The Race of the Ceri -A Symbol to ReOpen Italy Amid COVID-19

We have seen and experienced the force of COVID-19 but the ceri has a life force of its own. Watch the movement of the ceri!    The medieval hill town of Gubbio in Umbria is imposing and evocative. Its location, history and buildings create a suggestive feeling of an ancient past. I first visited Gubbio to …

Masters of Negroni

Anyone who has ever traveled to Italy, especially in the North, has noted the distinctly Italian pre-dinner ritual known as aperitivo. A moment of relaxation at the end of a day to wind down and socialize with your friends at your favorite bar on the local piazza or just down a side street for a light drink and …

The Bride’s Chair

The concept of the Chiavari Chair began in the namesake costal Italian town of Chiavari near Genoa. Carving had been a specialty of town’s craftsmen since the year 1200's and it was here in 1807 that the Marquis Stefano Rivarola, the president of the Economic Society of Chiavari, brought back samples of an elegant chair …

Risen – Italy’s Pane di Pasqua

  Italy’s Pane di Pasqua are tangible representations of the meaningful ties to the origins of Easter Sunday, the symbolism of seasonal celebrations and the culinary and cultural traditions of regional Italian food. Filled with raisins and candied orange peel, the classic Colomba di Pasqua is the most familiar of the traditional Italian Easter breads. …