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Traveling In Style

by Noelle Cellini, mybest-footforward.com This week Allure Italia is happy to have Fashion Expert Noelle Cellini as a guest blogger. Noelle, founder and owner of My Best Foot Forward is an accomplished Personal Stylist. She’s helped women in Chicago “put their best foot forward” for over 10 years. Her goal is to make her clients’…

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Of Driving and Parking in Italy

A car rental can be an excellent choice when visiting Italy. If you are planning a countryside vacation or a ski trip for example, a car is a necessity.  ; Likewise, when you are making a “home base” somewhere outside the main cities and want to  take day trips to explore the surrounding areas, a…

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Do You “Apericena”?

In the ‘80s a new trend emerged in Italian social life: meeting friends and family for an “aperitivo” (aperitif). This idea of a pre-meal drink, consumed most often with company in a café’ has since then become the natural end of an evening stroll into town. It’s also a great way of filling the time…

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Food—The Italian Way

Food and cuisine are such an integral part of the Italian culture that not talking about them would be a travesty. To be honest, I’ve never heard in Italy the “mangia, mangia” that seems to be such a standard expression in Italian-American families. BUT I’ve also never visited anybody’s home there and not have been…

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Happy 2013!

The holidays have come and gone and together with the Christmas decorations I’ve also put away all the Christmas cards we received this year from close friends and family. Quite a few of them enclosed a “letter” and given the amount of changes that the second part of 2012 brought to our family, we were…

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What I “re-learnt” about Italy

I spent most of September in Italy working. I visited with trusted, long standing business partners and brainstormed new ideas. I learned about all their fantastic new offerings, (for example a full day trip from Florence to visit the Ferrari Factory & Museum near Modena) and forged new relationships with outstanding service providers such as…

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Elaine’s Late Summer Crops

Meet Elaine Trigiani, this month’s guest blogger here at Cives Urbe. A mutual friend recently introduced me to Elaine and I’m enchanted by her passion for food and her journey in discovering my countries’ quirky customs and “rules” around sitting together for a meal. An American living in Italy, her wit and evident enjoyment of…

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Strawberry Love: Crostata di Frutta (fresh fruit tart)

If you know me personally, and you know of my general dislike of fruit, you may be surprised to learn that crostata is one of my favorite things to make. Crostata reminds me of my maternal grandmother’s kitchen on Sunday afternoons when she would allow us grandchildren to help in preparing the afternoon snack (crostata…

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