Experience San Lorenzo Market in Florence

An absolute must for visitors to Florence is the San Lorenzo Mercato Centrale. It is one of the oldest markets in Florence. The two-storey building was constructed in Via dell’Ariento in 1874. The display of food in the various stalls would make anyone hungry…it is an Aladdin’s cave of food treasures. The selection of salumi, […]

Photo by Debra Kolkka

An Idyllic Evening in Venice’s Murano

It was a warm balmy evening when I visited Murano, the Venetian island famous for its glass making tradition. I reached Murano using the vaporetto Line 42 in about 20 minutes from Saint Mark’s Square. The tiny island was almost deserted and several locals kindly ushered me into one of the island’s glassmaking factories. I […]

Photo by Ishita Sood Venice

A Modern Day Geppetto in Venice

Who doesn’t remember this lovable character from the Disney movie, Pinocchio? Disney, who adapted the film from the original book written by Carlo Colludi in 1883, turned this adorable wooden puppet, who became a real boy, into a household name. Today, in every city all over Italy, Pinocchio memorabilia from key chains to small hand-held […]

Photo by Karen Henderson

Spring Fashions in Florence for 2015

Despite the changeable weather and chilly mornings, spring is on the way. A walk around the gorgeous streets of Florence is fun at this time of the year when the shop windows are full of fabulous springtime fashions. As usual, there is something for everyone, from elegant neutrals to vibrant bright colour…enjoy the photos and […]

Dolce and Gabbana accessories Photo by Debra Kolkka

The Beaches of Southern Italy

As a peninsula, Italy claims miles of coastline. Add all its islands to the mix and  beaches are truly abundant and one of the country’s most attractive features. Southern Italy has some of the best beaches, and I had the good fortune to visit quite a few of them during my travels to Italy. With […]

Beach near Ostuni in Puglia - Photographer Margie Miklas

30 Mouthwatering Italian Food Tweets

Food is usually near the top of the list for anyone who visits Italy. So at Italian Talks we decided to ask our Twitter followers to send us their favorite Italy food-related tweets so that we would share them in a post. Spoiler alert: you will probably be hungry before you finish reading this post. […]

Photo by Paula Sweet at Hotel Luna Baglioni

“The Magnificent Lord”: A walk through Verona’s Castelvecchio Museum

Some time ago, a visit from a friend brought me to the entrance of the medieval castle that was once the palace and fortress of the ‘Magnificent Lord’ (Magnifico Signore): Cangrande II Della Scala. Today, Castelvecchio—literally, ‘Old Castle’—is Verona’s civic museum, yet its story is one punctuated by wars, occupations and liberations. Built during the […]

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Traditional must-try bakery goods in Florence

Tuscan baked sweets and savories are made either with no butter  (i.e. almond biscotti) or with shortening or plain old fashioned lard. Italians and Tuscans especially take great pride in baked goods, especially breads which have hundreds of years of heritage attached to every crumb and every morsel of that “buttery” sugary simple carbohydrate bite. […]

coccoli con tagliere Photo by Coral L Sisk

Ponza, Italy’s Idyllic Island Escape

“When from the sea the shape of an island appears, there it becomes a site of the soul.”  Ponza is one of six islands that make up the archipelago called the Pontine Islands. Set in the Tyrrhenian sea just off the west coast of Italy between Rome and Naples, Ponza is the largest and most […]

Ponza - Photo by Susan Nelson
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