Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Get Thee to a Nunnery in Rome
With the euro at an all-time high, save money by spending the night at a Roman convent. They charge as little as 42 euros per night and welcome men!
Simple Pursuits in the Mountains of Sicily
Visit the towns of Mussomeli, Ciminna and Mappa and learn more about staying at a Sicilian agriturismo.
An Insider's Tips for Enjoying Your Italian Cooking Vacation
How to make sure you get hands-on experience in the kitchen, keep fit while tasting everything and get the most our of a culinary tour or visit to an Italian cooking school.
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This event will celebrate the land that Columbus discovered by combining native ingredients found in the Western Hemisphere in 1491 - the year prior to Columbus' arrival- with the sophisticated culinary tradition of Italy. Dr. Linda Perry, an Archaeobiologist at the Smithsonian Institution, will speak at the dinner. She will discussing the advanced food cultivation of Native Americans at the time of Columbus' arrival in the Western Hemisphere.
Get a look at the innovative menu:
First Course: Maize in the Americas
Polenta con Funghi (Corn Meal with Wild Mushrooms)
Wine Pairing: Ruffino Libaio Chardonnay
Second Course: Tomatoes Brought from the New World to Italy
Penne al Pomodoro con Granchi del Maryland (Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes and Maryland Crab Sauce)
Wine Pairing: Falesco Sangiovese
Third Course: A Native American Bird Discovered
Ossobuco Di Tacchino con contorno di Patate Dolci e Fagiolini (Turkey Shanks served with Sweet Potatoes and String Beans)
Wine Pairing: Chiarlo Barbera D'Asti
Fourth Course: Wheat and Sugarcane- Abundant in the Americas
Pastiera di Grano e Baba al Rum Di Puertorico(Wheat, Cheese, and Rum Cake)
Wine Pairing: Zonin Moscato D'Asti
The most amazing thing about the evening might be the price - just $75 per person for all of that food and wine, plus a great speaker. Spaces are filling up, so please contact Matt Platania at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place. Buon appetito!
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Delta can get you to Pisa this winter for as little as $538 roundtrip (including taxes and fees). Travel between: October 31, 2007 and January 13, 2008. Deadline for booking: September 25, 11:59 PM ET. Other requirements: Outbound travel Monday through Thursday through December 13, 2007. Fares require a Saturday-night stay, and the maximum stay is one month or until January 13, 2008, whichever comes first.
Smartertravel.com has the 411 on Eurofly's best fall and winter fares. According to the site, "Fares start at $399 round-trip, and destinations include Rome, Bologna, and Naples. The cheapest Rome fares are valid from November 1 through December 15, and again from December 25, 2007, through March 13, 2008. The cheapest fares for the other destinations are valid from November 1 through 18, 2007. Eurofly hasn't listed a booking deadline."
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
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Thursday, September 06, 2007
I feel privileged to have been there in person at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2006 Winter Olympics when Pavarotti sang his last aria, the beautiful Nessun Dorma from Turandot. I had tickets to see him on tour in Washington, DC in June of 2006, but it was not to be, due to his cancer diagnosis.