Il Campo, The Heart os Siena - Okizia Beyond: Il Campo is the main medieval piazza in Siena, Italy & one of the most visited, admired & used. So much of the Sienese daily living/civic duties takes place in Il Campo. Here is a brief history of this magnificent piazza & some of the activities that take place.

The campo & I had a few firsts together – seeing chocolates in such abundance at a festival; first concert in Italy & “horse race”-Il Palio, place I sat down on the ground in the city center (like being back at convent haha); outdoor nap; met up with some people and sang in the freezing cold while another played […]

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Italian Caffe Culture-Etiquette- Okizia Beyond: Caffè or coffee is so deep-rooted in the Italian culture that it's impossible to go a day and not see an Italian standing at a bar with a caffè in their hand. However, to drink caffè like a true Italian, you need to do like a true Italian. Check out these etiquettes so they don't label you a turista.

There is a saying- people should drink coffee with 3″c”: caldo (hot), comodo (comfortable), because you must enjoy it with no hurry, and chiacchierato (chatted), ie in company.   To blend in with the Italiani and especially if you don’t want to be labeled una turista (even though you are), there are certain “commandments” one […]

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Italian Caffe Culture- Okizia Beyond: Caffè or coffee is so deep rooted in the Italian culture that it's impossible to go a day and not see an Italian standing at a bar with a caffè in their hand. Even more so, you'd think they invented caffè. Read on to learn more.

Caffè è semplicemente un modo di vita per gli Italiani. My mother is a coffee lover. So much so that it became annoying which led my younger sister and me to hide it somewhere around the house one morning. We made noises all over with our footsteps so as to make her go in one […]

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