It’s springtime in Milan and that means . . . lots of festivals. Guest blogger Kevin got a chance to experience a unique Milanese festival that is almost two thousand years old called Tredesin de Marz.
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With a day to spend on the northwestern coast of Italy, we decided to visit Portofino, not realizing how lucky we were in terms of the timing of our trip! Here’s a lesson we learned (and we accept that we got really lucky here!): before you embark on a trip to a new town or area, Google where you are going and see if there are any news events that alert you to travel disruptions or big festivals that could affect your plans!
We enjoyed our first 2019 visitor from the States in February, with one week to explore and show her northern Italy. With the visit coinciding with Kevin’s winter school break, we put on our running shoes (and for La Scala, our fancy shoes!), and spared no time to show our friend all we could of the area we now call home!
It’s time for delicious oranges from Sicily, which made me search for recipes using our ample orange supply. I came upon a traditional orange sponge cake made in Florence for Carnivale, the period before the Christian season of Lent. I quickly found a recipe in an American cookbook, using butter and all-purpose flour. However, I wanted to find an Italian recipe and this is what I used: https://ricette.giallozafferano.it/schiacciata-fiorentina.html
There is more to Parma than food, I was surprised to discover. Walk around. The Piazza Garibaldi has a bronze statue of Giuseppe Garibaldi, considered the founding father of the country of Italy. On one side of the square is the Governor’s Palace which has a central bell tower with an interesting and large clockface that also shows the time in other parts of the world.
Let’s face it- the first reason most tourists choose to visit Parma is to experience the food and the culinary charms of the region, and that’s why I devoted an entire entry on our food experience. See Perusing Parma: Food Comes First! But that’s not all Parma has to offer. As with most historic towns in Italy, there are beautiful cathedrals and museums worth a visit. It’s a charming place, especially in the off season when the streets are walkable and everyone is happy to see a visitor.
A visit to Paris would not be complete without paying homage to the Notre Dame cathedral, particularly now that we have a hometown frame of reference in the Duomo in Milan!