June 1 2016 / Food & Wine

An Ounce (of Grana Padano) a Day…

Piacenza, Emilia Romagna

…as per the title, that’s all you need to keep the doctor away! (Grana Padano is Parmigiano Reggiano’s more humble


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 23 2014 / Art & Archaeology

Byzantine Surprise

Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna

Take this image of Emperor Justinian. Don’t know about you, but to me the guy looks like he’s either horribly


October 3 2014 / Local Interest

Right from the start…

Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna

Italian leather shoes? Of course we are sharing Sig.Luigi and Signora Rosa’s amazing work with you! Who doesn’t love handmade


September 3 2014 / Local Interest

Il Rientro

Parma, Emilia Romagna

The lead up to the summer is all about, “Dove vai?“, “Ma che bello…“, “Beh, divertiti, riposati“, and “Ci vediamo


July 1 2014 / Places

The Redheads of Maranello

Maranello, Emilia-Romagna

A recent imbedded journalist on a journey through Umbria and Tuscany, I found myself onboard a luxury motor coach winding its


March 7 2014 / Food & Wine

Pleasures of Piacenza

Piacenza, Emilia-Romagna

Founded by the Romans, devastated by the Goths and resurrected by medieval noble families, this elegant Emilia Romagna city flourished


November 19 2013 / Local Interest

San Francesco in Bologna

Bologna, Emilia-Romagna

The Basilica, built following a visit by St. Francis of Assisi in 1222, is enormous yet refreshingly simple. Built in


November 7 2013 / Art & Archaeology

Have piano, will travel

Bologna, Emilia-Romagna

A fold-up piano? Way back in the first half of the 18th century, some lucky musician owned a portable harpsichord…


May 22 2013 / Food & Wine

Salt roads

Varzi, Lombardia

Parma, situated in the Po Valley of Northern Italy, is world famous for its food products: the Parmesan cheese and the


March 14 2013 / Food & Wine

Balsamico…

Modena, Emilia-Romagna

Everyone in Modena is an expert on balsamic vinegar, just as everyone in Boston is an expert on baseball. Taxi


May 29 2012 / Local Interest

Emilia Romagna Quake(s)

Finale Emilia, Emilia Romagna

With great regret we inform you that yet another earthquake has hit the Emilia-Romagna region early this morning. The epicenter


December 16 2011 / Local Interest

Bologna the Red

Bologna, Emilia-Romagna

Bologna has three soubriquets – la dotta, la grassa and la rossa. The city is dotta (learned) thanks to her


December 14 2011 / Food & Wine

Buona Forchetta

Imola, Emilia-Romagna

In Italy, una buona forchetta (a good fork) is not a favorite eating utensil, it’s someone who knows and relishes


July 22 2009 / Food & Wine

Bologna “La Grassa”

Bologna

Bologna is a beautiful, old city, not to be missed, not only because of its great sights, but also because


May 22 2009 / Places

Ravenna

Ravenna, Emilia Romagna

Tired of the “big three”… Rome, Florence, Venice? Ravenna, known for its fabulous Byzantine mosaics, is a hidden gem not


April 2 2009 / Places

Dozza’s Frescoes

Dozza

If you ever make the drive down the lovely (and very historic) Via Emilia, which runs straight as an arrow


September 16 2008 / Food & Wine

Hospitality (and Wine) in Bertinoro

Bertinoro

Back when wine was drunk out of wooden cups, the daughter of Emperor Teodosio, Galla Placidia, was visiting her father’s


July 3 2008 / Food & Wine

Formaggio di Fossa

Sogliano al Rubicone

Formaggio di Fossa, literally “pit cheese”, is now a well known delicacy from Romagna . . but few know that


June 26 2008 / Food & Wine

Strozzapreti

Romagna

Poverty stricken Romagna has been under the rule of many different conquerors over time. As part of the Papal state


June 10 2008 / Food & Wine

La Piadina Romagnola

Romagna

The Piadina is simply an unleavened flatbread typical of Romagna, the seaside area around Bologna. The rolled dough is traditionally


May 22 2008 / Local Interest

Museo della Marineria

Cesenatico

A small seaside town on the Adriatic coast of Italy, Cesenatico hosts quite a unique museum. In 1502 Leonardo da


April 3 2008 / Places

Portico di San Luca

Bologna

Known as La Dotta (the wise) for its historic university founded in 1088, and La Grassa (the fat) for its