The Grand House in Rome

Luxe Stays in Italy: Three New Choices for 2019

I don’t often write about luxury accommodations on Italofile, as I’ve always been of the mind that my readers prefer boutique hotels and budget stays. But over the past 20 years of writing about Italy, my tastes and preferences have evolved.

For example, I used to think that spending a lot of money on a hotel was wasteful, especially if you are going to be sightseeing all day. That was such a youthful mindset! Now that I’m older, I’ve come to appreciate the luxury of a well-appointed suite, a pillowy cloud of a bed, and a room with a view. There’s nothing wrong with aspiring to stay in the best accommodations you can afford.

With that said, here are three new luxury stays in Italy — two in Rome and one in Emilia-Romagna. I would LOVE to stay in one of these. Wouldn’t you?

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

Five Favorite Flavors From Ferrara and Modena

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 Estense that we wondered if we should even go out at all.Read More »Five Favorite Flavors From Ferrara and Modena

Map of Italy’s Earthquake Zones

Sandwiched between the Alps and the Africa plate, Italy has always been a hotspot for seismic activity.

The map above shows the earthquake zones in Italy — basically the entire Italian peninsula is an earthquake zone.

The legend indicates that the strongest quakes, the Category I tremors, are common in a few pockets in Sicily, Basilicata, Puglia, Campania, Lazio, Abruzzo, and Friuli-Venezia Giulia.

The lower-grade Category III quakes show up mostly in southern Italy, in Puglia and Campania.

But the large portion of the country lies in a Category II quake zone.

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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 in small towns and villages dotting the countryside between Bologna, Ferrara and Modena.”Read More »Centuries of History and 300,000 Wheels of Cheese Destroyed in Deadly Italy Earthquake