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I Campi Flegrei: the Empire’s Mouth of Hell

You probably know them better as Phlegraean Fields and may be aware they’re not far from Naples and the Vesuvius. Those who studied a bit of Classics...

Do you really know everything about pasta?

No! Not another article about Italy and pasta, I hear you crying. Worry not, this time we’re going to tackle the “pasta issue” from an entirely...

Fear in Italy: a trip through the country’s most haunted locations

Fall is my favorite season. Yes, I love chestnuts, truffles, cardigans, chunky scarves and pumpkin pies. But the real reason I love the fall is...

Regional stereotypes of Italy

Stereotypes: there’s always a bit of truth in every one of them, positive or negative, and those about Italy are plenty: Italians are loud, Italians...

Beautiful alternatives ... to beauty: lesser known ltalian locations

One of the cons about traveling to Italy is the country has so many touristic hot spots it’s almost impossible to enjoy some quiet. One of the pros...

Tradition, and good, old fashioned habits can make you 100: at least in Italy

Italy is becoming a country of old men and women. Or is it? True, Il Bel Paese does have the lowest natality rates of the continent, with only 7.8...

There’s more to Italian Fall than you think

My memories of the Fall are so stereotipically Italian they could go on a postcard. Those I cherish the most, of course, come from my childhood and...

When reality is made on stage: Spettacolo and the living theatre of Monticchiello

Truly poetic and delicately beautiful: this could be Spettacolo in a nutshell. But I wouldn’t pay it justice, because there’s so much more to it than...

The many reasons why the British Sun got it all wrong about Naples

I was having dinner a couple of weeks ago, when my attention was caught by the news blabbing on tv: The Sun, one of Britain best-selling tabloids,...

Coffee and “scaramanzia,” an entirely made in Italy match

My neighbor is from Naples. We bonded over our personal obsession on a Spanish novela and our love for coffee: we’d invite each other for one several...

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