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Recipe: Cacio e Pepe

One of my favorite first courses is “pasta cacio e pepe”.  Cacio means cheese and pepe means pepper in Italian.  It would be a mistake to stop here in the description because ingredients are not commodities to me.  The key factors for a successful dish are the quality of the ingredients, t Details

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May 29, 2012 5:51 pm
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Artichokes

Artichokes are the immature flowers of the artichoke plant which is a thistle and part of the sunflower family.  If you haven’t had artichokes in Rome, you don’t know what you are missing.

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Where to Buy Gold in Italy

Gold in Italy is a prized commodity.  Many people think of gold when they travel to Florence.  The Ponte Vecchio is full of gold merchants with shops and works of art desired by all.  But did you know that most of the gold items actually come from Arezzo, province in southern Tuscany? Meet our Details

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May 16, 2012 1:46 am
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Mammoni ~ Mamma’s Boys

Sunday is Mother’s Day in America.  Mothers are without a doubt the most important person in a child’s life.  Look at how many works of art, songs and poems are dedicated to mothers!  Mammoni (Mamma’s boys) is the name given to men who are still living at home with their mo Details

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May 11, 2012 2:30 pm
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Lombardy: Teodolinda and Monza

The Lombards were nomads from northeastern Europe who invaded Italy during the end of the 6th century.  After they conquered Milan and Pavia, the Lombardian dukes decided to elect a king to rule their new land.  They chose Autari, son of Cleph, king of the Lombards.  Of course, the king neede Details

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May 10, 2012 7:29 pm
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Vasari Corridor

The Vasari Corridor built in 1565 by Grand Duke Cosimo I de’Medici, remains one of the best kept secrets of an otherwise tourist overrun Florence.  The long elevated Corridor connects the Pitti Palace to the Uffizi Gallery across the heart of the city.  The corridor, designed by Giorgi Details

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May 6, 2012 4:37 pm
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Mysteries of the Rosary

Mysteries of the Rosary The Rosary is divided into five decades. Each decade represents a mystery or event in the life of Jesus.  They are  five joyful, five sorrowful, five glorious, and five luminous.  The Rosary (il rosario) means a crown of roses, a spiritual bouquet given to the Blesse Details

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April 28, 2012 7:13 pm
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St. Francis Rosary

One Decade at a Time St. Francis of Assisi’s tradition requires us to pray the rosary one decade at a time for peace in the world.   This rosary replicates the cincture worn by the famed monk and the founder of the Franciscan Order.  The knots on the cord remind us of the virtues of pove Details

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Italian Wars

The Italian Wars began in 1494, when Charles VIII of France invaded Italy and seized Naples, only to be forced to retreat by a coalition of Spain, the Holy Roman emperor, the Pope, Venice, and Milan.

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April 17, 2012 7:03 pm
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Sacri Monti

The nine Sacri Monti (Scared Mountains) of Piedmont and Lombardy are a group of chapels and other architectural features created in the late 16th and 17th centuries and dedicated to different aspects of the Christian faith and were inscribed  on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 2003

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