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 … Continue reading The Other Last Supper

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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 … Continue reading The Golden Horse of Easter

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 … Continue reading Lucky Italian Foods

Italy’s Celtic Roots

Italy and Ireland share more than just a band of green in the colors of their flags. At one time Northern Italy was inhabited by Celts and Proto-Celtic tribes in the Lombard Valley. Celtic tribes from central Europe hearing of the well-laid tables of the Etruscans were attracted to the region around 350BC and began … Continue reading Italy’s Celtic Roots

The Mad Hatter and the Marche’ Hare

The food and wine of  Italy's Marche’ (pronounced MAR-kay) region is a whimsical mix of farm, field and sea. A province in Northern Italy whose name refers to a march or mark (a border region similar to a frontier), the Marche’ extends along the coastline of the Adriatic reaching into the mountainous and hilly interior … Continue reading The Mad Hatter and the Marche’ Hare