Thursday, November 5th • 7:00-9:00pm edt. Organized by Casa Belvedere. Register Here. With religious roots as old as the dawn of modern civilization, Italy teems with churches central to the identities of cities that built them. Naturally, visitors flock to St. Peter’s in Rome, St. Mark’s in Venice and Florence’s Duomo which defined Italian Renaiss...

Who can resist truffles? Not me! Risotto with truffle is a classic first course, easy and quick to prepare, a dish that will certainly impress your guest. The simplicity of the ingredients is enhanced by the flavor of truffle. This is something you can prepare for a special meal with friends and family. Like most authentic Italian recipes it’s dece...

Soccer is the greatest passion of the Italians. In every small town throughout the peninsula there is a soccer team. Soccer is played in the courtyards of buildings, in those of churches, and still today, in small towns, even on the street. Every child in Italy is born with a ball between his feet and a team to cheer for. Soccer is the national spo...

Renaissance Humanism lastingly stamped Florentine culture, heard in the balance and rationality of its music. Composers discussed include Luca Marenzio, who was patronized by the Medici. What Makes It Italian? Discovering Regional Characteristics in Music is a music listening and discussion group that meets online on the Zoom platform and is open t...

Fall season travel in post-lockdown Europe has both benefits and disadvantages. One benefit is fewer crowds. A downside is the ubiquitous need to wear masks indoors and on public transport, especially during still warm weather. On September 7th, Italy’s Ministry of Health issued a month-long prolongation of earlier travel restrictions related to Co...

Tuscany in Fall is hard to forget. After months spent welcoming tourists and taking well-deserved breaks on sunny seasides, attention is turned inwards. You can almost feel the pace slowing as the crowds disappear. With no one watching, the locals spend the last of the good weather traipsing through the fields and foraging deep in the forests.  In...

I am sitting facing Chianti countryside on a balmy, cricket-filled September night. Like a triptych painting in a portrait gallery a ripple of hills stretch before me, lit up by sparkling villages along its crest. The peace is resounding. My only companion is a fir tree rising up like a lollipop over my deck chair. Wafts of rosemary, lavender and t...

An 11th century castle in Tuscany has opened its doors as a location for tourists to come and shelter away from the pandemic after a dicult year for the region. The Torre Palazonne, in Sovicille near Siena, tempting high walls and watchtower for sheltering away - and it's British owners are now calling for legislation for tourists to travel safely...

As indoor on-premise dining returns to major American cities, and as consumers continue to discover the convenience of curated online wine ordering, the Chianti Classico Consortium (Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico) and Italian marketplace and restaurant hub Eataly (Eataly.com) have announced a new partnership to celebrate and share the joy of the I...

In 1482, Leonardo da Vinci left his hometown of Florence for a new opportunity. He had managed to gain employment at the court of Milan, where Ludovico Sforza “Il Moro” reigned as the de facto duke. There, Leonardo painted one of his most remarkable portraits, a likeness of a teenaged girl named Cecilia Gallerani, who was Ludovico’s favorite mistre...