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5 Things to Do in Italy that Don't Involve Churches

5 Things to Do in Italy that Don't Involve Churches

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on May 15 2016

We write about churches a great deal in this blog. Almost as much as wine. 

We love Italian churches because of their magnificent art and architecture, as well as their fascinating histories. However, after seeing your twentieth church, you may have had your fill of architecture and want a little break. That's the time to take a day off from the tour group and make some interesting memories through a serendipitous outing.

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Topics: Italian Wine, alps, travel, coffee

Most Italian Wine Comes From this Region (Hint: It's Not Tuscany)

Most Italian Wine Comes From this Region (Hint: It's Not Tuscany)

Posted by Darya Camacci on May 1 2016

You don't have to be a wine connoisseur to have enjoyed Soave, a popular white wine, and Valpolicella, a red.

Famous around the world, Soave and Valpolicella are both DOC classified. They both come from a highly prolific region in Italy, Veneto, a small northeastern region that contains the legendary canal city, Venice, and the Adriatic Coast.

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Topics: Italian Wine, northern Italy, Venice

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

Super Tuscan Wines: From Table Fare to International Fame

Super Tuscan Wines: From Table Fare to International Fame

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on April 15 2016

It’s hard to believe that Super Tuscan wines were once considered low quality wines, unworthy of being labeled anything above a table wine.

Today these reds are some of the most well-known and prized Italian wines. They hold a special place among all wine connoisseurs for their high quality and full-bodied taste.

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Topics: Italian Wine, italian culture, northern Italy, history, Tuscany

Taste Wine as the Italians Do: Wine Tasting Tips

Taste Wine as the Italians Do: Wine Tasting Tips

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on April 1 2016

Wine is an integral part of culture and identity for Italians. You might even say that they bleed purple!

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Topics: Insider, Italian Wine, italian culture

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