Ten Things Italy Is Most Famous For

February 4th, 2012 @ // Comments Off

Italy is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. But why do people like to visit? Here are ten popular reasons why people choose to visit Italy. 1. Food. Whether it is pasta, seafood, cheeses, or desserts such as tiramisu or cannoli, authentic Italian food is a treat not to be missed. [...]

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History of Pasta

June 17th, 2011 @ // Comments Off

The first recorded date of putting together pasta with tomatoes was in 1839.  In the 1300s pasta was popular as it had a long shelf life and was therefore used on ships for long voyagers.  By law in Italy pasta must contain 100% durum flour and semolina flour and water. Durum wheat was introduced to [...]

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Italian Health Food Benefits

January 5th, 2011 @ // Comments Off

Fresh Ingredients Fresh vegetables and ingredients go into making Italian food. Lots of herbs and spices are used to flavour dishes. Olive Oil Researchers have discovered olive oil has the ability to switch off genes that inflame e.g. arthritis and heart disease.  One of the best olive oils in the world comes from Tuscany it [...]

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Italian Food for Children

January 1st, 2011 @ // Comments Off

Italian Food for Children Introduction to Italian Food Originally pizza, pasta, macaroni are from Italy. Pizza originally came from Naples (Napoli) near Rome in approx 1860. Parmesan cheese came from Parma. photocredit Italian food is one of the oldest in the world. Dishes are copies of ones given to Roman Soldiers. Olive oil and wine [...]

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Art Culture in Italy

January 1st, 2011 @ // Comments Off

Art of Painting Florence is a cultural city of Art and many students come here to study art. Frescoes are paintings on fresh plaster which helps it survive so well in time as it becomes part of the wall or ceiling. Colours were made from mixing stones and minerals with a medium. Fine brushes made [...]

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Italian Main Festivals List and Special Holidays

December 24th, 2010 @ // Comments Off

JANUARY New Year –  some cities host outdoor events and fireworks, venice carnival. Venice Carnival – dating back to the 13th Century, wearing of masks and elaborate outfits. Started so nobels could walk with locals unseen. photocredit FEBRUARY Turin’s Chocolate Festival – held in Umbria. Turin is home to Ferrero’s company (my favourite)! they also [...]

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How do people in Italy make their Lasagna

December 24th, 2010 @ // Comments Off

Bolognase Sauce Ingredients (6-8 people) 6-8oz (150-200g) ground beef not too lean 2ox pancetta 1 1/2 tblsp olive oil 1/4 medium onion 1/2 carrot 1 stalk celery 1/2 cup dry red wine 3/4 cup crushed tomatoes or 2 tblsp tomato paste dissolved in 1/2 cup water beef broth one ladel Pinch of Salt photocredit How [...]

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Do Italians speak English

December 24th, 2010 @ // Comments Off

Not many Italians speak English, although when i went to Rome I found asking directions from older school children was best as their English was very good having learnt in school. Most of the tourist areas as in airports, cafes, they will speak some english, but of course, the joy of being in a foreign [...]

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