The Other Last Supper

One of the most important fresco cycles in Italy is by the Italian Renaissance master Giotto located in a chapel on the estate grounds of a money lenders son who in atonement for his father’s sins sought redemption through art. Reginaldo Scrovegni was a wealthy moneylender from the city of Padua. His reputation was such …

The Golden Horse of Easter

Although Peter Cottontail may be the most recognizable animal image during the Easter holidays in the US, a golden horse is more likely to be a part of Easter celebrations in Merano (Meran), a picturesque village in Northern Italy’s Alto-Adige. A 2 -3 hour drive from Milan by way of Bolzano it is the perfect …

Lucky Italian Foods

Italians rely on food rather than four leaf clovers for luck. So celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with some traditional “lucky” Italian foods. Like these.   In Italy coin-shaped lentils are symbolic of good fortune and prosperity. This custom comes from an ancient Roman tradition of giving a scarsella (a small leather satchel used to carry …