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Chiacchiere: Italy's Traditional Carnival Sweets

Each year, carnevale takes place right before the  season of Lent—the forty days leading up to Easter.  Carnival is the food-filled feast that...

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How You Can Access Venice's Most Exclusive Masquerade Balls this Carnival Season

Fried treats. Masked balls. Elegant soirées. In the weeks before Fat Tuesday (martedì grasso), Venice revels in Carnevale. Dating back to the 1200s,...

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6 Ways to Skip the Tourist Crowds in Venice, Italy

You've dreamed for years about visiting Venice. And -- finally -- you're here.  But, no matter where you go, you can't seem to shake the annoying...

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How Do Italians Really Eat Spaghetti?

As a foreigner in Italy, it can be hard to figure out the proper way to eat your pasta. Should you dust you penne in parmesan? Or, do you leave the...

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It may sound cheesy to say...

Summer is over and the kids are back in school. Now is when Italians look forward to returning to their normal routines. I always love this time of...

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Treat Yourself to Tricked Out Pumpkin Pasta

Autumn means one thing — pumpkin season! Gourds abound in local markets and fairs. In Italy, you can even spot spaghetti costumed in pumpkin. Yep,...

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Why Budget Planning Will Ruin Your Reputation

A Personal Note from Laura I remember the first time I worked with a client who was prepared to spend $50,000 on their vacation to Italy, thinking to...

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Tempt YOUR Travel Bug with Tuscany's Quieter Side

You won't find the real Tuscany by the Leaning Tower.  The true Tuscany thrives away from the tourist track. In this Tuscany, you  won't just see the...

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Summer Bucket List, Italian-Style

Summer is the ideal time to experience Italy. Not sure where to go? Explore 6 of our must-see summer escapes.   Charming Lake Como Como is Italy's...

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Peach & Polenta Cake with Mascarpone Cream

Peach & Polenta Cake with Mascarpone Cream Summer in Italy brings with it a bounty of fresh fruit -- from sweet Sicilian lemons to sunset-orange apricots. Averaging over 200 days of sunshine...

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