When the heat of the day affords little reprieve, dawn and sundown bring a welcome lowering of temperatures, the blissful suggestion of a cool breeze, a second wave of energy and new life to the city. People go home to shower and shake off the dust, dirt and stress of the day, donning fresh and fabulous fashion for evening aperitivi, dinner and passeggiata. This is definitely a culture I could get used to - even without the wardrobe.
Italians are renowned for their love and appreciation of good food and wine, with life often evolving around social gatherings where this is not only possible but central. The relishing of scrumptious vittles is both traditional and an important part of Italian culture and family life. Though not for the vegetarian or faint-hearted, Porchetta is one of the country's earliest specialities dating back to the Roman Empire. Research suggests the dish most likely began in Ariccia,