Venice bad reviews: 5 criticisms that just don’t make sense

“Too crowded, too touristic, absolutely fake”. Many people seem to feel entitled to have a negative opinion about Venice, but is all this criticism really constructive and well-deserved? Keep reading to discover it.

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Italian Food Culture: A Conversation with Alberto and Kelly of Goldilocks and Bear’s Cuisine

There’s a lot of talk about the juxtaposition of the Italian and Italian-American food cultures, just lately pointed out as two completely different things, thanks to the Internet and the renovated interaction between our two communities. When I first met Alberto and Kelly, an Italian and an Italian-American running a blog about Italian cuisine, I was curious: how those two were able to find a balance between their different food heritages? Keep reading to learn more about this topic and this interesting couple of gourmets.

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Abandoned Italy: Neglected Houses in Marostica

Past, present and future fight a never-ending battle in Italy. Ancient ruins, abandoned towns, dismissed industrial implants are there to remind us that past should be integrated in a constructive way in the present in order to walk toward the future. But, as all the things in life, it is easier said than done! With this post, I’m going to launch a new column dedicated to “abandoned Italy”: a voyage that goes from neglected buildings to ghost towns and empty houses in need of refreshing. Discover the forgotten Italy and the story behind it.

Vacant building, Marostica

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Marostica, the Medieval walled city famous for the 3 C: chess, cherries and coffee

Marostica, a charming Medieval walled town on the hills of Vicenza, is most famous around the world for hosting a spectacular living chess game that takes place every two years in September. Other than that, it’s an important producer of cherries and played a fundamental role in introducing coffee in the Old Continent. Let’s walk together and explore this little gem of the Veneto region.

View from the top of the Lower Castle, Marostica

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4 travel diseases you shouldn’t be afraid of

How many times, when planning a trip, you have excluded certain destinations because of endemic diseases we are all afraid of? How many times you were advised to get vaccinated before leaving for certain countries? And, confess it, how many times you sniggered when a friend, after bragging about his imminent vacation in some tropical luxury resort, in the end caught the Montezuma’s Revenge?

Getting sick while travelling is no fun, but what if I tell you there are travel diseases that are not that dangerous after all? Keep reading to discover more 😉

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Florence’s Oltrarno: a less crowded itinerary for the benefit of eyes, ears and soul

Along with Rome and Venice, Florence belongs to the group of the “Big 3 Touristic Cities”. Some people complain about the themed park – kind of entertainment the city offers and ask for a more authentic experience. In this article you’ll find what you have to do if you want to avoid the crowds and get a glimpse of Florence’s true Italian soul.

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Are Italians food-nazis who don’t conceive culinary experimentation and fusion cuisine?

But, most importantly, do you really want to embark on a discussion about food with Italians?! Good Lord, you don’t know what you have put yourself into…

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[Original photo by @joefoodie from USA (Close up – Hawaiian) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons – modified by me]

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