Monthly Archives: October 2014

Step Back in Time in This ‘City of Crazies’

The comparisons between Umbria and Tuscany are vast. Both regions are established among the hills, tiny towns perched on the top of each mound. They both share culinary traditions of fresh pasta, unsalted bread, truffles and wild boar. They both produce wine … Continue reading

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Eurochocolate Perugia – When Your Travel Plans Are Miscalculated

The dark Deposizione by Rosso Fiorentino lit up after a coin drop. The light lasted for while, long enough that we had already examined every corner of the painting, incredible, and incredibly left alone in a crumbling church in tiny San Sepolcro. The … Continue reading

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The Best Quotes About Italy

“A man who has not been in Italy, is always conscious of an inferiority.” – Samuel Johnson “One of the great joys of traveling through Italy is discovering firsthand that it is, indeed, a dream destination.” – Debra Lavinson “Italy is a … Continue reading

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The Bidet – What It Is and How It’s Used

Ah the bidet. If there was one cultural habit that I am firmly stuck in the middle on, it’s the bidet. I often listen as Italians scoff, “the [insert non-bidet using nationality here] don’t even use the bidet!” I usually just try … Continue reading

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The Innocents Abroad

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all … Continue reading

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Snapshots of Mantova

Snapshots of Mantova, Italy: A look into one of Lombardia’s most livable cities – great atmosphere, architecture and food! Highlights include: 1. Palazzo Ducale The Gonzaga family’s primary residence, the Palazzo Ducale is a massive castle with over 500 rooms, as … Continue reading

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That Time I Went to Mantova Just to Eat Lunch

Mantova, or Mantua in English, is a tiny medieval city in Lombardy, on the border with Veneto. Ruled for decades by the rich Gonzaga family, the city is a gem with a lot to offer a cultural traveler. I, however, was … Continue reading

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