Author: Rachel

10 Rules to Find AMAZING Pizza in Italy

Despite what you may have heard, not all pizza is created equal and it actually IS entirely possible to have a downright terrible meal in Italy. Part of this has to do with “fast” food, and I’m not talking about McDonald’s.  You may know the places I’m talking about; think […]

How to Apologize in Italian

We’ve all been there. Sometimes it’s a simple gaffe (anyone read my other post, Parole Pericolose? If not – check it out for some serious mixups), and sometimes it’s a bigger error that involves actually offending your new Italian friend.  If it hasn’t happened yet, over the course of your […]

Italianista’s Guide to Being Pregnant in Italy

How exciting! You see those two little lines on your test and your heart is pounding, as you comprehend what it means. You’re PREGNANT! A cluster of emotions has probably overcome you: happiness, fear, excitement, and nervousness. It’s all normal and part of accepting a very big change about to […]

La Befana

Have you heard of “La Befana?” She’s the friendly old witch that visits the children of Italy the night of Jan 5, so they wake up on the Epiphany, January 6, with treats or coal in their stocking. Every child in Italia looks forward to this tradition, as it is […]

New Year’s in Italy

One of my New Year’s resolutions this year is to restart my blog. It has been sitting here online, completely neglected, yet taking my money as I’ve been paying my yearly domain and hosting dues. I feel like I worked too hard on it originally to close it down, but […]

Florentine Favorites: BianCa Firenze

I decided to create a new section on the blog where I interview and showcase locals I love. But not just people, I want to highlight brands, shops, food and anything in general that has become a Florentine favorite of mine. To kick off this new launch, I decided to […]

The Easter Season in Italy

In honor of Fat Tuesday, I decided to write a post on Easter in Italy, which is strangely both a solemn and joyful affair. I actually love this time of year, because it means Spring is coming, the cold is lifting and we are heading towards summer. It all starts […]

Explore Tuscany: Pitigliano

Looking for one of those postcard perfect towns you see on calendars and postcards? After visiting, I seriously wouldn’t be surprised if most of those idyllic pictures were taken here. Pitigliano, is a small town made of volcanic tuff (tufo in Italian) located in the far south of Tuscany. Nestled […]

20 Ways to Make Your Holiday Season More Italian

If you love this time of year and all things Italy, but you’re having trouble finding time to study for Italian during the holidays, this article is for you! Sometimes at this time of year as family, friend and travel obligations distract us, it’s easy to let our commitment to […]

Merry Christmas: Italian Style

This post originally appeared on The Iceberg Project – check it out here!  Christmastime is my absolute favorite time to be in Italy. Being a country that is over 96% Catholic, it often seems like the entire country is celebrating. The festivities last for almost a month with the season […]

What is St. John’s Day in Florence?

    * This post first appeared here * Every city throughout Italy is blessed with a patron saint. Bologna has Petronius, Rome has St. Frances, and in Florence, our patron is St. John the Baptist. Every year on June 24, according to the Catholic calendar, is his feast day, […]