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

Exquisite Mozzarella Moments in Florence

In Neopolitan dialect Obica means “Here it is”. It is used to describe something that is happening right before your eyes, like a freshly made mozzarella ready to be eaten. Obica Mozzarella Bar in Florence is set in a wonderful building with an open courtyard as well as the gorgeous interior. It is in Via […]

Obica Mozzarella Bar Photo by Debra Kolkka

When you visit Venice, remember….

Venice is like no other city on Earth. It is another world that transports you back in time to an era of empire, religion and a trading platform that produced quality over quantity. When you visit Venice, the city that defies the waters, please remember that you walk upon the achievement of a vanishing people. […]

Venice - photo by Aaron Crossley
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