Things to know about Italy

Things to know about Italy (31)

Wednesday, 23 December 2020 10:41

MY PRIVATE ITALY: AT CHRISTMAS, PANDORO OR PANETTONE?

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Christmas is one of my favourite moments of the year: the colours of the lights in the houses, families reuniting to enjoy the magic of this holiday together and children looking forward to the arrival of Santa Claus. Christmas in Italy is also an opportunity to taste many typical sweets, which are served on our tables every year with a unique flavour that reminds us of how beautiful it is to celebrate Christmas with the people you love.

Monday, 14 December 2020 07:50

MY PRIVATE ITALY: OLIVE OIL, I LOVE YOU

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Extra virgin olive oil (EVO) is undoubtedly the symbol of Mediterranean food, and Italian food in particular. Olive oil is an ancient product, rich in history. You don't drink it, you eat it; it is a valuable food, a few grams change the taste of food.

It is often said that the greatest satisfaction in creating something lies in the act of doing so, rather than in the outcome.

Wednesday, 11 November 2020 10:24

MY PRIVATE ITALY: IN SICILY, EAT LIKE A SICILIAN

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I have been hosted several times in a Sicilian house and for sure they never run out of food!

The landing of Salerno was designed to advance further north and free Naples as soon as possible, but it resulted in a painful time for the city.

"Giusto il tempo di un caffè e arrivo!” (“Just the time to have a coffee and I’m coming!") is the typical phrase used by Italians to measure time.

One thing is clear: when you approach it, you should not be in a hurry. It is a work of art, a masterpiece, like a painting or a sculpture, where smell and taste take the place of sight. An inimitable taste: full, intense, harmonious.

All around the world, Italy is associated with culture, art, food, in a few words our way of life. But more and more people are attracted to our country for another reason: our ability to “do”, to manufacture beautiful things.

"Vedi Napoli e poi muori" (“See Naples and then die”) is a Goethe’s famous expression that reflects the beauty of this city. I’ve seen Naples many times, I am still alive and I keep going back.

Today I will tell you about a very sad episode, which has left its mark on the city of Rome and beyond: the raid of the Jewish Ghetto in Rome. An episode that some of the oldest Romans still remember. My intent is not to judge, but simply to let you know about a piece of our history, sad as it is.

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