Marcello Mellino

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 SUBSCRIBE NOW! online + newspaper This section...


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...


Vecchie Porte (Old Doors)

December 2018
I have always enjoyed looking at doors, particularly when visiting an ancient Italian village where you will likely find some rather unusual porte. Nothing was standardized centuries ago and, indeed, a door could tell very much about the family...


Artistic Treasures in Italian Churches

November 2018
Churches and art have always been deeply connected in Italy. Most of the great painters prior to the Renaissance created primarily religious works, often with the support of the local nobility. Invaluable artistic treasures adorn the famous...


La Piazza

October 2018
La piazza (the square) has been the center of town since the Romans and the Greeks before them. The ancient Italian villages were built traditionally around a main square where most activities took place such as the daily market, most political...


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. From...


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