Italy

Italy

Far beyond the madding crowds, there are undiscovered treasures around every corner. Read about festivals, sights, and local legends that make this the place to be. 

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Sagre Season: A Primer

Ah, Italia. The drama of the ruins, the majesty of its great cities; the art, the architecture, the beauty...

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THE FIRST ANNUAL VIAMEDINA EASTER IN TUSCANIA ROUNDUP!

For most of us, Christmas is really the star of the yearly holiday show: besides the obvious draw of presents, it's got the kind of participatory appeal that really manages to catch on, and just enough...

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TELL ME, O MUSE: THE IMMORTAL TECHNIQUE OF PECORINO MARRAS

Some legends have it that the fearsome Cyclops of Homer's Odyssey was in fact a humble cheesemaker that was just misunderstood by his neighbours. Indeed it is thought that...

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NIKKI'S CHICKENS

Here at ViaMedina, we have the great fortune of having a wealth of collaborators with whom...

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A VIAMEDINA THANKSGIVING

So here's the thing. What we eat is almost always a function based on proximity and therefore convenience: we eat the things that are grown around us or that...

OLIVE HARVEST: DON'T CALL IT A COMEBACK

Of all the many things that make Italy a special place, the olive harvest is an undeniable...

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THE RIGHT FIT

It's a pithy word, isn't it? 'Fit'. A small and unconvincing word that should not carry the weight that it does. As words get bigger and more hyperbolic it seems even more...

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SATURDAY'S PAGNOTTA

If you've been with us for a bit of time now you will have gathered two things about ViaMedina, among perhaps....

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A TALE OF TWO SAGRAS, PART TWO: THE SAGRA DEGLI GNOCCHI

When last we met I told you about the certain strange and not unpleasant sense of...

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A TALE OF TWO SAGRAS, PART ONE: THE SAGRA DEL BACCALA

I must first make a confession. I don't necessarily love Baccala (salt cod) as a foodstuff, and its...

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GELATO WARS! PART ONE: THE BEST GELATO IN VITERBO

So here's how it'll work. Whenever we can, either Mark or myself will take a group of our nicest and most available friends to a...

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REST DAY / POST-NOTTE BIANCA

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SAGRA SISTERS #2: PORTRAIT OF A PORCHETTA

Aurelia and I, in our endless pursuit to deliver Sagra perfection to you, our dear readers, decided last week that..

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A HEAT WAVE

Here in Italy as well as in most of Europe...

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FROM TUSCANIA, WITH LOVE

As we talked about in the cherry festival post, when we talk to people about living in...

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SAGRA SISTERS

When Mark and I decided to start this blog we knew that we wanted it to be about...