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How to spritz like an Italian: There’s more to this ancient tradition than Aperol, so stock up on ingredients and go wild

The origin of spritz, like most things, dates back to the Roman Empire, where wine was infused with herbs and drunk by adding water.<p>In the nineteenth …

Photographer Sam Gregg shoots the true face of Naples

“See Naples and die,” Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe of <i>Faust</i> fame espoused in his book <i>Italian Journey</i> in 1786. Leaving behind his claustrophobic fame, …

Naples

‘Migrants are more profitable than drugs’: how the mafia infiltrated Italy’s asylum system

Crime families have cashed in on the ‘refugee industry’. By Barbie Latza Nadeau<p>Joy, a young Nigerian woman, was standing in the street outside the sprawling, overcrowded Cara di Mineo reception centre for asylum seekers in central Sicily, waiting for someone to pick her up when I met her. It was …

Profit

A Guide to Call Me by Your Name’s Enchanting Northern Italian Setting

“Somewhere in Northern Italy.” Those are the words scrawled across the opening credits of <i>Call Me by Your Name</i>, the film now up for three Golden Globes. It’s just a vague hint at a setting—enough to give geographical context for what’s to come, but not enough to take away from the dreamy …

New High-Speed Train Service Will Let You Hit Tuscany and Umbria

The train connects the cities of Perugia and Milan, with stops along the way.<p>Let's start here: the Italian train system is historically a great way to get around the country. Trains are frequent, easy to use, and relatively cheap. But, for the most part, you're riding local, which means lots of …

Italy

What to Eat Before and After a Workout

Feeling wiped out or starving after a trip to the gym or a jog in the park? Start by taking a closer look at what you eat and drink <i>before,</i> suggests …

Trapani, Sicily: A Dash Of Romance Under The Mediterranean Sun

Trapani is a romantic town situated in the province of the same name at the westernmost tip of Sicily. The sickle shaped peninsula is bordered on its …

Boris Johnson: Blond Ambition review – extraordinary picture of a chancer and a chump

Boris bounds around the globe followed by a Channel 4 camera crew. Plus: sex and splendid scenery in The Last Post; and desert engineering in Escape<p>A Boris hunt! <i>[Sounds horn]</i> Tally ho! Chasing him – for 16 months – is a Channel 4 camera crew. <b>Boris Johnson: Blond Ambition</b> (Channel 4) it’s called. Go …

A North Korean ship was seized off Egypt with a huge cache of weapons destined for a surprising buyer

By Joby Warrick<p>, Reporter<p>Last August, a secret message was passed from Washington to Cairo warning about a mysterious vessel steaming toward the Suez Canal. The bulk freighter named <i>Jie Shun</i> was flying Cambodian colors but had sailed from North Korea, the warning said, with a North Korean crew and …

North Korea

Mindfulness Is More Than A Buzzword: A Look Behind The Movement

The popularity of mindfulness in the western world has skyrocketed in recent years. It’s on the cover of magazines and appears on the evening news. Celebrities swear by it, scientists study it, monks still practice it and business leaders use it to thwart burnout.<p>As mindfulness becomes a buzzword …

Mindfulness

Why Happy People Cheat

A good marriage is no guarantee against infidelity.<p>“Most descriptions of troubled marriages don’t seem to fit my situation,” Priya insists. “Colin and I have a wonderful relationship. Great kids, no financial stresses, careers we love, great friends. He is a phenom at work, fucking handsome, …

Relationships

Rachel Roddy’s Italian sausage with tomato and pepper sauce recipe | A Kitchen in Rome

A rustic recipe for sausages in a rich pepper and tomato sauce inspired by the typically candid pages of Italian cookery idol Marcella Hazan – delicious, everyday alchemy with flavours and textures that just work<p>I bought my copy of Marcella Hazan’s The Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking from The …

The Meaty, Leftovers-Filled Pasta Savored By Tuscan Cowboys

I had been living in a corner of southern Tuscany, in the Maremma, for a few months when I began noticing <i>pasta alla buttera</i> (translation: cowboy pasta) here and there—on countryside menus and at various sagre, outdoor food festivals that are especially good places to try regional dishes. I made a …

Sauce Diane

5 minutes<p>10 minutes<p>Serves 4<p>Ingredients<p>1 tbsp olive oil<p>1 small onion, finely diced<p>1 garlic clove, chopped<p>100 g mushrooms, sliced<p>15 g butter<p>1-2 tbsp …

Recipes

Why Did Michelangelo Hate Raphael So Much? 5 Ferocious Feuds That Shaped Art History

Art World<p>From a Renaissance rivalry to the great clash of critics in NYC.<p>,<p>Throughout art history, the quest for remembrance and dominance has led to …

The 6 Foundational Movement Patterns

Are You Training Them All?<p>The Magic 6<p>As a human, your body moves in pretty much the same way as other humans. In fact, there are six basic movement …

Workouts

We have electoral reasons to be cheerful in Scotland

If we apply the <i>Bubbe Barometer</i> - “Is it good for the Jews?” - it’s difficult to conclude that the outcome of the general election passes muster.<p>Far …

Lesley Riddoch: We must keep the heid to convince the switherers and win independence

If the Prime Minister had managed to make such speedy progress towards Brexit, Nicola Sturgeon would have been left on the back foot and forced to …

'London Bridge is down': the secret plan for the days after the Queen’s death

She is venerated around the world. She has outlasted 12 US presidents. She stands for stability and order. But her kingdom is in turmoil, and her subjects are in denial that her reign will ever end. That’s why the palace has a plan.<p><i>Support our journalism by becoming a member or making a one-off</i> …

Pasta alla Norcina

<b>Yield:</b> Serves 4 - 6<p><b>Prep Time:</b><p>10 mins<p><b>Cook Time:</b><p>25 mins<p>This traditional pasta dish includes cream and sausage, I added mushrooms, and topped the dish …

Spending 10 Minutes a Day on Mindfulness Subtly Changes the Way You React to Everything

Leaders across the globe feel that the unprecedented busyness of modern-day leadership makes them more reactive and less proactive. There is a solution to this hardwired, reactionary leadership approach: mindfulness.<p>Having trained thousands of leaders in the techniques of this ancient practice, …

Mindfulness

Rachel Roddy’s recipe for fish poached in tomato and wine | A kitchen in Rome

Some recipes aren’t an exact science – such as <i>pesce all’acqua pazza</i>, or fish in crazy water – where whole bream is poached in a glistening sauce of extra virgin olive oil, garlic, chilli, and tomatoes and wine<p>“It is not a recipe, but a way.” It must be 10 years since Vera said this to me. We were …

Rachel Roddy’s Tuscan beef stew recipe | A Kitchen in Rome

This classic, slow-cooked Tuscan beef stew involves just six ingredients, though this one comes with one extra – a great story, which, as we know, makes all food taste better<p>Somewhere there is a photograph of my mum clinging to a large terracotta pot. When the picture was taken she was in on the …

Lose up to a stone in two weeks! Dr Xand van Tulleken offers his tips and tricks to do just that - and a selection of recipes from his Definitive Diet

After several weeks of glorious over- indulgence, you're probably feeling ready to shed a few pounds — not to mention feel lighter, brighter and …

23 Small Things You Can Do Every Day That Will Make You Happier

According to a happiness expert.<p>We asked a happiness expert for some easy ways to feel great that don't involve buying a fifty grand watch, going to the Maldives, or dating a supermodel.<p>Step forward Andy Cope—a happiness expert and co-author of <i>The Little Book of Emotional Intelligence: How to</i> …

50 Simple Things You Can Do To Be A Real Leader

It isn't rocket science. It is all about perseverance, hard work, love and empathy. Here are 50 surefire things you can do to be a real leader.

10 things successful people do every day

What habits, tactics, and routines do the most successful people use to achieve their Earth-shaking accomplishments?<p>One guy wanted to know. So he …

These Skills Are Hard To Learn But Pay Off For The Rest of Your Life

This column is by Thomas Oppong, Founding Editor at Alltopstartups<p><i>“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies</i> …