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How To Get The Italian Vibes At Home

If you dream about going to Italy but can’t see happening yet, don’t be disappointed. I’m here to tell you how to get the Italian vibes at home.

Everyone needs some Italy in their lives, especially people like me and you who Just Love Italy, and one way to feel close to Italy is doing activities that activate the vibes, the emotion of having a piece of Italy as close as in the comfort of your home.

So let’s start!

Set the tone with a coffee

Every morning begins with a coffee. For Italians, the morning starts with a breakfast accompanied with a milky coffee. Whether you like cappuccino, caffè latte or latte macchiato, the first coffee of the day is with milk.

But how to make a true Italian milky coffee at home? Let’s start with understanding the types of milky coffees.

  • Cappuccino is made of equal parts of espresso, steamed milk, and foamed milk.
  • Caffè latte is made of espresso with more steamed milk and less foam.
  • Latte macchiato is made of steamed milk “marked” with a splash of espresso.

After you have decided the milky coffee that you would like to make, you will need two things: an Espresso Machine  (Recommended: Espresso Machine 3.5 Bar 4 Cup Espresso Maker Cappuccino Machine with Steam Milk Frother and Carafe) or, a Moka Pot and a Manual Milk Frother.

Look at this cute video on how to make a perfect Italian cappuccino. In the same way, you can prepare a caffè latte and a latte macchiato, keeping in mind the appropriate parts of espresso, steamed milk, and foam.

Tips:

Cappuccino

Increase the vibe by listening to Italian Singers

I love to listen to Italian singers in the morning because it increases my energy and make me feel ready to confront my “to do” list of the day.

My favorite Italian singer is Andrea Bocelli because besides of his spectacular voice, he is a great human being. Whether you like to listen to opera or modern Italian music, here some suggestions of Italian singers:

Italian Tenors Singers

Andrea Bocelli
Andrea Bocelli

Italian Pop Singers

Laura Pausini

Go for a Virtual Walking Tour to Pompeii

Pompeii was an ancient city located in the modern comune of Pompei, near Naples in the Campania region of Italy. Pompeii, was buried under 4 to 6 m (13 to 20 ft) of volcanic ash and pumice in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Italy, with approximately 2.5 million visitors annually. (source: Wikipedia)

You can take the 360-Virtual Walking Tour of Pompeii from ProWalk Tours from the comfort of your house. In addition, you can also see an exclusive virtual tour of the New Excavations of Pompeii.

Pompeii

Enjoy!

Carbonara or Arabbiata?

It’s about lunchtime, what about preparing an easy and quick Italian pasta recipe?

If you like spicy tomato sauce, you can follow the ‘Easy Pasta Arabbiatta Recipe’, or if you like bacon and eggs, you can follow the True Italian Carbonara Recipe”.
These two recipes are quick, easy and delicious.

Buon appetito!

Pasta alla Carbonara

 

Time for an espresso

Most Italians drink espresso after lunch. However, you can have an espresso any time of day. In Italy, if you order a coffee (un caffe), you are ordering an espresso. Italians drink espresso very quickly while the crema (or cream) is still on top. The crema is a creamy emulsion of the coffee’s oils on top of the coffee, which keeps the aroma of the coffee.

Now, all you need to have your espresso at home is a Moka Pot (Stovetop Espresso Maker) also known as a macchinetta (literally “small machine”).

espresso

Tips:

  • Don’t add milk to an espresso. If you add milk you’re making it an espresso machiatto, and shouldn’t be drinking it after 11:00 am.
  • Some of the most known/great quality Italian brand for espresso machine are De’longhi and Breville.

Love Italian movies? Or movies filmed in Italy?

Who doesn’t like to watch movies or TV series? Most everybody, I guess. I’m sure people have seen American movies shot in Italy like “Under the Tuscan Sun” or “Letters to Juliet” among my favorites. But have you seen Italian movies like “La Dolce Vita”, or “IL Postino”?

I’m going to suggest a list of movies that will inspire you to dream of Italy.

Italian Movies

Movies filmed in Italy

Learn some Italian words

If you want to continue with the Italian vibes, learning some basic Italian words will help you in your next trip to Italy.

In Italy, there’s no much expectation that tourist will know much Italian. However, they would appreciate if tourists know and use some basic courtesy words. Being able to say “Hello”, “Goodbye”, “Please” and “Thank you” will put you up one place in the respect scale.

For basic Italian lessons, you can check “The Italian Experiment” website or subscribe to Duolingo which offers “Learn Italian in just 5 minutes a day” for free.

In addition, for some basic Italian words and phrases for travelers, check out these articles below:

Ciao Roma

Prepare dinner while taking an Italian cooking class

My suggestion for dinner is the Focaccia Barese from Elizabeth Minchilli as she includes both, the recipe and the video. Although the video is in Italian, it’s very easy to follow when you cook the foccacia accompanied by the recipe.

Elizabeth Minchilli is one of my favorite bloggers about Italian food because she shares her passion for Italian food, with recipes and stories of meals and restaurants. She also has a series of videos through her Instagram account @eminchilli.

Another option is to follow the Italian Chef Massimo Bottura @massimobottura and pick one of his amazing videos to prepare a quick meal or a dessert. Massimo Bottura is an Italian restaurateur and the chef patron of Osteria Francescana, a three-Michelin-star restaurant based in Modena, Italy, which has been listed in the top 5 at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards since 2010 and received top ratings from ESPRESSO, Gambero Rosso and the Touring Club guides. (Source: Wikipedia).

What an honor to prepare recipes from Chef Massimo Bottura. I thinks it’s simply incredible!

Close the day with a good Italian Wine

Italian wines. I love them all! My preference is vino rosso (red wine).

If you are not familiar with Italian red wines, here is a good list for beginners. From the list, my preference is for the Nebbiolo, Super Tuscan, and the Sicilian wine families. However, the list is missing some of my favorites red wines: Valpolicella from Veneto region and Primitivo from Puglia region. In addition, you can find red wines by the type of grapes and regions.

If you enjoy the white wine as well, the most common Italian white wine is the Pinot Grigio, so you can also check these recommendations.

Cheers!

 

Done for the day

Wow! I feel accomplished. I hope you had enjoyed your Italian day as much as I did. I just love to learn about Italy and find ideas for my next trip, watch Italian movies, learn new Italian words, try new Italian recipes, and of course, try new Italian wines.

Arrivederci e Buona Fortuna,

Just Love Italy

Follow me @justloveitaly

Mirlay Castillo

11 thoughts on “How To Get The Italian Vibes At Home

  1. I love this article! I also want to visit Italy one day, as I love all things Italian (especially the food. LOL). I think that I’m going to fix spaghetti for dinner tonight. LOL I love how you address Italian culture from so many different angles. I can tell that you’re passionate about Italy and all that it has to offer. I will definitely be back! God bless you!

    1. Dear C.N.,
      Thanks for your kind comment. Definitely, I want my readers to feel engaged but mostly to learn about Italy and help them to decide to visit this beautiful country, now In need of support from the world (as many other countries in need). Blessings

  2. Good job on the post. This puts Italy into perspective from your very own home. For the people that cannot afford to take a trip to Italy, why not try something Italian right from home. You have done a great job in capturing the popular items relating to Italians.

    1. I’m very happy that you enjoyed my article. You just anticipated to my next series of Visiting Italy from Home. It’ll be useful for both, people that cannot travel to Italy (for any reasons) and people who has Italy in their bucket list but not sure where to g,o as there are so many options of cities and places, landmarks, beaches, that somebody will need months to have the flavor of the different regions in Italy.

  3. Great post with so much information and so easy to read.

    Andrea Bocelli, love this guy and have you seen him and son collaborating? They make a great sound together.

    A place I have never been to although I hope to in the near future.

    Love the architecture and there is so much history there.

    Love Italian food and their wines.

    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Ciao Mick,
      Yes, It’s like a very long Italian and fun day. Yes, I have seen Andrea and his son singing together. They are a fantastic duet. There are so much to see in Italy. I really hope you can go someday. Stay tuned as there is more to come about virtual visits to Italy. Cheers

  4. Absolutely engaging throughout. What a better way to start the day, than with a nice and foamy latte.

    I can definitely sense the blogger’s passion for Italy. Thank you for virtually transporting your readers to what Italy is all about. If we are not allowed to go out during this lockdown, at least let our imagination fly!

  5. Such a great Blog Mirlay! It’s a pleasure to read it. I know your love and passion for that amazing country. I also can sense the aroma of your delicious Italian Coffee. Congrats!!

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