Light My Fire Italian Style

As we prepare to start the 4th of July with a bang, I’m reminded of some of Italy’s most famous “fuochi d’artifico” (artificial fire) displays. Although the Chinese are credited with the invention of fireworks, the Italians are known for fireworks both in Italy and abroad. In the late 1800's Italian immigrants brought firework spectacles to … Continue reading Light My Fire Italian Style


Italian Addendums

First written in 2013 as Alpha Italy and decided it was time to update. So look for the current addendum at the end. There are some things in Italy that are over the top, the star of the group, the best investment, the cherry on the sundae, the Alpha experience of your travels. Counting backwards to 1999 when … Continue reading Italian Addendums

La Ultima Cena – Dinner with Friends on Thursday

  No one can deny the powerful visual presence of da Vinci’s Last Supper, Il Cenacolo, the 15' X 29' fresco-like painting on the wall of the Dominican refectory in the Church of Santa Marie delle Grazie in Milan, Italy.  Completed in 1498 it is a powerful “take-your-breath away” moment depicting the last days spent with Christ and his … Continue reading La Ultima Cena – Dinner with Friends on Thursday

In an Italian Weaver’s Cooperative Lives the Spirit of Festa della Donna

March 8 is International Women’s Day, a global initiative that celebrates the social, economic and political achievements of women past, present and future. On this day the world joins hands together to support, raise, inspire and motivate women across all fields of work. In Italy the day is celebrated as Festa della Donna and fragrant bouquets … Continue reading In an Italian Weaver’s Cooperative Lives the Spirit of Festa della Donna

An Italian Painter’s Scrambled Eggs Insalata

Inspired by the 16th century Italian painter Jacopo Carucci (Jacopo da Pontormo) Cesare Casella, chef and dean of Italian Studies at the International Culinary Center combines the bright acid of vinegar and wine, salty pancetta, cold crisp lettuce greens and soft scrambled eggs to create a substantial wintertime salad. With typical Italian sprezzatura , Carucci employs a studied … Continue reading An Italian Painter’s Scrambled Eggs Insalata

Italian Cabinets of Curiosities

  Unicorns’ horns, mermaids’ skeletons, dragons and exotic plants, precious metals,  magical mirrors, oddities and antiquities all arranged on shelves in “rooms of wonders” for the intellectually curious. The fascinating collections of the nobility, scholars, artists, scientists and eccentrics of 16th and 17th century Italy on the brink of a European age when exploration was … Continue reading Italian Cabinets of Curiosities