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Why Piedmont is the Most Underrated Region in Italy

When someone talks about Italy, where do you think of first? Likely the bustling and historic Rome, the mystical canals of Venice, or perhaps the idyllic and colorful Amalfi Coast. I’d bet that the Piedmont region is pretty low on that mental ranking. Tucked up in the northwest of

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Where to Eat the Best Cicchetti in Venice, Italy

I didn’t know what to expect before visiting Venice for the first time. It always held a mythical place in my heart. For me, Venice was a place that existed in history books, alongside stories of prominent renaissance figures. A place that felt more like legend than reality. The

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The History of the Spritz Veneziano (Aperol Spritz)

Venice isn’t a large city, but it is a walkable one. After meandering through the cobblestone alleys and crossing canals, it’s natural that one becomes a bit peckish. And, of course, thirsty. Fortunately, Venice has a fantastic culture of bacaros. In these local watering holes, you’ll find

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The bacaro, a local Venetian watering hole

After walking around Venice for a few hours, you’ll start to notice a couple of things. First, you’ll realize you’re entirely lost, and unsure what narrow, dimly lit corridor led you to this point. And second, each canal is adorned with small, peculiar-looking establishments; the bacaro. Bacari

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What is Amaro? Demystifying the Italian Herbal Liqueur

You walk into that new, hipster-looking bar that just opened up in your neighborhood. The bartenders are carefully grinding fresh nutmeg over their cocktails, looking dapper as hell in their waxed canvas aprons. Behind them, an impressive wall of backlit bottles. Some look familiar, others more exotic. If you look