Thursday, March 10, 2011

Tiramisu, Bologna, e Puccini

Well, the adventure in Italy continues! I feel like I haven’t written in a while and I have a lot to catch up on! Last weekend, we ventured out to the little town of Treviso, known for tiramisu, radicchio, the United Colors of Benetton, and… well that’s about it. It was a pretty little town with some nice views, and we had a delicious lunch at La Beccherie. I had tagliatelli with pancetta and radicchio (so good) and for dessert, tiramisu (amazing). La Beccherie claims to be the restaurant where tiramisu was invented!

Tagliatelli con pancetta e radicchio

Original tiramisu!

The next day we went to visit Bologna, a much larger city and the home to the oldest university in the world. The city is much to big to see everything in one day, but the highlights included seeing a few churches, eating spaghetti alla Bolognese, and finding this little street filled with food vendors. That street was probably my favorite thing we found all day! Here are a few pictures:

Spaghetti alla bolognese

Last night, I also had the chance to see the opera La Boheme at the Fenice in Venice! It was absolutely incredible. While I am not that well-versed in opera, it was still amazing to be in the theater in Italy watching a high quality production. We went as part of my class on Italian Music. The theater itself is gorgeous, but was not designed for viewing the stage very well! We didn’t have the best seats, but we could still see pretty decently and could hear everything. The set was also pretty awesome, with big moving pieces, tons of lights, and a stage that moved up and down like an elevator! The singing was fantastic, and, thanks to the subtitles they included above the stage, I could actually follow along with most of it. Overall, a memorable experience.

On the way to the opera
At the Fenice

Learn Italian
tiramisu - italian dessert (literally translates as "pick me up")
teatro – theater
pausa – intermission
palcoscenico – stage (of a theater) 

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