August 6 2015 / Places

Ortigia, Sicily: Syracuse’s Island

Isola di Ortigia, Sicilia

Driving away from Trapani under a cloudless late spring sky, my rental Cinquecento and I began our four hour drive


March 11 2015 / Local Interest

Valter’s “Magnetic” Miniatures

Rome, Lazio

FYI: ItalianNotebook is selling the items mentioned in this note on our online store, ItalianConnections. Given the amount of products that


January 13 2015 / Local Interest

Gli Avanzi Natalizi…

Italy

For weeks they were the pride of the aisles! Front stage center, there was no doubt about who played the


December 5 2014 / Food & Wine

Savouring Venice

Venice, Veneto

Last week I joined a Venice food tour of the Rialto Markets and cicchetti tasting with wine. Many of you


December 4 2014 / Places

Piazza Nuova

Bagnacavallo, Emilia-Romagna

The ever laborious and pragmatic Romagnoli are responsible for this commercial real estate development. In this case, the Anziani (Elders)


October 2 2014 / Places

The Gems of Padova

Padova, Veneto

Only a 30 minute train ride from Venice, Padova is a pleasant day trip and often overlooked in favor of


May 12 2014 / Food & Wine

Spring Vegetables

Monterosso, Liguria

Spring means lots of things here in Italy. Little flowers peeking through damp soil, pink blossoms opening on cherry trees,


May 7 2014 / Places

Milan’s Secret (Urban Jungle) Garden

Milano, Lombardia

Here’s another note on Milan, the beautiful city that is the setting of our recently published gastronomic murder mystery, The


February 4 2014 / Local Interest

Fish Day Cacophony

Rome, Lazio

Tuesdays and Fridays are fish days at the neighborhood markets in the piazze of Italy. No, you can’t buy fish


July 24 2013 / Food & Wine

Peach Varieties

Italy

“Scendi a prendere le pesche”, was my aunt’s order. I was 5. (Go to the market to get some peaches,


May 18 2010 / Local Interest

Tips for the Italian Markets

Italy

Bargaining, haggling, negotiating. Whatever label you put on it, you can be certain that it occurs on many local Italian


January 13 2010 / Events

Mercatini

Piazzola sul Brenta, Veneto

Markets are ubiquitous in Italy. Every town has several, and even the tiniest village boasts at least one. They offer


November 11 2009 / Local Interest

Sulmona’s Market

Sulmona, Abruzzo

Just two hours east of Rome by train, lies the venerable medieval city of Sulmona, near L’Aquila in Abruzzo. Famous


July 14 2009 / Local Interest

Three Wheels on my Wagon

Rome

Once a place to see your horses and cattle, as well as to watch a public execution or two, Rome’s


March 9 2009 / Food & Wine

La Vucciria

Palermo

Exploring the side streets and food markets in Italy is one way to get a feel for Italian daily life.


February 18 2009 / Food & Wine

The Rialto Fish Market

Venice

The Rialto food market right by the bridge of the same name has always been the heart of commerce in


February 9 2009 / Local Interest

Penny Candy, Italian Style

Vetralla

If you can remember choosing a nickel or dime’s worth of penny candy from the jars displayed at the neighborhood


November 24 2008 / Local Interest

The Vegetable Boat

Venice

If you’ve been to Venice more than once, chances are that you’ve passed by this scene… the vegetable boat. Located