Glauco Ferrari



Glauco Ferrari: Writer. Born in Rome and dividing his life between Italy and the U.S., Glauco is an expert on Italian affairs and loves to share his knowledge and experience with a broader audience, using a conversational style. In the greater scheme of things, Glauco always believes that "if you fully understand Italy, then you can understand the deepest secrets of the world."

 

 

 

Friday, January 23rd, 2015
honeymoon destinations italy
  Italy is a popular place for honeymooners who favor all different types of vacations. Planning to celebrate your wedded bliss in Italy? Here are some great things to see and do while on your Italian honeymoon.     Ponte dei Sospiri (The Bridge of Sighs), Venice   Once upon a time, this was the bridge that inmates had to cross to go to prison, sighing while catching one last glimpse of the outside world before being locked away. Today, the Bridge
Friday, December 26th, 2014
New Year's Eve in Italy (by Konstanttin at www.depositphotos.com)   As a follow-up to our previous article on the Italian holidays, let's see how Italians like to celebrate them: you never know, some of their habits and traditions may be perfect to export to this side of the pond!   Capodanno (New Year's Eve/ New Year's Day, December 31st-January 1st) New Year's celebrations begin on December 31st with the standard 10-second countdown to midnight, and celebratory fireworks
Sunday, September 28th, 2014
    BUONGIORNO! - Good Morning/Good Afternoon "Buon Giorno" is the proper way to greet someone in the morning. Usually used until afternoon.     BUONA GIORNATA - Have a Good Day "Buona Giornata" is what Italians say when they wish each other a good day.     BUONA SERA - Good Evening "Buona Sera" is the way to say good evening. Even at very late hours the greeting remains "buona sera."     BUONA NOTTE - Good Night "Buona Notte" is
Sunday, September 28th, 2014
florence
  Beautiful panorama of Florence at sunset Ph. depositphoto.com/Malgorzata_Kistryn   Firenze  is one of those cities everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime, a place so beautiful you'll want to return again and again. Everyone knows about Florence and the Renaissance, the city's beautiful buildings and churches and the priceless artwork that fills its museums, but Florence is much more than all that.   In truth, Florence is a city that isn'
Saturday, September 27th, 2014
italian mountains
  When thinking of Italy, most people think of art and culture, history and great food, even beaches and gorgeous vistas, but many often forget that it is also a country of some of the world's most breathtaking mountains. If you want stunning panoramas and glamorous ski resorts, then Italy is definitely for you. In this new series we'll be listing the Top 10 Italian Mountains, and a few of their characteristics, so you can get to know each a little better.    
Sunday, September 21st, 2014
Lucca
If there were heaven on Earth, Tuscany would be it. Each one of its towns is better than the other, and Lucca is not an exception. It is an amazing combination of Roman layout and medieval architecture. Its medieval walls are, still today, one of its main tourist attractions.   Piazza dell'Anfiteatro in Lucca, a great place for a drink and a snack Ph. depositphoto.com/boerescul   Lucca is part of our suggested tour of lesser known Tuscany.   The walls have an
Thursday, September 18th, 2014
venice
St. Mark's Square in Venice Ph. depositphoto.com/AndreasZerndl   Probably the most romantic city in the world, definitely unique, perhaps second only to Rome in beauty, Venice brings people back to a way of living that is forgotten in our major cities. The fact that cars are non-existent, and waterways, rather than streets, are the means of travel, are peculiar characteristics contributing to the mysticism and mystery of this city, a city  that takes visitors on an
Tuesday, September 16th, 2014
bar café italy
  A bar/café in Rome Ph. depositphotos/lucidwaters   The concept of going to a bar, and the definition of the bar itself, is very different in Italy from that held in any Anglo-Saxon or Northern European country.  A bar in Italy is a place for refreshments, where one can have a quick breakfast in the morning, usually consisting of a coffee or cappuccino (strictly drunk in the AM) and a croissant. Throughout the day, the bar usually serves
Tuesday, September 16th, 2014
carpe diem
Carpe Diem (Photo from psychologytoday.com)   This multi centennial Latin expression became famous and quite common in modern times after the release of the 1989 motion picture Dead Poets Society. The Italian translation of carpe diem is "vivi alla giornata" or "cogli l' attimo" (seize the moment) and the Italian title of the movie was not "La societa' dei poeti morti" but "L' attimo fuggente" (the fleeting moment). The movie showcased an amazing performance by
Thursday, September 11th, 2014
earthquake l'Aquila
L'Aquila is one the most beautiful cities in Italy, and has been for hundreds of years, despite its many trials. The most recent devastating event was an earthquake in 2009 that partially destroyed the city; in a twist, this same devastation brought L'Aquila to the international spotlight more than its historical value ever did. The rebuilding of the art district is very difficult, due to the specifics and artistic characteristic of each building, and as a result it is likely to be quite a
Monday, September 8th, 2014
Rimini - 143,321 inhabitants.     Tiberius' bridge at sunset, Rimini Ph. depositphoto.com/alkir_dep   Every country has its party city, the place where nightclubs and restaurants become a lifestyle. Spain has Ibiza, Turkey has Bodrum, the U.S. has South Beach and Italy has Rimini. Indeed, since the 1960s this town has been one of the most popular places during the summer season. We are still talking Italy, so don't think it's an entirely modern city with 
Sunday, July 27th, 2014
italian mountains
Gran Sasso - 2,912 meters.   Just about 100 miles northeast of Rome, in the heart of Abruzzi, is one of the most interesting mountains in Italy, the Gran Sasso. It is great to climb, and also a marvellous place to simply trek. The Gran Sasso is actually made of three peaks and it features snow almost all year long, as well as a perennial glacier. Unfortunately, the glacier has been melting and could disappear in the next decade or so. At the middle lower level of the Gran
Friday, June 27th, 2014
It's summer and you may be planning your holidays: an Italian holiday would be all about good food and enjoying a delicious meal with family and friends. If you visit, then, you'll likely spend quite a bit of time in restaurants or eating, so you need to be prepared.  We've put together some helpful phrases to make your meal time a breeze.   After you are seated, the first thing you will be asked is if you want something to drink:    W: Vorrebbe ordinare da bere
Sunday, May 18th, 2014
Italian and American Families: similar or opposed?  In Italy, as in many parts of the world, social structures and norms have changed dramatically over the last 50 years. The stereotype of the large Italian family is no longer true –and hasn't been for quite a while, now– as Italy now has one of the lowest birth rates in the world. Traditionally large families were particularly common in the countryside and, in more recent decades, have become more associated with the South,
Friday, May 16th, 2014
  Italians on Two Wheels  (blogpanorama.it)   Italians love vehicles on two wheels and it's safe to say that they're second to none when it comes to riding, designing and manufacturing them. Motorbikes are an excellent way to get around in Italy, especially in the city, because of the usually heavy traffic and the never-ending difficulties with finding parking. Famous and classic brands, such as Bianchi, took over the market's leadership, in Italy first, then all over
Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
Mark Ruffalo
Mark Ruffalo (Photo from Wikipedia)   Mark Ruffalo is an amazing actor who has incorporated his Italian heritage into his American nationality, without falling into the clichés of the Italian-Americans so often depicted by American films and the wider American media. What strikes people about Ruffalo is his sound character, immediately evident when people meet him, which reflects his positivity. It has also molded him as an actor, as he is always ready to enter into a character
Saturday, March 15th, 2014
This historical Roman road is named after a famous Consul, C. Aurelius Cota. It connects Rome to the Tyrrhenian Sea, then follows the Tuscan coast up to the city of Genoa, where it ends.  It is a very fast way to connect the Italian capital to the Côte d'Azur and the south of France, as well as connecting major Italian ports to one another and to Rome. .  Aurelia (Map of the Roman roads from Wikipedia) In Imperial times, for instance, Pisa was a fundamental portual link and
Sunday, March 9th, 2014
verona
Verona is the head town of the omonymous province in the region of Veneto, in the northeastern part of Italy. With its 258.917 inhabitants, it is the twelfth Italian city by population.   A beautiful collage of Verona's pictures (DanieleDF1995 at wikimedia.org)   The city of Verona is an important touristic destination, visited annually by more than three million people, especially thanks to its wealth of art and architecture. The city has been declared a World Heritage
Saturday, February 1st, 2014
  Compared to many other touristic countries, Italy is relatively safe and, in most places, you don't have to be worried to walk alone or at night. At the same time, tourists can easily become victims of small crimes like pickpocketing, especially in crowded areas. While you can never protect yourself fully from such things,  there are certain steps you can take to at least minimize the risk of having your belonging stolen off you while holidaying in the country.  
Monday, January 20th, 2014
There are so many things we believe to be Italian that you won't find in Italy at all. Read on, and learn which ones, among our best known Italian clichés are, in fact, not Italian at all.    1. Caesar Salad   The most famous salad served in almost every Italian restaurant in the U.S. is actually not Italian at all, but American. In Italy, asking for parmesan cheese and croutons on a salad would mean asking for quizzical looks in response, at least until recently.

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