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A “Gras” Heavenly Treat

By Katherine Ortiz

When a smart soul came first up with the idea of Carnival, the main idea was to “stock up” on happiness, playfulness and self-indulgence to fight the “winter blues”. Get it all out of your system before entering Lent, a long period of inner focus, spirituality and service versus others. Not sure if my version…

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Moscatello Muliner: Oasis of peace and haute cuisine on Lake Garda

By Katherine Ortiz

The Moscatello Muliner property has been in the Vischioni family since 1931 when the grandparents of the current owners bought their first mill. An additional mill and a cattle farm were added to the property in the 20th century. The current Vischioni generation completely restructured and re-purposed this traditional property at the beginning of the…

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A Taste of Tuscany on Your Table

By Katherine Ortiz

You can’t be happy in Tuscany without sitting at a table with a bottle of Chianti Classico wine and a bowl of Ribollita. This hearty, peasant-style beans and vegetables soup has been a staple on farmers’ tables for centuries and will warm your hearth while delighting your taste buds. Nobody could make Ribollita better than…

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When to Splurge on a Guided Tour

By Katherine Ortiz

Winter has been particularly mild so far in Central Italy, urging locals and tourists alike to swarm out and enjoy sightseeing, normally reserved for warmer months of the year. During our Christmas break in my hometown, my husband and I were planning a day trip to Rome, when my dad claimed to have never visited…

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Have you ever been a flying witch?

By Katherine Ortiz

As everybody here in the US starts the New Year and resumes their usual pace, the Christmas break extends a bit longer in Italy. Schools are still out and kids and adults alike still have one big holiday to look forward to: January 6th. January 6th is the Catholic holiday of the Epiphany celebrating the…

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An Affordable Italian Luxury

By Katherine Ortiz

Judging from my most recent trip to Italy, the custom-made shirt market is exploding.  I was pleased to see the number of small boutiques specializing in this handicraft. To be sure, this tradition has never completely disappeared in Italy. However, the past few years, wearing tailor-made shirts has become the new “trend”. The sophisticated professional…

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Red is the color of The New Year

By Katherine Ortiz

Superstition is a characteristic Italian trait. Most Italians would deny they were superstitious and believe in “old wives-tales”. Yet they often follow some interesting “traditions”. A few years back, my husband and I spent New Year’s in the Basque Country of Northern Spain and on New Year’s Eve were guests at a dear friend’s aunt…

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Wine in Heaven

By Katherine Ortiz

If you have ever come across a postcard from Tuscany or a Tuscany Calendar, chances are you’ve seen Chianti. This not clearly marked area extending between the cities of Florence and Siena, offers a unique landscape, with green, gentle hills covered with wide fields of vineyards and olive groves.

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Italian Style “Fashion Bingo”

By Katherine Ortiz

Italians are keen on fashion and the average Italian goes to a great deal of troubles to keep up with the latest trends. This is hardly a news flash! However, fashion trends – especially in terms of shapes, cuts and colors – literally dictate what you will find in clothing stores in any particular season…

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