Umbria – The Green Heart of Italy

Umbria is an Italian region bordering Tuscany, Lazio and Le Marche. Often called the country’s green heart, it’s known for its medieval hill towns, dense forests and local cuisine, particularly foraged truffles and wines. Hilltop Perugia, the regional capital, is the site of medieval Palazzo …

Autumn – The Golden Season

Many who visit Italy say that fall is the perfect time.  Not too hot, cooler at night but still warm during the day– and fewer tourists.  Even though September can be as warm as August on some days in some places in Italy, most people …

Campania – The Fertile Countryside

Even if you have visited Italy before, nothing can quite prepare you for the colorful and occasionally chaotic city of Naples.  Street life is vibrant, the colors are bright, and the aroma of pizza– real pizza, invented in Naples– are everywhere.  Visiting nearby Pompeii should …

Il Gusto dell’Estate – A Taste of Summer

Summer is the top tourist season throughout Italy, and small wonder.  Italy’s Mediterranean climate means that yes, the days can get hot, especially in the south.  It also means more people seeing some of the great sites.  But the natural beauty of the Tuscan countryside– …

What are Taralli?

If you’ve visited Puglia, you’ll recognize Taralli—they’re eaten at every opportunity in southern Italy.  And after tasting a few, you’ll know why.  Taralli aren’t biscuits, they’re not crackers and they’re not cookies.  They are a distinct old-world snack tracing back to the 8th century in …

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