Father’s Day, and Food

Grace Kucera   On March 19, Italians celebrate Festa del Babbo, or Father’s Day, in honor of St. Joseph, Jesus’ mortal father, symbol of compassion and kindness in Catholic tradition.   It was during the Middle Ages that this tradition began when Sicilians prayed to St. Joseph to bring rains to save their fields from …

2018 Year of Food in Italy

Italy’s cultural and agricultural ministries launched a campaign declaring 2018 “the year of Italian food.” The objective of the campaign, which started last month, is to promote the cultural, social, and aesthetic value of Italian food and wine all over the world.   The campaign was launched through the social media of the ministry and …

Gelateria della Passera and Dondoli Awarded

The Florentine Gelateria della Passera and the San Gimignano-based Gelateria di Piazza ran by Sergio Dondoli have been awarded again with the prestigious prize of the three cones, the highest attainable in the Gambero Rosso guide, for the year 2018.   An Italian food and wine magazine and publishing group founded in 1986, Gambero Rosso …

The Importance of Internship Programs

Internship programs help students understand the industry and hone the relevant skills, making them market-ready and more employable Since the global recession of 2009, the economy of the European Union has not recovered fully. The unemployment rates have generally stayed high. According to Eurostat, the unemployment rate in the Euro Area for October 2017 stood …

Six Tips to Jog in Florence

Thomas Riccioti Jogging in a crowded city with hardly any sufficient sidewalk space can be frustrating and dan- gerous. Luckily, Florence offers scenic routes where jogging is safe and enjoyable. Walking in the city center in the morning or evening, you are likely to encounter individuals in their sportswear, especially in parks and along the …

The Dark Side of Venice

Lee Foust Even the most casual tourist senses, beneath the romantic lapping of the waves against the bridges and landings along its canals, that there’s something death- ly about Venice. Is it because most mythologies locate the land of the dead across a body of water? Or maybe because Venice’s narrow, ill-lit passages are so …

Three Florentine Love Stories

Thomas Ricciotti 1) One of the most scandalous and debated illicit love affairs that oc- curred in Florence was that be- tween the Grand Duke Francesco I de’ Medici and Bianca Cappello during the sixteenth century. Let’s see what happens when a rich, powerful, married man falls for a poor, beautiful girl married to an- …