Ischia and The Story of a New Name
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by Ishita
6M ago
Remember the benevolent Maestra Oliviero from My Brilliant Friend?? She graciously suggested Elena to stay for a few weeks in her cousin’s apartment in Ischia. That is all I could think of when I booked a ferry from Naples to Ischia. Widely known among locals, Ischia is a stunningly pretty island off the coast of Naples. A bulk of the story of the first and second novels from Ferrante’s Neapolitan Series are set on this island. Additionally, even the TV series by HBO & Rai based on “The Story of a New Name” makes it come alive! Ischia and The Story of a New Name Ischia is not as packe ..read more
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Day trip to Procida from Naples
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by Ishita
7M ago
A day trip to Procida from Naples is one of the best decisions I made on a hot summer day. Procida is a tiny island off the coast of Naples which is now extremely popular amid Italians and tourists alike. It was named the Italian Capital of Culture for 2022 and has now become crowded due to this reason. But that should not deter you from visiting because this place is adorable! Procida is authentic, colorful and truly a delight. How to get to Procida from Naples It is super easy to reach Procida from the port of Naples with frequent departures in the summertime. There are direct ferries that t ..read more
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7 Reasons why you should give Naples a chance
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by Ishita
7M ago
Naples and I had an instant energy match and a connection that is inexplicable. I do realize that not everyone can feel the same way for this city. So I wanted to encourage those of you who might be wanting to travel to Naples but are still confused. I too, have been part of the same crowd for a few years, the same crowd that believes the countless negative reviews of the city and are unsure about visiting this Southern Italian city. It was only until I took a chance in May 2022 and traveled to see Naples that I changed my mind. Both the beauty of the Napoli and hospitality of Neapolitans blew ..read more
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Naples is Magic
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by Ishita
8M ago
Is Naples really worth visiting?? Is it safe?? On Italophilia I have vowed to share positive experiences of my travels in Italy and I will continue to do so. But truth be told, when it came to Naples (Napoli) I had a very mixed mindset before my trip in May 2022. I think it had to do with the reputation of the city we read from online forums and blogs. While I knew many people in my community who adored Naples to bits, I was still hesitant till I visited the city myself. Being concerned for my safety as a woman and even as an avid traveler to Italy, I didn’t want to dislike the city either! So ..read more
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Books that give an itch to visit South Italy
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by Ishita
10M ago
Have you been sitting at home while people around you are traveling the world??! Travel has opened up for sure but maybe it is still not our time to be on the road. But thank god we can travel from our living rooms with books! I am currently in the Mediterranean sunshine amid stunning beaches and friendly locals, in the narrow lanes of small towns where there is an abundance of fresh pasta and cheese. I hope you enjoy visiting the South of Italy with me as these books are sure to give you more travel itch! Books that give an itch to visit South Italy That Summer in Puglia by Valeria Vescina Se ..read more
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As the Romans Do: 10 Magnificent Quotes by Alan Epstein
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by Ishita
10M ago
As the Romans Do: An American Family’s Italian Odyssey by Alan Epstein is a wonderful book on the Eternal City. This insightful memoir beautifully blends to show the people, art, food and community of Rome. I especially enjoyed the author’s light heartedness to the madness of the city, including the Politics of the time. While I would have loved to know how the move to Italy happened for Epstein, I did enjoy his magically complicated Roman life. A word of caution to my Italian readers though- read it with a huge pinch of salt as this book is full of cliches ? As the Romans Do: 10 Magnificent Q ..read more
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Best way to learn Italian on your own
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by Ishita
11M ago
You have heard countless times that to learn a foreign language, one must listen to podcasts, watch movies, TV shows and listen to music. But today we go beyond the obvious choices to understand how to imbibe Italian language in your life and learn it on your own. When I started learning Italian, I had no idea I would reach this far and become an Intermediate speaker and an Advanced listener. After 7 years of making this beautiful language my whole world, I have 3 TIPS that might help you answer “What is the best way to learn Italian on your own??!” Best way to learn Italian on your own Studyi ..read more
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103 Other Adventures In and Around Rome – a must read for Italophiles
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by Ishita
1y ago
The Italophilia community keeps getting bigger and bigger and I could not be more thrilled to share about two passionate Italophiles and Romanophiles (is that a word??) today. Please welcome Silvia Prosperi and Bill Richards, enthusiastic experts on Rome, who have recently published the book “103 Other Adventures In and Around Rome – Beyond the Biggies like the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and the Vatican”. 103 Other Adventures In and Around Rome – a must read for Italophiles 1. Buongiorno Silvia & Bill, welcome to Italophilia. Tell us all about yourselves. Bill: Buongiorno Ishita. I moved to ..read more
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What to Eat in Rome besides Pizza and Pasta
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by Ishita
1y ago
Have you wondered what the Romans eat and snack on?? What are some of the popular dishes to eat in Rome besides pasta and pizza?! In this post are 5 famous Roman dishes below are a must try on your trip to the Eternal City. This post is basically an encouragement to gorge on something besides the well known Italian dishes. What to Eat in Rome besides Pizza and Pasta 1. Maritozzo Maritozzo (singular), maritozzi (plural) are sweet Roman buns/pastries. These are heavenly pastries richly laden with cream. Maritozzi instantly give a sugar high and are a must try when you’re in Rome. They are a grea ..read more
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How to prepare for the CILS exam
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by Ishita
1y ago
CILS is a qualification offered by the University of Siena to foreigners studying the Italian language. It conforms to the  Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. If you’re curious to know more about CILS and why you should give it, I suggest you first read here. I sat for the CILS B2 level exam this month to test myself and make all my years of Italian study more “official”. This post on how to prepare for the CILS exam highlights my study routine and strategy, along with some practical tips. How to prepare for the CILS exam CILS exam is divided into 5 sections which are h ..read more
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