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The Legend of Lago Moro

It’s no secret that my relationship with Italy brought with it a newfound love of the mountains. There’s something about the beauty of the mountains and the elation I feel after spending the entire day outside that keeps me coming back, despite what I threaten during the long hike up. So though a strong cold kept me from hiking, I… Read more »

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On Travel and Food

Some travel to eat. They associate each country with the dish that represents it, creating gastronomic tours to find the best of their favorite food or easily adding entire meal categories between the classic breakfast, lunch, and dinner while traveling. They munch their way through a country, learning the culture one plate at a time…. Read more »

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What I’ve Learned From a Year (and a half!) Abroad

Being an expat teaches you a lot of things. It’s a delicate balance between the times spent riding your graziella bike through the charming streets of Italy as you flick your long beautiful hair over your shoulders, smiling briefly at the ciao bella!’s that are thrown your way and the time spent throwing your shoes across the room… Read more »

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Photo Essay: The Cimitero Monumentale of Milan

It might seem strange to go to a cemetery as a tourist – it did to me the first time I was brought there. Yet nearly four years later, I went back. Because the Cimitero Monumentale, or Monumental Cemetery, is more than just your average cemetery. It’s an enormous, elaborate look into a city; an open-air museum that… Read more »

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A Short Manifesto For Travelers in Italy

Roughly 47 million tourists descend on Italy’s piazzas, fill its museums and snap pictures inside its catholic churches every year. While everyone has a right to experience the Italian countryside, dance in its discotecas or just eat a really-freaking-good pizza, far too often travelers to Italy are doing it wrong – and it’s time that… Read more »

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On Italy and Food

Italy has taught me a lot about food. It’s taught me a lot about freshness and flavor and fat. About the simplicity of some fresh bee honey abundantly drizzled over fresh ricotta requested that day from the cheese counter. “Così?” like this? the man will ask, holding his spatula over a pie-slice size chunk of ricotta… Read more »

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There’s No Such Thing as Italian Food

People love Italian food. I love Italian food! The thing is, talk with any Italian and you’ll start to learn that the cuisine is a bit more intricate than just “mmmm. pizza!” or “gelato at all hours of the day!” See, there are two different kinds of pizza classes, the Roman and Napolitano, and it… Read more »

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How to Survive the Post Office in Italy

It’s no secret that the Italian post office is hell. Small boxed-shaped buildings, the ufficio postale replaces flames with little old ladies, torture with numbered tickets and inefficiency. Then of course there are the poor, spiteful devils who work there. Past post office visits include: – Trying to buy a roll of stamps only to be told they… Read more »

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11 Questions About Italy You Were Dying to Know, Answered

Recently Travel + Leisure magazine hosted a twitter chat all about traveling in Italy. Hundreds of people joined to reminisce, dream and spread their Italy love, sharing travel tips, hotel secrets and their favorite locations. So I thought, of course, why not me? Below are my personal answers to the chat’s questions, based on my… Read more »

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Lessons in an Italian Cooking Class, Part II

I learned a lot about from my first-ever cooking class “Bread and Pasta,” like how to knead dough, how much salt to add and that I’m definitely better at eating than cooking. So to keep with the carbohydrates theme Marco and I chose pizza and focaccia for our second class, because we know what’s truly important. (carbs) It’s the same… Read more »