Regional Flavors of Italy – Calabria

By Alessandra Bianco, Marist Italy MA, 2013-14.


Calabria
, easily identified as being the toe on the boot, does share one border with Basilicata, but it is surrounded on the other sides by both the Tyrrhenian and Ionian Seas, though only 3.2 kilometers (2 miles) separate it from Sicily at the narrowest point of the Strait of Messina. An extremely mountainous region, the cuisine reflects that with simple yet hearty and tasty dishes. Continue reading “Regional Flavors of Italy – Calabria”

Museum and a Show

By Isaac Carreon, MA 2014-15

Naturally, museums are places of scholarly pursuit and to some degree a visitor is expecting to learn something they did not previously know. One of the unique facets of museums is their dexterity of how a visitor may learn a museum’s content. Always trying to separate themselves from the ridged approach of taking a college course on a topic, museums often offer visual interpretations and in most cases, the freedom to view any object in no particular order. In this sense, learning in a museum is a very relaxed and hopefully enjoyable pursuit. Pushing this feature further in a more entertaining way is Museum Theatre, something that the members of Palazzo Vecchio’s staff are masters of.

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Regional Flavors of Italy – Molise

By Alessandra Bianco, Marist Italy MA, 2013-14


Molise
is a small region in southeastern Italy that was a part of a larger region called Abruzzo e Molise until the early 1960s, when it was split into two. We wrote about Abruzzo here, but today we will focus on the smaller, but no less delicious Molise region, which is an ancestral home of your intrepid blog editor. The food here reflects the region’s highly agricultural economy, and though it shares many dishes with Abruzzo, the region puts its own unique flair on the cuisine. Continue reading “Regional Flavors of Italy – Molise”

Vintage and Outlet Shopping in Florence

By Rosanna Sumera, MA 2014-15

Who doesn’t love shopping? Many will admit to standing outside the Louis Vuitton and Prada window displays with secret desires to purchase every item in stock. That being said, unfortunately at every turn in Florence there are luxury brand stores clearly out of any student’s budget.

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