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Astoria Characters: The Cookie Crooner

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 07.15.2014 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

The tiny two-counter store is as unassuming as its owner. The name -- Astoria Bakery -- is plain vanilla; a more pretentious man would have called it Jack's.

Spoleto Festival Dei 2Mondi

Paula H. Noe | Posted 06.30.2014 | Travel
Paula H. Noe

The Spoleto Festival dei 2Mondi (big big arts festival) started on Friday and the town, its residents and its shops have all been spiffed up; the air of anticipation and the wandering tourists are both readily evident.

Italian Kitchens...

Paula H. Noe | Posted 06.23.2014 | Travel
Paula H. Noe

The kitchen is just so important to me, to Italy, to almost everyone I know. So, as I am sitting in my Spoleto kitchen looking out at the clouds and r...

Astoria Characters: The Baker's Son

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 06.17.2014 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

When the outdoor table is empty, Vincenzo Vaccaro takes a break and a seat. He lights a cigarette and in between smoke rings pours black coffee down his throat.

FACE IT: Attention Must Be Paid to Sicily

Michele Willens | Posted 06.15.2014 | Travel
Michele Willens

When the great majority of travelers plan trips to Italy, they think Rome, Florence, Venice, Tuscany, George Clooney -- whoops, Lake Como. Sicily? Well, not as much, and this fascinating, enchanting region feels the lack of respect.

Spoleto: First Impressions

Paula H. Noe | Posted 06.13.2014 | Travel
Paula H. Noe

Stairs, everywhere! And, what did I expect, coming to a medieval hill town ("older than Rome", said a proud resident)?

Sicily! Wine, Culinary & Cultural Explorations (PHOTOS)

Stefani Jackenthal | Posted 06.11.2014 | Travel
Stefani Jackenthal

As we clinked glasses of Nero d'Avola and gobbled salty, gooey ricotta and crumbly pecorino atop crusty bread, we agreed somewhere in the world it was happy hour.

Ancient Folks in Sicily

Paula H. Noe | Posted 06.06.2014 | Travel
Paula H. Noe

Sicily continues to amaze me. The history here is so multi-layered and so ancient that I, from Boston with its proud and (very) young history, am overwhelmed and find it incomprehensible on many levels when faced with 8000 years or so of history.

Too Many Bras (and Other 'Unnecessaries')?

Paula H. Noe | Posted 06.02.2014 | Travel
Paula H. Noe

When I came to Italy in September for my "senior year abroad," I brought a large suitcase and a medium-sized one, both full of items I thought were absolutely vital for my every-day life.

I Still Just Don't Understand

Paula H. Noe | Posted 05.29.2014 | Travel
Paula H. Noe

I have been living my dream in Italy since September, so I have been watching and learning and trying hard to comprehend since then, with mixed succes...

Turning 50 With Memories of Mom at 50: Sicily, a Voyage and Pizza

Jan Angilella | Posted 07.12.2014 | Fifty
Jan Angilella

When I say I'm 50, I really do feel like I've reached some kind of milestone. I have lived a full, rich life thus far sprinkled with wonderful adventures and Parmigiano Reggiano. And none of that is about to stop, especially the cheese part.

Cooking Art History: Sicilian Gourmet

Maite Gomez-Rejon | Posted 06.01.2014 | Food
Maite Gomez-Rejon

This rustic eggplant dish is inspired by Archestratus and includes my latest ingredient obsession, anchovies.

One Perfect Day in Sicily's Capital

Fathom | Posted 05.26.2014 | Travel
Fathom

This is the place to catch an avant garde concert in a deconsecrated church or see an installation in a shelled-out 17th century rococo palazzo.

21 Reasons to Finally Take That Trip to Italy (PHOTOS)

minube | Posted 05.06.2014 | Travel
minube

"I never saw Venice" is a classic last-words cliché for a reason: Most would love to visit Italy, but very few end up going. Well, now's the time to start thinking about that summer vacation, and we've gone through tips and photos from thousands of travelers at to help you make up your mind.

OTP's Guide to Getting Laid in Italy

Off Track Planet | Posted 04.12.2014 | Travel
Off Track Planet

Italy's a country of aphrodisiacs; Casanova himself got juiced on dark chocolate before bedding his conquests. Whatever you're inhaling -- be it truffles, Calabrian chilies, Chianti, oysters or salami -- chances are, it'll prime you for lovin'.

Why I'd Never Give My Son a Toy Gun

Juliet Linley | Posted 03.11.2014 | Parents
Juliet Linley

Giving a child a gun as a toy doesn't demystify the object, as some claim. It actually normalizes it, to the extent that they possibly will not recognize the immensity of the difference between a play-gun and a real-gun.

A Visit To Sicily Isn't Complete Without This Treat

AP | By AMIR BIBAWY | Posted 03.04.2014 | Travel

SYRACUSE, Sicily (AP) — Sicilians pride themselves on their contribution to the world of ice cream. History may not credit them definitively with th...

Sicily at a Glance

Erica Firpo | Posted 02.12.2014 | Travel
Erica Firpo

In the middle of the Mediterranean, there is a lush utopia of chaos and charm that I like to call my secret escape

WATCH: Mount Etna Eruption Showers Sicily In Volcanic Rock

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 02.24.2014 | World

Mount Etna, Europe’s tallest active volcano, erupted again on November 24th and showered the island of Sicily with sharp volcanic rocks and heavy as...

A Sicily Trip Isn't Complete Without Visiting This City

Posted 10.22.2013 | Travel

A trip to Sicily, Italy isn’t complete without a taste of their cream-filled cannoli and a visit to the many UNESCO world heritage sites, one of wh...

Italian Navy Rescues 300 Migrants

Reuters | Steve Scherer | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

ROME, Oct 15 (Reuters) - Italy's navy rescued about 300 migrants in the waters between Sicily and Libya on Tuesday as the government deployed ships,...

Under the Volcano

Curtis Ellis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Curtis Ellis

Constellations sprinkled the midnight sky like luminous grains of sand on an ink black carpet. Phosphorescent jellyfish filled the sea with pinpricks of light, mimicking the stars above. Between sea and sky, the island of Stromboli loomed before us, a cone pointing to heaven.

Another Migrant Boat Capsizes Off Italian Island

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD and STEPHEN CALLEJA | Posted 10.11.2013 | World

VALLETTA, Malta -- VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — For the second time in a week, a smugglers' boat overloaded with migrants capsized in the Canal of Sicily ...

How to Visit a Vineyard

Anneli Rufus | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Anneli Rufus

Are you a Zinfandullard? A pinot-know-nothing? A sauvignon blanc slate? Interested in wine -- or trying to attract someone who is -- but still such a ...

Children's Drawings Capture Shipwreck Tragedy

Posted 10.08.2013 | World

Divers have recovered dozens more bodies in the wake of a shipwreck that killed hundreds of migrants off the Italian island of Lampedusa on Oct. 3rd. ...