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The ItalyMammaMia Blog shares with you all that I love about Italy.

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Mamma's Italian Meatballs Recipe

My mamma makes the BEST Italian meatballs recipe. Yes, the BEST. They are to die for and if you don't believe me, you must cook up a pot of them yourself. I dare you...

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Summer in Italy

Ever experienced a summer in Italy? Well, we've a way that you can bring the sunshine and happiness of an Italian summer home with you.

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Visiting Burano - Venice Colored Bright

When the crowds of Venice start getting on your nerves and your mood turns grey that's when you need to color your life bright... with a little Burano.

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Christmas in Italy? Everything You Need is Here!

Planning a Christmas in Italy? I have everything you need - advice on Italian Christmas traditions, insider tips, weather, great value accommodation picks and a guide to the best restaurants.

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Venice Italy - The 6 Things you HAVE to See

There's so much to see in Venice Italy that you can become overwhelmed. Before you despair, here is the list of the 6 sights you absolutely must see and everything you need to know about them.

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Venice Tourism and the Undiscovered Venetian Wonders

Venice is not only the Bridge of Sighs and St Marks Square. There is a whole lot more to this great city. Join me, Maria, exploring the Venetian wonders few ever discover.

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A Fabulous Gnocchi Recipe and Easy to Make

Countless variants and recipes for Gnocchi exist. Every Italian granny has her own particular special touch that makes her gnocchi recipe the best in Italy.

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Matera - Ancient and Full of Life

Once the shame of Italy and now one of her crown jewels. Matera is the original Italy, ancient beyond all other towns, another world. Prepare to be amazed, enchanted and beguiled...

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Veneto Italy - An Insiders Guide

Veneto Italy is full of secrets, a place of great natural beauty, ancient medieval villages and two of the greatest cities on earth. Discover one of Italy's most beautiful regions...

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A Blog about our Life in Italy

From working in an office to living the dolce vita in Italy; this is how sharing my love of Italy became my job.

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So Typically Italian - The 15 that Top the List

Even when far away from Italy there are 15 things that are typically Italian, reminding me of Italy whenever I encounter them. They make me long to return and some of them even reduce me to tears.

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Why Visit Venice and the Veneto

Why visit Venice and the Veneto? This is the Italy of the imagination...except it's real. This is the Italy you've seen in the movies....but you're the star. Organize your trip in 12 photos...

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Walking Tours in Rome - Discover the Secrets of this Ancient City

One of the best walking tours in Rome is a visit to the main outdoor market called Campo dei Fiori - it is teeming with friendly people, tasty food, vibrant colors, animated conversations

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Visiting Venice Temptations

Ever considered visiting Venice Italy? Here is the final temptation you need. Tell me you don't want to pack after seeing this!

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Vicenza Italy - A Noble City

Vicenza Italy is so near to Venice yet nearly everyone misses this little gem. Join me in exploring my home town, home to one of the world's greatest architects - Palladio.

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Discovering Verona

Verona is a magnificent city. Enjoy these gorgeous photos and a funny video or two while joining me, Maria, in discovering its secrets.

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Verona Italy - An Insider's Guide

Verona Italy is a magical city, a city of romance and history. Read our insider’s guide to discovering its secrets.

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Best Veneto & Venice Restaurants - Cooking as Good as my Mamma's

These Veneto & Venice restaurants don’t cater for the tourist trade but to locals and you won’t find many of these restaurants in any guide book . What you will find are excellent restaurants

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Venice Italy Vacation Rentals

Venice vacation rentals, the best way to really live the city & feel like a local. I love going to the outdoor market, coming home laden with local produce & great wine to cook up a pasta dish.

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Venice in July

Great advice on how to avoid the crowds if you are visiting Venice in July and some wonderful ideas on things to do.

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Venice Carnival & Venice Carnival Masks

Venice Carnival masks are famous throughout the world and the Carnival itself was recently voted as one of the world’s top five carnivals. Visit us for inside info on buying masks and carnival tips.

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Venice Attractions - The Southern Lagoon

If the hustle and bustle of the usual Venice attractions gets a little much the southern lagoon is a good place to escape to for a few days.

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12 Reasons to Move to Italy Now

Need a push to get going? Here are 12 Reasons to Move to Italy now and start living your life the dolce vita way.

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The Best Tours of Venice Italy

The best tours of Venice Italy selected by an insider. Walking tours, gondola trips, St. Mark’s Basilica and even a creepy ghost tour. We have it all!

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The Home of Things to Do in Venice

Looking for unusual things to do in Venice? Apart from the 6 essentials we feature on the site why not visit a few of the secret corners of Venice? The Dorsoduro is a good place to start...

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The Best Thermo Spas near Venice Italy

Our complete guide to the thermo spas near Venice Italy. From where to stay through to what to see our insider guide will help you to plan the perfect stress-free visit. Just click to get started...

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St Marks Square - The Heart of Must See Venice Italy

St Marks Square is the most beautiful piazza in the entire world - any Venetian will tell you so. Sparkling with light and vibrant with color. Join me, Maria, in discovering my Venice...

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Shopping in Venice - The Guide

Shopping in Venice is wonderful but you can get lost in a maze of souvenir shops. You'll avoid that if you know where to go. Discover the best places to shop - from markets to designer stores.

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The Venice Italy Beach Guide

Come summer I can only take so much history before I need a beach. That's what the Venice Italy Beach Guide is all about. Discovering the best beaches near Venice.

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Polignano, Matera and the Cave Hotel

Polignano has to be one of Italy's best kept secrets. What an amazing little town and the restaurant in a cave is unforgettable. Then there is Matera where things get a little strange. Look at these photos...

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Padua Italy - A Home for the Heart

Padua Italy, known as Padova in Italian, has to be one of the loveliest of all Italian cities. There is so much to see and do here and it is a city that so many fall hopelessly in love with... I certainly did.

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The Best Luxury Hotels in Venice Italy

Which is the best of all the luxury hotels in Venice Italy? Read my insider’s guide and discover the answer. Awaiting you are not only the five best Venetian luxury hotels but...

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Recent Articles

  1. Mamma's Italian Meatballs Recipe

    My mamma makes the BEST Italian meatballs recipe. Yes, the BEST. They are to die for and if you don't believe me, you must cook up a pot of them yourself. I dare you...

    Read More

  2. Summer in Italy

    Ever experienced a summer in Italy? Well, we've a way that you can bring the sunshine and happiness of an Italian summer home with you.

    Read More

  3. Visiting Burano - Venice Colored Bright

    When the crowds of Venice start getting on your nerves and your mood turns grey that's when you need to color your life bright... with a little Burano.

    Read More

  4. Christmas in Italy? Everything You Need is Here!

    Planning a Christmas in Italy? I have everything you need - advice on Italian Christmas traditions, insider tips, weather, great value accommodation picks and a guide to the best restaurants.

    Read More

  5. Venice Italy - The 6 Things you HAVE to See

    There's so much to see in Venice Italy that you can become overwhelmed. Before you despair, here is the list of the 6 sights you absolutely must see and everything you need to know about them.

    Read More

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