When I tell people that I decided to move across the world immediately after graduating high school, to a country where I don’t even speak the language to study for a year, many looked at me like I was crazy. I had planned on attending an American University in the midwest and had everything organized for my August move-in date. As the pandemic bec...

Naples has her sfogliatella, the North plays with the Teutonic idea of krapfen, but Rome… Rome has the maritozzo.  You look at it and it’s perfect: golden and shiny, sliced in a half, its creamy filling perfectly levelled all at the same height by expert hands. All you want to do is bite into it, really. In its simplicity, it’s perhaps the most dec...

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi has paid tribute to the victims of an earthquake that devastated entire towns five years ago. Nearly 300 people were killed when a 6.2-magnitude quake struck central Italy in the early hours of 24 August 2016. It was the first of more than a dozen tremors that hit the region over the following months and left tho...

Want to live la dolce vita on your honeymoon? Head to one of the most romantic destinations in the world: Italy. From relaxing seaside resorts to glamorous metropolitan cities, the European country that gave us pizza, pasta and so much more offers something for every kind of traveler.  “In Italy, you can have a really varied itinerary, and travelin...

When time is short but you want to keep exploring, a nice trip out of town is always a good idea. With a route conceived to spend the day between history and nature, here are the places to see for a nice trip that start from Rome. A path that unfolds between history and nature in Bassa Sabina. A day thought out to walk and be in touch with nature,...

“Simplicity,” said Leonardo da Vinci, “is the ultimate sophistication,” and, with the possible exception of the Martini,  nowhere is that more the truth than with fettuccine all’Alfredo, for which we have an origins story, so we know exactly what goes into the dish. Which is: Fettuccine, butter and Parmigiano-Reggiano. What? No cream? No  cream. No...

Especially in the past, visual arts weren’t only a matter of beauty, they had a didactic function: in the Middle Ages, for instance, famous pictorial works in churches aimed at teaching the tenets of the Gospels to people who were largely illiterate. Frescoes, portraits and paintings could also work as an instrument of political propaganda: just th...

Italy's ongoing clearance sale of €1 houses has been ideal for people seeking to start a new life in some of the country's far-flung corners. For those looking for something a bit closer to the action -- nearer Rome, to be precise -- it's been slim pickings. Until now. This month, the bucolic town of Maenza has become the first in Rome's Latium reg...

Among the most famous rooms in the world, the Sistine Chapel stands alone. Neither one of the largest nor grandest properties in the Vatican, its fame is mostly based on its immense ceiling frescoes created by none other than the great Michelangelo Buonarroti. This series of scenes from the New Testament of the Bible form a staggering tableau that...

Teresa and John Sullivan, co-founding directors of Connecticut Academy For The Arts (CAFTA) in Torrington have just returned from several weeks in Rome where they received a scholarship at the Centro Linguistico Italiano Dante Alighieri Institute for professional development as teachers of Italian language, arts and culture. The scholarship is awar...