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Paying Cash in Italy? Ask for A Discount or “Sconto”


Always try to “sconto” technique in outdoor markets if you are buying more than one item from a vendor. Bargaining is completely expected at markets like these.

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Blue Flag Beaches in Italy 2013: Liguria Tops The List

Cinque Terre - photo by Stefano Costanzo

An Unbiased Italy Travel Blog Brought to You by Perillo Tours The region of Liguria — home to the Italian Riviera and the Cinque Terre – on Italy’s northwest coast has been awarded with more Blue Flag beaches this year than any other region in Italy. With two new entries for 2013 — La Spezia Mirabello and San Lorenzo al Mare, Liguria now has 20 of the cleanest beaches in Italy. The Blue Flag organization, in conjunction with the United Nations’ Environment Program, has analyzed beaches and marinas worldwide since 1987 to monitor quality and cleanliness. A total of 248 ...

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You Say Bidet. I Say ‘No Way’


It was the spring of 2003 and I had been living abroad in Bologna for a few months, and in that time had truly embraced the Italian lifestyle. I was eating nutella at almost every meal; I adored lazy Sundays when nothing was open; and I could barter for bootleg dvds at il mercato with the best of them. Moreover, I was rarely surprised by Italian unknown customs anymore. There remained, however, a few facets of Italian life to which I had yet to fully conform. The first of these unaccepted aspects was the tragic and always unfair cappuccino rule. ...

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5 Things to Do in Pisa Besides Climbing the Leaning Tower

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The city of Pisa Italy is famous the world over for its Leaning Tower but there’s much more to the city. Here are some other things to do in Pisa:

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Finally, Real Italian Salami Coming to United States


A long-standing ban on the import of salami into the United States will be lifted on May 28, according to the Italian news agency ANSA.

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Italian Town Civita Bagnoregio Now Charging Admission


An Unbiased Italy Travel Blog Brought to You by Perillo Tours It may be a sign of the times in cash-strapped and decaying Italy: an Italian town will now be charging visitors admission. The mayor of Civita di Bagnoregio, some 90 miles north of Rome, says his town is in desperate need of repair and thus will require visitors to purchase a three-euro ticket to enter. According to Italian news agency ANSA, “The ground has been slowly crumbling beneath Civita, some 145 km north of Rome, for hundreds of years. Some access roads to the town, which has some 15 ...

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“What is un colpo d’aria?”


We have been driving with seven people cramped in the compact car for over an hour; it is not entirely clear if I will ever walk upright again. When we arrive in the town center of Corato, my mother, sister and I hop — or rather limp — into the back seat of our cousin Franca’s car for the remainder of the ride to Zia Rosa’s house. And lucky me, I get stuck in the middle seat, which only furthers my rapidly developing case of scoliosis. I sit back and the leather scorches my skin. It is August in Puglia ...

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An Italian railway adventure


It is 34 degrees Celsius when my sister Lisa and I board the train in Bologna, and it is even hotter as we come to a sudden stop in the middle of the Italian countryside. “What’s the problem?” asks my sister nonchalantly; she’s not particularly worried. Nor is the middle-aged man with whom we share the train car; he was unaffected by the lurching halt and didn’t miss a beat as he chatted into his cell phone. He’s wearing a wrinkled grey suit and red sneakers — an odd combination for such a hot day. I look out the window ...

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A & L Bakery: Keeping the “Italian” in East Boston’s Bread


A&L Italian Bakery in East Boston has been running since 1978, when Amedeo and Rita Gnerri bought the building on 330 Sumner Street. Now their son Tony runs the bakery, maintaining the family tradition.

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New Challenge for Lesser Known Italian Wineries in Massachussetts


We checked out this year's Boston Wine Expo, noticing many good but already known wines... but what about all the great ones that fall under the radar?

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Una Vita: Italy’s History Through the Eyes of Its Elderly


Harvard postdoc Alberto Pepe, alongside urban researcher and friend Veronica Olivotto, spent last summer collecting stories and photographs of elderly Italians, resulting in the fabulous project "Una Vita."

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Bell’Italia – Part 1


I recently took a trip to Italy and toured Campania, a region that I have never been to. In a few series I will write about my experience in Italy and will start with one of my favorites, a tour of a winery in Taurasi, Avellino called “Cantine Antonio Caggiano”, lunch at Villa Assunta and a rustic bakery. On a crisp September afternoon a group of us from Boston and locals from Mirabella Eclano had lunch at Villa Assunta, courtesy of Mayor Vincenzo Sirignano. This particular celebration was a prelude to a much more anticipated event, my sister in law ...

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