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June, 2014
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Valentina Bertazzoni

It was my cousin Francesca - who lives in Rome and is fond of sailing - who made me discover the Pontine islands. They form part of an archipelago located in front of the Gulf of Gaeta, in the Tyrrhenian Sea, off the southern coast of Lazio. There are 6 islands in all, well grounded in a huge volcanic mass.

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Italian Experience
March, 2014
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Elisabetta Bertazzoni

Carnival is one of the oldest festivities in Italy, as it sinks its roots in the Roman Saturnalia, and even further back in time in the Greek Dionysian festivals, when a temporary reversal of social roles took place, in an atmosphere of levity and freedom, all the more enjoyable as everything was later to return exactly as it was before. Carnival is still celebrated in predominantly Catholic countries. The word Carnival derives from a religious precept – refrain from eating meat  (carnem levare, in Latin) during Lent, a period of fasting and abstinence, immediately following Carnival.

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Italian Experience
January, 2014
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Paolo Bertazzoni

I had wanted to go back to Alpe di Siusi for a long time, as it is one of the most beautiful mountain resorts in South Tyrol, north-east of Bolzano, on the western slopes of the Dolomites. A UNESCO world heritage site, defined by Le Corbusier as "the most beautiful natural architecture worldwide", the Dolomites offer panoramas of stunning variety and beauty.
Alpe di Siusi is the largest mountain pasture in Europe, with sunny slopes sheltered from the wind. It is a paradise for all winter sports, from downhill to cross-country skiing, from snowboarding to sledging. Walking in the snow at the foot of the Sciliar Massif, surrounding and framing all of Alpe di Siusi, is also great!

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Italian Experience
October, 2011
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Paolo Bertazzoni

If you are ready to be overwhelmed by intoxicating aromas and your pockets are deep enough, you have to go to Alba, in the Italian region of Piemonte, where the Truffle World Market is held, every year in October.

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Italian Experience
August, 2011
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Valentina Bertazzoni

Beside the famous, strong, sweet wine, Marsala has some interesting produces. Salt may seem trivial, well, it is not. Faced to the regular Mediterranean wind coming from west this blessed land had the ideal climate to extract salt from sea water, since the first human settlements, through the Greeks, the Romans and today. Since that time and for ages afterwards salt was so important for food preservation and human nutriment to be regarded as money. Hence the word “salary” we still use today.

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Italian Experience
March, 2011
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Paolo Bertazzoni

One of the good things of travelling in Italy is that, in a time span of two or three hours you can completely change your perspective. I mean landscape, climate, cuisine and also people, sound of the language and historical setting.

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Italian Experience
April, 2010
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Paolo Bertazzoni

Verona is about one hour drive from where we live and work. It is a very elegant town and full of historical buildings. Placed as it is at the entrance of the Brenner valley, that connects Northern Italy to Austria and Germany it has always been a capital for the succeeding ruling peoples in each time of its long, long history.

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Italian Experience
March, 2010
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Paolo Bertazzoni

Last Saturday my family and I made a day out in Viareggio, in Versilia the Tuscany Coast of the Mediterranean sea. As it was a sunny and warm winter day we went for a stroll on the beach now empty of people and umbrellas.