Marcello Mellino

Buon Appetito!

September 2018
So, you arrived in Italy yesterday, have rested well at your hotel and today you have begun exploring one of the most wonderful countries in the world...and now you are hungry! When looking for food, you could not be in a better place. SUBSCRIBE...


In Vacanza

August 2018
As summer goes on, the hot, humid weather brings back memories of vacanze estive (summer holidays), our escape from the intense heat as I was growing up in the Puglia region of Italy. We lived outside of Taranto, a major Italian Navy port, and I...


La Spiaggia

July 2018
Italy is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea (fig. 1), which the Romans called Mare nostrum to signify its vital importance and enormous presence in the history and civilization of the Italian Peninsula. Italians have always been great sailors,...


Italiani

June 2018
The most common question I hear from friends planning a trip to Italy is, “We are going for a week so what should we see?” A lifetime would probably not be enough to see all there is to see in the beautiful country. As we all know, art and history...


La Passeggiata

May 2018
The passeggiata is typically a pleasurably purposeless, slow, non-exertional mode of ambulation (fig. 1) perfected over the centuries by the Italians. It is meant to be enjoyed outdoors and preferably in good company (fig. 2). As the American...


Shopping… al fresco!

April 2018
Italians have perfected the art of shopping al fresco. By that I am referring to the time-consuming, but thoroughly enjoyable, outdoor shopping (fig. 1) which is so common in Italian piazza and streets. Daily mercatini set up in local squares and...


Italia di notte

March 2018
Italy is a splendid travel destination at any time of the year since its beauty and endless treasures are available in every season. However, the feel and the atmosphere become so different and even more captivating once the sun has gone down....


Isola Tiberina

February 2018
I have often visited the Isola Tiberina when in Rome (figs. 1,2). This tiny island is located in the middle of the Tiber River (fig. 3), across the Trastevere rione and the old Jewish Ghetto, east of St. Peter Basilica and the Vatican. It is...


Andiamo al Cinema!

January 2018
January, a new year already, winter is upon us. It’s time to go to the movies! Cinematography is popular in Italy, with a long list of world-famous directors producing wonderful films, often with little financial resources. In the past,...


A Passeggiata in Bracciano

December 2017
A November trip, a few years ago, lead to a day-long passeggiata in Bracciano (fig. 1) where we would find a Fiera di Natale, in essence, one of many opportunities to shop for the upcoming Christmas Holidays... Italian style!! Of course, there were...


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