Indulge Your Inner Princess

Monthly Archives: June 2012


Indulge Your Inner Princess

Posted by in Travel | June 29, 2012

I learned to read at age 5 and I have been an avid reader ever since. I graduated from fairy tales to more adult books early on but the dream of becoming a Princess was ever present. How can it not, living in a country with more castles and medieval city walls than any other in the world?

A recent census completed by icastelli.it counts over 3000 Castles in Italy. I dare say, there are probably many more that have not been recorded, but statistics aside, turrets and defense walls are very much part of the Italian landscape.

For American visitors, this is a unique opportunity to experience a historical period that is missing from American History and a type of architecture that is impossible to find on US soil.

If you decide to satisfy your inner “Princess” or “Prince” in your next trip to Italy, here’s my personal TOP 3 Off the beaten path places to play “Lady of the Castle”:

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Bucatini all’Amatriciana

Posted by in Food and Restaurants | June 6, 2012

We had a guest last Friday evening, a former colleague of mine was in the States on business and joined us for dinner. When asked what I should prepare for him, without hesitation he answered: “bucatini all’amatriciana!” as many “true” Romans would. He even brought over a pack of bucatini (very thick spaghetti) and a recipe (just in case I had forgotten it!).

So today’s recipe is courtesy of my friend Alessandro.

Enjoy!

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Behind the Scenes in Gaeta

Posted by in Tips, Trends, Custom & Lifestyle | June 1, 2012
Cives Urbe’s philosophy is to allow you to experience Italy like locals would.  Have you ever been “shown around” by a resident? If so, you know that there is nothing more memorable and no other way to truly feel immersed in the traditions, the atmosphere and the “life” of the town you’re visiting. Today I’m pleased to introduce you to Andrea, my long time friend and practically “adopted” brother (we have know each other for 26 years). Andrea is a very successful executive with a very busy life. Long hours, frequent travel, big dry cleaner loads. I never know in which part of the world he’ll be if I call him during the week. But weekends, I always know where he’ll be and I can picture him indulging in his first cup of espresso on his terrace in Gaeta – his maternal grandmother’s hometown and his chosen residence. Here he has found a place that fits him as a glove and allows him to indulge in his hobbies and interests.

Let Andrea “show you around” this quaint, beautiful town. Enjoy!

Andrea, could you please share with my readers a little about Gaeta’s history?

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