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  • Rome Impression

    Published June 23rd, 2016 by Damian S. Hughes
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    A student sees the eternal city for the first time.

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  • First Impressions of Florence

    Published June 15th, 2016 by Damian S. Hughes
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    The transition from an American lifestyle to the Italian culture has challenged me in many ways, but most notably when it comes to eating. I noticed a drastic difference in my first couple of days in Florence, when my growling stomach had brought me to a restaurant at 6pm and the staff seemed as puzzled as I was looking at the empty seats. When I was handed a menu on my first night out to dinner, I was shocked to see that it is commonplace to receive two courses for dinner. Giddy with excitement, I ordered a pasta dish followed by a pizza – but eaters beware: take caution in what you order, pepperonis in Italy are spicy peppers, and what American’s think of pepperonis are “salamino picante (spicy salami).” I have also come to find...

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  • A Student’s Guide to Pompeii

    Published June 12th, 2016 by Milena Miesse
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    A guide on how to get the most out of your experience while visiting the ruins of Pompeii.

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  • Cycling in Tuscany comes with Wine

    Published June 7th, 2016 by John Henderson
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    An insider shares his cycling trip to Tuscany. It comes downhill and with wine and is perfect for anyone who enjoys a good time.

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  • Free Shuttle in Trevignano Romano

    Published June 6th, 2016 by Susie White
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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.

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  • Learning Italian in a community

    Published May 8th, 2016 by Jenifer Landor
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    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!

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  • How Italy Has Changed Me

    Published May 3rd, 2016 by John Henderson
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    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.

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  • Fritto Misto Festival - Celebration of Fried Italian Cuisine

    Published April 26th, 2016 by John Henderson
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    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.

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  • Discover Molise - the newest region in Italy

    Published April 18th, 2016 by ErinAbroad
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    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.

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  • Insider Spotlight: Via Medina's Top 3 Tips for Italy

    Published April 7th, 2016 by Ginger Medina-Rios
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    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.

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