Monthly Archives: February 2016

Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne mugged in Naples, then told ‘score a goal for us against Fiorentina’

Italian striker and his wife forced to hand over cash and jewellery after being held up at gunpoint Continue reading

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Italy’s Renzi wins confidence vote on same-sex unions bill

The ‘super amendment’ removes from the draft text rights for same-sex pairs to adopt stepchildren and a requirement that couples be faithful Continue reading

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Bacon Wrapped Artichoke Hearts

In just over two months time, we will be returning to Umbria for our 2016 season. We love to travel throughout Italy whenever we can fit it into our schedule, and every year we sneak off to Venice for a couple of nights. Venice is a city I know… Continue reading

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Baked Pasta With Butternut Squash & Ricotta Cheese Pockets

Baked Pasta With Butternut Squash & Ricotta Cheese Pockets

I am a huge fan of baked pasta. I love taking a hot, bubbly, golden brown casserole of pasta straight from the oven, but my husband doesn’t agree. My husband is a pasta “al dente” fan, and in fact we argue constantly whether our pasta is cooked too much or is just right. I like […] Continue reading

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Italian author Umberto Eco dies aged 84

The novelist and philosopher, who is best known for writing The Name of the Rose, had been suffering from cancer Continue reading

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Wine made by Sting on his Tuscan estate recognised as one of Italy’s finest

The red wine, named Sister Moon after one of his songs, acclaimed by American critics and organisers of a prestigious wine fair Continue reading

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Limoncello Semifreddo

Desserts are not a regular part of our meals, but when we entertain, I feel like I need to finish off the meal with something sweet. Since many of the meals I plan for guests are multi-course affairs, I try and keep dessert light, and prefer to… Continue reading

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Ashes of Italian coffee tycoon placed in a huge coffee pot at his funeral

Renato Bialetti, who has died at 93, made a worldwide success out of the Moka coffee makers invented by his father Continue reading

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Sicily’s Swabian castle seized by the state after accusations of neglect

The 800-year-old castle, which guards the port of Augusta, was built in the 1240s by the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II Continue reading

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Lighter Kale Caesar Salad

Caesar salad is a dish offered in many Italian restaurants found in North America, but it may surprise some, that it is a salad you will never find in Italy. This popular salad is said to have been created by Caesar Cardini, an Italian chef who… Continue reading

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Italy plans tourist quota for ‘saturated’ Cinque Terre coastline

The national park authorities are considering an app which would show visitors which villages were too crowded – with a “traffic light” system indicating red for packed, yellow for busy and green for relatively empty Continue reading

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