I've been more active on Facebook since I started writing this blog... the reason is twofold. First, it is a way I can share our Grand Voyage Italy posts with more people. Secondly, there is a wealth of information on FB pages dedicated to various aspects of Italian life: cooking, travel tips, learning Italian, Italian style and fashions, Italian business news from Italy--you name it. Here are a few of my favorites for exploring Facebook to learn about Italy rather than just using it as a gossip board...
Living in Italy-Travel Experiences
This FB page is for expats living in Italy. It's a great place to get the real deal on getting by in Italy--shopping, traveling, language, trains, renting cars, suggestions on places to visit or eat. It's a great bunch of people to make friends with. One caution though... be respectful of the fact that many of the people posting are from families on U.S. Government or Military deployment. They are not on vacation--they really do live in Italy, sometimes not by choice. So, as long as you are respectful of this fact, join in on the conversations and ask for advice.
This is one of my favorites for incredibly authentic Italian recipes. There are even lots of Italian nationals posting to this page with their Nonna's recipes... what a wealth of heritage here. What can be better than cooking and enjoying the real Italy before you even take a trip there... or to keep eating such authentic recipes even after you've returned home?
You know you're Italian when...
This is small but fun group that shares memories of growing up in Italy, recipes, destinations, photos of their hometowns, historic photos and jokes. It seems to be made up mostly of Italians who are living in the U.S. but like to share things about Italy. Lots of fun.
This magazine has a fairly good page with lots of links to articles on various aspects of planning trips to Italy.
Italian For Beginners! Study materials and resources to help you learn Italian. To find the "Beginner Lessons" click the "FILES" section. Very helpful batch of people there.
A page for for Godfather fans... or should I say fanatics. Lots of fun learning the meanings behind some of the smallest details of the Godfather trilogy.
This is a popular FB page that links to a young family's blog. Subjects cover all aspects of Italian life, travel, wines and cuisine.
Making pizza... that's what this page is about. There are many types of stories, links to recipes and more. Want to know about the history of pizza? Check this page out.
The page for America's oldest Italian-American newspaper, a mix of stories from Italy and the Italian American community... history, news, art, recipes and just plain fun stuff.
Italian Recipe Box on Yummly
Not exactly authentic Italian recipes, but there are a lot of recipes here. For Italian recipes with a heavy American slant (expecially for busy Moms).
Life in Italy
Life in Italy is exactly that... Italy and Italian Culture. Italian News, Fashion, food and Italian Culture. Italian Language and Lifestyle.
This is the "official" Italian travel page on FB, but what I like about it is that every post in in both English and Italian. Spend a little time reading about places to visit and hone your Italian language skills at the same time!
Learn Italian with Lucrezia
Lucrezia is a sparkly, well spoken Italian young lady who has a very comprehensive FB pag and blog with many videos on all sorts of subjects used in language lessons. It's sometimes difficult to find beginner lessons, but keep scrolling and you'll find a lesson worth doing. By the way, even though she's only 23 years old, Lucrezia speaks English, Spanish and French besides her native Italian.
Another great Italian food and recipe page. Links to all sorts of recipes. Very popular.
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