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    With Erasmus to Rome? Watch out for scams!

    Erasmus scam in Rome

    It's bound to happen: you go to Rome as an Erasmus student and find a nice room for a reasonable price. Only to discover that the landlord does not exist and that you have lost your deposit of 900 euros. That happened to the daughter of Dutch acquaintances and she is by no means the only one. […] More

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    Recipe: Pugliese style mussels

    Pugliese style mussels

    These mussels do not require any sauces on the side: they are prepared in and served with a delicious spicy tomato sauce. It is a regional recipe from Puglia, in the heel of Italy. The tomatoes, parsley and chili pepper combine perfectly with the mussels. Leave the mayonnaise sauces for what they are, that is another […] More

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    Enzo Avitabile: Neapolitan singer with a mission

    Enzo Avitabile

    Enzo Avitabile is a well-known singer from Naples. His language contains many Christian-humanistic concepts such as compassion, mercy, the Kingdom of God and standing up for the weak. With his songs he casts these concepts in the form of a political struggle. Italian culture, as well as other places in the world, are steeped in […] More

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    New on TV: Isola di Beau

    Island of Beau

    Last year Beau van Erven Dorens received guests from the media world at the magical Lake Como, this season Sardinia is the setting. In beautiful Sardinia, Van Erven Dorens talks to 2 Dutch celebrities every week. Monica Geuze, Olcay Gulsen, John van den Heuvel, Martijn Krabbé, Bridget Maasland and Hanna Verboom, among others, will be […] More

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    Recipe: malfatti and anarchy


    Malfatti: how do you translate that into Dutch? Literally it means something like 'badly made things'. In culinary terms you could therefore say 'misfires', were it not for the fact that the malfatti are not baked but cooked. Since the leading ingredient is spinach, I would also have thought of a term like 'spinach wrong', analogous to […] More

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    The most beautiful of Naples in December

    Naples sightseeing tips

    In the dark days before Christmas, the center of Naples is pleasantly busy with citizens and tourists who search for suitable gifts for under the Christmas tree in front of brightly lit shop windows. Unique is the spectacle around the Via di San Gregorio Armeno, where the nativity scenes from all over Italy come from. But also in the rest […] More

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    Archaeological Super Find in Tuscany


    The village of San Casciano dei Bagni, in the province of Siena in southern Tuscany, leads a difficult existence as a somewhat run-down spa where the young people leave because there is no future for them. But that may change after it was announced on November 8 that an archaeological find in San Casciano […] More

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    Recipe: pumpkin risotto

    pumpkin risotto

    When you say autumn, you say pumpkin! One of my favorite pumpkin dishes is pumpkin risotto. Risotto comes from traditional Northern Italian cuisine. Although the rice used to make risotto is white and thus 'refined' (unlike brown rice), it is important to use the correct […] More

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    Recipe: cavatappi with pesto and vegetables


    Cavatappi with pesto and vegetables

    Pasta in the shape of corkscrews (the meaning of cavatappi), it's something different! If you can't find cavatappi, you can of course use another pasta such as penne or fusilli. This pasta recipe with pesto and vegetables is tasty and simple; ideal if you don't have much time to spend in the kitchen [...] More

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    9 reasons to visit Brescia


    In 2023, Brescia will be the Italian Capital of Culture together with Bergamo. Reason to visit the city and explore the highlights. Brixia, as Brescia is called in Latin, has just under 200.000 inhabitants, making it the largest city in Lombardy after Milan. Brescia is located in the northeast of the region, between the […] More

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    Harvest time in Abruzzo

    Sunset in the Abruzzo

    Not the first region that comes to mind in Italy. Not even as a wine fan. The Abruzzo surprises on all fronts. Now Italy will never disappoint you when it comes to food and drink, scenery and culture – but this leaves you wanting more. There are many roads to Rome. I take the shortest, per […] More

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    5 great campsites on Lake Lugano

    Campsites Lake Lugano

    Lake Lugano (Lago di Lugano) is mainly located in Switzerland. The Italian part is popular with the Dutch, Germans and also with the Swiss. The latter mainly because of the low prices in relation to their own country. It is not without reason that a well-known joke among Swiss people who want to cut spending is: 'we have to […] More

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    Bombette pugliesi, the Italian 'gourmet' slafins (+ recipe)

    Bombette Pugliesi

    What constitutes heritage differs per country, per region and even per person. Because for us the Delta Works or the Wadden Islands may not be more than normal, for others they are wonders of the world. The opposite applies to the gourmet set, to which we Dutch react quite euphorically. Especially the mini slave finch! We were delighted when we […] More

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    The Mother – Marco Lugli

    The Mother - Marco Lugli

    Anyone who enjoys reading police novels knows, in addition to the names of Dutch writers, those from Scandinavian, English and American crime literature. The Southern European and especially the Italian crime novel, on the other hand, is much less known in the Netherlands. Even a celebrity like the writer Andrea Camilleri who died in 2019 with more than 20 titles with the […] More

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    Top 50 Italian Pizzerias

    These are the best pizzerias of 2022 (

    Last summer, the Teatro Mercadante in Naples presented the 50 Top Pizza Italia 2022, the ranking of the 50 best pizzerias in the country, compiled by culinary journalists Barbara Guerra, Albert Sapere and Luciano Pignataro. In addition to the quality of the pizza and the ingredients used, they also consider factors […] More

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    Where do you go skiing in Italy?

    What are the most beautiful ski resorts in Italy?

    Winter sports in Italy are slowly becoming more popular, but in terms of numbers it still does not reach the destinations in Austria, Switzerland and France. But from now on that will be different, because here are the most beautiful ski resorts in Italy. And you know it: once you've skied in Italy, you won't want to go anywhere else. Because skiing […] More

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