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.
- If you are in Italy, don’t order milky coffee after 11 a.m. Italians enjoy milky coffee only in the morning, never in the afternoon or after a meal.
- If you want to enjoy an espresso at home without having to spend too much money on an espresso machine, you can get a Stovetop Espresso Maker. Bialetti Venus Induction 4 Cup Espresso Coffee Maker, Stainless Steel is what I use at home to make my morning coffee. It’s easy to use, makes excellent strong espresso coffee and lasts for many years. I would say decades.
- To make the milk frother, you can also use Bellemain Stainless Steel Hand Pump Milk Frother or a Handheld Milk Frother Wand like 1Easylife H422 Stainless Steel Handheld Electric Milk Frother with Bonus Mix Spoon).
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
- Luciano Pavarotti (12 October 1935 – 6 September 2007)
- Mario Lanza (January 31, 1921 – October 7, 1959)
- Francesco Albanese (13 August 1912– 11 June 2005)
- Enrico Caruso (25 February 1873 – 2 August 1921)
- Andrea Bocelli (born 22 September 1958)
- Beniamino Gigli (20 March 1890 – 30 November 1957)
Italian Pop Singers
- Laura Pausini
- Eros Ramazzotti
- Bianca Atzei
- Gianna Nannini
- Tiziano Ferro
- Adriano Celentano
- Fiorella Mannoia
- Alessandra Amoroso
- Il Volo
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)
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.
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”).
- 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.
- La Dolve Vita, 1960
- Cinema Paradiso, 1988
- The Postman, 1994 – Italian: IL Postino
- Life is Beautiful, 1997 – Italian: La vita è bella
- IL Divo, 2008
- Gomorrah, 2008 – Italian: Gomorra
- I am Love, 2009 – Italian: Io sono l’amore
- The Great Beauty, 2013 – Italian: La Grande Bellezza
- Suburra, 2015
- Call Me by Your Name, 2017 – Italian: Chiamami col tuo nome
Movies filmed in Italy
- Roman Holiday, 1953
- The Godfather, 1972
- A Room with a View, 1985
- Only you, 1994
- The Red Violin, 1998
- Tea with Mussolini, 1999
- The Talented Mr. Ripley, 1999
- Under the Tuscan Sun, 2003
- The Italian Job, 1969, 2003
- A Good Woman, 2004
- Shadows In The Sun, 2005
- Quantum of Solace, 2008
- Angels & Demons, 2009
- Letters to Juliet, 2010
- Eat, Pray, Love, 2010
- The Tourist, 2010
- To Rome with Love, 2012
- House of Versace, 2013
- Inferno, 2016
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.
In addition, for some basic Italian words and phrases for travelers, check out these articles below:
- Basic Italian Words and Phrases for Your Trip to Italy (source: travelandleisure.com)
- Italian for Travelers to Italy – Helpful Italian Words and Phrases for Your Trip to Italy (source: tripsavvy.com)
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.
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This is what day 8 of quarantine looks like at Casa Minchilli. Are we drowning out the world hiding under the shelter of focaccia? Yes we are. If you have a better idea let me know. #iorestoacasa #theitaliantable #focacciabarese 👩🍳👉🏻 recipe is in my highlights thanks to @sminchilli
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.
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
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