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My Father’s Daughter: From Rome to Sicily

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When: Saturday, April 16, 2016 – 5 p.m. Where: I AM Books, 189 North Street, Boston MA Gilda Morina Syverson will be presenting her book “My Father’s Daughter: From Rome to Sicily” at I AM Books in Boston on Saturday, April 16. An artist, poet, writer and teacher, Syverson was born and raised in a large, Italian-American family in Syracuse, New York. Her heritage is the impetus for her memoir My Father’s Daughter, From Rome to Sicily. Syverson’s story was a Novello Literary Award Finalist, and is a 2015 Nominee for the Ragan Old North State Award for Nonfiction. An ...

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Francesco Cesareo of Assumption College in Worcester

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When Fulbright scholar Francesco Cesareo studied at the University of Rome and at the Pontifical Gregorian University he was struck by the splendor of ‘The Eternal City’ with its ancient medieval streets, cascading renaissance fountains, and magnificent Christian art. As a scholar with a particular interest in late medieval and early modern European history, he marveled at the architecture as well as the many cultural exhibits all around him. He stood breathless, like so many before him, at the magnificence of Vatican City — the seat of the Roman Catholic Church, and the home of the Pope. The beauty of ...

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The Italian Mercato: Finding Treasures Everywhere

Campo de' Fiori in Rome.

Just like fresh air revitalizes the soul, open air markets stimulate the senses. Rain or shine, tented tables regularly bring neighbors, tourists, and communities together from spring to fall, providing a taste of Earth’s bounty and a vast assortment of handmade collectibles and vintage wares. Grab your family and meet your friends at an open air market, because a visit is not always about what objects you procure but rather the experience you’ll savor. Crates overflowing with just-ripened fruits and vegetables, iced pallets of succulent seafood pulled from the water earlier that morning, and bunches of aromatic flowers at the ...

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Eat supplì like the Romans do

Photo by ©Francesca Bruzzese

In my almost four years living in Italy, I have traveled the country quite a bit – Florence, Verona, Milan, Torino, Venice, Matera, Lake Como, Sardinia, Calabria, Pisa, Rieti, Tivoli, Urbino, Siena, Gaeta, and Orvieto are just a few of the cities I’ve been lucky enough to visit. Besides confirming my belief that Italy really is the most beautiful country in the world, my travels have also taught me a good deal about Italian cuisine. While I already knew that Italian food is across the board superb, I also realized that it is very regional — the dishes you find ...

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The comforting simplicity of occhio di bue

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The bakeries in Italy have something special about them — a paradise of biscotti, cannoli, and tarts that lend themselves to various occasions.

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Chamber Archives host lecture by UMass Professor Spencer DiScala

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On Jan. 23, UMass Boston Professor Spencer DiScala held a “lezione magistrale” lecture at the Archives of Italy’s Chamber of Deputies in Rome.

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Discovering Bucatini all’Amatriciana

Bucatini all'Amatriciana (photo ©Francesca Bruzzese)

One of the best things about moving from Bologna to Rome was discovering a completely new cuisine. After all, Italian cuisine tends to be very loyal to regional tradition: for example, you’ll find lasagna in the North but are hard pressed to find it in the South. Each province’s culinary repertoire is dictated by the climate, seasonal produce, and history of the region among other things. Rome’s cuisine tends to be rustic, hearty, and simple in its ingredients. The use of offal or undesirable cuts of meat is due to Rome’s former abattoir, once the biggest in all of Europe, ...

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Taxes Up in Rome’s Luxury Hotels

A hotel in Rome (photo courtesy Perillo Tours)

Italian lawmakers recently approved a new lodging tax, hiking fees for five-star and four-star hotels from 3 to 7 € and 6€, respectively.

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Ferragosto: Differences between Italy and United States

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When I was a little child, August was my absolute favorite month. The world seemed to slow down, to the point of grinding to a standstill. My hometown of Rome becomes a ghostly desert of stores closed for vacation and tourists roaming helplessly through narrow streets to find a “nasone,” the typical water fountains one can find in the Italian capital. No locals can be found, especially on Ferragosto, August 15, which marks the holiday celebrating the Assumption of Mary. There is even a funny Italian movie I recommend, called “Pranzo di Ferragosto” (Mid-Summer Lunch), which deals with some of ...

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Italy’s Monuments Looking for Donors

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The Colosseum is being renovated through funds from Tod’s, Bulgari is sprucing up the Spanish Steps and Fendi is refurbishing the Trevi Fountain.

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Rome’s Piazza di Spagna

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#182059729 / gettyimages.com The Spanish Steps in Rome. In the foreground is the fountain called Fontana della Barcaccia — Fountain of the Old Boat #165711630 / gettyimages.com Women sitting on the stairway of Trinità dei Monti, Piazza di Spagna, Rome #148913061 / gettyimages.com

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Rome’s Trevi Fountain Undergoes Renovation

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Where is the one place any visitor to Rome must go? Why Trevi Fountain of course! As throwing three coins in the fountain promises a return trip to the Eternal City.

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