Planning a Hiking Trip in Italy

One of Italy’s greatest beauties is her landscape, her mountains, and national parks. While you may find many tips for planning a trip to Italy’s greatest hits: Rome, Venice, Florence, and the Amalfi Coast, what about planning a hiking trip in Italy? Spending weekends in the Piemontese Alps is one of my favorite activities hereContinue reading “Planning a Hiking Trip in Italy”

A (very brief) Intro to the Camorra

You probably are familiar with the Camorra from Gomorra, both the series and book by Roberto Saviano. The Camorra are one of the main mafie of Italian organized crime groups, primarily working in the region of Campania. Though now they are scattered around the world. While the original book Gomorra was a journalistic view ofContinue reading “A (very brief) Intro to the Camorra”

The Italian Elective Residency Visa

Another alternative for moving to Italy is to take advantage of the Italian Elective Residency Visa. This is the ideal option if you are looking to move to Italy when you retire, or if you have been living comfortably, relaxed, and letting your business do its thing. The key thing about this visa is itsContinue reading “The Italian Elective Residency Visa”

What is the ‘Ndrangheta

Over the last two years, Italy has worked to arrest hundreds of individuals connected to the ‘Ndrangheta. Starting in January of 2021, over 300 members were brought up on trial with charges ranging from murder and drug trafficking to corruption and money laundering. This is the largest trial against organized crime since the famous maxiContinue reading “What is the ‘Ndrangheta”

Women’s Rights in Italy

You might assume that being home to the Vatican, and a highly catholic country that women in Italy may have a hard time with access to things like birth control or abortion, in truth these things are more accessible than you might think. However, women in Italy were given these rights quite late in theContinue reading “Women’s Rights in Italy”

Piemontese Cuisine: A bite into Northern Italy

Piemonte is known as one of the gastronomic capitals of Italy. Turin itself is especially famous for its chocolate, coffee, and bi-annual Salone del Gusto event hosted by Slow Food, the natural food movement that had its start in nearby Bra. The Langhe is known for its great wines, cheeses, hazelnuts, and of course truffles.Continue reading “Piemontese Cuisine: A bite into Northern Italy”

Italian Wine and Chocolate

Since Valentine’s day is just around the corner, it seemed only fitting this month to do a little Italian wine and chocolate pairing. Both Wine and Chocolate come with just rich personalities, it only makes sense we often think of them together. But not all wine and chocolate pair so well. Wine can easily overpowerContinue reading “Italian Wine and Chocolate”