Marcello Mellino

Paesi Preferiti di Italia

December 2019
If I could go back to Italy tomorrow, where would I go? This is such an impossible question to answer since there is so much beauty to see that a lifetime would probably not be enough! However, I think I would likely land in Venezia.  In...


Buon Appetito!

November 2019
A common question I get from friends about travelling to Italy is, "can you recommend a couple of good restaurants there?" This is practically impossible to answer given the number and the variety of restaurants and other eateries throughout Italy;...


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! As you walk towards St. Peter Square (fig. 1),...


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...


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