When was the last time while shopping you were excited about sharing your email or phone number with your sales associate? Think about it. We all know the answer. Never. Registering with a brand is that somewhat bothersome step we get asked every time. We don't like it. It is hard to find excitement and value; maybe a tiny one-off discount immediat...

Latteruolo is a nutritious milk-based Italian dessert typical from Emilia Romagna, Marche and Tuscany regions. Latteruolo is also known as lattaciolo or casadello and basically is a pudding cake made with milk, eggs, sugar, a little bit of flour and variously flavored with vanilla pod or lemon peel or ground nutmeg. Another simple and delicious rec...

1989. The Berlin Wall fell. Brazil had its first election in nearly three decades. Ana Oxa sang Ti lascerò at Sanremo. And, in the center of Florence, the Mazzanti family opened a small wine bar with snacks. Unknown to them, they would leave a legacy that would travel far. The family’s primary idea was to serve square sandwiches with fresh, seasona...

After partnering with Italy’s University of Pisa to participate in archaeological digs, TROY anthropology/archaeology professor Dr. Stephen Carmody and his students have helped make several key discoveries in Italian history. The partnership came about in 2019 after TROY First Lady Janice Hawkins visited Pietrasanta, a town on the coast of northern...

The capital of the Tuscany region of Italy, home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art, architecture, and Michelangelo’s David, Florence — Firenze in Italian — should definitely be on your must-visit list when you come to the beautiful European country of Italy. A mere wander around the city will leave you gaping with awe, and possibly a sore nec...

As we head into the darker, colder days of winter it’s time for full-bodied red wines with densely concentrated flavors. Definitely the season for Amarone. Those who love it may be surprised to learn it was an accident. Like any wine worth its grapes it has an interesting story to tell. Unlike many of Italy’s pre-eminent wines, Amarone hasn’t been...

Tuscany is the home of many beautiful gardens, from historic villa gardens and Florence’s famous Boboli Garden to whimsical private gardens. These are my picks for top gardens to see in Tuscany. Villa Garzoni Garden, in Collodi between Lucca and Montecatini Terme, is an 18th century garden that’s a mixture of Renaissance and Baroque. Garden pathway...

Tuscany offers outstanding wine destinations, like the Chianti, Montalcino and Montepulciano areas south of Florence, where you can travel through camera-ready vineyard landscapes and enjoy famous vintages at their source. But no fan of superb wines should miss another key territory, where the Super Tuscans, those relatively new (since the 1970s an...

At the cafe that doubles-up as a newsagent in Galliano di Mugello, a medieval hamlet in Tuscany, there are no pings from mobile phones, people aimlessly browsing the internet or uploading pictures of their cappuccino to Instagram. Instead, customers read the newspaper – their main source of information on the outside world – or talk to each other....

Early mornings are Mauro Nesi’s best time. As he walks down the gentle hill to his workplace—an ancient oak forest—his tawny Lagotto Romagnolo dogs, Spritz and Brisa, scamper ahead of him. In the quiet, Nesi’s senses are alive, attuned to the sounds of the birds and the leaves underfoot. He scans the trees and keeps his eyes trained to the ground,...