Covid-19 has sent the world into a tailspin. Lockdowns, quarantine risks and cancelled flights – we’re all being affected in so many unexpected ways. Understandably, the focus thus far has been on world health, prevention and containment. But beyond this, it’s also affected the travel plans of countless people around the globe. Frustratingly, it’s only…

It has now been almost two weeks since I started being in quarantine. All things considered, it’s not going as bad as I thought it would. I thought I would be dying of boredom and at my family’s throats. Instead, we are practicing “social distancing” (for the most part) and doing so has minimized the…

Panforte is a dense, nearly or completely flourless cake packed with dried fruits. It was originally called pane forte, meaning “strong bread”, or panpepato because of the amount of spice (pepato) it contained. Tradition dates it back to 13th century Tuscany. The earliest documentation about the dessert, found in a Siena hospital in the 19th…

In Italy, eating establishments dominate every city block. I say establishments because a restaurant or “ristorante” encapsulates only one specific kind of eatery. They all have different designated names which determine the specific dishes offered, the fare, and the atmosphere. Whether it’s understanding the difference between a bar and a pasticceria or an osteria vs.…

When traveling to Naples, you will find red horn-shaped talisman charms called “cornicelli” hanging everywhere in the streets. They make for a great souvenir to remember your trip by, however it would be a shame to overlook the rich historic origins of this iconic charm.  Since ancient times, people have believed in the power of…

If you’re looking for a dining experience that is steeped in history read further for a guide to the best, oldest eateries in the Eternal City. One of the greatest joys of visiting Italy is sampling the amazing food Italians have been perfecting for hundreds of years. Even if you don’t know your tagliatelle from…

The Italian approach to food is often underpinned by the phrase “zero kilometer”, which refers to the usage of local foods that have not traveled far after production. This principle begins with Italian people’s dedication to local and regional specialties. Italy is divided into twenty regions, each with their own distinct recipes and culinary traditions.…

If you are thinking of going to Rome on vacation or on a business trip, you will want to check out the bookstores carrying English-speaking books there. Find the perfect guide book for your stay, or a great book to curl up with at night or on the flight home. Close to the Trilussa in…

I spoke with Angelo Carotenuto co-owner and founder of LivItaly Tours about responsible tourism and LivItaly’s dedication to providing quality tour services that adhere to the standards of responsible tourism. Angelo, originally from Rome, shares how his heritage has influenced his commitment to showing travelers his country in a respectful, responsible and eco-conscious manner. To…

Like most things in Florence, the local restaurants that are worth a visit are usually the city’s oldest and most loved by locals and travelers alike. If what you are looking for is an authentic Italian meal, steeped in history, this guide is where to start. The restaurants listed here have decades of experience in…

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