Country: Italy

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March 5, 2021

By Peg Kern

My Experience in Italy during the Lockdown

Filed Under  Destination Features, Food History, Kitchen Tips, Travel Tips, Italy

Our friend Richard di San Marzano in Spoleto is contributing a guest post for us letting us know what life has been like the past year in one of our favorite Italian regions, Umbria. Italy's national lockdown began on March 8, 2020 (although there were regional quarantines before then), and it has continued, like much of the world, with varying levels of restrictions since then. If you've wondered about what… Read
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February 16, 2021

By Peg Kern

What Is the "Riviera of Flowers" and Why You Should Go There

Filed Under  Destination Features, Travel Tips, What's Up at TIK, Italy

The northwestern coast of Italy is shaped a bit like a gently curving upside-down "U," with the western-most part slanting southward toward France and Monaco. It is here that you stay during our amazing Sojourn in Sanremo culinary vacation in Italy. This western part of the Liguria region is known more specifically as the "Riviera di Ponente" (Western Riviera or Riviera of the Setting Sun), and the western-most part of… Read
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February 9, 2021

By Peg Kern

5 Best Beach Vacations for Foodies with The International Kitchen

Filed Under  Destination Features, Travel Tips, Greece, Italy, Mexico, Portugal, Spain

You may think that, when organizing your next vacation, you have to choose between a culinary vacation and a beach vacation. But you would be wrong! We have plenty of fabulous foodie trips that combine both hands-on cooking classes and foodie tours with amazing time at the beach. And let's face it. We're all ready for some relaxation after a year of pandemic. So whether you're looking to travel this… Read
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February 4, 2021

By Peg Kern

What is the Italian Riviera?

Filed Under  Destination Features, Travel Tips, Travel Videos, What's Up at TIK, Italy

What is the Italian Riviera? Is Genoa worth visiting? Where is Portofino, and why is it famous? The Italian Riviera is the thin, north-western strip of Italian coastline that borders France (and the French Riviera). This strip of land is also known as the Ligurian Riviera, since it lies in the beautiful Italian region of Liguria. Liguria is an interesting region. It "robs" its neighboring regions of Piedmont and Emilia-Romagna… Read
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January 13, 2021

By Peg Kern

Why Molise "Doesn't Exist" and Other Fun Facts about Our Authentic Italy Culinary Tour

Filed Under  Destination Features, Food History, Travel Tips, Italy

There's a saying in Italy. "Molise non esiste." Molise doesn't exist. It's a running joke among Italians to pretend Molise doesn't exists due to its small size and relative obscurity, even among Italians. If you ask your average Italian to tell you something about Molise, don't expect much (if any) information! But it's also a running joke among Molisani, the quirky inhabitants of Molise, who seem to enjoy the absurdity… Read
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January 7, 2021

By Peg Kern

"Thursday, Gnocchi!": All About Our Favorite Italian Dumpling

Filed Under  Destination Features, Food History, Kitchen Tips, Travel Tips, Italy

"Giovedì gnocchi, venerdì pesce, sabato trippa." So the saying goes in Rome, that Thursday is gnocchi day, Friday is fish day, and Saturday it's tripe! It's not hard to understand the "venerdì pesce" – this is a Catholic country after all. But why gnocchi on Thursday? I've always heard that it was to load up with a heavier meal the day before the Friday fast, and that it worked well… Read
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