Scarola (escarole) is a prickly leaf lettuce that Italians cook up and serve in many different ways. My mother-in-law, who comes from the Naples area where use of the scarola is wide spread, would make a delicious pizza di scarola that involved a sauté of scarola with garlic, anchovy, capers and little black olives which…

Depending on what you’ve heard about Nero, you might not think there can be “fun facts about Nero.” But, you would be mistaken. Emperor Nero was the last emperor in the Julio-Claudian dynasty. He was born in A.D. 37, became emperor in A.D. 54 and committed suicide in A.D. 68. In 14 short years as…

There’s never been a time that I’ve served pizzelle fritte (little fried pizza rounds) that my guests haven’t applauded!! Afterall, you can’t really go wrong with this fried pizza recipe– these little rounds puff up when fried and are so light and airy that they just pop into your mouth! The pizzelle fritte is further…

Welcome to Prati. Just North of the Vatican lies this quieter area, often dubbed Rome’s white-collar neighborhood. As you walk the tree-line streets and admire the architecture, you’re sure to notice that this neighborhood has a different feel than the city center. Along the wide streets lined with shops and cafes, high schoolers meet to…

You’re focused on the big questions while planning your next vacation: Where you will stay? What you will see? Where you will eat?  One thing that might not be on your mind is how far your money will be going throughout your vacation. Here’s an idea of the different in cost of living in Rome versus…

As you may know, Italy is one of the leading countries in fashion design with some of the most stylish clothes. Being stylish and up to date with the fashion trends is in the Italian culture, so you will see lots of very stylish people walking around Rome in beautiful clothes. If you get the…

A Zuccotto is a dome-shaped specialty said to be inspired by the large dome on the St. Croce cathedral in Florence. There are plenty of variations to this desert so feel free to be creative! The recipe starts with the basic Sponge Cake baked in a 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Ingredients for Zuccotto Italian Cake Sponge…

When traveling in Italy, you are going to enjoy the best pizza, pasta, wine, and espresso. And, while you stroll down the sidewalk in the warm Italian sun, you are sure to stop and treat yourself to some gelato too. One thing to keep in mind is that not all gelato is created equal. The best…

What words could be used to describe Leonardo da Vinci? Painter, inventor, sculptor, engineer? Inventor, musician, writer, geologist? Mathematician, astronomer, architect, botanist? All of these and more. The brilliant Italian was the epitome of the Renaissance ideal, and is considered by many to be one of the greatest geniuses of history. Born in Vinci in…

The Roman Forum, Colosseum, and Palatine Hill were the center for public and political life in ancient Rome. What exactly happened in these places that travelers are still drawn to visit over 2,700 years later? Whose footsteps are you walking in as you explore the Palatine Hill or walk through the forum? The ruins themselves are…

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