10-Nov-11 14:11. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (2)

The Amalfi Coast and Minori

Giulia Lombardo writes about the Amalfi Coast, one of the Unesco World Heritage sites for its undisputed beauty and natural enchanting landscape. Blessed with the Mediterranean climate, the Amalfi coast is a very heterogeneous mix of traditions and landscapes. There are thirteen towns located along a stretch of road ripped from the bare rock, each of them possessing their own unique character and charm.


01-Nov-11 12:21. By Peter Ciccone | Comments (0)

Tracing Margherita Mazzullo and Antonio Zimmaro

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31-Oct-11 17:23. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (1)

Clerkenwell Delis - Veneticus

Following on from our feature on Gazzano's Backhill catches up with a recent addition - Veneticus Italian delicatessen.


31-Oct-11 17:09. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (284)

Clerkenwell Italian Delis - Gazzano's

Backhill catches up with the long established Gazzano’s Italian delicatessen


31-Oct-11 16:59. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Pellegrino Castle

As most castles are surrounded by mysteries and probably haunted, the castle of Pellegrino Parmense follows this tradition. Thanks to a recent restoration by entrepreneurs the castle is now back to its old glory and it can be visited by appointment. Several rooms of the castle now have also antique furniture. The castle of Pellegrino Parmense, 50 km from Parma, has a very long and complicated history.


10-Oct-11 15:33. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (75)

Passione funghi e tartufi

They are wrapped in a mist of secrets. Looking for them is like going on a treasure hunt and those who know where they grow will never give you any hint, or precious information, on how to find them! They are porcini mushrooms and truffles. Delicious, expensive and hard to find, these fungi species can lead to a real passion. Maybe this happens because of their secrete locations which make the people who know them feel to be part of a mysterious cult or because looking for them means long walks in beautiful uncontaminated nature.


30-Sep-11 17:36. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (5)

Learning Italian - BBC La Mappa Misteriosa

If you want to learn Italian why don’t you go on the BBC languages section online and be the viewers in the Italian learning drama “La Mappa Misteriosa”. You’ll be the protagonist of a mystery adventure through the Emila Romagna region. In the first episode you’ll be given a map which will lead you to an exciting journey through the wonders of Italy. While learning Italian you’ll uncover a family secret and some delicious regional specialities. The programme is made up of 12 short episodes, which in total make up 85min. In the interactive version the learner, who’s been part of the story all the way through, has to decide the final outcome.


26-Sep-11 17:47. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (8)

Venuto al mondo

First shooting of “Venuto al mondo” (Twice Born) The shooting of “Venuto al mondo”, translated in English as “Twice born”, the new film by the famous Italian actor and director Sergio Castellitto has started a few days ago in Sarajevo. The movie is based on the homonymous best seller by Margaret Mazantini (Sergio Castellitto’s wife), winner of the famous Premio Campiello 2009.


11-Aug-11 16:41. By Readers and Fiona Ford | Comments (1)

Britalians share their favourite things about their homeland

Here's a sample of what Italy means to many Backhill readers. Keep sending in your contributions. We'll probably run a competition sponsored by Rosetta Stone with a great prize for the best entry.


11-Aug-11 16:24. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (27)

Mamma Mia Italian Food Market

What Italians really missed since the beginning of their immigration in the UK was their food. Year after year the globalization of the market made it easier to find in every country products from everywhere. Nevertheless fresh specialities like mozzarella di bufala, for example, are still difficult to provide. For everyone who misses the typical flavours of their region or is willing to try something new there is a unique Italian Market: “Mamma Mia Italian Food Market”, tailored for town centres, festivals, special events, to share a taste of Italy in a Mediterranean atmosphere.


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