Cultural Italy Blog: Art, Coffee & Love

How about a cooking class?

How about a cooking class?

THE ART OF COOKING
Taking a cooking class while on vacation in Italy is very popular among travelers, who often choose to take part to one and couple it – say – with a nice wine tasting or a fine (hopefully!) dinner, that they themselves will have prepared following their chef’s instructions.

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Espresso, macchiato o cappuccino?

Espresso, macchiato o cappuccino?

THE ART OF COFFEE
Coffee is undoubtedly one the most popular beverages in the world. It made its first appearance in Venice in 1570 thanks to Prospero Alpino, a physician from Padova, who returning from a trip to the far East, took a few bags of coffee with him, and had the Venetians taste some of that mysterious black concoction.

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Chip-and-PIN credit cards

Chip-and-PIN credit cards

NEWS
Very soon, before traveling to Italy and Europe in general, you may want to take into consideration upgrading your magnetic-stripe credit cards to a chip-and-PIN card, as less and less merchants have been accepting the swipe and sign credit cards.

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Eating Italian Style

Eating Italian Style

TRADITIONS
Italians love to talk about food. Men and women alike. At some point in our conversation, whether we’re in Beijing or on an African Safari, either with friends or mere acquaintances, food becomes the main topic, and we engage on lengthy and detailed description on how to make a dish, or nostalgic talks on how much we miss our food back …

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Stark Raving Art

Stark Raving Art

NEWS
The man stood stark naked in front the painting. He contemplated it first, then stared at it transfixed. He then slowly began to re-enact the scene: he mimicked the pose, then spread rose petals all around him. “The Birth of Venus” by Sandro Botticelli portrays the goddess naked on a shell on the seashore; the serene beauty of the nature surrounding her is an ode to her very beauty, the winds gently caressing her hair, the meadows sprinkled with violets, symbol of love.

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La Primavera del Prosecco

La Primavera del Prosecco

WINE, ART & NATURE FESTIVAL
March 15th to June 8th 2014. With the arrival of spring, the villages surrounding the city of Treviso in Veneto are bustling with many events, starting with the famous Primavera Del Prosecco.

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Seven Star Galleria

Seven Star Galleria

SUPER LUXURY HOTEL in Milan
Until some time ago, staying at 5 star hotel meant that you were getting the best of the best in terms of comfort and luxury. Well, not many will know, but 5 star hotel amenities and services are surpassed now; scattered around the world, and including one in Italy.

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Frida Kahlo at the Scuderie del Quirinale

Frida Kahlo at the Scuderie del Quirinale

EXHIBITION
From March 20th to August 31st, 2014 the Scuderie del Quirinale Palace in Rome will host a major exhibition of the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), the undisputed icon of twentieth-century Mexican culture, and forerunner of the feminist movement.

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