CHOCOLATE AND COFFEE IN TRENTINO’S CITY OF ROVERETO IN NORTHERN ITALY

Have you ever celebrated the winter holidays without either chocolate or coffee? I have not. Thick smooth dark and sweet chocolate drinks, chocolate balls wrapped in colored tissue paper, chocolate bon bons filled with special liqueurs or grappa, layered chocolate pralines, chocolate chip cookies, cookies rolled in chocolate sprinkles, layered jam filled Sacher tortes, chocolate … Continue reading CHOCOLATE AND COFFEE IN TRENTINO’S CITY OF ROVERETO IN NORTHERN ITALY

MILAN AND FERRAGOSTO – IF YOU VISIT THE ALMOST DESERTED METROPOLIS

It is possible that many of you have already visited Italy's second city with its dynamic hardworking down to earth fashionable people. Often travel packages include Milan on its way to Venice, may be Vicenza, Bologna, Florence and Rome. However, for a change, try to visit the "time is money" metropolis, home of banks, stock … Continue reading MILAN AND FERRAGOSTO – IF YOU VISIT THE ALMOST DESERTED METROPOLIS

FERRARA – CITY OF DUKES, DUCHESSES, COOKS, FOOD, CULTURE AND PALIO

Ferrara, once political center of the noble Este family, where Lucrezia Borgia daughter of Pope Alexander VI lived and was wife, mother and beloved duchess, has several places where to learn more about Northern Italian history and Italian regional cuisine. The city was also once the culinary test kitchen of Messisbugo, one of the most prominent … Continue reading FERRARA – CITY OF DUKES, DUCHESSES, COOKS, FOOD, CULTURE AND PALIO

IN ROVERETO (TRENTINO) – ACCORDING TO ACCADEMIA ITALIANA DELLA CUCINA OR ELSE?

A few months ago, one of the most recent delegations of the prominent Accademia Italiana della Cucina, founded in Rovereto in 2017, sponsored an interesting convention for those who wish to understand a little bit better how the quality of eating places is evaluated by renown guides such as Michelin, Touring Club Italia, Guide dell' … Continue reading IN ROVERETO (TRENTINO) – ACCORDING TO ACCADEMIA ITALIANA DELLA CUCINA OR ELSE?

PUMPKINS, HALLOWEEN, ZOMBIES, OSS DE MORT AND AMERICAN THANKSGIVING IN ITALY

Large, medium, small, carved or sculptured, Halloween pumpkins have reached the Italian peninsula! "It's for fun..." say young Italians who like to dress up like witches, vampires, and zombies... On this I have often wondered how many of those young Italians actually realize that when they dress up as scary characters, ride the local Halloween … Continue reading PUMPKINS, HALLOWEEN, ZOMBIES, OSS DE MORT AND AMERICAN THANKSGIVING IN ITALY

Christmas in Trentino Alto Adige with Food, Falalah and more

"...AT CHRISTMAS PLAY AND MAKE GOOD CHEER, FOR CHRISTMAS COMES BUT ONCE A YEAR..." (Thomas Tusser 1557) Christmas, as many now know, is a Christian festivity, however, it has ancient roots dating back to pagan Roman winter festivities, called Saturnalia, which were held in honor of Saturn, the pagan god of agriculture, of harvest, of … Continue reading Christmas in Trentino Alto Adige with Food, Falalah and more

Trieste – International and Multicultural Port City

Home city to international shipping, to elegant coffee shops serving famous fine coffees, and to multilingual and multicultural people, today's Trieste has much to offer to visitors who travel by car, by cruise ship, or by train to see a region and city with Adriatic Baltic and Mediterranean ties. Regional capital of the Northern Italian … Continue reading Trieste – International and Multicultural Port City

Trentino – A Region of History, Lakes and Hearty Dishes

Today's autonomous region of Trentino, part of Northern Italy along with a more northern portion of territory called Alto Adige, is a natural multicultural border territory between the Italic peninsula and the Germanic regions beyond the Alps. It has been this way ever since 1027 when the German Emperor Conrad II and the Holy Roman … Continue reading Trentino – A Region of History, Lakes and Hearty Dishes