Tag: Emilia-Romagna

Finally Ferrara: Postcard From a City That Called Me Back

Castello Estense in Ferrara

Have you ever pulled into a train station on your way to somewhere else and then promised yourself that some day you would make your way back? That was my experience with Ferrara.

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Five Favorite Flavors From Ferrara and Modena

Flavors of Ferrara and Modena: Fresh tortellini and tortelloni for sale in Mercato Albinelli

To ring in the New Year, my family and I rented a farmhouse for a few days on the outskirts of Ferrara. Thinking back to the trip, the timing wasn’t ideal. Ferrara was freezing and on New Year’s Eve, the fog was so thick on our drive into town to watch the fireworks over Castello …

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The Fortress of San Leo and Its Torture Chamber

Fortress of San Leo

As you approach the town of San Leo in Emilia-Romagna, its role as an impenetrable, menacing fortress town comes into view. San Leo’s massive stone fortress, which also served as a palace and prison, was designed by Sienese architect and military engineer Francesco di Giorgio Martini, whose early Renaissance fortifications dot the landscape of this area of …

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No Bull: Italy Has A New Museum Devoted to Sh*t

A newly opened museum in Italy wants to explore man’s relationship to manure. The Museo Della Merda (i.e., The Museum of Sh*t) is located at a dairy farm, on the ground floor of a medieval castle, in the village of Castelbosco (Piacenza) in Emilia Romagna.

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Map of Italy’s Earthquake Zones

Update: If you are looking for the latest news on the August 24, 2016 earthquake in Central Italy, please visit this post. — I just saw word on Twitter that northern Italy has suffered yet another earthquake,. A 5.1 magnitude earthquake hit the Modena area in Emilia-Romagna around 9:20 p.m. Italian time. This is the …

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Centuries of History and 300,000 Wheels of Cheese Destroyed in Deadly Italy Earthquake

The latest reports about the earthquake that hit Emilia-Romagna this weekend state that at least seven people were killed, 50 injured, and more than 13,000 have been displaced. The 6.0 earthquake struck early Sunday morning north of the city of Bologna in the town of Finale Emilia. According to The Guardian, the quake “wrought havoc …

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Culinary Tour of Ravenna

Cooking school teacher and chef Angela Schiavina shows off the culinary riches of Ravenna in this "My City" video from The Guardian.

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Round-up: Parma, Body Scanners, Sightjogging, House-Sitting

Stendhal in Parma [NY Times] The Cursing Mommy Cooks Italian [The New Yorker – humor, of course!] Italy’s Reality is a Vita Not So Dolce [The Globe and Mail] Italy Made Easy [The Telegraph] Body Scanners Coming to Rome, Milan Airports [USA Today]

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October 2008 Article Round-Up

Sometimes I’m not always sure if anyone is actually reading Italofile. As I’ve said, it is a true labor of love. Still I like to imagine that there are regular readers out there who enjoy discovering with me the destinations, hotels, art, schools, churches, etc., that make traveling in Italy so rewarding. Lo and behold, …

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Italy Article Round-Up

Time again to see what Italy travel articles have come out for fall. New York Times Cave Crusaders in Matera (examines a new boutique hotel in Matera, Basilicata) The Telegraph (U.K.) Tuscany: Driving the Italian Dream Timed to Perfection (Visiting Italy during the “shoulder season”) Orvieto: The Perfect Break Discreet Charm in Northern Italy (Bolzano) …

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Get Cooking On Your Italy Vacation

I am now catching up on summer magazine reading and just came across Gourmet’s May issue, which has tons of information on cooking schools in Italy and elsewhere. So, I wanted to give you the lowdown on the schools I found in the magazine as well as a couple others I’ve read about in the …

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Italy Article Round-Up

In case you missed these recent articles on travel to Italy… New York Times Sicily, Through the Eyes of the Leopard The Washington Post See Naples…And Eat Sydney Morning Herald Ready for Super-Bol (A Search for the Best Ragu in Bologna) Los Angeles Times Exploring Sun-Splashed Venice’s City Squares The Guardian (UK) Instant Weekend…Turin The …

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Italy Summer Article Round-Up 2008

Lots of Italy-related articles this time of year. So, here goes: New York Times Wandering Beyond Classic Rome (The Frugal Traveler Does Europe on a Budget) On Venice’s Grand Canal in a Kayak Prescription Med (Ischia) Los Angeles Times Exploring Rome’s Famous Seven Hills Budget Travel in Rome 10 Books and Movies to Prep for …

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Free Airfare to Italy with Perillo Tours

My friend Jessica over at Italy Logue found this (pretty) great deal from Perillo Tours this summer. Here’s the gist: In order to take advantage of the (admittedly generous) free airfare offer, you have to fly from New York’s JFK into Rome, Bologna or Palermo. You have to fly on EuroFly airlines. The flight must …

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Gastronomic Tour of Emilia Romagna

You can eat well just about anywhere in Italy. But Italians know that Italy’s culinary heart lies in Emilia Romagna. Ragú alla Bolognese, premium balsamic vinegar from Modena, Parma ham, parmigiano cheese, mortadella – all of these scrumptious items come from Emilia Romagna. That’s why epicures who want to get the most out of an Italian tour …

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Italy Article Round-Up From the Past Few Months

Here are some of the Italy travel articles you may have missed over the past few months. New York Times Prato, Italy: In Tuscany, the Revealing of a Forbidden Love Bread-Making and Truffle-Hunting in Italy (Piemonte; actually a short review of two tours) Bologna, Italy: Finding New Life in the Arts La Dolce Vita, Both …

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Designer Outlets in Italy

Update 5 August 2015: This is one of the most popular posts on Italofile. I’m not sure how so many readers arrive here, as the post is ancient by online standards. So here are a few more current resources for you: Where to Find Italy’s Best Outlet Malls from Walks of Italy Outlet and Factory Stores as …

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20 Things We Love About Italy – Part 1

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we here at Italofile wanted to share with you some of our favorite foods, fashions, architecture, and other random things that make Italy our favorite destination. Yes, just about every one of our posts highlights the things we love about Italy. But this is our chance to feature some things …

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36 Hours in Bologna

One of the most underrated and overlooked cities in Italy is Bologna. This beautiful college town is home to two (count ’em) two leaning towers and some of the best cuisine in the country. But Bologna sure won’t be one of Italy’s best kept secrets now that the NYT has put out the article 36 …

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Bologna’s Old Cutlery Shop

  In a recent NY Times Foraging column, Melissa Clark profiles Antica Aguzzeria del Cavallo, a cutlery shop that dates back to 1783. Clark notes, “If it cuts, rips, tears, nicks, grates, slices, shaves or pricks and is legal to sell, they most likely have it.” Being the heartland of Italian cooking, Bologna is a …

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