Find out why the U.S. State Department added Italy to the “do no travel” advisory list and what it means for your family vacation.


On Earth Day, I reflect on how my family’s roots in Ischia, Italy raises my awareness of the environment and encourages a greener lifestyle.



Pastiera is the traditional Neapolitan Easter dessert and dates back centuries. Photo by Francesca Di Meglio
Pastiera is the traditional Neapolitan Easter dessert and dates back centuries. Photo by Francesca Di Meglio

Spitting into Plants


Find out how this Italian Mamma grapples with the guilt that comes with having a baby boy who rejects her food

My baby is a little man with big strength. Photo by Francesca Di Meglio
My baby is a little man with big strength. Photo by Francesca Di Meglio


A plate of lasagne is the ideal treat for Carnevale, which is Italian for Mardi Gras. Photo by Francesca Di Meglio
A plate of lasagne is the ideal treat for Carnevale, which is Italian for Mardi Gras. Photo by Francesca Di Meglio


These are not the fried shellfish you’ll find on the boardwalk in the U.S., but they will make you swoon.

Fried mussels on a bed of arugula pairs well with olive oil and lemon or buttermilk ranch dressing. Photo by Francesca Di Meglio


Miscarriage made me look at nature differently. Photo by Francesca Di Meglio
Miscarriage made me look at nature differently. Photo by Francesca Di Meglio
While I endured my miscarriage, I turned to nature to sort out my feelings. Photo by Francesca Di Meglio


Let your kids play mad scientist by mixing vinegar, baking soda, and food coloring. Photo by Francesca Di Meglio
Let your kids play mad scientist by mixing vinegar, baking soda, and food coloring. Photo by Francesca Di Meglio
Let your kids play mad scientist by mixing vinegar, baking soda, and food coloring. Photo by Francesca Di Meglio


Democracy is as fragile as the snow globe of Washington, D.C., the U.S. capital. Photo by Francesca Di Meglio
Democracy is as fragile as the snow globe of Washington, D.C., the U.S. capital. Photo by Francesca Di Meglio
Democracy is as fragile as this snow globe of Washington, D.C., the U.S. capital. Photo by Francesca Di Meglio

Francesca Di Meglio

Francesca Di Meglio is a veteran reporter who has worked for Bloomberg Businessweek and Ladies’ Home Journal. Visit francescaandantonio.com for her blog.

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