February 2017 – Newly Renvoted, Best Ragu, Author Tim Parks

What’s Newly Renovated and Restored in Italy
Italy is filled with more artistic and architectural treasures than almost anywhere in the world and they are constantly being brought back to life. We detail 13 places with new renovations/restorations you must visit on your next trip including houses in Pompeii, scaffolding-free St. Mark’s Basilica (for the first time in 20 years), a stunning redo of Vasari’s The Last Supper in Florence and much more.

Shh…This Is The Best Ragu in Naples, Maybe Even Italy
Our intrepid Southern Italy expert ventures to say she has definitively found the best ragu in Naples, probably in all of the South and perhaps all of Italy. Those are bold statements we know. She lets you in on the secret spot for 6 euros of heaven in your mouth. Plus get there before a celebrity chef puts it on the map. Many Neapolitan locals will concur that this ragu is better than even nonna’s Sunday best!

Tim Parks: “Translating” Italy For Readers
One of my favorite books about life in Italy is Italian Ways by Tim Parks. This British author has been interpreting  (and literally translating) Italian nuances and idiosyncracies for three decades now. He tells us about his latest book A Literary Tour of Italy, his years living in Verona and  why Milan is the only Italian city for him now.

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