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Style&Design
Travel&Living
Where to Stay: A Homely Welcome in Sardinia
by Luciana Squadrilli

For many people Sardinia is mostly known for its stunning beaches and coastlines, invariably linked to the image of luxurious seaside resorts and plushy yachts. Yet the island, and its wild and pristine nature, are ready to amaze those willing to go deeper – and often inner – when visiting the region.

Art&Culture
Ballarò Market: A Browser’s Guide
by Jamie Mackay

I’ll never forget my first time walking through Ballarò. The red-domed churches, low-hanging curtains and street art cast an immediate impression on me. And it’s an impression that has remained to this day. This is the real Sicily: uniquely, unmistakably and unashamedly Palermitan. The produce at Ballarò is exquisite.

Fabulous foodie guides

Food&Wine
Smashing the (Wine) Glass Ceiling: Three Women-Owned Wineries in Italy
by Cynthia L. P. Chaplin

Etruscans were the most recent civilisation in Italy to empower women with broad roles in society, and then they were wiped out by the Romans in the 3rd century BC! Since then, powerful roles for women have been somewhat of a rarity, not least of all in the world of wine.

Food&Wine
More Than Just Tortellini: The Best International Restaurants in Bologna
by Alex Sakalis

Bologna is often touted as the food capital of Italy and is home to some of the country’s most famous delicacies, such as tortellini, tagliatelle al ragù and mortadella. Perhaps, as a result, the Bolognesi developed something of a reputation as food snobs, with a dismissive attitude towards anything foreign. However, this parochial attitude is no more.

Italian Language lessons

Art&Culture
What You Need to Know Before Visiting a Museum or Exhibition in Italian
by L'Italiano Porticando

The first thing that comes to mind when someone talks about Italy is typically food. The rich gastronomic tradition is a huge part of the Italian heritage and undoubtedly one of the most pleasant experiences. But what about food for your soul? The contribution of Italy to the world’s artistic legacy is priceless, and the number of museums in this little country is impressive.

Art&Culture
Seven Top Italian Phrases You Shouldn’t Leave Home Without
by L'Italiano Porticando

The choice to learn Italian usually comes from a sense of romance or passion for the country and its people. Yet, those who stick with their studies often lose the sense of romance to periods of utter frustration and confusion. Italian grammar, as grammar in general, is not always logical, and the list of exceptions to the rules seems to be longer than the list of rules itself. 

Exclusive recipes

Dolce
Roman Jewish Cherry Ricotta | Pie Crostata di Visciole e Ricotta
by Francine Segan

Jewish people have been living in Rome continuously since the 2nd century B.C. and today Rome’s Jewish community is Italy 's largest. Over the years the city has evolved many classic Jewish Roman savory dishes like carciofi alla giudia, Jewish-style deep fried artichokes, as well as many sweets.

Primo
Zuppa di Fagioli e Zucca | Squash and Cannellini Bean Soup
by Domenica Marchetti

Whenever I’m planning a trip to Rome, I try to do my due diligence, which is to say, I hit up friends and check my favorite travel blogs for restaurant recommendations, and then make a list of places I’d like to visit for lunch or dinner. But I always leave room for serendipity.

Dolce
La Veneziana: The Classic Sweet Italian Breakfast
by Francine Segan

A yeasty roll, filled with just the right amount of vanilla pastry cream, this not-too-sweet brioche is a classic Italian breakfast treat. Despite its Venetian name, this treat is actually from Milan in the Lombardy region.  

Culture Vulture deep dives

Art&Culture
250 Years of the Tiepolos in Vicenza
by Myra Robinson

There’s an exhibition currently in Vicenza to celebrate 250 years of the Tiepolos’ - father and son’s - association with the great city of Vicenza, but why Vicenza? The city is best known for the works of Palladio who designed many of its great civic buildings as well as villas in the countryside nearby.

Artisan shopping secrets

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.

Style&Design
Italian Cameos: A Shopper’s Guide
by Laura Morelli

Since ancient times, residents of the Italian peninsula have pulled coral and seashells from the waters of the Tyrrhenian and the Adriatic, using the bounty of the seas to make some of Italy’s most beautiful adornments.

Style&Design
Five Fabulous Venetian Artisans
by Susan Van Allen

The breathtaking beauty of Venice ranges from the dazzling Piazza San Marco to the delicate traditions of its artisans. It’s a pleasure to slow down and wander into a shop to watch a signora making lace or stringing glass beads. The artisans you meet are happy to share their passions with travelers, and a souvenir from the experience will bring back happy memories for a lifetime. 

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