Family in Catacombs San Gennaro

The Buried Secrets of Ancient Naples

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So much of the dark wondrous history of Naples lies steps below the modern metropolis, back in time, down to the Catacombs of San Gennaro, (Via Capodimonte 13, Naples) off the beaten path.  The paleo-Christian site lies a good 20-30 minute bus ride north of the city center, leading toward Capodimonte and bordering the hilltop […]

2017 Carnival in Venice

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Ice skating and Nordic walking in Venice?  In February?  Yes, this year Carnevale is all about winter! Brrrrr!  The theme is Creatum (vanity affair).  Carnival 2017 will see thousands of visitors traverse Venice and its many lagoons to experience the magic and fun that only this event can provide. Two weeks of festivities leading up […]

Wedded Bliss for Christmas

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It’s funny how Italian-Americans and Italians have so much in common and yet seem so far apart.  There’s a soup we here in America know as Italian Wedding Soup.  Yet, ask anyone south of Rome about it and they’ll look at you like you are pazzo.  You see, the traditional la minestra maritata has nothing […]

Christmas Caponata – a Sicilian Treat

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Tell a little kid that Zia is making caponatina and it truly is like Christmas morning.  The Sicilian version of bruschetta, caponata (also known as caponatina in dialect), is a savory blend of eggplant, tomatoes, capers and a whole bunch of love.  After all, there is no other way to cook for a Sicilian. The […]

Yummy Treats for Christmas in Venice

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For most Italians and especially Venetians, eating means family and family means homemade food, therefore Christmas and good, traditional homemade food must be enjoyed surrounded by loved ones. Christmas is an important and solemn feast in Venice. A very special day when, as tradition dictates in the Western world, every family, after religious customs, must […]