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Travel Bites: How To Cook Tagliatelle al Ragu

Traditional Bolognese ragu.

The Hungarians call it bolognai spagetti, the British refer to it as spag bol, and in the United States, we say spaghetti Bolognese. This simple plate of spaghetti and meat sauce has gained worldwide popularity, except in Italy where there is no such thing, in part because Bolognese ragù is customarily served with fresh tagliatelle, a flat porous noodle from the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy that is ideal for thick sauces. It’s no secret that spaghetti Bolognese…

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Peace, Thrills and Hijinks on the Trebbia River

An aerial view of the Trebbia River near Bobbio, in the Province of Piacenza (Emilia Romagna region).

On a wet Sunday morning in May, in a canyon just beyond Bobbio, Italy, a group of rafters and their guide gathered for a descent down the Alta Val Trebbia (High Trebbia Valley). Snug in Smurf blue wetsuits, they laughed and joked with one another about the journey at hand. Then the guide pointed towards the river, setting the novice team into motion. I’d been lost in a series of flashbacks throughout these conversations, flipping…

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Italy, Rome, Travel Blog

Sleep in the Shadow of the Colosseum

The bridge near our Colosseum Rome apartment in Italy.

Our first time in Rome we rented what was essentially a room in a three-bedroom apartment billed as a bed and breakfast. The room was a hot mess at best, and breakfast was non-existent. For the life of me I can’t remember the name, but I’m sure it is not the only Rome apartment being pimped out on the internet as a something it is not. It was 2010 and our first jaunt to Europe. We…

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7 Things I Learned By Taking A Walk Through A Roman Market

Randy Kalp in Rome on a food tour with Walks of Italy.

Campo de’ Fiori is certainly not the only market in Rome. In fact, they can be found in nearly every district of the city, often acting as social centers for the neighborhoods. However, it was the ideal place to start our Rome food tour with Walks of Italy. We met in the piazza under the watchful gaze of philosopher Giordano Bruno. The hooded statue is the centerpiece of the campo. Four centuries earlier, Bruno burned at the…

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Under The Porticos Of Bologna

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There are over 666 porticos in Bologna. Actually I should clarify, there are 666 porticos on the walk going to the Basilica of San Luca and over 40 kilometers of porticos throughout the city. That is a LOT of porticos and it is impossible to walk throughout the city and not become instantly enamored with them. They were first built in the Middle Ages when the Bologna population exploded with students attending the University of…

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Italy, Tuscany

Notes From a Small Tuscan Wine Cellar

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Greek writers discussed the virtues of Tuscan Wine in literary references dating back to the 3rd century BC. Word has it that the Etruscans started viticulture in Tuscany during the 8th century BC with exports going out to Southern Italy and Gaul a century later. Winemaker Riccardo Rosati carries on Tuscany’s storied (and delicious) tradition today at the family run Agricola Fontanelle in the medieval hill town of Chianciano Vecchia in the Siena province. Along…

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Emilia-Romagna in 10 Snaps: An Instagram Session

The sacred halls of the Parmigiano-Reggiano Consortium in Parma, Italy.

[dropcap]C[/dropcap]onsistently in the Top 5 most in demand tourist spots in the world, Italy gets more than 40 million visitors a year. Legacy cities, like Rome, Venice and Florence, get most of the action, leaving some of the best regions seemingly tourist free. One such place is Emilia-Romagna in Northern Italy. Set between Milan, Cinque Terre, Venice and Florence, Emilia-Romagna jumps with local flavors, customs and pride, doing so many things well that it is hard…

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