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Coffee in Italy Question

A friend just moved to Italy and has mentioned that almost all of the cafes in Milan and Rome now serve a product called Caffe al Ginseng (coffee with ginseng). Given Italy's status as one of the authentic and original coffee cultures, I was surprised to hear about the seaming popularity on this new offering. Can anyone shed some light on this coffee type? [more inside]
posted by beisny on Jan 2, 2014 - 10 answers

 

Trying to find an artist...

I'm trying to find the artist who made this painting. I purchased the painting in Orta San Giulio, Italy, about 5 years ago. The signature says "Bertocchi" although it may say "Beitocchi". The painting came in a larger frame, I think I spent about $200 for it, however it may have been slightly more. Would like to get more works by this artist on this location. Thanks!
posted by Farce_First on Nov 17, 2013 - 2 answers

Trip to Italy, 6 week duration, 80+ year old user. Need pointers.

My mother is travelling to Italy (lots of relatives there) and would like to have basic cell phone access while there. I need to work out the details before she leaves in September. [more inside]
posted by lampshade on Jul 23, 2013 - 10 answers

Which are the best apartment rental sites for an Italian visit?

Contemplating an Italian vacation (in the range of two weeks or so) in the next year or two, for a family group of about 5-6 people. Google turns up several websites dedicated to renting apartments/houses, but I'd love to hear some personal recommendations. Is Air BNB the best? Vrbo.com? Perhaps there's no real difference between them. [more inside]
posted by PussKillian on Jun 2, 2013 - 6 answers

Is this a crazy way to see Italy for the first time?

Wife and I are going to Italy in a couple of weeks. It's our first trip there, and one we wanted to do for a long time. Friends that have been there are telling us all the places to see in Rome, Venice, Florence etc. Thing is, other than being in Rome the first & last night, we aren't going to any of those places, and don't really want to! We're planning to get off the beaten path as much as we can. Is this a good/bad idea? I'm having doubts now.. [more inside]
posted by dukes909 on Apr 26, 2013 - 38 answers

Can you help me plan my trip to Germany, France and Italy?

I will be in Berlin, Prague, Venice, Florence, Rome, Marseilles and Paris this summer. I've never been to any of these places before. [more inside]
posted by BitterYouth on Apr 22, 2013 - 22 answers

Italian gift ideas for fashion design grad

Seeking ideas for a graduation gift that we could buy in Italy for a fashion design major. [more inside]
posted by mediated self on Mar 2, 2013 - 3 answers

Forwarding a suitcase from Italy to Toronto

Currently I'm in Italy. In March I'll be travelling to Scotland by train and making stops along the way. Then I'll be flying home to Toronto. My problem is that I have a lot of luggage that I needed for an extended professional stay in Italy, but which will only serve to encumber me when I go traveling. What is the best way for me to forward one large (standard checked baggage) suitcase home to Canada from Italy when I head out? I would especially appreciate any advice based on personal experience. [more inside]
posted by Evstar on Jan 12, 2013 - 15 answers

Let's go Italy!

Traveling to Italy, have questions. [more inside]
posted by outfielder on Jan 5, 2013 - 35 answers

What was produced at the "Red Desert" factory?

What was produced at the factory at the beginning of Michelangelo Antonioni's Red Desert? [more inside]
posted by Egg Shen on Sep 26, 2012 - 2 answers

Books on Years of Lead/Strategy Of Tension

Can anyone recommend good books on the Years of Lead and/or the Strategy of Tension in Italy ? They have to be in English. Many thanks
posted by devious truculent and unreliable on Sep 20, 2012 - 1 answer

What's on Italian minds?

Educate me about Italian current affairs. [more inside]
posted by Gusaroo on Sep 13, 2012 - 8 answers

How can I get jaw surgery in Italy?

This is pretty random. I had jaw surgery and it didn't come out as planned. I did some research and found a surgeon who works in Rome and I'm interested in consulting him for a revision. He has decades of experience and a particular technique that I think is the right one to fix it. Also, I was born in Italy and I'm an Italian citizen. [more inside]
posted by kellybird on Jul 30, 2012 - 4 answers

Looking for a no-contract SIM for Italy with data/internet and texting.

I need a no-contract SIM for Italy that offers texting and unlimited Internet. I have a similar set up with Virgin Mobile France for 16€/month, I just want a SIM for the times travel to Italy, which is maybe once every other month for a few days. Are there any other mobile providers in Italy besides TIM?
posted by matrushka on Jul 12, 2012 - 6 answers

Last-minute adventure near Milan

I missed my flight back to the states, and have an unexpected day to kill in/around Milan. Does anybody have suggestions for where to go / what to do? [more inside]
posted by Metasyntactic on Jul 8, 2012 - 9 answers

SIM /Data while travelling in Italy

Staying in Italy for 3 1/2 months from June to October 2012. The Flashdrake and I need SIM cards for our mobile/cell phones while we are there. I must have data access as well, at least 1GB a month. The TelCo industry changes so rapidly however, that I hoped that MeFites might help with current options. In the past we have had not problem with SIM cards overseas, particularly finding the Lebara plans great in Europe as they permitted us to call each other for free. [more inside]
posted by Flashduck on Apr 28, 2012 - 4 answers

Post wedding eats in Florence, Italy?

Restaurant or cafe recommendation in Florence, Itay (preferably near the Uffizi, other minor snowflake details within)? [more inside]
posted by moxiequz on Mar 19, 2012 - 6 answers

Favourite parts of Florence?

Tell me about your favourite places and or things in Florence. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA on Mar 11, 2012 - 27 answers

Yet another 'What do I do in Italy?' question...

I need to figure out what to do at night/early morning in Italy. Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna on Feb 3, 2012 - 10 answers

Changing ISP in Italy: any advice?

[Italy filter] There are many enticing offers in Italy nowadays for internet accounts including "free" (in the sense of "included in the price") phonecalls, etc., all of them looking quite a lot cheaper than my present contract (Alice from Telecom Italia). But I'm nervous about switching accounts... [more inside]
posted by aqsakal on Dec 1, 2011 - 5 answers

Essays on Il Conformista?

I am working on a short persuasive paper (about 1000 words) for a Narrative in the Novel and Film class, in which I must argue for the inclusion of a film of my choosing in a future iteration of the class. The film about which I have chosen to write about is Il Conformista, which would (theoretically) be used in a section of the class called "Terror, Surveillance, and Human Rights". I've been having trouble finding critical essays about the film that specifically look at the film's portrayal of Fascist Italy. What are some good sources for essays on this film, or on the portrayal of WWII-era Italy in cinema? (I am not looking for reviews of the film, of which I have plenty.)
posted by pxe2000 on Nov 27, 2011 - 3 answers

Italy...and math?

What just happened in Italy's Parliament? How do you win a vote but not get a majority? [more inside]
posted by Geppp on Nov 8, 2011 - 5 answers

Best time to buy IAD-VCE airfare?

Going to Venice next June. When is the best time to buy plane tickets? [more inside]
posted by brownpau on Sep 9, 2011 - 6 answers

What WAS that movie???

In 2005, on Delta Flight 627 operated by Alitalia, somewhere between Chicago and Milan, an Italian film was shown to the mostly empty cabin. After six years, I have been unable to locate it -- any help? [more inside]
posted by nickrussell on Aug 30, 2011 - 2 answers

Organized Activities in Florence, Italy?

My family is traveling to Florence in October. This is not our first Florentine rodeo, so to speak - we've done a lot of sightseeing and exploring on past visits. This time, we thought it might be fun to delve a little deeper and take a class (cooking?), workshop, special organized tour, etc. Four adults, fairly foodie, up for anything that isn't too physically strenuous. Any MeFi "Been There Done That" recommendations?
posted by nkknkk on Aug 25, 2011 - 4 answers

Exceptional, unattainable in North America, Italian wine?

What excellent red wine should my partner buy in Italy to bring home that he can't get here? We're fans of Luigi Righetti Amarone, but we can, uh, get it in Toronto. Seems silly to fly it home. Likes: dry, full-bodied, spicy. also enjoy dry pinot noirs (lighter body). Dislikes: sweet, fruity, herbal Price: up to $100/bottle, but that would have to be out of this world amazing.
posted by lizifer on Jul 11, 2011 - 9 answers

Eating and Cooking in Italy

Tutto bene! Traveling to Italy in September/October and looking for advice. [more inside]
posted by anya32 on May 28, 2011 - 6 answers

Online sources for Italian newspapers?

Are there any online databases that hold older European papers? [more inside]
posted by Ideefixe on May 11, 2011 - 2 answers

Will we get heckled if we kiss at the Ara Pacis?

How gay-friendly are Rome, Naples, and Capua? [more inside]
posted by yomimono on May 10, 2011 - 2 answers

What on Earth was going on in Venice?

I was in Venice for a few days at the end of March, and several times saw young people in the street participating in a weird ritual: they would read out a passage from a hand-made poster, the crowd would laugh, and someone would attack them with a foodstuff -- I saw a lot of flour, once a meat tray, and an unfortunate soul having canned whipped cream injected down his pants. What? [more inside]
posted by ffrinch on Apr 20, 2011 - 13 answers

Do Italian soccer players use their ankle more?

Do players of Italian soccer use the heel part of their foot for dribbling/passing more than in the Premier league or elsewhere? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety on Apr 17, 2011 - 2 answers

Help me not get robbed in Rome.

I'm going to Rome and concerned about getting robbed/pickpocketed. Help me have an unstressful vacation! [more inside]
posted by vanitas on Apr 15, 2011 - 35 answers

Stuck in marriage limbo

How do I (from the U.S) secure documentation proving that my destination wedding in Italy actually took place? [more inside]
posted by mockjovial on Dec 15, 2010 - 14 answers

Jasmine is a shrub?

Novel Filter: If I were a lady living in the late 1600s in Venice and you were a gentleman wishing to woo me and we could only meet at night what type of (night-blooming) flowers would you bring me? [more inside]
posted by ilikecookies on Nov 20, 2010 - 6 answers

Solo woman in Italy?

Safety measures for a woman traveling solo in Italy? [more inside]
posted by bardophile on Sep 3, 2010 - 14 answers

Where to watch World Cup while in Italy

Look for recommendations on where to watch the World Cup while traveling in Italy. [more inside]
posted by derivation on Jun 4, 2010 - 6 answers

Rome to Florence, are we cutting it too close?

So we're arriving in Rome at 6:50PM, is it reasonable to expect to get to Florence that same night by train? We're also considering a side trip to Stockholm, any secrets to getting there and back? [more inside]
posted by advicepig on May 8, 2010 - 15 answers

How To Help High School Students Have A Fun, Safe, and Educational Trip Abroad

I am chaperoning a high school trip to Europe this summer. What are your tips and suggestions to making this trip a great experience for everyone involved? [more inside]
posted by mmmbacon on May 8, 2010 - 20 answers

Mediterranean holiday ideas...

So, my father, sister and I are planning a trip to Europe in mid-June. We need to work out quite where. I need to be able to fly in from London, the others to train or fly to wherever from Lyon. We need to go somewhere where we can stay for about 6 days, and there will be enough to entertain us there or in nearby town. I was wondering about Malta, my sister thought Genoa, my father thought St Tropez (our budget is not endless so perhaps not) Any suggestions?
posted by curious zoe on May 3, 2010 - 4 answers

Under the Ligurian Sun or in the Wine Dark Sea

What books to read before trips to Italy (Cinque Terre) and Greek Isles? Seeking travel literature, history, fiction, poetry and food--not travel guides. [more inside]
posted by xaire on Mar 15, 2010 - 14 answers

A new tradition for a toast...

Wonderful pink kind of champagne-esque drink found in Italy was had on my birthday and I've completely forgotten the name but would like to find it again...? [more inside]
posted by eatdonuts on Dec 20, 2009 - 16 answers

Hunting for Italian cosmetics: How to be bella in Italia?

I love cosmetics, and I'm in Rome. What should I buy here that I can't get in the United States? [more inside]
posted by purpleclover on Dec 8, 2009 - 12 answers

2 weeks driving around Europe at Christmas - what not to miss?

European road-trip for the holidays (filter). [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Dec 3, 2009 - 12 answers

A day or two in Sicily? Worth the trouble of getting there?

Is a quick trip to Sicily worth it? I've got a ticket to fly to Rome 4-11 December, and am considering a quick trip to Sicily (max 3 days, min 1 day) via a low-cost air carrier. [more inside]
posted by purpleclover on Nov 22, 2009 - 6 answers

Italy when no one is there?

Going to Italy at the end of January. Not the most ideal time to take a vacation. We are going to Milan, Tuscany, and Venice. How can two people make the most of it?
posted by parmanparman on Nov 4, 2009 - 22 answers

Aiutami!

Help me remember the name of a poet/playwright from northeastern Italy. [more inside]
posted by Partario on Oct 6, 2009 - 4 answers

Help finding and renting apt west of Ancona, Italy.

Good inexpensive family apartments for rent inland from Ancona, Italy in end-October? Need some assistance. [more inside]
posted by avocade on Sep 22, 2009 - 6 answers

Mel Gibzetti

In the recent documentary not quite hollywood , the talking heads mention the Australian influence on Italian genre films, where an entire genre of Mad Max–style rip-offs emerged. What are these movies, and can I get them on netflix? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Aug 23, 2009 - 6 answers

Help me go hiking in the Dolomite Mountains

A friend and I are traveling to Italy at the end of June and will be going hiking in the Dolomite mountains. We plan to head out from Bolzano on one of the lifts and hike from rifugio to rifugio (and then back) for about 5 days, with the route to be chosen with help from the tourist office there. Has anyone done this and have 1) any specific advice on which trails to take; 2) recommendations for inexpensive lodging for our one night in Bolzano; 3) suggestions for what we should bring with us (keeping in mind that we want to travel light)?
posted by sumiami on May 21, 2009 - 2 answers

Help my foreign friends enjoy their American experience...

Any ideas on a route (and some great points of interest) for some Italian visitors to take from Mt. Vernon, Ohio to Fargo, ND? It'll be their first time in the U.S. and would like to see as much as possible. [more inside]
posted by whiskey point on Apr 6, 2009 - 11 answers

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