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Venetian Villas Offer Glimpse into Lives of Nobility

Venetian Villas Offer Glimpse into Lives of Nobility

Posted by Darya Camacci on September 9 2016

When you have taken in tiny Venice, take a guided cruise on the Brenta River and see dozens of fabulous villas and lavish gardens of the former Venetian elite. This area, for good reason, is known as the Brenta Riviera.

The Brenta Canal was built when engineers diverted the Brenta River's course and created a canal with locks. Back in the day, barges were pulled by horses for well-heeled visitors.

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Topics: architecture, art, northern Italy, Venice

Venice: A City of Love and Romance

Venice: A City of Love and Romance

Posted by Darya Camacci on September 2 2016

Venice is a city that oozes love and charm and is often considered the most romantic city in Europe

With Renaissance-inspired architecture, summer sunsets, public squares, narrow canals and gondola rides - it’s a city you’re bound to fall in love with.

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Topics: couples, romantic getaways, northern Italy, Venice

Prosciutto di Parma: Why is it so Special?

Prosciutto di Parma: Why is it so Special?

Posted by Darya Camacci on August 14 2016

One thing is for certain—Italians know how to eat well. From creamy cheeses to homemade pastas to high-quality meats, there is no lack of delicious food throughout Italy. One particularly delicious Italian staple is prosciutto di Parma, possibly the most well-known type of Italian ham that has been dry-cured. Whether you are experiencing Italy first-hand or trying to recreate an indulgent Italian meal, prosciutto di Parma is an essential ingredient.

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Topics: italian food, northern Italy

Year-round Fun: Moena and the San Pellegrino Pass

Year-round Fun: Moena and the San Pellegrino Pass

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on July 10 2016

Surrounded by dramatic mountains, the town of Moena in northeastern Italy in the region of Trentino, is a year-round destination for both locals and visitors.

Moena is a UNESCO “World Heritage natural site” in a country that has more than its share, 44, of UNESCO sites. In awarding this distinction, the residents’ enthusiastic commitment to preserving the land was noted by the agency.

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Topics: alps, italian culture, northern Italy

Mountains of Fun: Summer in the Alps

Mountains of Fun: Summer in the Alps

Posted by Mira Todorova on June 17 2016

The Italian Alps, which includes the Dolomites in the northeast, offer fantastic snow sports in the winter, but in the summer the weather is moderate and pleasant with temperatures rarely going above 80 degrees allowing for plenty of new experiences to enjoy.

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Topics: Scenic Locations, alps, northern Italy, medieval

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

Magical Murano: Island of Glass

Magical Murano: Island of Glass

Posted by Darya Camacci on April 29 2016

 Being a ninth century glassmaker and belonging to a brand new industry in Venice gave you a privileged position, except for one thing.

You could not leave the island where you worked. Ever.

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Topics: Insider, italian culture, art, northern Italy, history, Venice

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

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