Venice Salute Festival

For Venetians, the 21st of November is an important date. It’s the day the city celebrates the Madonna della Salute festival, which commemorates the founding in 1630 of the church of Santa Maria della Salute (“Madonna of Health”). The church is more commonly known as Salute, as is the festival as well. During the festival, the area around the church is beautifully lit by thousands of candles brought by the many people going to pray to the Virgin Mary with vendors lined up along the way to the church selling candles and a variety of sweets.

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Expo Milano 2015: Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life

Expo Milano 2015 will be the largest worldwide event ever to focus on the topic of food. Themed “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life,” this major non-commercial international exposition will present a unique opportunity to discover “all the facets of food and what surrounds it: flavor, comparison, sharing, creativity, nutrition, growth and sustainability."

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4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Italy You’re Missing

There are plenty of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Italy that are less visited. If you want to have a few of these wonders to yourself or even just to share with a handful of people, be sure to head to these four sites with UNESCO’s stamp of approval that aren’t as famous as the rest.

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7 Things I Learned in Italy

Of all of the countries that I have visited, I have spent the most time in Europe’s big boot, Italy. After studying abroad in Florence, Sorrento and Sicily, I grew to learn much more about the country than I had on short visits as a teenager. If you are off to Italy or planning to visit, here are a few things I learned about the country that might prove useful if you don’t have a few years to spend to get to know it.

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Foodie Friday: Italian Gelato Recipe

You don’t have to trek to Rome for a serving (or two) of the cold, creamy goodness known as gelato. Bring the taste of Italy to your dessert table with this simple recipe.

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