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Phase 2 of Covid-19 lockdown begins in May for Italy

As Italy is now preparing to enter phase 2, a softer lockdown in May, the atmosphere is filled with both relief and trepidation.  Over the next few weeks, businesses will reopen in staggered periods and people will be allowed outside for limited movement beyond necessities. However, this by no means indicates life will return as we […]

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How well do you know Florence?

Here’s a quiz testing your knowledge of Florence featuring @bacithebeagle. From piazzas to street artists and more. Find out your score!

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Italian Lentil Soup

Italian Lentil Soup Italian Lentil soup is a great dish at any time but during New Year’s celebration, lentils or lenticchie in Italian are served.  Lentils are thought to bring good luck and prosperity so it is an Italian custom to eat lentils at New Year’s. Here’s a lentil soup with sausage recipe that is […]

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Summer Pasta Recipes

Summer Pasta Recipes Here are 4 quick and easy summer pasta recipes.   These recipes are light and perfect for a summer night.  Enjoy!  Video from youtube courtesy of Vincenzo’s Plate “Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life.” –Anna Akhmatova  

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Arno River Boat Ride

Arno River Boat Ride A boat ride along the Arno is truly an amazing experience and I recommend it to anyone visiting Florence.  Reservations are required and boat rides are usually available from April to October. The actual boat ride lasts about 45 minutes and offers amazing views of the Ponte Vecchio and more which […]

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Italian Pistachio-Orange Biscotti

Italian Pistachio-Orange Biscotti INGREDIENTS: YIELD: about 30 cookies                  4 eggs 3/4 cup (150 gr) of sugar 4 oz (115 gr) of unsalted butter 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract zest of 1 orange 1/2 teaspoon of salt 2⅔ cups (400 gr) of all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons of baking […]

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WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT ITALIAN CULTURE?

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT ITALIAN CULTURE? There are many things that can describe the Italian culture.  It is commonly associated with family, food, wine, art and much more.  Here’s a quick video celebrating the Italian culture.  Video from youtube

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Tourist Traps in Italy

Tourist Traps in Italy  Flickr: Daniel Pietzsch Tourist traps are all over Italy and we have all been a victim of it at some point while dining in Italy.  Price deals, panoramic views and charming waiters looking to lure tourists into a restaurant all play into the mistake that can be easily avoided so you […]

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Officina della Bistecca

Officina della Bistecca Where’s the beef?  Certainly you will find an abundance of it at Dario Cecchini’s restaurant, Officinia della Bistecca, located in Panzano in Chianti.  It is definitely a meat lover’s paradise for those with a hardy appetite.  Get ready to enjoy 5 courses of beef while being entertained by the staff and Dario […]

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Semifreddo alla Nutella

Semifreddo alla Nutella Ingredients for 5 1 cup of fresh cream 6 1/2 tablespoons of  Nutella 5 Digestive Biscuits milk hazelnut crumbs (to garnish) Preparation  Mix the cream until firm and add the Nutella.  Pour into small pie shells.  Dip the biscuits in milk and place one on top of each semifreddo.  Freeze for 4-6 […]

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