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What Lies Behind Us Inspirational Quote in Italian | Print |  E-mail
Written by Larry Aiello   
Sunday, 09 February 2014 16:02

This quote was originally published anonymously in 1940 and credited to a Wall Street Financier. Many claimed credit but ultimately it was Henry Stanley Haskins (1875 - 1957) that was given proper credit for this quote. Here is the quote in English and also translated into Italian.

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
Quello che c’è dietro di noi e quello che c’è davanti a noi conta poco rispetto a quello che c’è dentro di noi.
- Henry Stanley Haskins
What Lies Behind Us - Inspirational Quote from Henry Stanley Haskins translated into Italian.


Casino Options in Italy | Print |  E-mail
Written by Matteo Caloiaro   
Tuesday, 28 January 2014 01:46

If you are travelling around Italy, and fancy soaking up some excitement and culture all at the same time, then a tour of the famous casinos is definitely the way to go.

Italy's gambling history can be traced back as far as the Holy Roman Empire. In 1638, the first gambling establishment opened in Venice and some people speculate that Baccarat and Bingo were actually invented in Italy as some point in the 15th century. The word 'Casino' is in fact an Italian word. The largest casino in Italy is in Saint Vincent which is in the North and goes by the name of Casino' de la Vallee. It contains 100 gaming tables and 500 slot machines.

The best example of a casino with a real history is the Casino' di Venezia, this is because the casino building was built over 500 years ago in 1509 which makes it one of the oldest in the world. It has a wide choice of slots games which is important in order to stave off competition from online casinos. The casino based in Venice Italy has been incredibly popular ever since opened, at one point wanted to expand. However due to the fact that you cannot build outwards into the canals they instead had to buy two other buildings as they came up in Venice to make two more casinos. Even today this casino is still as popular as ever as they offer all same games that you would expect to find in any great casino.

One casino that is neither old non-new can be found in Italy known as the Casino' Municipale Campione d'Italia. Not far outside of Milan this casino offers everything you could ever want from a modern casino while having a stunning look on the outside that you should definitely see if you ever visit Italy. Another must see casino can be found in Italy under the name of the Casino' Municipale Campione d'Italia. This casino offers an incredible number of games and is a must see if you are visiting Italy around the area of Milan.

Pictured below is the Casino' di Venezia - Photo Attribution By Didier Descouens (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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3 Italian Foods That Are Not Actually Italian | Print |  E-mail
Written by Gabriele Monti   
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 02:30

From pizza to pasta, Italian food is a favorite all around the globe. For good reason, Italian food is considered to be amongst the best cuisines in the world, and there are many traditional Italian dishes that are hard to beat. Nonetheless, it may surprise you to learn that the majority of your favorite Italian dishes are completely unheard of in Italy and were instead created by chefs in other countries. For starters, the pizza you're familiar with was actually created in the United States. Not that pizza doesn't exist in Italy, but it's definitely nothing like the delivery or frozen pies you love, especially when it comes to pepperoni pizza, as there is no type of Italian salami called pepperoni and the word itself (peperoni) actually means pepper in Italian. Still, it doesn't end there as there are a huge variety of other pseudo-Italian dishes out there, and here are three of the most loved.

Spaghetti alla Bolognese

If you go to Italy in search of Spaghetti Bolognese, you'll be sorely disappointed. It's true, the Bolognese sauce does originate in Italy, specifically the Bologna region, however, this richly delicious mixture of ground meat and tomato sauce known as a ragu would never, ever be served in Italy with spaghetti, but instead another type of pasta such as tagliatelle. In fact, the Bolognese ragu was invented in the north of Italy, while spaghetti comes from the south, and these two distinct food cultures very rarely mix. Still, the differences don't end there, as traditional Bolognese ragu has much less tomato sauce and is cooked down to where it simply coats the pasta instead of being the typical runny spaghetti sauce we're all used to.

Spaghetti Bolognese AUD15, Hot Roast Beef Roll AUD10 - Kofflers Hutte

Fettuccine Alfredo

Just like with Spaghetti alla Bolognese, Fettuccine Alfredo is another "Italian" dish that no self-respecting Italian would ever prepare. The popular Alfredo sauce—made with butter, cream and parmesan cheese—was purportedly first created by a Roman chef, however the truth of the matter is Italians have never heard of the dish, except through visits to Italian restaurants in other countries.

Chicken or Veal Parmigiana

Both Chicken and Veal Parmigiana or Parmesan are examples of a traditional Italian dish that was converted into something else. This dish typically consists of a thin piece of veal or chicken that is breaded and fried, then covered in marinara sauce (another "Italian" food you'll never find in Italy) and parmesan cheese. Similar to Spaghetti alla Bolognese, this dish does have some roots in Italian cuisine, except that true Parmigiana is made using only eggplant, caciocavallo cheese, tomato and basil. In fact, you'd almost never find this dish containing any meat, except in a few parts of the country where ham can be found between layers of eggplant. While you may be forgiven then for thinking that this means Eggplant Parmigiana is the real thing, it still isn't quite what you'd get if you ordered Parmigiana in Italy.

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Inspirational Walt Disney Quote Translated into Italian | Print |  E-mail
Written by Larry Aiello   
Saturday, 04 January 2014 15:08

This is one of my favorite quotes from an iconic man known for creating the Mickey Mouse character that sparked the creation of Walt Disney World and Magic Kingdom.

All our dreams can come true-if we have the courage to pursue them.
Tutti i nostri sogni possono diventare realtà - se abbiamo il coraggio di seguirli.
- Walt Disney
Inspirational quote by Walt Disney translated in Italian


What makes Rome a Great Place to Visit? | Print |  E-mail
Written by Larry Aiello   
Tuesday, 17 December 2013 11:59

When one thinks of great cities of the world to visit many people will immediately think of places like New York, London, Tokyo, Paris, etc. Of course Rome and Rio de Janeiro are other places that come into many people's minds. All those other places are unique and special in their own right, but there is something about Rome that makes it extra special. It has that extra "oomph" about it that makes it a worthwhile visit when one makes a trip to Italy.

An aerial view of the Colosseum in RomeThere are certainly other places in Italy that are charming and beautiful to visit. If you are looking for a peaceful and quiet vacation, places like Tuscany, Umbria, Sardinia and Calabria come to mind. But what is it about Rome that makes it a unique and special city? This place should be on everyone's proverbial "bucket list" and here are some reasons why...

First of all, the climate in Rome is very mild compared to other great cites - a lot more hospitable than New York, London or Paris. You can dine "al fresco" most of the year and enjoy walking through the city enjoying city-life in the many magnificent town squares or "piazzas."

Italians Say - A Piedi - By Foot

I also like the fact that it is very walkable city but yet has an excellent transportation system. The city has a great metro (tube) system with two lines that cross each other at Termini Station and has stops at most of the major attractions (i.e. St. Peter's Cathedral & the Vatican, Spanish Steps & Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum & the Forum, etc.).

Walking through the city is the best way to get around and enjoy the city's sights. As you walk through the city you are bound to stumble upon many pleasant surprises. There are restaurants, pizza places, gelato (ice cream) shops, bakeries, cafes, etc. where you can savor and smell some of the best that Rome has to offer!

Rome is in essence an outdoor museum with great works of art in front of you and around the next corner as well. And the people of Rome (citizens and tourists) know that they are also part of the show. It's a great place to people-watch and see all the best of Italian fashion.

It is a showcase and a place where you can see the past interwoven into modern society. You can't help but marvel about the constant reminders to the ancient world with ruins, statues, etc. being constantly in your sights. And then you'll also be reminded about the modern world with the automobiles, cell phone stores, high-fashion shops, etc. It's this constant blending and juxtaposition of ancient to modern back to ancient that gives Rome a unique charm.

Whether you are planning your first trip or vacation to Rome or if this is one of the many city breaks to Rome that you've taken, just know that the city is bound to endear your heart and will leave you wanting more. After all, it is called the "Eternal City" for a reason.


You May Also Be Interested in the Following Pertaining to Rome:

Train Travel from Rome to Florence

High-Tech Museums in Rome

Pictured below is a side view of the Trevi Fountain, one of Rome's most famous attractions.

A side view of the Trevi Fountain in Rome



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Agriturismo in Italy

What is Agriturismo? In Italian, it is actually a combination of two words - Agricoltura and Turismo - agriculture and tourism.

It basically means spending your vacation on a farm.  It started becoming popular in the 1980s when many Italian farmers were looking for other ways to supplement their income. At an Italian agriturismo you will usually have the chance to experience the foods prepared from raw materials produced on the farm.  Some will allow their guests participate in the activities surrounding the farm such as wine-making, cheese-making, olive production, milking cows, etc.  It is usually a very rustic experience.  Agriturismo can be another option instead of a typical Italian vacation that involves Italian hotels.  Most of them are located in Tuscany, Umbria and Sicily.


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