Puff the Magic Dragon

The roots of the Rafaellesco, a classic majolica pattern from the Umbrian city of Deruta, can be traced back to the famous Renaissance artist Raffaello Sanzio. The borders of his frescoes were often decorated with symbolic decorations depicting dragons and mythical animals. During late 16th century Italian ceramicists adapted the stylized designs from Raphael’s frescoes, … Continue reading Puff the Magic Dragon

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Umbrian Linens: The Allure of Ancient Patterns and Evocative Colors

The tablescapes of the Italian tavola can be as rustic as a rural casa colonica or a refined as a Renaissance villa. Known for both functionality and beauty the evocative colors of Umbrian linens reflect the beauty of the Italian landscape, the allure of ancient patterns and the skill of the weaver. The palette of … Continue reading Umbrian Linens: The Allure of Ancient Patterns and Evocative Colors

The Lost Pleasure of the Generational Family

Bruce Feiler, a popular American author writing about finding happiness and meaning in everyday life, found that when a team of psychologists measured children's resilience, kids who knew the most about their family's history were best able to handle stress. Rediscovering our family history in Italy began well before my first trip in 1999 to … Continue reading The Lost Pleasure of the Generational Family

Tri-lingual Italy

Traveling in the Trentino -Alto Adige region of Northern Italy, also known as the SudTirol, begins with an Italian opera and ends with a Swiss yodel. The alpine valleys, snow-capped mountains, chalets and ski resorts will make you re-think Italy and re-invent your palate when it comes to Italian food. A trip through the region will likely … Continue reading Tri-lingual Italy

A Mere Yodel Away From Switzerland

The ancient Italian custom of Carnevale has begun and the traditional Lenten fast that begins on Ash Wednesday is a few days away. The word “carne vale” in Latin means “meat farewell” and 40 days of meatless Fridays can be a challenge. So what’s a carnivore to do?  Channel your inner Italian for dishes inspired by … Continue reading A Mere Yodel Away From Switzerland

Italian Yeast Rises to Heavenly Heights

One taste of a well-prepared tiramisu or pasta fatto a mano and you know that Italian food is heavenly. But did you know  there is one Italian ingredient that assures you of “divine intervention”? You can bake with a little help from the angels to create a slice of heaven with Lievto Pane degli Angeli a special … Continue reading Italian Yeast Rises to Heavenly Heights

Off the Tourist Flow for Two of the Most Romantic Places in Italy

Casanova’s Venice, Juliet’s Verona, the romance of Bellagio and Italy’s Lake District. The seaside villages along the Italian Riviera, the scent of chocolate in Perugia, lemons in Amalfi and the fragrant flowers of Capri. The eternal allure of Rome and the breath taking beauty of the art and architecture of Florence. All have made Italy … Continue reading Off the Tourist Flow for Two of the Most Romantic Places in Italy