italian culture

From India to Italy: Culture Shocks!

Everyone has shock moments traveling to a new country. I had my fair share of culture shock moments traveling from India in Italy. I love Italy..I absolutely do….. but I too have to say I still have a lot of WTF moments in Italy. There were some things that I could not understand, some things I […]

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5 Books on Italy to Read this Spring

No matter how busy I am, I always have a book or two going on in the background. And one out of the two will be a book on Italy. Predictable much?? I also re-read a lot of my favorite books. Do you?? For instance, recently I re-read Italo Calvino’s If on a Winter’s Night […]

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From Murano to India with Ikroop

Do you believe we are meant to meet people for a reason?? So far, many people have come and gone in my life, but there have been some that I can vouch came for a very solid reason. Today I share about how I met one. Ikroop Dhillon, owner and curator of the Glass Art […]

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Medieval Fermo and it's Historic Sites

Fermo is a medieval town in the southern part of Le Marche. Situated on top of a hill with a view of the surrounding villages, Fermo is possibly the richest of all Le Marche towns I have seen. Culturally speaking. Medieval Fermo in Le Marche Practically devoid of tourists, Fermo has the most beautiful and […]

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Ispirazione: Of Dreams, Miracles and Sketching Tours

Drumrolls!! Let’s welcome Kelly Medfort an artist who takes Sketching Rome Tours! The concept of these tours is exactly how it sounds. It is a unique way of slowing down and enjoying travels with watercolors. No prior experience is required, you can simply book a tour and paint your way to the Eternal City! SKETCHING ROME TOURS Kelly’s story of […]

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Some More Favorite Books on Italy

Literature is a wonderful way to know another culture. Don’t you think?? In the past few years, having read several books based in Italy and/or by Italian authors, I have managed to make a list of many books and will continue to do so. The thirst to read and learn doesn’t satiate and so continuing […]

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Italy Travel: Things to Know

Italy is a country full of wonderful people who go out of the way to help you. I have so many instances where I have been assisted by complete strangers. Incidences like these make travel memorable and also makes Italy the prime reasons for return. But traveling to any country = understanding a new culture […]

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Postcard from Baroque Ragusa

I was in Ragusa only for a quick stop but the baroque town was nothing as I had imagined and seen on TV. Ragusa’s medieval styled architecture and piazzas with lack of tourists was enough to give me a high. It was raw and indescribable beauty. Andrea Camilleri’s Inspector Montalbano series is filmed in this […]

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Step Inside Teatro Bibiena of Mantova

During the Festivaletteratura I had a chance to visit Mantova’s Teatro Bibiena designed by Antonio Galli Bibiena. Built in the 18th century, the bell shaped theater, is a breathtaking sight! It is a beautifully lit up theater with life like statues of Mantova’s poets. Bibiena was inaugurated on Dec 3, 1769 and is known to be […]

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