Rebecca Winke

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Rebecca Winke – Travel, Food&Wine, and Culture Writer

Rebecca moved to Italy from Chicago in 1993 and spends her time writing about the lovely country she now calls home for various print and online publications while wondering what strange winds blew an urbanite to a tiny hilltown in Umbria.

“Insatiably curious about the world and its people, and a born storyteller, I’m always looking for my next discovery and a compelling way to share it that makes readers chuckle, shake their heads, and book a flight.”

 

Articles by rebeccawinke

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 11:10
In a recent speech, Italy’s Health Minister Roberto Speranza shared his belief that the first half of 2020 has been the most difficult in the history…
Tue, 07/21/2020 - 08:19
Though Umbria has been known as “the next Tuscany” for decades, this small region in the center of Italy has managed to dodge the bullet of tourist cr…
Thu, 07/16/2020 - 08:36
In normal years, summer is a season of congratulations. Weddings abound, graduations fill up our weekend calendars, and the annual “baby boom” of summ…
Thu, 07/02/2020 - 05:58
Expressing a state of being is one of the most important and fundamental uses of language. How you are feeling in a specific moment (hungry, cold, sad…
Thu, 06/18/2020 - 04:31
You may not know it, but you have almost certain spoken Venetian over the past few months. Any discussion of the current world health crisis inevitabl…
Thu, 06/04/2020 - 05:54
As lockdown measures begin to ease in Italy and across much of the world, we are all starting to break out of the live-in-the-moment constricts of qua…
Thu, 05/14/2020 - 07:51
Earlier this month Italy celebrated ‘La Festa dei Lavoratori’, or International Workers’ Day. Known colloquially as ‘Il Primo Maggio’, or the First of…
Thu, 04/30/2020 - 04:30
It’s always best in any language to be as precise as you can, using words that denote a concept with certainty and decisiveness. If there is one thing…
Mon, 03/30/2020 - 10:02
“When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became an adult, I put away childish things.” 1 Cor…
Thu, 03/12/2020 - 10:42
Lambrusco has long been the underdog of the Italian wine world, becoming its own worst enemy by flooding the market with treacly sweet and aggressivel…
Wed, 03/04/2020 - 12:01
“Etna giveth and Etna taketh away” is the mantra of the locals who have lived in symbiosis for millennia with this imposing volcanic peak—one of the m…
Tue, 03/19/2019 - 01:24
Naples is known for its delectable street food, from iconic pizza al portafoglio (wood-fired Neapolitan pizza folded twice into a handy triangle) to p…
Mon, 03/04/2019 - 11:16
Maybe you’re planning a trip to Italy, or would like to get in touch with your family history, or are simply enthralled with the idea of being able to…
Thu, 02/07/2019 - 04:56
Whether you’re hunkered down under the polar vortex in North America or are bracing for the predicted snowfall in Europe, you are officially passing t…
Mon, 01/28/2019 - 09:50
Pondering a visit to the bucolic rural region of Umbria during the winter, but aren't sure if it’s worth the effort to visit in the off-season? Though…
Thu, 01/17/2019 - 03:25
One of the most perplexing and, often, disappointing discoveries when visiting central Italy—including Umbria and vast swaths of Lazio, Tuscany, and…
Tue, 12/04/2018 - 04:23
When new expats imagine what their lives are going to look like in Italy, it is often a Hollywood montage flashing between scenes of fabulous meals, s…
Thu, 11/08/2018 - 00:08
  Le Marche’s pastoral landscape is bookended by two of its most dramatic features: the rugged Sibylline mountain chain bordering the region to the we…
Wed, 06/14/2017 - 23:39
When the world thinks of Italy’s iconic fashion industry, the city that first comes to mind is Milan. Known for its well-turned-out residents, high-en…
Thu, 05/25/2017 - 05:04
Italian pop songs and musicians have been making it to airwaves worldwide since Domenico Modugno belted out “Volare!” (from his hit song “Nel Blu Dipi…