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Il Dolce Far Niente

Il Dolce Far Niente

‘Il dolce far niente’ technically translates as ‘the sweetness of doing nothing.’ It encapsulates an Italian philosophy of delicious idleness. Its literal translation (‘the sweetness to do nothing’) is clunky and unpoetic but beyond the tricky grammatical interpretation, the act of doing nothing in itself is also untranslatable. In Italy, ‘Il dolce far niente’ is a conscious decision to remove oneself from the strife of daily existence. It is an instinctive act rather than one which needs to be earned or which is the last resort after reaching boiling point. Whilst many cultures have glorified and glamorized working overtime, pushing limits, and constantly keeping busy this has never been a sweeping peril in Italy.

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The old and the new: Arancini/e

The old and the new: Arancini/e

Arancini are a typical Sicilian street food whose flavours and textures are so inextricably bound to the island, that locals consider them to taste like home. They are balls of saffron-infused rice, traditionally filled with ragu (‘alla carne’) or a buttery, cheesy sauce (‘al burro’), encrusted in breadcrumbs and deep fried. They are renowned throughout the entire island but there is a divide in opinion between the east and the west on their shape and name.

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The Italian outdoor-Market culture

The Italian outdoor-Market culture

After 3 years split between Naples and Rome, I have come to know the markets of my cities like the back of my hand. They have become a place of comfort, community, and not to mention a place to score some exceptionally good foods and keepsake items. Luckily for you all, you don’t just have to be passing by the Eternal City or bustling Naples to see what all the commotion of market life is about. Every city, town, village, and down to specific neighborhoods in Italy has a local market.

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The Secret of the South: Calabria

The Secret of the South: Calabria

There is a Calabrian proverb, ‘Vinu bonu calabrisa non ha bisognu 'e frasca’ – ‘good Calabrian wine does not require advertisement.’ In other words, if the wine’s quality can speak for itself, there is no need to publicise it. The same philosophy can be applied to the region as a whole. 

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An Italian Sunday

An Italian Sunday

When I first moved to Rome, I didn't anticipate that my favorite day of the week would quickly become Sunday. La domenica italiana. For me and like most Italians, Sunday became my day for rest, a day for family, and ultimately, a day for food. From my first few weekends as a transformed Roman until now, Sunday is equally as comforting as it is satisfying, as I have learned to let the day's uncertainty, openness, and slowness take the lead. 

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The splendor of the Amalfi Coast in September

The splendor of the Amalfi Coast in September

There is something magical about an Italian summer. Days aren’t counted by hours or minutes but by how many glasses of pesche al vino bianco have been drunk, swims have been swum, and shades of tan your skin turn. There is this irreplaceable feeling l’estate italiana evokes within you: a bit daring, carefree, explorative, and dare I even say, relaxed...

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Exploring Naples: Italy’s Blue City

Exploring Naples: Italy’s Blue City

I have said it before and will repeat it; despite being the third largest Italian city, Naples feels like a world of its own. Some may love it or hate it. My first trip down to the blue city was nearly a year ago, and since I haven't stopped thinking about it. So for me, it was inarguably love at first sight. 

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A Roman Holiday

A Roman Holiday

Rome wasn't built in a day. And with that being said, nor can it be explored or even understood in one. That's why I decided to make it my home three years ago. Maybe it was the light and colors, the cuisine, or the Roman people. But for whatever reason it may have been, there is something so intoxicating the Eternal City leaves on people making them return again and again, always coming back for more. 

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Mediterranean hidden gems near Split-Croatia.

Mediterranean hidden gems near Split-Croatia.

There are over 1400 islands and islets to explore during the Croatian summer. Between Dubrovnik and Split lie some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. The pristine waters, fresh seafood, and rich Mediterranean history belonging to the Dalmatian region can be reminiscent of neighboring Italy’s “La Dolce Vita” but has its own aura.

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Your Guide on Greek Island Hopping

Your Guide on Greek Island Hopping

OK, you have now made the decision, this summer you are coming to Greece and you want to explore as much of it as possible. You are searching on the internet for good deals on hotels and Airbnb but there’s one thing that is missing from the equation, how to get...

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Syros-the hidden gem of Cyclades.

Syros-the hidden gem of Cyclades.

This blog post is all about an Aegean Island that you haven’t heard of...and I want to change that. First things first, click on this playlist and let it play in the background... They say it's impossible to go to Greece or to plan a visit without hearing about Santorini, Mykonos, Paros,...

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Where old meets new...(Nice, France)

Where old meets new...(Nice, France)

This blog post is about my favorite city in the Cote D'azur…Nice! And what a city Nice is, everything is at one's fingertips…let's see what a day could look like while there… You have woken up in Nice… it’s time to go out for a coffee walk and inhale the fresh...

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Sicilian Memoir

Sicilian Memoir

As the title of the blog indicates, I'm going to write about a recent trip to Sicily I had in December. Yep, you read that month correctly, traveling to Italy during winter not only provides you with a more authentic experience but one can also find airplane/hotel deals that cost...

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3 Greek Islands You've Never Heard Of

3 Greek Islands You've Never Heard Of

I want to start this post with one of my favorite Greek islands, Aigina… Aigina is located just 1 hour away from Piraeus Port (the main port of Greece), it’s an island that not many tourists know and only hear about it by locals once they visit Athens, Its location...

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