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Insider travel tips

Travel & Living
The Balconies of Italy: Six Foothill Towns You Should Get to Know 
by Toni DeBella

Italy is bursting at the seams with charming hilltop towns and languishing seaside villages. Lesser-known and often overlooked, foothill towns spill down the lower slopes of some of the country’s most dramatic mountain ranges, offering sweeping vistas as far as the eye can see. (And many times, without the crowds such vistas tend to attract.) 

Travel & Living
This Amalfi Coast Town is All Charm, No Crowds
by Sander Van Den Broecke

Nestled in the Campanian seaside cliffs between astonishing Amalfi and sensational Salerno lies the little-known town of Maiori. Home to the longest stretch of beach on the Amalfi Coast, centuries’ worth of religious and cultural history and a gorgeous waterfront promenade, Maiori is the perfect place for a relaxing, romantic getaway.

Travel & Living
Discovering Pavia, From Noble Palaces to "Paradise" Cake
by Liz Shemaria

As you walk from Pavia’s train station towards its historical center, you'll spot a 26-foot-tall woman holding a shield in one hand and a spear in the other, presiding over a traffic circle. 

Fabulous foodie guides

Food & Wine
How to Make the Most of Homemade Pesto
by Jessica Paholsky

Pesto is most often associated with the northwest region of Liguria. While a trip to savor the freshest pesto on the planet may be tempting, until you can get to Genoa or somewhere nearby, this guide to making the most of your next homemade pesto is more practical.

Food & Wine
A Wine-Lover’s Guide to Chianti Classico in Tuscany
by Dick Rosano

The rolling hills of Tuscany have drawn hordes of people over the centuries – promising peace of mind, grand art, sumptuous meals, and fine wines. Part of the allure is that the region defies the march of time, somehow merging the blissful comfort of pastoral lands and ancient stories of love and intrigue with the satisfying pleasures of modernity.

Italian Language lessons

Art & Culture
'Anzi', 'Mica', and Other Informal Italian Adverbs for Your Arsenal
by L'Italiano Porticando

Many Italian learners, even those who consider themselves fairly fluent, confess that they still struggle when trying to talk like native speakers. Indeed, sometimes no amount of sophisticated vocabulary can help if you haven’t yet gotten a handle on widespread colloquial adverbs like anzi, mica, and so forth.

Art & Culture
How to Talk About "Il Rientro" in Italian
by L'Italiano Porticando

Going back to work after summer holidays is not always a pleasant experience, to say the least, but it can be especially traumatic if you’re Italian! People who get to know Italy and its culture well enough usually aren’t surprised when they learn that life slows down quite a bit during July and August.

Art & Culture
How to Deal With Common Vacation Mishaps in Italian
by L'Italiano Porticando

In a perfect world, vacation would always be relaxing and everything would go as smoothly as possible. But reality doesn’t always line up with dolce vita expectations, and you may encounter some frustrating things to deal with when plans veer off course. Thankfully, command of the language can help you stay calm.

Exclusive recipes

Dolce
A Very Tempting Torta di Melone
by Francine Segan

There’s a charming saying about melons in Emilia-Romagna: Gli uomini sono come i meloni molti cattivi e pochi buoni (People are like melons there are lots of bad ones and only a few good ones). Recognizing a “good melon” can indeed take some trial and error!

Primo
Pasta Fit for a King: Spaghetti con Rigaglie
by Francine Segan

Full disclosure: rigaglie, a word that comes from the Latin for “royal gift,” means “chicken giblets” in Italian. The sauce, even though made of oft-discarded poultry parts, is actually a very refined delicacy with deep, rich flavor. Be brave and add cock’s combs, too! They not only have a nice texture and lovely flavor, but are very pretty on the plate.

Primo
Seafood Risotto Salad
by Francine Segan

When you crave something a bit fresher and healthier than fritto misto on a relaxing summer day at the beach in Italy, risotto salad is just the right fit.

Culture Vulture deep dives

Art & Culture
Titian's Towering Masterpiece in Venice
by Laura Morelli

When you step into the cavernous Venetian basilica of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, it takes a minute or two for your eyes to adjust to the darkness.

Art & Culture
Gusto: Mestre's M9 Museum Hosts Exhibition
by Myra Robinson

​​After nearly three years of decreased tourist traffic, Venice is back to its usual saturation point this summer, in part due to the Biennale Arte currently underway.

Art & Culture
Dinner at the Museum: Italy’s Most Exciting Places that Combine Art & Food
by Luciana Squadrilli

To many people, cooking is considered an art. To others, comparing the two realms of human skill and imagination is more of an outrage. And in Italy, until not so long ago, the second opinion seemed to prevail in that most places that feature art only carried the bare minimum when offering refreshments.

Artisan shopping secrets

Style & Design
How to Own a Piece of Italian Design History
by Liz Shemaria

Milan is one of the world’s design capitals. Brands like Prada and Versace are headquartered in the northern Italian city and the Salone del Mobile (Furniture Fair) attracts thousands of well-heeled visitors from across the globe each year.

Style & Design
Five Fabulous Female Artisans in Florence
by Susan Van Allen

In Florence, city of masterpieces, artisan traditions have flourished for centuries. It’s a joy to discover the abundance of shops where talented workers dedicate themselves to techniques handed down through generations and also bring new ideas to this city where creativity has long been nurtured.