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Piemonte Wines: Wines Worthy of the Alps

Piemonte Wines: Wines Worthy of the Alps

Posted by Darya Camacci on April 24 2016

The Piemonte region in northwest Italy is home not just to the Alps and Apennine mountain ranges, but to some of the most excellent wines in the country, known as Piemonte wines.

No other region in Italy produces as many DOC and DOCG wines, with 58 of the most highly regarded wines, including Barolo and Barbaresco from the Nebbiolo grape (reds) and whites such as Moscato Bianco, which includes the sweet, bubbly Asti Spumante.

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Topics: Italian Wine, alps, italian food

Why Balsamic Is the Best Vinegar Around

Why Balsamic Is the Best Vinegar Around

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on April 22 2016

The city of Modena, in the Modena region of Italy, is famous for three things:

  • The late Italian opera singer Pavarotti was born here.
  • The famous Ferrari museum is near here.
  • Traditional balsamic vinegar is produced here.

The Malpighi family is one of the oldest producers of balsamic vinegar in Modena. The president, Massimo Malpighi, is the fifth generation of the family to run its factory, open since 1850.

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Topics: custom tours, italian food, Tuscany

Venice's Caffè Florian: Almost 300 and Still Up Late

Venice's Caffè Florian: Almost 300 and Still Up Late

Posted by Darya Camacci on March 27 2016

 On St. Mark’s Square in Venice stands a cultural landmark, Caffè Florian.

 Established in 1720, it is the oldest coffeehouse in Venice, and possibly in Europe. It was originally named “Triumphant Venice (Alla Venezia Trionfante)” but ultimately became known as Florian’s, after its owner, Floriano Francesconi.

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Topics: Italian Wine, italian culture, italian food, art, history, coffee, Venice

Easter in Italy: Dancing, Ceremonies and Celebrations

Easter in Italy: Dancing, Ceremonies and Celebrations

Posted by Mira Todorova on March 20 2016

In Italy, where the Catholic church has a unique standing, Easter (Pasqua) is celebrated like nowhere else.

If you visit at that time, you’ll discover an eclectic mix of rituals and ceremonies taking place in towns, villages and cities. These celebrations are second only to Christmas in Italy in gaiety and religious significance .

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Topics: Insider, Groups and Family Tours, italian culture, italian food, church

Tips for Eating in Italian Restaurants

Tips for Eating in Italian Restaurants

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on March 18 2016

You will want to visit the restaurants in many of the Italian cities and towns that you visit. Any Italian will tell you that their cuisine is the best in the world. (Of course, so will any Frenchman or person of Asian descent, but let’s not quibble.)

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Topics: italian culture, italian food, travel

Italian Coffee Culture: 9 Things to Know Before You Go to Italy

Italian Coffee Culture: 9 Things to Know Before You Go to Italy

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on March 11 2016

Drinking coffee is ingrained in Italian culture. It’s as important as drinking wine, eating pasta and parades at Carnevale.

It’s a sacred beverage, though, so understand how it’s done in Italy before you go. Italians are very peculiar about their coffee. If you want an authentic Italian experience when you drink coffee, read about coffee culture with our 10 tips.

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Topics: italian culture, italian food, coffee

Savoring the Amalfi Coast

Savoring the Amalfi Coast

Posted by Darya Camacci on February 14 2016

The Amalfi Coast, in the Campania region, is one of the real treasures of Italy.

The coastline is sprinkled with small golden beaches against a backdrop of idyllic fishing villages. When you add luxurious hotels and villas, and steep beachside cliffs, its popularity among international vacationers is understandable.
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Topics: Scenic Locations, couples, limoncello, italian food, travel, southern italy

Italian Food Is Much More Than Tomato Sauce

Italian Food Is Much More Than Tomato Sauce

Posted by Darya Camacci on February 5 2016

When Americans think about Italian food, what do they think of? Likely it's a pasta dish with tomato sauce.

But that is only one kind of Italian food. Italian cuisine is as different as New England fish and chips are from Cajun jambalaya. When dining in Italy, or even just your local trattoria, here are a few things to know. It’s hard to paint with broad fork strokes, but here goes!

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Topics: sicily, italian food, northern Italy, southern italy