January 26, 2023

ChatGPT technology by Eyelevel A.I. on Dolcevia.com

by Elisabeth Bertrand

If you are a frequent reader of our Italy website, you may have already noticed: a new chat window has been placed in the bottom right corner. In this article, I'll tell you a bit more about this beta chat technology provided by Eyelevel A.I. We have been chosen to test a derivative technology of the well-known A.I. ChatGPT engine on our website, and it's one of the first in the world.
January 19, 2023

An Italian birthday party

by Elisabeth Bertrand

During a 50th birthday party (not mine) at a bar in the seaside village of Quarto south of Genova the traffic outside never really came to a halt, like constant buzzing even exceeding the sound of the waves which were over 7 feet this evening and crashed over the road at high tide bringing with it tons of grit and small pieces of wood which could easily damage the body of your car had you unfortunately parked on the wrong side of the street
January 16, 2023

My 10 top romantic destinations in Italy

by Elisabeth Bertrand

As Valentine's Day approaches, it's time to compile my list of top romantic destinations in Italy. Naturally, this list is for Italian amore all year round. From Piedmont to Puglia, or Trentino to the Thyrrenian, I've selected the perfect spot to satisfy your romantic soul.
January 13, 2023

Pasta Carbonara - Spaghetti alla carbonara from Rome

by Elisabeth Bertrand

 The origin of pasta alla carbonara, a Roman pasta dish,  can't reeally be clearly traced and opinions vary widely. In any case, it seems that the recipe dates only from after WW2. The most plausible story is that the Allies were partly responsible because they brought bacon, the English version of pancetta, which belongs in the recipe. On the other hand, it is often said that the dish came from the mountains of Lazio and was an invention of the carbonai (the Romanesque pronunciation of the word carbonara, meaning miners), who needed food items that were easy to carry and wouldn't spoil easily. For many Romans the dish is absolutely a classic and you should make it at least once in your life!  
January 12, 2023

How to plan your wedding in Italy

by Elisabeth Bertrand

Everyone dreams of holding a destination wedding in Italy...Perhaps in one of those beautiful buildings from the past, or else in the Tuscan countryside under a stunning sunset. Italy certainly offers a wealth of choice to meet any budget. Most locations or settings across the country are used for ceremonies, reception, weddings and receptions. And all of these simple or stunning Catholic or protestant churches can be used for religious services, but they're also available for other religions as well.
January 12, 2023

3 post-holiday getaways in Italy for total regeneration

by Elisabeth Bertrand

If you're in need of a regenerative program after the holidays, and I know I am, this article is for you!  Chase away the winter blues with a stay at a new resort nestled between the vineyards of the UNESCO world heritage landscape of Barolo,  a scrumptious small castle in the Alto Adige for cosy dinners beside the fireplace and walks along the prettiest alpine trails or secluded B&B with avantgarde SPA in the thermal town of Fiuggi near enough to Rome and the Amalfi Coast for daytrips. Three inviting new destinations in Italy to replenish your soul with warmth, love and relaxation. 
December 31, 2022

Italy's favourite summer festivals

by Elisabeth Bertrand

Italy is a country with a rich cultural heritage and a vibrant arts scene, and there is no better time to experience it than during the summer months. From June to September, Italy is home to a wide range of summer festivals that showcase everything from music and dance to food and wine. Whether you're a lover of classical music, jazz, or rock and roll, there's a festival in Italy for you.
December 11, 2022

The Zuccotto Fiorentino

by Elisabeth Bertrand

Signor Buontalenti was, in my humble opinion, one of the most inventive cooks of all time. He worked for the aristocratic family de Medici, which surrounded themselves with talent, just like Michelangelo who worked under the Medici's tutelage as well. This recipe is one of those classic and ancient Buontalenti recipes, the zuccotto, a sponge cake dough drowned in liqueur with a center of semifreddo.  

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