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Lago di Bracciano is a popular destination for many Romans (and non) for a nearby weekend away or for a leisurely Saturday or Sunday. Sailing, swimming, biking, hiking or just a nice lunch or dinner in a local restaurant are popular activities. There’s always a parking problem, though, in the towns of Bracciano, Anguillara Sabazia and Trevignano Romano.
Live and Learn Italian was conceived on a trip I made to Agnone to study Italian. The home of my grandfather, I had always felt a strong connection and deep link with our family history. Several years before, my 7 year old had spent 10 days there with cousins, to be immersed in the language. When I went back to collect him, Luca took me around town and was greeted as though he had been there all his life – by other kids, cousins close and very removed, by shopkeepers, and anyone else he had been introduced to at least once. Comfortable and independent – at 7!
When some of the few English-speaking Italians approach me in Rome, without me saying a word, they address me in English. It’s as if I’ve got U.S. flag pin the size of a license plate hanging over my neck. After two years and three months here, I wonder how much I’ve really changed. I blend in Rome like a Starbucks souvenir shop.
While I can’t change my face, ruddy complexion and brown hair, I have experienced changes elsewhere. Inside I am a different person than when I took that one-way flight from Denver in January 2014.
What am I doing in a gorgeous Italian town near the Adriatic surrounded by fried food, the antithesis of what made Italian cuisine famous and Italian bodies prized? I’m covering the 12th annual Fritto Misto, a celebration of all things fried in Italian cuisine. For 10 days every April, the charming town of Ascoli Piceno becomes the capital of Italian fried food.
Molise is the newest region in Italy. Although one of Italy’s smallest regions, it offers a mysterious land, rich in art and history and steeped in cultural traditions, fine cuisine and extraordinary uncontaminated landscapes stretching from the Apennine Mountains down to the Adriatic Sea.
ViaMedina is a culinary project exploring ideas inside and out of the kitchen. We live in Tuscania, a small town about 80 miles north of Rome, and we spend time learning about the traditions in our town as well as the products and people that have built these traditions. We also do private culinary tours, courses and dinners for people in locations all over the area- we might go make cheese one day, pasta the next, and gelato to finish. And of course, there are a wealth of incredible recipes that we try out and share through our blog posts.
The Roman Foodie (theromanfoodie.com) is a food blog & food tour specialist based in Rome and she is making it her mission to educate all visitors to Italy about what to eat and where to eat it. #yum
If you are an expat living abroad, the news of impending first-time parenthood brings with it its own brand of hurdles, stresses and, yes, joys. So, if you’re an expecting expat, you know that having a baby outside your home country will be different than it would be back home, but knowing how it will be different can take you from feeling stressed and overwhelmed, to a state of calm preparedness. “Different” doesn’t have to be scary, and knowing what to expect – and what to ask for – will go a long way toward paving a smooth road to delivery