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.
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.
A monastery and a basilica are not the same thing, though we tend to conflate them.
A 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.
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.
Surrounded by dramatic mountains, the town of Moena in northeastern Italy in the region of Trentino, is a year-round destination for both locals and visitors.
Moena is a UNESCO “World Heritage natural site” in a country that has more than its share, 44, of UNESCO sites. In awarding this distinction, the residents’ enthusiastic commitment to preserving the land was noted by the agency.
It's possible that the secret for making Italian food that tastes authentic is in the cheese.
Parmigiano Reggiano is made in the Emilia-Romagna region and provides the sharp, rich flavor that American cooks may try to emulate in their sauces and Italian dishes.
A small museum in Florence that is wonderful for children is the Galileo Museum (Museo Galileo) on Piazza dei Giudici.
Your kids will enjoy learning about scientific concepts in an interactive, hands-on way. Many workshops and tours are offered in English and all the displays are translated.
While Sicilian wine earned a, likely deserved, bad reputation for much of the 20th century, the good news for travelers is that the island is in the midst of a wine renaissance.
Wine and Sicily have gone together since the days of the ancient Greeks and Romans. One of Julius Caesar's favorite wines was Mamertino from Sicily a crisp and fruity wine perfect for banquets and sipping outdoors.
With great lakes, rivers, islands and a long Mediterranean coastline, Italy is a popular destination for water sports.
In summer, people flock to its beaches and mountains to cool off in the blue waters and enjoy the sun. Many of Italy's beaches can be enjoyed year round.
Naples and the Campania region overall combine hedonistic indulgence with historical significance, not unlike the rest of Italy!
The Campania region in western Italy was the playground of emperors once upon a time and now is loved by the world's famous. Its history, with numerous civilizations vying for control over centuries, makes it rich in archaeological significance.