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Jewish Rome, between history and authentic cuisine

Jewish Rome, between history and authentic cuisine

A bit of history… The Jewish community in Rome dates as far back as 161 BC, making it one of the oldest Jewish communities in Europe. It is thought that trade links, coupled with the harmonious way in which many communities coexisted in the city at the time,...

Treasure hunting in the artistic cities of the Marche

Interest in the Marche region is on the rise – and this is no surprise. A combination for history, influence, nature and experience makes the Marche one of the most culturally interesting regions in Italy. Just to mention a few figures: there are approximately 100...

A different side of Venice: painting, music and gondola makers

Imagine yourself wandering in Venice with your family or friends: the elegant buildings reflect in the water, posters around the lagoon city promote cultural events and theater shows, the gondola boats peacefully float by the canals. You have a unique opportunity to...

Veneto is more than Venice: a thousand hidden gems

Off to the eastern side of northern Italy, Veneto is not all about Venice and Verona. The town of Vicenza is generally considered the cultural capital of this region, and this is largely because of its extremely rich architectural heritage endowed by 16th-century...

Liguria’s mesmerizing Cinque Terre: history and eno-gastronomy

  The Cinque Terre (literally, “five lands”) is an enchanting destination that stretches for 18 km along the rocky coast of Liguria, in northwestern Italy. The five ‘borghi’ (villages or hamlets) after which the area is named, are Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza,...

A journey through Sicily’s historic castles

  “To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is to not have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything”.       – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe   German writer, philosopher and statesman von Goethe had got right already in 1787, and so...

The real story behind “Fettuccine Alfredo”

Some time ago we published a post on Common Mistakes about Italian Cuisine, in which we explained that the ‘Fettuccine Alfredo’ never became as popular in Italy as they were (and still are) abroad. We also said that it is not that easy to find this dish in...

Spectacular folklore festivals in Umbria

Umbria is a region where art, food, wine and history are protagonists. Its artists excelled particularly at painting, for example Renaissance painter Pinturicchio. Delicious food includes strangozzi pasta with local black truffle from Norcia, while the red Montefalco...

Discovering the magic Tuscia in central Italy

The Tuscia is a historical region located between Tuscany, Umbria, Lazio and the Tyrrhenian Sea. Since prehistoric times, this beautiful land has welcomed many different people that have left obvious signs of their presence. In particular, the Etruscan civilization...