Believe it or not, the history of Jews in Rome dates back to at least the second century BC. Many Jews emigrated from the Holy Land to the capital of the Roman Imperium just seeking a better life for their families. Others, however, were brought over as prisoners of war from the Roman invasion of…

Florence is one of Italy’s true gems, having prestige both as a city of art and stunning architecture and being home to very talented artisans. Visitors might not know exactly what they’re looking for but can rely on knowing they will find something exciting. It’s no surprise that Florence played a major role in the…

Donato di Niccolo was born around the year 1386 and lived until December 13, 1466. He lived and worked in Florence, Italy and became widely known for his sculptures during the Renaissance. You and I know him as simply Donatello. The son of Niccolo di Betto Bardi, Donatello was recognized early on as the son…

The Amalfi Coast is known to many travelers for its sheer beauty and color. The bright yellow lemons and blue sea are just two of the vibrant colors in this area. The villages along the coast, with their orange roofs and many-hued umbrella cafes, make up the dreamy pictorial displays of seashore. This entire area…

My husband and I discovered this Pasta alla Pastora recipe while in the beautiful Dolomite mountains (eastern area of the Italian alps) where cattle and sheep graze on the mountain sides and mushrooms are abundant on the forest floors. This pasta condiment is primarily meat (as opposed to a tomato sauce) although there is a…

Easter Sunday in Italy is celebrated quite differently than most people are used to. If you are looking for a giant fluffy bunny and brightly colored eggs, you should look again, because you won’t find that during this week-long celebration that stops an entire country in its tracks. Easter in Italy celebrates and commemorates the…

Tiziano Vecellio (better known as Titian in the Anglosphere) was born in the Italian town of Pieve di Cadore in the late 1480s. His father, Gregorio Vecellio, had many duties around the city, which included managing mines and taking care of the town’s castle. When Titian was only in his teens, he was sent off…

Rome must be the number one city on many bucket lists. There are almost too many things to do. But the visitor should consider taking a detour down the Appian Way a little past the Circus Maximus and the Baths of Caracalla to the Catacombs of St. Callixtus, or the Catacombs of San Callisto. The…

Historical documentation indicates that the domestication of the artichoke began in Sicily around the 1st century, moving into the more northern areas of Italy and then from there into France around the 15th century and was finally brought over to the Americas in the 18th century. We have many different varieties of artichokes in Italy,…

Despite the fact that nowadays you can find just about any fruit or vegetable at any time of the year, the traditional Italian recipes indicative of the Easter season utilize the products that, at one time, could only be found in this particular part of the year. Vegetables like Asparagus and Artichokes are used often…

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