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The financial crisis in Italy is in full swing. All the statistics, not to mention the dismal vibe, support this. Yet if you visit Rome, you might not notice an economic depression is afoot. The city remains a bastion of prosperity thanks to its glut of well paid bureaucrats, successful professionals and their (more…)
UPDATED! My aversion to fancy things is almost as intense as my attraction to that which is unpolished. It is both of these factors that draw me to Procida, an island off the coast of Naples, again and again. On my first trip here with with Mamma Parla back in 2005, it felt like a little slice of Naples (more…)
Rome isn’t all paved piazzas and cobblestoned streets. The city is unbelievably green (and even more so due to a rainy winter and spring). Aside from its hundreds of parks, Rome now counts 150 urban gardens, a 50% increase since last year. Check out Zappata Romana’s map for a survey of these fertile gardens (both legally sanctioned and unofficially established) and visit their website (Italian and English) for info about how to get involved.
Italy’s tastemakers reacted to a recent political gaffe with a conference at Eataly Roma today. The nation’s top chefs met with Italy’s Culture and Tourism Minister Massimo Bray to talk about the challenges they face and to seek government intervention in promoting their industry. The talk was (more…)
Rome’s eating dining culture is perhaps known for naval gazing rather than innovation and many local attempts to modernize the city’s cuisine either fall flat or feel forced. There are some recent exceptions to this rule, some of (more…)