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A Visit to Labro

October 2019
Labro is a tiny village (fig. 1) within the Province of Rieti, northeast of Rome, overlooking the Piediluco lake (fig. 2). Its population amounts to no more than 100 people, but that likely triples during the summer.  Historians have said...


Roma Eterna

September 2019
The Eternal City is well worth visiting again and again. While I always enjoy spending time in some of the little-known towns and villages spread throughout Italy, everyone must see Roma. So, andiamo!SUBSCRIBE NOW! online + newspaper This section...


Vita di Paese: A Trip to the farm

August 2019
On a past trip to Umbria, I wanted to discover the actual production site for the delicious local “Mozzarella di bufala.” After receiving an approximate address way out in the Italian countryside, I headed off. It took a while to get there but...


In Montagna

July 2019
Summer has finally arrived and Italians begin to plan their customary vacanze estive, the traditional exodus from the cities to the beaches or the montagne. Getting away from it all and seeking refuge in the quiet and pleasant weather of the...


Una gita a Tivoli

June 2019
Tivoli is a delightful, small town about one hour outside of Rome and definitely worth visiting. The town dates back to the Roman times, with many incredible archeological findings such as the Hadrian's Villa and the Temple of...


Vita di Paese - Dal mare

May 2019
As summer nears, nothing is better than a day spent by the sea (fig. 1). The sea gloriously surrounds Italy with an infinite coastline filled with small fishing villages and towns, routinely invaded by vacationing crowds during the peak months of...


Andare in Bicicletta

April 2019
Winter is finally over which allows Italians of all ages to get their bikes out again for a ride. Some of the best bicycles have been built in Italy, as the long tradition of outstanding professional cyclists demonstrates. Champions such as...


La Primavera

March 2019
With the arrival of spring, flowers (fig. 1) suddenly appear all over Italy. Italians love nature and its colors and excitedly await the primavera to take away the cold, the rain and the snow that afflicted the Peninsula for many months. Every...


Finestre di Italia

February 2019
Windows on Italian homes are functionally much more important than those in the U.S. You are always able to open an Italian window since most homes do not have air conditioning. A sunny day allows villagers to hang out their laundry to dry (fig. 1)...


Anno Nuovo

January 2019
The beginning of a new year is traditionally a major celebration in Italy, as it is all over the world. Families and friends gather for the Cenone di Capodanno which often turns out to be an enormous culinary marathon. Most menus vary depending on...


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