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This month in Joyce's Little Black Book (our newly renamed and redesigned newsletter), we celebrate Carnival - one of the bright spots of a cold northern Italian winter - with a look at the craftsmen who still handcraft costumes for Venice's lavish balls.

Here's what else you missed:

    • Feature Article: Via Emilia
      We continue our feature focus on Roman roads with the Via Emilia, the perfect route through Italy's most famous culinary attractions. Check out the notes from my little black book for my (top secret!) favorite picks along the way.
    • February Holidays: Italy's Other Carnivals
      Yes, it does seem like Venice is the only carnival around, but there are actually many large (and in some ways, more enjoyable) festivals around the country. We detail two top picks in the newsletter.
    • News This Month: Award-Winning Italian Film Comes to America
      One of the most talked about films in Italian cinema last year is now opening in the U.S.
    • February Recipe: Frappe
      Not a Starbucks Frappe! Though just as sweet. These sugar-dusted, fried knots are a favorite belly warmer during the carnival season.
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Even though Italian food is ubiquitous in the U.S., the Italian style of eating is still very foreign to many of us. And I’m not just talking about multiple courses.

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This month in Falcone's Italian Concierge Newsletter, we continued our feature focus on Roman roads with the Via Cassia . . .

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Extending from the hills just south of Siena to Monte Amiata, the Val d’Orcia or Valdorcia lays claim to an important stretch of the Francigena.

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An American walked into an Italian coffee bar . . . there’s a lot of jokes that start that way. And you don’t want to be one of them. Follow this guide to fare una bella figura (make a good impression).

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