The Alta Città in Bergamo & its Spectacular Churches

A few posts ago, I discussed the mouthwatering dishes of northern Italy. Today I’m returning to Bergamo to recap our exploration of the Alta Cittá’s tiny, yet spectacular Piazza Duomo. Once you climb the steep cobblestone path (or take the funicular… Side note: Do you think someone one day was just like, “Let’s see if we can…

Things I’ve learned about real Italian food

My Italian culinary education got off to a roaring start when we signed up for the Eating Italy Walking Food Tour. Zac’s friend Alexandra (and now mine!) works for the company and gave us the idea. (Note: Alexandra’s twin sister Francesca is co-author of a fabulous Italian food blog called Pancakes & Biscotti with her friend Gloria…

Epiphany at the Palazzo dei Priori, Perugia

Across from the Sandri Pasticceria is the Palazzo dei Priori, a medieval building (of course) that houses one of the finest collections of Perugian Renaissance art in the entire region of Umbria. The painting collection is comprehensive of Perugian art from the late medieval (circa 1100/1200) to the late Renaissance. It’s organized chronologically which I know,…

Epiphany in Perugia

For the first leg of our journey through central & northern Italy, we decided to head to Perugia, a city in Umbria only a two-hour train ride from Rome. Besides being famous for delicious Perugina chocolate and these delightful hazelnut baci (kisses): …Perugia also became quite famous in the early 2000’s for the tragic murder of English study abroad…

The regional food of Lombardy (northern Italy)

Zac and I spent the last week touring through northern Italy in the region of Lombardy. We stayed in Bergamo for two nights, and on our first day there, we walked up to the Città Alta from our quaint Airbnb location in the Città Bassa. Bergamo is split into two city centers. Citta Alta is the…

A Roman Cat Sanctuary

While trying to figure out how to get to the historic Jewish neighborhood in Rome, my eye caught something unusual on the map. “What’s this?” I asked Zeke and Michele, pointing to a simple label stating “Cat Sanctuary.” I wasn’t sure if I should take the label as literally as I hoped. Michele informed me that…

La Proschiutteria

On a passegiatta (leisurely stroll) near the Trevi fountain (which is presently under heavy-duty restoration!), we stumbled upon La Prosciutteria, a narrow establishment that serves the famous Italian cured meat proscuitto. We were first attracted by the other passersby ooh-ing and aah-ing over the display of giant animal legs hanging from the ceiling. A sign on the interior announces that the place…

New Year in the Eternal City

I landed in Roma at 2pm on New Year’s Eve. Upon exiting the jet bridge, I couldn’t help but notice the tumbledown condition of the terminal at the Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumcino Airport. Arrows promising toilets led to nowhere, wall paint was peeling, and signage announced the terminal was under construction.  As I rounded a corner, however, I…