Category Archives: Life in Italy

What is Ferragosto? Italy’s August 15th Holiday

August 15th is a major national holiday in Italy – but what is it for? Beach trips? What is Ferragosto, really? The History of Ferragosto This is the day when the Catholic church celebrates the Blessed Virgin Mary’s ascent to heaven after her life on Earth (much in the way the Feast of the Ascension […]

11 Dining Habits that Make You Look Like a Tourist in Italy

Eating out in Italy is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy an important part of the country’s culinary culture.  But making a mistake at the dining table is also a surefire way to out yourself as a tourist. There are unwritten rules about how and what to eat when dining out in Italy. In order to […]

Caffè Corretto in Italy

There are hundreds of ways to order a coffee in Italy. First you have to decide if it is normale, or with milk and if so, how much milk. Then is that with foam or without? Should it be scalding hot? Do you want this in a ceramic cup or glass? Any cocoa? And the […]

Fette Biscottate: Italy’s Terrible Cracker Cookie

In a country like Italy, a place completely dead set against many incarnations of pre-made food, there remain notable exceptions. Allow me to present you with frozen pizza topped with french fries and hotdogs and fette biscottate.  I’ve written about 6 things I’ve learned after 6 years in Italy, but after 6.5 years in Italy […]

Italy is the World’s Healthiest Country

two kinds of fresh tomatoes on display in crates on a testaccio market food tour

The news site Bloomberg has released its Global Health Index  and (surprise!) Italy is the world’s healthiest country. Italy has an unexpectedly high number of centenarians – people who live to the age of 100. In fact, in one Italian village, 10% of the 3,000 residents are 100 or older! So why is this happening? How did […]