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CappucciNOPE

Religion, politics, and…cappuccino?  You may think one of these is not like the other, but nothing will tear apart an Italian dinner table faster than an uncultured American ordering a cappuccino after a meal.  It may seem like a silly cultural exaggeration, but trust me, you do not want Details

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The Leaning Tower of…Venice?

Much like an older sibling that seems to get all of the praise, the Leaning Tower of Pisa floats into our stream of conciousness as one of the most famous and recognizable structures in all of Italy, probably even in the world.  But did you know it’s not the only radically leaning building Details

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Borghi Più Belli

In 2001, Italy had a dream.  Tired of hearing the same old Rome, Florence, Venice stories from excited, wide eyed travelers, the Italian Tourism Board and National Association of Italian Municipalities (ANCI) decided to spice things up a bit and broaden the average visitor’s horizons.  Bo Details

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Recipe: Spaghetti alla Carbonara

My favorite pasta and perhaps one of largest contributors to my Botticelli Belly has to be the Roman classic: Spaghetti alla Carbonara.  Also known as the go-to dish when you’ve had a few too many beverages and you need something quick and easy to prepare, this Italian version of bacon and Details

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Murano glass: the (semi) lost art

The beauty, the delicacy, the exquisite luxury of Murano glass; even if you’re not so sure what it is, you’ve certainly heard of the name.  Named after the little island off of Venice where it is produced, Murano glass is the ultimate signature of elegance and wealth. Mostly known fo Details

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L’arte sa nuotare

Art knows how to swim!  In Florence, a street artist known only as Blub has taken to transforming classic works of art into comical satire these last couple of years. Most often found installed over gas and water meters throughout the Renaissance city of romance, Blub uses this unique outlet f Details

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Otranto: Italy’s Combative Gem

As summer weather quickly approaches (finally!), it is only normal to begin daydreaming about the crystalline coasts of Puglia.  Full of beautiful beachside towns on both the Adriatic and Ionian seas, an abundance of fresh local foods, and overly hospitable residents, Puglia is still the Italy o Details

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Orecchiette

One of our very favorite pastas hails from the heel of the boot of Italy. Roughly translating into “little ears”, Orecchiette are tiny cups of pasta joy, allowing an abundance of flavors to envelop your palate, and acting as perfect little sauce saucers with every bite.

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Galantino

I love olive oil and traveling to Italy as often as I do has allowed me to taste some of the best olive oil in the world, right at the time of production.  One day the olives are on the tree and within 24 hours,  it’s been transformed into a culinary delight!

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