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The ItalyMammaMia Blog shares with you all that I love about Italy: news (with lots of good news stories too), our latest articles (featuring beautiful Italian places, recipes and travel advice). Then we've also things like Italian songs, great videos and essential information for planning your next trip to Italy.

Join me, Maria, and my family in discovering Italy together...

Piemonte vs. Piedmont on Maps

Occasionally I've seen maps of Italy which have everything in Italian except the Piemonte region will be shown as Piedmont. My understanding is that Piedmont

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Moments in Italy

Cruise Ships in Venice

A Virtual Journey through Venetian Life

Real Venetian life is lived far from the tourist spots. Down the little canals and lanes is where you'll discover the real Venice.

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Discoveries While Lost in Venice

Getting lost in Venice is the best way to discover the amazing secrets and soul of this city. These amazing photos were all captured down the secret alleys and forgotten canals...

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Third Wave Hits Italy

Where in Italy Do YOU Belong?

The Rialto Bridge in Venice Italy

The Rialto Bridge is the most beautiful bridge in Venice and perhaps the world. Here's everything you need to know about the bridge and plenty more on Venice too..

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Things to Do in Bari & Reasons to Love Bari

In many ways it is in Bari that the heart and soul of Puglia is to be found. Bari is real, Bari is vibrant and Bari is enchanting. Watch out for flying wooden spoons though!

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What to See in Sicily

Wondering what to see in Sicily? We've a lot of fabulous suggestions that you will absolutely LOVE!

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The Enchanting South of Italy

What is it about the south of Italy that makes it so special. This story will provide the answer....

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Summer in Italy... and Christmas too?

Give the gift of love straight from Italy - the land of amore. Have you experienced a summer or Christmas in Italy? We've a way to bring that joy and happiness home with you...

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The Most Beautiful Places in Italy

People often ask me which are the most beautiful places in Italy? My answer to them is this...

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Millions of European Slaves taken to Africa

Did you know that perhaps millions of Europeans, including Italians, were captured by slavers from North Africa?

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Italian DO NOT do any of these things... EVER!

There are some things Italians absolutely DO NOT do. Some of those things things that YOU do daily Italians see as life threatening.

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Venice after Covid-19

DO NOT TRAVEL UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF SOCIAL!

I had to laugh at the latest New Zealand travel campaign asking tourists NOT TO TRAVEL UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF SOCIAL. Rather asking them to focus on the experience, on enjoying the moment. Not on posing.

That applies to Italy too.

It is why we resist all pressure to follow those cliched Instagrammer staples like holding up the Leaning Tower of Pisa, jumping on a beach, wearing straw hats in a Tuscan field of sunflowers.

We prefer to bring you Italy itself... definitely far more beautiful than us ;-).

We'd rather help you plan YOUR visit to Italy while bringing you photos of beautiful Italy.

Photos can only go so far so we always try to capture in words a little of the things you can't see: the aromas, sounds, emotions that come with being in Italy.

Hope that is okay for you... or should I head off to Pisa?

Dolomites Holidays - The Guide to this Region of Italy

Dolomites Holidays features some of the most beautiful parts of the Dolomites. From great places to stay to special places to visit...

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Italy Is NOT all Chaos, Tourists and Noise. There IS another Italy.

Looking to escape the tourist madness of cities like Venice and Rome? Longing to spend time in a quieter Italy? We have EXACTLY what you need!

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Discovering the Best of Venice

The best of Venice - 6 experiences you simply must have if you are visiting Venice. Here is the list...

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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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The Colorful World of Burano

Discover a world of color. A place where every cottage is a different hue and where each and every color mixes and dances in the reflection off the canals. This is Burano!

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The Best Southern Italian Destinations

South of Rome we go, taking you on a journey discovering the very best Southern Italian destinations. You may know of some of them but others I am sure you have never heard of.

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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 - Getting Away From the Crowds

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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This is Rome

The Best of Rome Vacation Rentals

Looking for Rome Vacation Rentals? I have personally selected the best apartments to rent in Rome, you can be sure your Roman Dolce Vita will begin the moment you walk through the door.

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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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The Weather in Rome Italy Guide

The Weather in Rome Italy. Our guide is packed full of information on when is the best time to visit Rome Italy and much much more too.

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The Best Hotel in Central Rome?

There is a hotel in Rome that is so very special, where breakfast is served under the orange trees with the fragrance of orange blossom infusing the air.

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What About Going Shopping in Rome?

What could be better than a day shopping in Rome? Not much I promise! Before you start though you've got to read our guide filled with all the must-see shops and markets.

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Fancy a Drive to Italy?

THE Biggest Mistake Tourists to Italy Make

THE biggest mistake tourists to Italy make is ... well, read the article for the answer and discover how you can avoid making the same mistake.

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Earthquake Risk in Italy: These Are the Most Dangerous Areas

We are often asked where the earthquake risk in Italy is at its most dangerous. We've the answer for you: not only the most at risk but the least at risk regions too.

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Hope!

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Coming soon to an Italian piazza, the design that will help save Italy. These flower pavilions symbolize new hope for Italy.

Why in Piazza?

Because the piazza represents so much that is important to Italians: the coming together of communities, the focal point of towns, a sense of belonging. Of course, logistically it makes sense too, being central and easy to reach for all Italians.

During the pandemic the piazza has been ripped away from Italians. No longer could the elderly congregate during the day, no longer could people meet, chat, share gossip. The sound of children was missing. The piazze of Italy had fallen silent.

Now, with these pavilions, and with the vaccine, Italians can finally return to the piazza, first to get vaccinated and then, slowly, life should begin returning to normal. The piazze will be filled with Italian passion again, the sound of children, laughter.

I cannot wait for the day.

For so long we have suffered but now the first golden rays of a new dawn have arrived.

The Design

Stefano Boeri is one of Italy's, and indeed the world's, premier architects. He has worked for free to design these pavilions.

Is it Safe to Travel to Italy?

Is safe to travel to Italy? Read on to discover the answer, it is an answer that I think might well surprise you.

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What to do on the Amalfi Coast?

Wondering what to do in Amalfi & on the Amalfi Coast? We've the very best tours, towns, itineraries, moments and magic of the Amalfi Coast all in one place

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Now Venice Goes Silent: this had me in tears

This is incredible! Who would ever have believed that Venice would ever look like this. Gone are the tourists, gone is the noise, the chaos. The stores are closed and the only sounds now are the sounds of nature.

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Videos of Venice - That First Moment You Meet Venice

It's a dull old day in a station and then at 1 minute 30 seconds it all changes. The scene before you causes you to shake, sometimes, that first time, you will cry.

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The Secret Cannoli Recipe of Zia Rosalinda

It took me years to get my aunt Rosalinda to share her authentic Sicilian cannoli recipe but... at last... I can let you in on the secret.

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Best of 2020

The 12 Most Beautiful Churches in Italy

These are the 12 most beautiful churches in Italy, well churches and cathedrals really. I bet there are a few on this list that you've never heard of before.

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I'm SO Sorry

The National Museum in Rome recently received a strange package from the USA. Opening it they were shocked to find a piece of ancient marble inscribed "to Sam, love Jess, Rome".

What was this?

A letter explained it. In 2017 a young woman visited Pompeii and stole a souvenir. Guilt ate away at her and in the letter she apologizes for "being an American asshole". She is very sorry and wishes to make amends by returning the marble.

This follows on from a Canadian tourist last year who sent back Marble from Pompeii saying that her family had been cursed with misfortune ever since she stole it back in 2005.

Will the curse of Pompeii stop others from pillaging one of Italy's greatest historical wonders? Will more marble arrive as others learn their stolen artifact is cursed?

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  • A Virtual Journey through Venetian Life

    Real Venetian life is lived far from the tourist spots. Down the little canals and lanes is where you'll discover the real Venice.

  • The Easter in Venice Guide

    Easter in Venice is wonderful, there's a special feeling in the air and Easter is still celebrated in the traditional way. Be a part of it - click for more.

  • Inside Castello in Venice Italy

    Castello in Venice is a get away from the theme park feel of St. Marks Square. In some ways this is small town Italy, old ladies gossiping in the squares and kids playing in the lanes.

  • St Marks Basilica in Venice Italy - Truly Amazing

    St Marks Basilica is enchanting. Its Byzantine design seems more Istanbul than Venice, while inside the sense of heavenly light descending through the darkness below is...

  • Venice Churches - Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

    Of the many lovely Venice Churches this is one that should be added to your must see list when in Venice. Home to everything Venice - visit us now

  • Discover Venice in Summer

    Venice in Summer is a wonderful place to be. Colorful flower boxes add a splash of red while the gondolas ply their way up canals sparkling aquamarine in the summer sunshine.

  • Discoveries While Lost in Venice

    Getting lost in Venice is the best way to discover the amazing secrets and soul of this city. These amazing photos were all captured down the secret alleys and forgotten canals...

  • The Rialto Bridge in Venice Italy

    The Rialto Bridge is the most beautiful bridge in Venice and perhaps the world. Here's everything you need to know about the bridge and plenty more on Venice too..

  • Winter in Venice - A Magical Time

    They call it the secret season. A time when Venice returns to the mystical and magical city it has been for centuries. A time when there are more Venetians than tourists. This is winter in Venice.

  • 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...

  • Weather in Venice Italy

    The weather in Venice Italy - read our guide for everything you need to know about the Venice weather and some great advice on when to visit.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Venice Treviso Airport & Getting to Venice

    Our guide to Venice Treviso Airport and all you need to know to find the cheapest flights to Venice.

  • Venice Tourist Attractions - The Island of San Giorgio Maggiore

    San Giorgio Maggiore is one of the loveliest Venice tourist attractions. Looking across from San Marco the island of San Giorgio is a splendid sight indeed.

  • Venice Tourism - Getting Away From the Crowds

    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.

  • The Veneto & Venice Itinerary

    Visiting Venice? Want to explore a little of the wonderful Veneto region in which Venice is located? Then our Veneto & Venice Itinerary is just what you need.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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