The Trevi Fountain and its Traditions

It is the largest fountain in Rome and also the best known and most beautiful in the city. It...

The Male of the Species

Those over a certain age might fondly recall Rossano Brazzi in Three Coins in a Fountain. A younger generation...

Pienza, The Perfect Renaissance City

Pienza, was nothing but a small village until 1462 when Pope Pius II passing again from his birthplace from...

The Legend of Gallo Nero

Many people have seen the famous “Gallo Nero” (black rooster) logo, the symbol of Chianti Classico wine, which has...
Art & Culture, Lazio, Museums
The Trevi Fountain and its Traditions
Art & Culture, LifeStyle
The Male of the Species
History, Tuscany
Pienza, The Perfect Renaissance City
Food & Wine, Tuscany
The Legend of Gallo Nero
Food & Wine, Tuscany

Ode To The Humble Sfoglia

Something magical happens throughout Florence at about 4:00 every afternoon: in bar pasticcerie (pastry shop cafés) all over town, the day’s second batch of sfoglie come off the cooling racks and into display counters everywhere, luring, tempting, enticing the afternoon crowd coming in for their afternoon coffees (ristretto, macchiato freddo,…

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Pienza The Perfect Renaissance City
History, Tuscany

Pienza, The Perfect Renaissance City

Pienza, was nothing but a small village until 1462 when Pope Pius II passing again from his birthplace from Rome to Mantua decided to transform the look of his birthplace into a new concept of what should have been a renaissance city. He chose the architect Bernardo Rossellino, who applied…

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The Legend of the Gallo Nero (Black Rooster)
Food & Wine, Tuscany

The Legend of Gallo Nero

Many people have seen the famous “Gallo Nero” (black rooster) logo, the symbol of Chianti Classico wine, which has also become the emblem of Tuscany; yet very few are familiar with its significance or origins. During the Middle Ages, The Republic of Siena and Florence were always at war ,…

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