Caterina de’ Medici Italian style at the Court of France

It has been said that the Queen would be from a beautiful and important country just like France and that on that throne, Henry II of Valois will be waiting for her, that charming young man with a blue velvet jerkin, who looked at her with eyes proud of a glorious past and full of a bright future, from the miniature that gallant ambassadors have delivered to his uncle, Pope Clemente VII de’ Medici. But their meeting before the wedding, in Marseille, October 22, 1533, was disappointing. The bridegroom, still seduced by the smooth beauty of its mature and experienced mistress, Diane de Poitiers, at the sight of this pale 14 year old girl of small royalty, bundled up in a dress too important to her, even if approved by Isabella Gonzaga, a fashion guru of the time, was so disappointed that he almost threatened to wreck the marriage.

Lorenzo de’ Medici Restaurant A must-hit place when visiting Florence

Five years ago few in Italy could have dreamed of a life without carbs - pizza, pasta and all things bread - based are a staple of the Italian diet. Over the past few years, though, celiac disease has become much more well-known and more Italians are learning to accommodate the disease. While celiac disease has not become more common in recent years, it has become more well-known and thus more widely diagnosed. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that is commonly described as an allergy to gluten. Gluten is a pro- tein found in wheat, rye and barley, the grains that are primarily used in breads and pastas, especially wheat. When a person with celiac disease eats gluten, their body responds with an immuneresponse, attacking the small intestine.

Ginger and Lemon butter cookies

Were you waiting winter Sundays too to tea-date your favourite book? These melt in your mouth cookies are perfect to accompany your readings with their delicate tang before dissolving in your tea in a cloud of butter...Sieve all the ingredients and put them in a metal bowl with the butter - cut into small cubes. Put everything in the fridge, together with a wide metal spatula. When everything is cold, work the ingredients gently with the spatula until they form fine crumbs, which will eventually unite into a dough. Put the dough in the fridge until it's very firm, roll it and cut the cookies out. Bake at 160 Celsius until the edges start getting golden. Allow the cookies to cool on tissue paper.

Florence food and sustainability A hands on experience

“We learned so much about Florentine cuisine and the food systems in Italy, how food travels from the field to our forks. Most importantly, we fostered new lifelong relationships with a handful of wonderful people we met throughout the week!”. A great opportunity for engaging with local community for Jason, Brianna and Maureen, three young American undergraduate students, enrolled in the “Sustainable Food & Environmental Systems Program” offered by the International Studies Institute at Palazzo Rucellai: a full week of hands-on experience where the 16 program participants have worked side by side, instructed and supervised by local vendors, coordinators, and chef. Partners included CFT Transportation and Logistics, Caritas Soup Kitchen, S. Ambrogio market, La Bottega della Frutta grocery shop, as well as the restaurants La Spada, Buca Lapi and Centopoveri.

Traveling to Italy? Go wine tasting!

As a student studying abroad in Florence, I knew I could not spend four months here without spending a day in Chianti Classico country. When my mom visited this October, we chose, after many recommendations, to explore Tuscany with a woman named Monika Iris. We are so thankful for our choice as our day in Tuscany was so much more than anything we had imagined! Meet Monika Iris, originally from Germany, she moved to Italy years ago and after a day together, if you had told me she was Italian, I would’ve believed you. Today, she is known for her tours through Tuscany. My mom and I wanted a whole day in Tuscany.

Le Giubbe Rosse

Built in Piazza Vittorio (Piazza Repubblica today) after the demolition of the so called ghetto, at the end of the 19th century, two steps...

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