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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

5 Most Romantic Places in Italy

5 Most Romantic Places in Italy

Posted by Darya Camacci on July 24 2016

All of Italy, it can be argued, is romantic.

Italy is one of the most popular overseas honeymoon destinations for Americans. Some believe that it's the most romantic place on earth.

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Topics: Scenic Locations, couples, romantic getaways, travel

Visiting the Unforgettable Stones of Matera

Visiting the Unforgettable Stones of Matera

Posted by Darya Camacci on July 22 2016

Matera in Basilicata is a town in southern Italy that, unlike the hugely popular Cinque Terre, is trying to increase tourism. 

Its ancient town, the Sassi di Matera (stones of Matera), is a unique limestone city carved into a steep hill. Matera has been the location for many films, including the "The Passion of the Christ." The area where Matera is now has been inhabited for an estimated 7,000 years, making it one of the oldest places in the world.

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Topics: Scenic Locations, southern italy, history

Outdoor Rome is Endlessly Fascinating

Outdoor Rome is Endlessly Fascinating

Posted by Mira Todorova on July 17 2016

If you like being outdoors while vacationing, Rome is the city for you.

The city on the Tiber is glorious all year round, with moderate temperatures in the winter, ideal sunny weather in the spring and fall, and for those who thrive in warm weather, sultry summers.

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Topics: italian culture, architecture, travel, Rome, history

9 Italian Desserts Your Sweet Tooth Will Love

9 Italian Desserts Your Sweet Tooth Will Love

Posted by Darya Camacci on July 15 2016

In keeping with their love for food, Italians have made an art of cooking desserts as well.

If you love sweets, you are certain to fall in love with something on this list.

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Topics: italian culture, italian food, dessert

Year-round Fun: Moena and the San Pellegrino Pass

Year-round Fun: Moena and the San Pellegrino Pass

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on July 10 2016

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.

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Topics: alps, italian culture, northern Italy