Lee Laurino

Lee Laurino, contributing writer, www.hometoitaly.com

See Art for Free in Italy: Visit the Cemetery!

September 2018
Italy is packed with art, but not just in museums where some of the most famous paintings, sculptures and tapestries are on display. The country is full of artistic works that can be viewed free of charge. For example, sculptures can be found in...


Padua Safeguards Amazing Giotto Treasures

August 2018
Una visita a Padova rappresenta un viaggio tra passato e presente, tra storia millenaria, tradizioni e arte.  Una città ricca di bellezze, è nota per gli affreschi di Giotto della Cappella degli Scrovegni, per la grande Basilica di...


Ospedale degli Innocenti: The Hospital of the Innocents

February 2018
Lo Spedale degli Innocenti, oggi Museo degli Innocenti è una delle opere più significative della Firenze quattrocentesca. L’edificio, situato di fronte alla piazza della Santissima Annunziata con la sua loggia, fu progettato da Filippo Brunelleschi...


Opera dei Pupi: an Italian Tradition You Can Still Find in Sicily

February 2018
Hundreds of eyes followed me as I explored the Museum di Pupi (Antonio Pasqualino International Puppet Museum) in Palermo Italy. In 2008, the Unesco intangible heritage list of cultural traditions in danger of extinction...


"My Secret Italy: A Girl's Guide to Intimate Italy"

February 2018
“My Secret Italy. Percorsi e luoghi del cuore delle italiane moderne” è una guida nata dalla collaborazione di tre scrittrici italiane che condividono i luoghi meno noti che si possono trovare sapendo dove e come cercare, offre un nuovo approccio...


Cream of Peas and Mint

June 2016
Ingredients: 400 g. Fresh peas 20 cl. Cream (approx. 1 C.) 30 g. Butter 1 tsp. Extra virgin olive oil Chili powder Some fresh mint leaves Salt Cook the peas in a little salted water for about 10 minutes. Let cool. Put peas in a blender along with...


Homemade Cheese Stracciatella

June 2016
Ingredients: 300 g Fresh mozzarella cheese ½ Glass of cream Salt Separate the mozzarella cheese into strings. Add the cream. Add a pinch of salt. Chill in the refrigerator for about one hour before eating.


Potatoes with Sesame and Rosemary

June 2016
Ingredients: 1 kg. Small potatoes 60 g. Sesame seeds 50 g. Butter Rosemary (a bunch) Salt Wash the potatoes and cook for 25 minutes with their peel. Toast sesame seeds in a pan. In the same pan, melt the butter, add potatoes, add salt, season...


Cartapesta

February 2015
Do you remember art projects as a child that involved strips of newspaper and paste made from flour and water? The practice of the cartapesta (paper mache) has been an art form in Lecce, Italy for centuries. Used as an inexpensive substitute...


Italy is closed?

August 2014
Ferragosto on August 15 is Assumption Day, a national holiday; a day when offices, factories, and many stores and restaurants are closed. It is also the beginning of the exodus from the cities and towns for families not working in the tourist...


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