The Night of the Tarantola in Apulia

apuliaIf you happen to be in the Apulia region during summer, do not miss the best event, the so-called Night of the Tarantola (Notte della Taranta in Italian).

According to an ancient tradition, there were a group of women who had just finished to work in the field. They are tired and sweat, and one of them got bite at the ankle by a tarantula.

Suddenly she grabbed a tambourine and she started to dance without inhibition or worry. She felt totally free and she went on and on until the poison exited her body.

Cappuccino and books: the new breakfast in Turin

Instead of having the same breakfast over and over again, why don’t you try a new and cool way to have it?

I am talking about enjoy your cappuccino and croissant while reading a book, sitted in a nice but tiny bar in Turin.

Located 5 minutes from Piazza Statuto, one of the main squares in the center of the city, the bar offers a brilliant alternative to the ordinary breakfast, giving the chance to have a personal library, where clients can easily take one book by leaving one.

Eat a delicious Fiorentina steak

Once you are in Florence, there is no excuse for you if you don’t want to try the famous “bistecca alla fiorentina”.

Tuscan food, in fact, is one of the best in the country, and you can’t skip any of the specialties this place can offer you. It’s like going to Florence and not to visit the Uffizi Museum or the Dome. It’s crazy, isn’t it?

Talking about the “bistecca alla fiorentina”, it is a T-bone steak knows as that name, and it is very succulent. It is a must for lovers of Italian food, and ordering it has to appear on “things-to-do-list” while you are in the city.

How Italians celebrate Valentine’s Day

If you are wondering how Italians spent their St. Valentine’s Day, this post can satisfy your curiosity. Don’t envy them, by the way!

First of all, I really think it is just an excuse for restaurants to raise up prices, trying to get them higher just because it’s the lovers day. Come on, that’s not right: I mean, it’s ok to celebrate and have dinner out, but at the same price as always.

It looks like people who are in love don’t care, they just want to impress their lover and don’t care about the wallet.

How to dress up in Italy during winter

Finally it snowed in Italy, at least in the Northern. So, if you are packing to go there for the holidays, keep in mind that the weather can be really cold, especially at night.

So, even if you want to be the queen of the party, or you want to look great while clubbing or sipping an aperitivo with friends, just keep in mind that a pair of jeans, maybe the dark one, having some sparkling strass on it, is very popular in the country.

If you want to dress up with skirts, then wear them with some light sweaters, or some wrinkle-resistant button-down shirts or some black or brown blouses. In fact, those are the most used colors not only during the Fall-Winter season 2012, but also in these early months of the year.

Where students go to eat in Turin

A very famous place where students go for lunch is the M** Bun slow fast food. The word in Piedmontese means “it’s good” and it referres to the delicious hamburgers you can order every day from 11.30 am to 11 pm (on Monday it opens at 12 pm).

They are all tasty and usually students ask for the “Chiel” (“Him”) filled with toma cheese first, and end with the succulent “Gaute mac da suta” (“Go away from down there”), a burger which is stuffed with onions and bacon. There you can find a new fresh kind of hambuger for every season, according to the ingredients available during that particular period of time.