health beliefs examined.

  1. There is something called the colpo d’aria, and it can give you something called cervicale.
  2. You should never leave your house with a wet head.
  3. Having a cappuccino after dinner inhibits digestion.
  4. Sparkling water helps digestion.
  5. A digestivolike an amaro, grappa, or limoncello, really does help you digest.
  6. t’s dangerous to go in the water within three hours of eating, especially for kids.
  7. Putting urine on a sting, especially from a jellyfish, helps it heal.
  8. Air-conditioning makes you sick.
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