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10 Timely Tips for the Way We Travel Today

10 Timely Tips for the Way We Travel Today

Posted by Mira Todorova on August 28 2016

Let’s face it, travel can be tricky.

Numerous details need to be taken care of and many things can go wrong if you’re not paying attention. That’s why we’ve assembled some helpful tips, some of which are time-tested ideas. The others are new solutions to old challenges that'll help you simplify your trip and free you up to just enjoy yourself.

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Topics: Insider, flying, travel

10 Of The Weirdest And Most Interesting Superstitions In Italy

10 Of The Weirdest And Most Interesting Superstitions In Italy

Posted by Darya Camacci on August 26 2016

Superstitions are those things that every country seems to have but what do you know about Italian superstitions?

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Topics: italian culture, history

15 Interesting And Weird Facts About The Renaissance

15 Interesting And Weird Facts About The Renaissance

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on August 21 2016

The Renaissance is one of the most important cultural movements in human history. Its effects and influence were far reaching, spreading throughout all of Europe and later influencing many areas of culture and society that led to the modern era we know today.

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Topics: Insider, italian culture, art, history

Seafood: An Italian Essential

Seafood: An Italian Essential

Posted by Mira Todorova on August 19 2016

Eating fresh seafood is a part of life in Italy.

Italy has hundreds of fishing ports and numerous fishing villages. With its vast coastline and an economy dependent on fishing, Italy has the second largest number of people working in the industry, after Spain. Although European Union policies have required sustainable fishing practices, and certain types of fishing are either restricted or outlawed entirely, it is possible to enjoy many varieties of fresh seafood there.

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Topics: italian culture, italian food

Prosciutto di Parma: Why is it so Special?

Prosciutto di Parma: Why is it so Special?

Posted by Darya Camacci on August 14 2016

One thing is for certain—Italians know how to eat well. From creamy cheeses to homemade pastas to high-quality meats, there is no lack of delicious food throughout Italy. One particularly delicious Italian staple is prosciutto di Parma, possibly the most well-known type of Italian ham that has been dry-cured. Whether you are experiencing Italy first-hand or trying to recreate an indulgent Italian meal, prosciutto di Parma is an essential ingredient.

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Topics: italian food, northern Italy

What to Know About Cooking the Perfect Tomato Sauce

What to Know About Cooking the Perfect Tomato Sauce

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on August 12 2016

Let’s talk tomatoes.

Before we do, note that Italian food is much more than tomato sauce, and Italian cuisine varies widely in the different regions of the country.

Another myth we’d like to dispel is that Italians eat spaghetti and meatballs. Actually, Italian-Americans eat spaghetti and meatballs. Americans are notable for adding meat to traditional dishes. 

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Topics: italian culture, italian food, history

10 Interesting Things About Ferragosto

10 Interesting Things About Ferragosto

Posted by Mira Todorova on August 7 2016

 There is a national holiday in Italy that most outsiders would not know about, a holiday almost bigger than Christmas for many Italians. That holiday is called Ferragosto.

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Topics: italian culture, travel

4 Italian Basilicas You Should Know

4 Italian Basilicas You Should Know

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on August 5 2016

A monastery and a basilica are not the same thing, though we tend to conflate them.

monastery is a place where religious clergy devote their lives in isolation. Think of cloistered monks and nuns living in seclusion. A monastery has no public functions.

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Topics: architecture, art, church, history

Where is the Largest European Art Collection?

Where is the Largest European Art Collection?

Posted by Mira Todorova on July 31 2016

The world's largest church is at the Vatican, of course, but you may be surprised to learn the location of Europe's largest art collection.

If you said Florence or Paris, you'd be wrong. The Vatican Museums house the largest number of artworks in Europe with more than 65,000 pieces.

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Topics: architecture, art, Rome, church, history, the Vatican

6 Must-See Italian Monasteries

6 Must-See Italian Monasteries

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on July 29 2016

The Catholic Church's central role in Italy's history and culture means that the entire country is brimming with extraordinary churches and other religious institutions, most of them centuries old.

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Topics: architecture, art, church, medieval, history