Silvia Marchetti

Silvia Marchetti

Silvia Marchetti is a Rome-based freelance reporter. She covers finance, economics, travel and culture for a wide range of international media. Silvia has a master degree in journalism and has lived abroad most of her life in Switzerland, Russia, Holland and Indonesia. She’s fluent in four languages.

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What are boob cakes, and why do Italians love them so much?

Even the most conservative of Italians can’t get enough of the sexy cakes that are meant to look like small, firm breasts

2 Jan 2020 - 6:01PM

Even the most conservative of Italians can’t get enough of the sexy cakes that are meant to look like small, firm breasts

What are boob cakes, and why do Italians love them so much?
Which country has the strangest New Year’s Eve tradition?

Customs include sleeping in coffins, having sex the night before the new year, and smashing crockery

31 Dec 2019 - 2:00PM

Customs include sleeping in coffins, having sex the night before the new year, and smashing crockery

Which country has the strangest New Year’s Eve tradition?
China develops appetite for cheese, with surge in imports from EU. Elite’s evolving tastes, and pizza, behind the trend

Cheese and other dairy products have not been historically popular in China, but imports are increasing, and cheese ambassadors from Europe are working to break into a market that is potentially the world’s biggest.

31 Dec 2019 - 6:23AM

Cheese and other dairy products have not been historically popular in China, but imports are increasing, and cheese ambassadors from Europe are working to break into a market that is potentially the world’s biggest.

China develops appetite for cheese, with surge in imports from EU. Elite’s evolving tastes, and pizza, behind the trend
Why Chinese tourists love Italy’s quaint rural villages: scenery, solitude, silence – luxuries many don’t have at home

More Chinese tourists have visited Italy this year than any other European country, with many seeking out places that offer space and solitude – a trend that is helping revitalise depopulated villages in rural areas of the country.

12 Dec 2019 - 7:38PM

More Chinese tourists have visited Italy this year than any other European country, with many seeking out places that offer space and solitude – a trend that is helping revitalise depopulated villages in rural areas of the country.

Why Chinese tourists love Italy’s quaint rural villages: scenery, solitude, silence – luxuries many don’t have at home
Is panettone a cake or a bread? The story of Italy’s fruity Christmas favourite

Italy’s seasonal sweet bread is soft and fruity, yet tougher than tiramisu – but is it really better than Christmas cake?

2 Dec 2019 - 12:19PM

Italy’s seasonal sweet bread is soft and fruity, yet tougher than tiramisu – but is it really better than Christmas cake?

Is panettone a cake or a bread? The story of Italy’s fruity Christmas favourite
Is polenta an aphrodisiac? The hard truth: why the Italian dish is loved by mice and men

The traditional Italian dish is a semi-liquid cornmeal mush that doesn’t look appealing, but wives know that it is a potent sex booster and a ‘reproduction’ culinary secret

29 Nov 2019 - 10:00AM

The traditional Italian dish is a semi-liquid cornmeal mush that doesn’t look appealing, but wives know that it is a potent sex booster and a ‘reproduction’ culinary secret

Is polenta an aphrodisiac? The hard truth: why the Italian dish is loved by mice and men
Why German tourists are to blame for spaghetti bolognese – the beloved Italian pasta dish that doesn’t even exist in Italy

One of the most frequent mistakes tourists make when travelling to Italy is ordering spaghetti bolognese – a guaranteed way to conjure a confused, or concerned, waiter

29 Nov 2019 - 2:54PM

One of the most frequent mistakes tourists make when travelling to Italy is ordering spaghetti bolognese – a guaranteed way to conjure a confused, or concerned, waiter

Why German tourists are to blame for spaghetti bolognese – the beloved Italian pasta dish that doesn’t even exist in Italy
The sexiest sausage in the world? Sanguinaccio, Italy’s first form of Viagra

Dating back to Ancient Rome and literally meaning ‘ugly blood’ in Italian, innuendo-inducing sanguinaccio is a huge salami-shaped tube of meat or chocolate, made with pig blood and believed to be a powerful aphrodisiac

19 Nov 2019 - 10:00AM

Dating back to Ancient Rome and literally meaning ‘ugly blood’ in Italian, innuendo-inducing sanguinaccio is a huge salami-shaped tube of meat or chocolate, made with pig blood and believed to be a powerful aphrodisiac

The sexiest sausage in the world? Sanguinaccio, Italy’s first form of Viagra
Nutella, Ferrero Rocher, Gianduia paste: how are they all related?

A year’s production of Nutella would wrap around the Earth 1.7 times – but where does the chocolate spread come from?

12 Nov 2019 - 10:14AM

A year’s production of Nutella would wrap around the Earth 1.7 times – but where does the chocolate spread come from?

Nutella, Ferrero Rocher, Gianduia paste: how are they all related?
How white chocolate evolved from a coating for kids’ medicine into a sweet, creamy treat

The weird story of how white chocolate was made is surprisingly tied to medicines and energy-booster formulas discovered by its creator, Henri Nestlé

9 Nov 2019 - 5:26AM

The weird story of how white chocolate was made is surprisingly tied to medicines and energy-booster formulas discovered by its creator, Henri Nestlé

How white chocolate evolved from a coating for kids’ medicine into a sweet, creamy treat
Gorgonzola or Roquefort – which was the first blue cheese ever, and is the mould good for you?

Gorgonzola and Roquefort’s origins are said to be in the ninth century. However, a recent publication suggests that Roquefort could go back even earlier, to when southern France was part of the Roman Empire

31 Oct 2019 - 3:22AM

Gorgonzola and Roquefort’s origins are said to be in the ninth century. However, a recent publication suggests that Roquefort could go back even earlier, to when southern France was part of the Roman Empire

Gorgonzola or Roquefort – which was the first blue cheese ever, and is the mould good for you?
Move over French champagne, Italian spumante is the world’s best sparkling wine – and here’s why

It’s official: spumante trashed champagne at this year’s wine awards – but what is the story behind this bubbly Mediterranean upstart?

20 Oct 2019 - 2:00AM

It’s official: spumante trashed champagne at this year’s wine awards – but what is the story behind this bubbly Mediterranean upstart?

Move over French champagne, Italian spumante is the world’s best sparkling wine – and here’s why
The tiny Italian island feeding Japanese appetites for bluefin tuna sushi and sashimi

San Pietro, off Sardinia, has a population of 6,000 and is one of the biggest exporters to Japan of bluefin tuna. Fishermen there have caught tuna for generations, but have only recently learned to eat it raw thanks to their dealings with Japan.

13 Oct 2019 - 6:00PM

San Pietro, off Sardinia, has a population of 6,000 and is one of the biggest exporters to Japan of bluefin tuna. Fishermen there have caught tuna for generations, but have only recently learned to eat it raw thanks to their dealings with Japan.

The tiny Italian island feeding Japanese appetites for bluefin tuna sushi and sashimi
Have you tried ‘snow burgers’? Why traditional Italian treat granita is even better than ice cream

Granita is a dense mixture of sugar, water and ice blended with crushed pistachios, toasted almonds and the best of Sicily’s seasonal fresh fruit.

10 Oct 2019 - 4:37AM

Granita is a dense mixture of sugar, water and ice blended with crushed pistachios, toasted almonds and the best of Sicily’s seasonal fresh fruit.

Have you tried ‘snow burgers’? Why traditional Italian treat granita is even better than ice cream
Is tiramisu an aphrodisiac? The illicit origins of the Italian dessert born in brothels and fit for playboys and kings

Traced to Treviso, tiramisu is said to have begun as a prostitute’s treat served to reinvigorate clients and keep the sex business ticking over

27 Sep 2019 - 4:31PM

Traced to Treviso, tiramisu is said to have begun as a prostitute’s treat served to reinvigorate clients and keep the sex business ticking over

Is tiramisu an aphrodisiac? The illicit origins of the Italian dessert born in brothels and fit for playboys and kings
How the kiwi fruit from China, rebranded by New Zealand, flourishes in Italy, now world’s No 2 producer

It may have been rebranded by New Zealand, but the Chinese gooseberry comes from China; now it grows in abundance south of Rome, and Italy harvests more kiwis than New Zealand. It’s not the only exotic fruit growing there as temperatures rise.

24 Sep 2019 - 6:11AM

It may have been rebranded by New Zealand, but the Chinese gooseberry comes from China; now it grows in abundance south of Rome, and Italy harvests more kiwis than New Zealand. It’s not the only exotic fruit growing there as temperatures rise.

How the kiwi fruit from China, rebranded by New Zealand, flourishes in Italy, now world’s No 2 producer
Why is risotto yellow, anyway? The history of every Italian restaurant’s golden rice staple

Was risotto born from an artistic accident, or ‘culinary contamination’? We went to Milan to find out

6 Sep 2019 - 12:00PM

Was risotto born from an artistic accident, or ‘culinary contamination’? We went to Milan to find out

Why is risotto yellow, anyway? The history of every Italian restaurant’s golden rice staple
‘Slut’ spaghetti: why do the Russians – and Nicolas Cage – love it, and what’s the true story behind the dish?

Hollywood actor Nicolas Cage is a fan of lewdly named, legendary hot pasta offering made with capers, anchovies, tomatoes, olives, chilli pepper and garlic

31 Aug 2019 - 10:00AM

Hollywood actor Nicolas Cage is a fan of lewdly named, legendary hot pasta offering made with capers, anchovies, tomatoes, olives, chilli pepper and garlic

‘Slut’ spaghetti: why do the Russians – and Nicolas Cage – love it, and what’s the true story behind the dish?
Why are Chinese buyers flocking to pick up houses in Sicily? It’s not only because they once cost €1

Abandoned homes in Sambuca were first put on the market for €1 but went up for auction after thousands of offers flooded in. Buyers are supposedly attracted to the local lifestyle because they want to escape the stress of Chinese cities.

27 Aug 2019 - 4:52PM

Abandoned homes in Sambuca were first put on the market for €1 but went up for auction after thousands of offers flooded in. Buyers are supposedly attracted to the local lifestyle because they want to escape the stress of Chinese cities.

Why are Chinese buyers flocking to pick up houses in Sicily? It’s not only because they once cost €1
Valentino Garavani to sell his Tuscany summer home – where Sophia Loren once slept – for US$13 million

Lavishly decorated 15-bedroom property which was built in Tuscany, Italy, in 1750 and sits on a 27-acre estate, includes a room named in honour of Italian film star

19 Aug 2019 - 6:27PM

Lavishly decorated 15-bedroom property which was built in Tuscany, Italy, in 1750 and sits on a 27-acre estate, includes a room named in honour of Italian film star

Valentino Garavani to sell his Tuscany summer home – where Sophia Loren once slept – for US$13 million