Feast of the Seven Fishes

In the United States, one often hears talk of the “traditional” Italian Feast of the Seven Fishes--an epic seven course seafood meal served on the Vigilia (Christmas Eve)—but if you were to ask an average Italian, you would probably get a blank stare. Read More...

Cappelletti...A Christmas Feast

There are a number of traditional dishes served during the holidays in Italy, which tend to vary from region to region. One of the most common, forming the centerpiece of Christmas lunch in most of the central and northern regions, is cappelletti (also known as tortellini). Read More...

So, You Want to See an Opera in Italy...

There may be no better place to see an opera than Italy, with its rich musical history, stable of illustrious composers, and sumptuously grand landmark theaters. And there may be no better people to advise the traveling opera fan than Brian and Maria, Italy travel experts and professional musicians themselves. Read More...

Naples’ Christmas Street

Though Christmas decorations have become increasingly international in Italy over the past few decades, traditionally most Italian households, shops, and churches celebrated the season with a single, but often sprawling and elaborate, adornment: the Christmas Nativity scene, or presepe. Read More...

A Magical World Inside a Lucky Store

In just a few days, Italy will celebrate the Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception which falls each year on December 8th and marks the official beginning of the holiday season. In years past, families and merchants spent this day decorating their homes and shops for Christmas, and each town threw the switch on their holiday lights come sundown (though now decorations are often seen at the end of November). Read More...

48 Hours: Costiera Amalfitana (Amalfi Coast)

The Amalfi Coast is a welcome departure from most of the rest of Italy. This stretch of Mediterranean coastline south of Naples is much less about visits to museums and monuments and instead, as Maria puts it, “mostly about being out of doors.” Here, more than impressing you with great works of art and architecture, you will find yourself gasping with delight at the dramatic land--and sea--scape and the film set-ready villages tumbling down the rocky slopes to the sea. Read More...