Article published by italyfromtheinside.com on April 25, 2014 by Francesca Tosolini: http://italyfromtheinside.com/2012/04/making-pesto-alla-genovese-my-way.html
I’ll start this blog with a sinful confession: I just found out how to preserve fresh cut basil. Which makes me cry even harder over the big quantity of fresh basil I tossed during the past years. Here’s the secret: treat it like fresh flowers (which means cut the bottom and immerse it in water) and don’t put it in the fridge. Exactly like this:
This bunch of basil was sitting on my counter for almost a week and it still looked fresh.
This is how I made my pesto today: first, I washed the basil.
(Photo of piatella by Erika Massa)
La piattella canavesana di Cortereggio: We are talking about a kind of white bean that has been handed down from generation to generation all the way to us today, due to the knowledge of the ancient farmers from Cortereggio village. During the 2010 Salone del Gusto event a group of companies was constituted that were committed to protecting this ancient legume within the boundaries of respect of rules and traditions, and with the intention to increase the production and distribution. The commitment and profusion of the Association that these companies formed allowed them to participate at the Salone as a new and first Presidio Slow food of Canavese.
Editor’s note: we have published articles about the Salone del Gusto based on information provided by Slow Food International such as this: http://www.madeinitalymall.com/blog/salone-del-gusto-and-terra-madre-inaugurated-in-turin/
Article by Erika Massa
"La Notte della Taranta" is one of Italy’s biggest festival dedicated to folk music
On August 5th “La notte della Taranta” music festival began under the starry sky of Salento, or Apulea, an area in the region of Puglia. It’s one of Italy’s biggest festival and one of Europe’s most important events dedicated to folk music.
“La notte della Taranta”, literally “the Taranta night” was born in 1998 by initiative of the “Unione dei Comuni della Grecìa Salentina" (“Union of the Municipalities of Salentine Greece”) and the "Diego Carpitella" Institute.
In fifteen years the festival has enjoyed tremendous growth in size, audience and international prestige and has explored the fusion of Salento’s folk music with other types of music, such as rock, jazz, or classical music.
Read full article published by L’Italo Americano on August 14, 2014 by Giulia Louise Steigerwalt: http://italoamericano.com/story/2014-8-14/Taranta
Article published by italyfromtheinside on July 12, 2014 by Francesca Tosolini : http://italyfromtheinside.com/2014/07/undiscovered-venice.html
There’s Venice and then there’s hidden Venice. There’s the city everybody knows, and then there’s the city only a few people are lucky enough to experience. The Doge’s Palace private corridors and prisons are definitely one of the treasures Venice holds in its secret coffer.
It’s 9am on Monday July 7th and I’m in Venice ready to start the Doge’s Palace secret itineraries tour offered by CityWonders. I’m always looking for unusual and unique experiences, which is why I’m very excited to be part of this “expedition” into the secret passageways of the Palazzo Ducale.
The tour starts with a brief (I love brief) introduction of the history of Venice. We are all gathered in the palazzo‘s courtyard, where our guide explains us that the Doge was purposely elected when he was elderly to guarantee a quick renewal of powers (I like this). She also says that all the winged lions we see around Venice are reproductions, because Napoleon had the originals removed when he invaded the Republic of Venice (I don’t like this).
(Image courtesy of Teatro del Bicentenario)
The Teatro del Bicentenario in León, Mexico will present Tosca by Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924), an opera in three acts with libretto by Luigi Illica (1857-1919) and Giuseppe Giacosa (1847-1906), based on the drama La Tosca, by Victorien Sardou. The production will run on August 10, 13, and 16th.
This new production recreates a Tosca in fascist Rome where authoritarianism, political crisis and social resistance were emblematic of the era;
I had an opportunity recently to interview Nicola Antonucci, the co-author of the book “New Made in Italy: Come usciremo dalla crisi” http://goo.gl/iYGLqi
We are publishing the Q&A from the interview in a series of articles…stay tuned for the next article…Lina
Q: What do you consider to be the most important “take away” for someone who reads your book?
A: To inform people that the inflation scenario that has been highly publicized for quite some time by the mass media is actually being replaced by a deflation scenario. One conclusion we came to is that it makes sense to invest at home in Italy, but people need practical advice on how to invest in this type of disruptive situation…
(Image courtesy of La Civetta)
La Civetta is a dual language magazine all about Italy, run by students from Italy and the UK and published by the Italian department at the University of Bristol (England). The magazine was born from the desire of students of the university to reconcile their talents in writing, translating, design and editing in a project about a topic of mutual interest to them all: Italy and all things Italian.
Have a read here of our issues here: www.joomag.com/en/newsstand/la-civetta-march-2014/0602893001392819558
La Civetta covers all sorts of Italian-related topics, ranging from news and sport to light-hearted travel advice and cooking pages sharing recipes.
English translation of an excerpt from the article published in IlSole24Ore on July 2, 2014 by Marta Casadei:
It’s called Melià Villa Capri Hotel & Spa and it is the first branded hotel that the Spanish group Meliá has opened on the famous island off the coast of Naples. It is luxurious and at the same time understated; a boutique hotel geared in all respects to relaxation and well-being.
Given that Capri is hugely popular from June to September, the Villa Capri has been carefully placed in the lesser exposed area of Anacapri, a welcoming town of seemingly less apparent glamor than the nearby Capri, but perfect for those who want to spend a few hours in complete relaxation, lying by the pool (where, to the delight of the network-dependent, there is free wi-fi ) or, better yet, in the spa Suite22 after spending a relaxing day in the area: on the boat between il Faro, le grotte and i faraglioni (the Lighthouse, the caves and rocks - a Capri icon par excellence), and then a drink in the square perhaps topped off with a trip to the boutiques - increasingly flagship brand labeled, except for a few historical locations – shopping for local favorites such as sandals and handmade jewelry. For those who want to spend a different kind of day, far from the more famous spots, they might prefer to spend an afternoon visiting Villa San Michele and its gardens: the former residence of Axel Munthe, the Swedish physicist who later turned to writing, is just a few minutes’ walk from the hotel and deserves a visit.
Read full article in Italian: http://www.luxury24.ilsole24ore.com/GustoMete/2014/07/melia-anacapri_1.php
Translation by Lina de la Torre
Musicians playing at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia
When we think of jazz music, we usually think of New Orleans or, more generally, of the southern United States where it originated in the late 19th and early 20th century. When we think of jazz in Italy, we also think of the Umbria Jazz Festival.
This musical genre, particularly based on the artists’ talent for improvisation, combines traditional European rhythms with the counter-metric patterns of African music, and features percussion and dancing. Jazz was born from the Blues and influenced by musical forms such as ragtime, with origins in the African American communities originally brought to the U.S. by the Atlantic slave trade.