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Visiting the Unforgettable Stones of Matera

Visiting the Unforgettable Stones of Matera

Posted by Darya Camacci on July 22 2016

Matera in Basilicata is a town in southern Italy that, unlike the hugely popular Cinque Terre, is trying to increase tourism. 

Its ancient town, the Sassi di Matera (stones of Matera), is a unique limestone city carved into a steep hill. Matera has been the location for many films, including the "The Passion of the Christ." The area where Matera is now has been inhabited for an estimated 7,000 years, making it one of the oldest places in the world.

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Topics: Scenic Locations, southern italy, history

When In Sicily, Don’t Forget The Wine!

When In Sicily, Don’t Forget The Wine!

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on June 24 2016

While Sicilian wine earned a, likely deserved, bad reputation for much of the 20th century, the good news for travelers is that the island is in the midst of a wine renaissance.

Wine and Sicily have gone together since the days of the ancient Greeks and Romans. One of Julius Caesar's favorite wines was Mamertino from Sicily a crisp and fruity wine perfect for banquets and sipping outdoors.

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Topics: Italian Wines, sicily, southern italy

4 Caves to See When Visiting Italy

4 Caves to See When Visiting Italy

Posted by Darya Camacci on June 5 2016

Italy has unique underground and underwater caves that attract athletes as well as tourists.

The caves you can visit as a tourist are diverse and fascinating. We highlight four of these below.

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Topics: Scenic Locations, beaches, amalfi coast, southern italy

In Love with Limoncello (Recipe)

In Love with Limoncello (Recipe)

Posted by Darya Camacci on March 25 2016

For a taste of Southern Italy in a bottle, try limoncello.

This bright and tart liqueur made from lemon peels is a traditional favorite in Sicily, especially. The Sorrento lemon, large and sweet, has a zest high in lemon oils and is preferred for limoncello making.

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Topics: italian culture, limoncello, amalfi coast, southern italy

The Top 7 Beaches In Italy

The Top 7 Beaches In Italy

Posted by Darya Camacci on February 21 2016

Italy is home to many incredible beaches, some of the best in Europe.

A number of them are reminiscent of a tropical paradise, with white sand and pristine blue water. Relaxing on a beautiful Italian beach and basking in the sun with a bottle of famous Italian wine is an experience that you will cherish throughout your life.

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Topics: Scenic Locations, sicily, beaches, couples, romantic getaways, amalfi coast, southern italy

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