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Venzone, in the province of Udine, in Friuli Venezia Giulia, owes its fortune to the fact that it has been an obligatory passage to the north since the time of the Celts in 500 BC. Then the Romans made the town one of their stands along the route of the Via Julia Augusta from the site of Aquileia to Norico (now Central Austria). Such information is...

In 1727 Giandomenico Tiepolo was born, third son of Giambattista Tiepolo, the unrivaled painter of the Venetian Rococo who enchanted all the courts of Europe with his aerial style and very modern design. His mother was Cecilia Guardi, the sister of the Vedutist painters Francesco and Antonio. In short, Giandomenico was a double son of art, a concen...

Spaghetti cacio and pepper (pecorino romano cheese and pepper), like carbonara and amatriciana, has now become one of the symbols of Italian cuisine. It is prepared using D.O.P (protected designation of origin) ingredients. Pecorino romano is called cacio to distinguish it from pecorino produced in other parts of Italy. Most pecorino is produced o...

Nicknamed "The Good Pope", John XXIII, born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, in a pontificate of just 5 years managed to undermine the former patterns of the Catholic Church and its power in Rome, giving the figure of the Pope a feature of familiarity. The Pope had become, as he liked to say, "a brother who speaks to the other brothers, become a father fo...

Villages, ancient towns, villas, Medieval castles, and archaeological ruins animate the Regional Park of the Castelli Romani, in the Province of Rome. Located in the Alban Hills, in the past the Castelli Romani were a favorite resort for the Capital's noble families as well as for Popes. 9,500 hectares of protected land, many animal species, such a...

The days are becoming long and hot, and it’s finally time for a vacation. Where do you choose to go? Is it to swap city life for the countryside views, wine glass in one hand and gelato in the other? Is it to meander through cobblestone streets soaking up the surrounding history while the man down the street plays a familiar Dean Martin tune on his...

In spring, between May 7th and May 10th, artistic illuminations, angels, archangels, games and spectacular fireworks are at the center of an intense ritual that the community of Ottaviano (Naples) dedicates to the patron saint, Michael, the archangel who led the angelic hosts in the fight against the rebel angels commanded by Lucifer, annihilating...

The Gardens of Villa Taranto are located on the promontory of Castagnola, along the road that connects Pallanza to Intra, on the western shore of Lake Maggiore. They were created by Neil Mc Eacharn (1184-1964), a captain of Scottish origin, a great lover of botany and Italy, which he had visited in his youth. In 1928 McEacharn returned to Italy wit...

Let’s continue our tour of Italy through its dialects! Next stop Piedmont! We are in the north-west of Italy, not too far from France and Switzerland in the north and next to Valle d’Aosta to the west, Lombardy to the east, and Liguria to the south. And today we are going to talk about Piemontéis, or Piedmontese! The dialect people speak here. Firs...

This month our Italian Food, Wine & Travel group is exploring verdicchio from all over Italy. One of the areas I am most familiar with when it comes to verdicchio is the region of Le Marche, which is located in central Italy. Le Marche has a long coastline along the Adriatic and touches 5 other regions to its west including Emilia Romagna to the...

With Summer vacation upon us and more time to relax, hopefully on a warm beach or on green grass or simply a comfortable couch, people often look for stress-free, interesting readings to keep them entertained during their downtime. This year, one of the readings for the audience interested in Italian fashion and history, should be the new book abou...

Ciao from Rome, welcome to the #102 magazine of We the Italians! First of all we want to thank all of you, recipients of our newsletter: we reached 80,000 subscribers! It's just the beginning, we have to do much better than that, but it's worth celebrating. So, once again: THANKS!! Please spread the word and have your friends who love Italy to subs...