“Watching Italians eat…is a form of tourism the books don’t tell you about…” Novelist Barbara Kingsolver THURSDAY TRAVEL QUOTE

  “…They close their eyes, raise their eyebrows into accent marks, and make sounds of acute appreciation. It’s fairly sexy. Of course I don’t know how these men behave at home, if they help with the cooking or are vain … Continue reading “Watching Italians eat…is a form of tourism the books don’t tell you about…” Novelist Barbara Kingsolver THURSDAY TRAVEL QUOTE

“Your Italy and our Italia are not the same thing…” Beppe Severgnini THURSDAY TRAVEL QUOTE

…Italy is a soft drug peddled in predictable packages, such as hills in the sunset, olive groves, lemon trees, white wine, and raven-haired girls. Italia, on the other hand, is a maze. It’s alluring, but complicated. It’s the kind of … Continue reading “Your Italy and our Italia are not the same thing…” Beppe Severgnini THURSDAY TRAVEL QUOTE

Italy’s birthday present to 18 year olds…and what would you give if you had the chance and who would get it?

This sounds like a good idea… From this week until the end of the year Italian teenagers will get a €500 ‘culture bonus’ on their 18th birthday. The bonus has to be spent on the good things of life: books; concert, … Continue reading Italy’s birthday present to 18 year olds…and what would you give if you had the chance and who would get it?