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Italian by birth and multicultural by choice, Patrizia Margherita speaks 5 languages and has lived and worked in the US, Brazil, Australia, France and the UK. She’s Italian and American but she likes to consider herself a citizen of the world. When she’s not teaching or working on translations, Patrizia enjoys cooking Italian food, hiking and travelling around the world…she has visited 58 countries so far and counting!

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  • 2018.07.11
  • Bachelorette’s party traditions in Liguria…
  • The bachelorette or hen party has been a rite of passage for brides-to-be for a few decades now and it is a constantly evolving custom, linked to the fashions of the moment, which has been transformed and renewed over time to become a real trend among couples of future spouses.
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  • 2018.06.15
  • Being veggie in Italy.
  • After even the worldwide famous chef of Scottish origins, Gordon Ramsay, has posted online photos of the first vegan pizza served in one of his restaurants, it is official: vegetarianism and veganism are becoming increasingly popular.
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  • 2018.06.01
  • Fun and nature at the Adventure Park
  • With temperatures slightly increasing, it is normal that people wish to escape from the heat, even just for a day during the weekend.A short driving distance from Genoa, it is possible to enjoy the shade of a mountain forest and at the same time live an exciting adventure choosing the acrobatic routes of an amazing adventure park.
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  • 2018.05.23
  • Not just the sea…
  • People are used to considering Liguria as a coastal place, where you go for a swim and where to relax on the beach. People don’t think of Liguria as a place where you can go hiking outdoors, maybe in the mountains, surrounded by snow. But, truth is, there are many places where you can take walks with a pair of snowshoes.
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  • 2018.05.08
  • Alassio and its two nicknames
  • There is a small beach resort town in our beautiful region which is countrywide famous for a wall. Alassio’s Muretto (small wall in Italian) is indeed the symbol par excellence of this Ligurian town and one of the town’s two nicknames is “The town of the small wall.”
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  • 2018.04.11
  • April Fools’ Day fish cake and the holy palm twigs
  • The 1st of April is internationally known as April Fools’ Day, the day of the year dedicated to pranks and jokes. On this day each year in Italy, just as in the rest of the world, children play pranks on their friends and family members, the most common of which is to stick a paper fish on the back of someone bearing writings such as “April Fool.”
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  • 2018.03.29
  • Seborga, seeking independence
  • A “coup d’état” is taking place in Seborga, the self-proclaimed Principality in the province of Imperia, in our beloved Liguria region. Seborga is nothing more than a small town on the West coast of Liguria, not far from the border with France. The town is “governed” (actually administered) by a self-proclaimed “prince,” Marcello, who has been fighting, in vain, for years to gain his official independence from Italy.
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  • 2018.03.16
  • The Pandolce, a sweet tradition
  • More than a tradition, it is a landmark, a symbol of Genoa like the Lanterna (the lighthouse). And just like the Lanterna, it has remained the same for many centuries with its natural leaven and its soft candied fruits, chosen among the best available.
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  • 2018.03.02
  • Cetaceans in the Ligurian sea
  • A few decades ago the Ligurian sea was populated by dolphins, reef sharks and whales but, for a few years, these animals disappeared because they couldn’t find food anymore, given the extensive fishing which was destroying their natural habitat.
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  • 2018.02.19
  • A floral coastline
  • The stretch of coastline which extends from Genoa to Ventimiglia is referred to as Riviera dei fiori or Flowers’ Riviera. When you think of flower-growing and flower distribution in Italy, in fact, our region, Liguria, immediately comes to mind and in particular we think of this area, which goes from Genoa to the border with France.
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  • 2018.02.05
  • Genoa’s curiosity shop
  • Genoa is a city which needs to be explored and its historical center is a symbol of the mysterious nature of this place, with its labyrinth of caruggi (narrow alleyways) which hide amazing places and realities unknown to most, even to locals!
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  • 2018.01.22
  • One city, two Popes
  • Not everyone knows that near Genoa there is a small city called Savona and which it became famous because it ‘produced’ two Popes. Indeed, two of its citizens became Popes between the 1400 and the 1500 and that makes it the only city in the world which can boast having two Popes.
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  • 2018.01.05
  • Three kings, a good witch and sugar coal
  • As the song goes: “it’s the most wonderful time of the year!”Everybody loves Christmas and New Year’s Eve but, in Italy (and some other Catholic-predominant countries), there is another holiday, somewhat underrated, which takes place on January 6th: Epiphany or Three Kings’ Day.
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  • 2017.11.21
  • The Lantern, Genoa’s historical landmark
  • They say of Genoa city that it is ‘rough, sometimes harsh, but always authentic.’ You either hate it or love it, nothing in between. When in Italy someone thinks of this city, which is also called the Superb by its inhabitants, one thinks of pesto sauce, the largest aquarium in Europe, the old port and its dark and tight alleyways.
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  • 2017.11.06
  • The Genoa-Casella Railway
  • The Genoa-Casella Railway recently reopened after it had been closed for over 2 years following the collapse of two bridges along this cable railway line.
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  • 2017.10.26
  • A minute of silence
  • Savona is a town located about one hour by train from Genoa and it is the second biggest city in Liguria. This town is famous for white farinata, a wheat glutinous flatbread, for its Priamar fortress and for its main square, Piazza Mameli, also called the square of the fallen.
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  • 2017.10.05
  • Genoa, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows…
  • Genoa is a very beautiful city, famous for its focaccia, its Aquarium, its port and its pesto sauce. There are many amazing stretches of coast around this city which are worth visiting but unfortunately, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows and this place is infamous in Italy for its inhabitants.
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  • 2017.09.15
  • A land of seafarers
  • Genoa cannot be explained but it must be lived because it is a contradiction in both urban and social terms. Genoa is full of dark alleyways as well as elegant avenues but what all places in this city have in common is that they tell about its history of explorations and sea adventures.
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  • 2017.09.06
  • A trip around the world in Genoa city
  • It is not easy to imagine that there, just above the Piazza Principe station, Genoa’s main train station, overlooking the entire city from above, there is a chic, elegant and proud castle that encloses not only a regal atmosphere but a collection of memorabilia from around the world.
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  • 2017.08.17
  • 5 terre paradise
  • Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore are five villages, five lands on the sea where they get their name: Cinque Terre, meaning five lands. Modeled by nature for centuries they were adapted to the needs of man. First, for agricultural purposes, men created the terraces fields, which make this a unique place.
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  • 2017.07.25
  • Chinotto, the Ligurian citrus
  • The ‘chinotto from Savona’ is a typical Ligurian fruit. It is a small round, bright green citrus which, when it ripes, becomes yellow-orange and is almost completely seedless.
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  • 2017.07.11
  • Infiorata, a Holy Flower Festival
  • Every year, at the end of June, the Catholic Church celebrates the solemnity of the Corpus Domini (literally God’s body) and the entire Italian peninsula dresses up with floral decorations which cover the streets and the squares of many cities and towns. The Corpus Domini is originally celebrated on Thursday after the celebration of the Holy Trinity but in Italy this holiday is moved to Sunday for convenience. 
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  • 2017.06.20
  • A land of artists and poets
  • The last stretch of land in the Ligurian Riviera of Levante (the East side), just before its border with Tuscany, gathers around the Gulf of La Spezia, better known as the Gulf of Poets.
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  • 2017.05.23
  • Glass and ceramic art
  • In Italy when people talk about the Liguria region they think of the sea, the beaches, the flavors of the local cuisine, the fishermen and the small colorful villages with narrow crowded streets of vacationers in the summer but, in the world of applied arts, Liguria is synonym with ceramics and blown glass.
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  • 2017.05.08
  • Italian customs and social etiquette
  • FASHION and STYLEMaking a good first impression is very important in Italy and you should be aware that you will most likely be judged first and foremost based on your physical appearance and that includes grooming,
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  • 2017.04.12
  • Doves, bunnies and chocolate eggs…
  • There is no doubt that Christian holidays represent most of the traditional Italian heritage. They express faith, of course, but nowadays they mostly have a strong social meaning and represent a bond to the community.
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  • 2017.04.03
  • A trip back in time…
  • I think almost every girl has dreamed at least once in her lifetime to be a princess and perhaps every man has dreamed at least once as a kid to travel in time…Such dreams can come to
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  • 2015.12.14
  • New Year traditions
  • Italy, as all Western countries, follows the internationally accepted civil Gregorian calendar which is also known as “Western” or “Christian” calendar and
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  • 2015.11.27
  • Advent Time in Liguria
  • It’s not that time of the year just yet but the main holiday in Italy is without any doubt Christmas day and many await this holiday with anticipation all year round.
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  • 2015.11.13
  • Commemorating the departed
  • Although Italy is officially considered a secular country, where Church and State are two separated entities, religious holidays are still recognized and
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  • 2015.10.30
  • Fashionable Strolls
  • Italy is one of the leading countries in fashion design and Italians are passionate about clothes and trends and dress up pretty much for any given occasion.
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  • 2015.10.16
  • LOCAL PRODUCE AND SLOW FOOD
  • Buying local produce is becoming increasingly popular in Italy, especially among women. In Italy, local foods are called ‘0 km products,’ which means they are
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  • 2015.09.11
  • OPEN-AIR CULTURAL EVENTS
  • Ligurian towns are blessed with picturesque landscapes and a mild climate all year round which offer the perfect backdrop for open-air cultural events
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  • 2015.08.28
  • LIGURIAN FOOD
  • Italian food is well-known and appreciated worldwide but Italian cuisine is not just one. There are many regional differences and a wide variety of
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  • 2015.08.14
  • How to enjoy the Bar in Italy
  • The Italian bar is more than just a café where to sit and have a break…it is a world on its own. The Italian bar is a café, a diner, a tea room, a lounge bar and,
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  • 2015.07.31
  • A Passion for the Beach
  • Summer in Italy’s Liguria region is all about enjoying the mild summer nights strolling with friends by the sea, eating fresh seafood on restaurant patios set up
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  • 2015.07.17
  • Soccer supporters
  • It’s no secret that Italians are in love with soccer. Italian boys are raised playing it and watching it on TV with their dads and Italian girls grow to love it,
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