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April 25: Italian Liberation Day (some closures), also St. Mark’s Day, Venice

April 25: Italian Liberation Day (some closures), also St. Mark’s Day, Venice

April 25 is the Festa della Liberazione, celebrating the end of WWII in Italy, meaning the end of the Fascist regime and Nazi occupation of Italy.

You’ll see this date on many street signs throughout Italy, and today it stands as a national public holiday, meaning most stores will be closed.

It also happens to be the feast day of St. Mark, the patron saint of Venice.

Venetians celebrate their beloved saint with a gondolier regatta and a huge party in Saint Mark’s Square.

Seasonal eating guide in Italy: Spring

Seasonal eating guide in Italy: Spring

What’s in season: fava beans (fave), asparagus (asparagi), artichokes (carciofi), zucchini flowers (fiori di zucca), spring peas (piselli), leeks (porri), beets (barbabietole), beans (fagioli), garlic (aglio), lemons (limoni), kiwi (kiwi), strawberries (fragole), cherries (ciliegie)

Vegetable gardens burst into bloom when spring comes around and eating in Italy enters a sort of extended party phase that lasts through the fall. Delicate vegetables like asparagus, zucchini flowers, and spring peas are classic spring fare.

Many more fruits also start to come into season, most notably, strawberries, which flavor everything from tarts to gelato, and are also delicious all on their own. Spring marks the end of heavy root dishes and the start of lighter meals, prepared fresh and with care.

Our Piccola Fontana's Caprese Salad

Our Piccola Fontana’s Caprese Salad

Insalata Caprese is a simple salad of fresh mozzarella and tomatoes topped with basil and a splash of balsamic. A perfect summer appetizer or first course, especially when tomatoes are at their peak.

If you asked sometimes, the Caprese Salad have 340 Calories, 14g Fat, 40g Carbs, and 12g Protein. This salad is a good choice for those who are on a diet and want to eat something very delicous at any restaurant. Choose a good wine, and that’s perfect match.

La Piccola Fontana restaurant knows for sure how to make a traditional Caprese Salad. Book your table calling to this number: +1 787-801-1040

 

The meaning of "digestivo" and how it is

The meaning of “digestivo” and how it is

The term “digestivo” or “digestive” does not refer to one drink, but a class of drinks that are enjoyed after a big meal with the aim of settling the stomach and helping you feel not-quite-so-full.

Drinking them dates back to the Middle Ages, when people all over Europe believed in the medicinal properties of alcohol mixed with sugar and herbs. Although the doctors are still out on the medical benefits of drinking medium to strong liquors after a meal, the fact remains that you cannot say you have enjoyed a real Italian meal unless you top it off with a shot of the hard stuff.

Popular digestives include limoncello, grappa, amaro, cynar, amaretto, and if you’re feeling brave, sambuca which has enough alcohol to make a horse giddy. If you step off the beaten track in Italy you will also discover all types of nice post dinner tipples made from local fruits and herbs. Don’t be shy, they are always worth a sip.

Do you know the Fiorentina Steak?

Do you know the Fiorentina Steak?

A bistecca fiorentina, or Florentine T-bone steak, covers all of the characteristics of Italy’s best dishes: a specific cut of meat from a specific cow prepared in a very specific way all within the confines of a specific region.

In the case of the enormous bistecca fiorentina, it’s a T-bone steak cut thick from the loin of a Chianina cow raised in Tuscany.

The Florentines tend to prefer the higher cuts, nearer to the rib cage, which contain the fillet known as bistecca nella costola, whereas beyond Florence in Tuscany you’ll likely get a bistecca nel filetto, a lower cut that tends to be smooth and more melt-in-your-mouth.

The Florentines argue that the bistecca nella costola comes from a more used muscle, meaning it’s more flavorful.

The Coffee in Italy

The Coffee in Italy

For coffee drinkers, there’s little better than enjoying a coffee in Italy.

Just remember, Italian coffee isn’t like coffee in your local Starbucks.

Read our complete guide on how to drink coffee like an Italian, to learn when, where, what, and how to drink coffee in Italy.

From a regular “Caffè” to a cappuccino, a caffè macchiato to a caffè latte, coffee is ubiquitous in Italy but there is a considerable amount of regional difference.

Of all the coffee-crazy cities in Italy, Trieste has, by our humble reckonijng, the finest coffee and cafe culture.

Its long history as a tax-free port brought some of the first coffee beans to the city during Europe’s first coffee craze in the middle ages.

Today Italian coffee king Illy has its headquarters there and the city still imports many other brands as well.

The Iconic Mona Lisa

The Iconic Mona Lisa

Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is a painting that hardly needs an introduction, but perhaps a few words on why you should see it – and you definitely should – will whet your appetite for an image that is so ubiquitous it often seems a little commonplace.

The Mona Lisa is not the most artistically accomplished painting in Louvre, nor the most beautiful, it’s not the most emotive or even the most awe inspiring.

He painted the Mona Lisa with a technique of his own devising called “Sfumato” in which he layered coats of semi-transparent paint washes one on top of another to create a sense of three dimensions using light and dark.

Mona Lisa’s smile has been the subject of countless works of art criticism, mostly because of the ambivalence that it suggests.

Finally, and more prosaically, the Mona Lisa was stolen in 1911 and not recovered for a full two years – leading the world to believe one of its finest works of artistic heritage was lost forever.

What it is an Italian aperitivo?

What it is an Italian aperitivo?

An aperitivo is often described as being similar to the American happy hour, but in reality, it’s much more than that. An aperitivo is a pre-meal drink specifically meant to whet your appetite.

This happy hour have been invented (or effectively marketed) by the distiller Antonio Benedetto Carpano. He claimed that his special combination of fortified white wine and various herbs and spices stimulated the appetite and was more suitable for ladies to drink than red wine.

It thus became one of the first popular aperitivo drinks.

Today, the simple drink has evolved and spread south to encompass those glorious couple of hours all over Italy – generally between 7pm and 9 pm – when Italians meet to relax over a glass of wine or a light cocktail and finger foods.

 

The submerged bronze statue of Jesus Christ

The submerged bronze statue of Jesus Christ

Did you know? In Italy, there is a submerged bronze statue of Jesus Christ of 2.5 metres tall.

Christ of the Abyss (Italian: Il Cristo degli Abissi) is a submerged bronze statue of Jesus Christ, the original of which is located in the Mediterranean Sea, off San Fruttuoso, between Camogli and Portofino on the Italian Riviera.

Various other casts of the statue are located in other places worldwide, both underwater and in churches and museums.

 

Where to ski: Best for… snowboarders

Where to ski: Best for… snowboarders

Livigno is often overlooked by non-Europeans in favor of fancy Cortina or traditional Courmeyeur, but the remote resort has a lot to offer-and for cheap: Duty-free Livigno is one of the most budget-friendly resorts in Italy, both on and off the slopes!

Livigno has 110km of slopes that range from beginner to black-diamond abilities.

The nearest train station to Livigno is in Tirano, about 70km from Livigno, so a bus or taxi will have to complete the journey for you.