Category Archives: Life in Italy

Cheese Vending Machines in Parma, Italy

Italian cheese in a vending machine

Italy has some interesting vending machines. You can buy cigarettes, beer, or even pocket coffee with the touch of a few buttons. However, my favorite vending machine of all time might be the cheese vending machine I stumbled across in Parma, Italy. Where else in the world can you buy a pound (500g) of Parmigiano […]

Chinotto: A Hate Letter to an Italian Beverage

I have no loving words to bestow upon chinotto. To me, it is an Italian drink without redemption. Chinotto is baffling. Deeply bitter, darkly colored, and too lightly carbonated, I can’t stomach the liquid for long enough to find any complexity in its flavors. The drink is made with the fruit of a chinotto tree […]

How to Shop at an Italian Fresh Food Market

Palermo market

One of my favorite things about Italy are the amazing fresh food markets that you find in every town (or in each neighborhood in larger cities). Wandering through a market is one of the best ways to mingle with locals going about their daily lives, as well as to experience the food culture that makes Italy […]

Giving Birth in Italy

I am trying not to inundate the blog with information about what it was like to be pregnant in Italy, but at the same time, I know that when you ARE pregnant you are usually scrimping around for whatever information is available. SO, let’s talk about giving birth in Italy. Just as in many countries, […]

Festa della Repubblica: Italy’s June 2nd Holiday

planes releasing trails in green white and red for Italy's Republic Day on 2 June

Italy has only been a country for about 150 years, and before that was a series of independent city-states. When it was first united in 1861, its head of government was king Vittorio Emanuele II di Savoia. Less than 100 years later, the Italian monarchy came to an end and Italy’s June 2nd holiday celebrates […]

Traveling and Eating in Italy while Pregnant

You’re pregnant! And going to Italy! Those two things are both totally awesome – congrats! But what about eating in Italy while pregnant? Or just traveling around in general when you are expecting? I recently went through the experience of being pregnant in Italy and it was pretty great. Not only did I become the […]