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Sundays in the Mediterranean

Sundays in the Mediterranean

Everyone has their Sunday traditions. When the last day of the week rolls in, it is a chance to reset, recharge as well as relax before Monday returns us to the daily grind. Across the Mediterranean Sundays are seen as sacred not just for their religious tendency. They are grounded in ritual shared among family and friends. When looking into their habits as a whole, it seems that’s Spain, Italy and Greece are not at all dissimilar in their routines of this one day. 

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Campania Top 5 Hidden Gems

Campania Top 5 Hidden Gems

Campania is a region in southern Italy known for its rich history, rugged coastlines, ancient ruins, and delicious cuisine (think Margherita pizza, creamy pastries, and buffalo mozzarella). Discover five hidden gems in Campania worth exploring on your next Italian getaway. 

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The art of Italian hand gestures

The art of Italian hand gestures

Beyond an auxiliary signal to enhance a statement, the Italian gesture can be understood with no words at all. In a country where dialects can even differ vastly between 2 towns within 5km of each other, the use of the 250 hand gestures within the Italians ‘corporeal dictionary,’ is not only useful but also fundamental. 

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Adding Mediterranean Into Your Home

Adding Mediterranean Into Your Home

The scenic beauty of coastlines, crystal-clear Mediterranean waters, charming towns, stunning landscapes, vibrant culture, embracing la vita lenta (slow life), and delicious Mediterranean cuisine all contribute to the allure and enchantment of living along the Mediterranean. Who wouldn’t want to dive headfirst into this lifestyle? Sipping espresso in a cozy café while watching the world go by or getting lost between narrow streets makes one want to experience this lifestyle forever. 

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The Art of Siesta

The Art of Siesta

On that hot afternoon in southern Italy, almost like clockwork, the household rose from its slumber. My friend’s parents emerged from their room and began with the washing up, his sister and brother-in-law appeared, stretching away the last traces of sleep, and his nephew rolled off the sofa swiftly departing to meet his friends at the beach...

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La Bella Figura: Embracing Body Images in Italy

La Bella Figura: Embracing Body Images in Italy

My journey in Italy has taught me to appreciate the beauty of food, the beauty of life, and most importantly, the beauty of myself for who I am. To me this is what la bella figura truly is all about: getting dressed every morning with a smile on my face despite gaining a few extra pounds and radiating positivity and self-love, because after all, life is meant to be enjoyed, and Italians know how to enjoy life the right way. 

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Exploring the World of Backgammon

Exploring the World of Backgammon

Like many addictive games, Backgammon walks the line between skill and luck. You must always keep your wits about you and observe your opponent’s every move. But if two players are similar in expertise, the game becomes more about good fortune than good ability. Yet, it is not a game that grows boring the moment the rules are mastered. Its joyful social component and its wonderful straightforwardness show that it only takes a very simple concept to harbour a great deal of fun.

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Lady luck across the Mediterranean

Lady luck across the Mediterranean

Wishing someone good luck is a common adage bestowed on friends or loved ones throughout the world. But some don’t just take their chances and prefer to place their faith in symbols or charms which guarantee good fortune and ward off harmful omens. These vary from country to country, region to region and even household to household. Belief in these has often spanned centuries or millennia making for fascinating origins and uncompromising traditions. Here are some symbols across the Mediterranean which are considered to carry good fortune to their believers. 

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The Vespa

The Vespa

There are many rites of passage in a person’s life; their first kiss, their first-time leaving home, their first paycheque. For Italians, one more can be added to the list; their first scooter. At just 14 years old, they are able to complete their ‘motorino’ license and begin to taste their first delicious moments of independence...

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The Rituals of Toasting

The Rituals of Toasting

Raising a glass to the good health of your loved ones is a universal expression of joy and conviviality. Yet each country has its own sayings, customs and traditions which make their toasting culture unique. In the Southern Med, where the drinks flow in abundance and social gatherings are commonplace, it is likely that a clinking of glasses is a daily occurrence. Read about the rituals of toasting in Italy, France and Spain here.

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All About Parmigiano Reggiano

All About Parmigiano Reggiano

Whilst the method of making parmesan is in essence simple, it is an extreme labour of love. 550 litres of cow’s milk are required to craft just one wheel. Its raw ingredients need to be combined in perfect quantities and temperatures. The entire process is overseen by a master cheesemaker, whose hard work is marked on every wheel he works upon.

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Mediterranean Daydreaming

Mediterranean Daydreaming

The Mediterranean comes home to you: A curated list of music, books and films that will transport you all over the Med.  Summer is beginning to creep up on us and it seems we are all ready to shake off our winter coats in favour of the sun’s warm embraces....

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Tuscany's Top 5 Hidden Gems

Tuscany's Top 5 Hidden Gems

Tuscany is one of Italy’s most venerated and visited regions in Italy welcoming up to 50 million tourists on a yearly basis. Famous for its Chianti wine, its Renaissance art, its luxurious truffles, and spectacular towns, it is no wonder that travellers flock from far and wide to experience Tuscan delights first-hand. However, whilst Florence, Siena and Pisa are never missed on a Tuscany trip, there are a whole host of hidden gems which ought to be seen. Nestled into the landscapes are charming towns which lie in wait to be discovered. Here is a list of 5 locations in Tuscany which should be added to your bucket list.

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Pasta Recipes and their Italian Region

Pasta Recipes and their Italian Region

It is impossible to deny that pasta is one of the world’s most adored ingredients. Made with humble, uncomplicated ingredients (usually just flour, water and/or eggs), it can be twisted, twirled, rolled and moulded into endless varieties. Usually pasta is shaped in a certain manner so that it binds with...

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Christmas traditions of the Mediterranean

Christmas traditions of the Mediterranean

Christmas is a unifying festivity for many countries around the world who celebrate it. However, different cultures will have traditions which distinguish them from others. These can be found in their Christmas food, drink, practices, and activities which are also deeply rooted in their individual identities. In the Mediterranean, where the wine is world-renowned, the food is exquisite, and the sense of community looms large, Christmas is a spectacular occasion which provides the perfect opportunity to celebrate these values with enhanced enthusiasm.

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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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