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October 2014 - Mona Lisa's Florence, Asolo, Daily Life in Venice
Little is known about Mona Lisa's life in Florence by author Dianne Hales has uncovered her old haunts. Daily life in Venice might just be more interesting than museums and churches - an expat introduces her to her favorite shops and Venetians. Plus the tiny jewel of Asolo, an hour from Venice, has a surprising history of heroines. (8 pages) . . . read more

September 2014 - Italy's Best Cooking Schools Part II
We're back with Part II of our two-issue series on Italy's Best Cooking Schools. This time exploring the regions of Molise to Veneto, alphabetically. (8 pages) . . . read more

August 2014 - Italy's Best Cooking Schools Part I
Decades ago, none other than Luigi Barzini, author of The Italians, wrote that with the proper respect for quality ingredients and the right guidance, Italian culinary enthusiasts may attain "not only the true cooking of Italy -- the vera cucina Italiana -- but a deep understanding of Italy and Italians." We couldn't agree more and encourage all to take a . . . read more

June/July 2014 - Florence's Central Market, Murano Glass, 2015 Event Preview
Lots of things are happening in Florence - the biggest: the revitalization of the Central Market - now even more of a mecca for foodies. We also visit Florence's Palazzo Strozzi - great spot for kids. Wondering how to avoid fake Murano glass in Venice? We tell you how. And looking ahead to 2015 - plan for the Milan Expo and Sordevolo's Passion Play. (8 pages) . . . read more


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Italy's Best Cooking Schools: Florence and Tuscany (Sept. 2014)
Cook with Tuscan women who have been perfecting their recipes for decades, learn to make gluten-free regional dishes and apprentice under one of the world's greatest butchers - all at these Tuscany cooking schools. . . . read more

Italy's Best Cooking Schools: Umbria (Sept. 2014)
We have a host of delicious cooking classes in Umbria, whether you want a half-day lesson at a local B&B or a six-night food and instructional extravaganza known as Cucinapalooza. . . . read more

Italy's Best Cooking Schools: Venice, Veneto and Trentino (Sept. 2014)
Whether you're high up in the mountains or along the sea, we have some very special cooking classes for you in Trentino Alto Adige, Venice and the Veneto. Don't visit these areas without looking at this list! . . . read more

Italy's Best Cooking Schools: Molise and Puglia (Sept. 2014)
Go truffle hunting in Molise and then cook with the tasty tubers. In Puglia, learn how to make Gallipoli-style fish soup as well as wild chicory with bacon and Pecorino. Your mouth will be watering after reading about these cooking classes. . . . read more

Italy's Best Cooking Schools: Sardinia and Sicily (Sept. 2014)
Italy's two largest islands are home to unique cuisine and what better way to experience the traditional dishes of Sardinia and Sicily than through a cooking class. Here are our favorites. . . . read more

Introduction to Italy's Best Cooking Schools (August 2014)
This issue is the first of two issues on Italy's Best Cooking Schools. This first issue covers schools in Abruzzo to Le Marche; yes, we’re dividing them alphabetically. In September, look for the second list on where to lear . . . read more

Italy's Best Cooking Schools: Programs with Multiple Locations (August 2014)
These companies offer cooking classes and tours in multiple locations throughout Italy - kind of one-stop shops for cooking schools in Italy. A great resource for planning a culinary-focused trip. . . . read more

Italy's Best Cooking Schools: Abruzzo and Basilicata (August 2014)
Pasta! Pasta! Learn to make your own when you attend one of these incredible cooking schools in Abruzzo and Basilicata. Also learn to incorporate seafood and regional ingredients into your dishes. . . . read more

Italy's Best Cooking Schools: Calabria, Campania, the Amalfi Coast and Naples (August 2014)
Southern Italy is home to some of the country's best cuisine. If you're going to take a cooking class in Italy. This is where to do it. You can even go to pizza school in Naples! . . . read more

Italy's Best Cooking Schools: Bologna, Emilia-Romagna and Friuli (August 2014)
Emilia-Romagna is considered the very center of Italian food culture. What better place to learn to cook? And looking for new culinary ground to uncover? Head over to the region of Fruili for cooking lessons. . . . read more

Italy's Best Cooking Schools: Lazio, Rome and Liguria (August 2014)
Learn to make a mean pesto in the region of Liguria. Take the kids to a child-friendly cooking lesson in Rome. Don't miss the best cooking classes in these areas of Italy. . . . read more

Italy's Best Cooking Schools: Lombardy, Milan and Le Marche (August 2014)
Whether you're in the big city of Milan or in rural Le Marche, learn to cook regional dishes in this selection of best cooking classes in Italy. . . . read more

A Market Renaissance in Florence (June/July 2014)
Florence's Central Market, also known as Mercato San Lorenzo, has undergone some amazing changes, making it a true foodie mecca not to be missed. . . . read more

Finding Real Murano Glass in Venice (June/July 2014)
Glass that was once strictly made on the island of Murano is being imported from China and passed off as Murano glass. If you come to Venice and want to find real Murano glass, here's how to do it. . . . read more

Where to Buy Real Murano Glass in Venice (June/July 2014)
With the influx of fake Murano glass from China, well tell you where to shop confidentally, both in Venice and in Murano proper, to buy real Murano glass. . . . read more

2015 Preview: Milan Expo (June/July 2014)
If you're planning to travel to Italy in 2015, consider making time for the Milan Expo (formerly the World's Fair) between May 1 and October 31, 2015. . . . read more


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