April 2017 – Palermo Street Food, New Hotels in Venice, Rome, Florence

Exploring Palermo Through Street Food
If “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach,” then, man or woman, if you love to travel and learn about a culture through its cuisine, you will be bewitched by Palermo and its street food. Our Sicilian culinary expert details the foods you must try, from sfincione (a spongy bread with a mixture of tomato puree, anchovies, caciocavallo and pecorino cheeses, sautéed onions, oregano, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper and olive oil baked into the top of it) to babbaluce (snails steamed and served with olive oil and seasonings) to brioche con gelato (a heavenly sweet dessert).

A Guide to Palermo’s Markets
Palermo’s multi-sensory outdoor markets – Il Capo, Ballarò and Vucciria – are the perfect place to try the city’s street food. In the morning and for lunch, Il Capo and Ballarò offer the thrills of singing fish mongers, stinky cheeses, and exotic spices. For the adventuresome traveler, after 8 o’clock at night, head to the center of the Vucciria, when the infamous market comes to life with a selection of street food vendors, live music and the unexpected.

New Hotels in Italy’s “Big Three” Cities
Rome, Florence, Venice: these cities are impossible to visit just once. Fortunately, Italy’s “big three” cities, though filled with history and vestiges of the past, always have something new to offer to make a visit exciting and fresh. The hotel scene in Italy is dynamic and fast-paced and these new properties are worth checking out.

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