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Lacrima di Morro d'Alba Wine

Lacrima di Morro d'Alba Wine | Bella Italia | Scoop.it

Lacrima di Morro (Lacrima di Morro d’Alba in full) is a distinctively scented red wine from Marche, central Italy. It is produced from the ancient Lacrima grape variety, in the area surrounding the hilltop village of Morro d’Alba. The wine’s floral bouquet recalls lavender, roses and violets, over heavier notes of stewed strawberries. No less impressive are the flavors, which are redolent of vanilla-tinged blueberry brioche with a hint of sweet spice (cinnamon). Although typically mid-bodied, dry and relatively tannic, the wine can also be produced in a sweet passito style. [...]


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O Verdicchio, Verdicchio! Wherefore Art Thou?

O Verdicchio, Verdicchio!  Wherefore Art Thou? | Bella Italia | Scoop.it

The innocuous little grape from innocuous little Marche was content to coast along on its laurels—as threadbare as those laurels may be - until a few serious winemakers realized that with different vinification techniques, including restricting yields and long layovers on the lees, the wine could show some remarkable sophistication.

In general, the Verdicchio that soured most American palates was a colorless, high-acid fluid that resembled mass-produced Soave from Veneto in that neither really resembled anything so much as a teaspoon of boric acid stirred into a glass of water with a lemon wedge. [...]


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La Distesa Natural Wine - More Than Just Organic

La Distesa Natural Wine - More Than Just Organic | Bella Italia | Scoop.it

La Distesa was established with the desire to produce natural wines, the way nature had intended them to be created. Moving beyond the organic trend, maintaining respect to the soil and vines, the complexities of seasonal changes and natural evolution challenge natural winemaking. [...]


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Cabbage Cossignano style - Verza alla cossignanese

Cabbage Cossignano style - Verza alla cossignanese | Bella Italia | Scoop.it

Ingredients:

Cabbage, cleaned and choppedItalian sausage, de-skinned and crumbledone clove of garlic, slicedrosemary sprig plus another for garnishmedium hot small red fresh chilli finely choppedpotatoes, thinly slicedDirections
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Mariano Pallottini's curator insight, December 29, 2014 5:32 PM

This is a very simple and tasty recipe that easily can be turned in a vegan one.

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Colesterolo: promossi pane e olio extra-vergine doliva

Colesterolo: promossi pane e olio extra-vergine doliva | Bella Italia | Scoop.it
Il merito è dell’olio d’oliva. Uno studio evidenzia che un consumo regolare ha effetti benefici per il colesterolo e quindi per il cuore. Il commento della specialista.
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Christmas in Venice: Markets, Midnight Mass and Murano Glass

Christmas in Venice: Markets, Midnight Mass and Murano Glass | Bella Italia | Scoop.it
What to know about Christmas in Venice, from the best Christmas markets to gift shopping to midnight Mass at St. Mark's Basilica!

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  • Enjoying Christmas and Hannukah in Venice
  • Shopping for gifts in Venice’s Christmas markets
  • Visiting museums in Venice over Christmas
  • Shopping, eating, and taking public transport over the holidays
  • Celebrating Christmas like the Venetians
  • Ringing in the New Year in Venice
  • Swimming in the Lido: a Venetian New Year’s tradition
  • Heading for the mountains - The picturesque Dolomites are nearby, perfect for a day or weekend ski trip!
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Marche, not only ciauscolo

Marche, not only ciauscolo | Bella Italia | Scoop.it

Unforgettable beaches, cliffs and caverns, some of which inhabited since the prehistory; and also national parks and WWF oasis. The diversity of the Marche is as wonderful as unusual and is reflected in the tables setting in this region of central Italy, overlooking on the east side the Adriatic Sea.
main course, second course and starter, from meats to wines. The kitchen of the Marche can be as nutritious and elaborate as simple and original: olive ascolane, vincisgrassi, ciauscolo, crescia sfogliata of Urbino. These are only some of the specialties of this land, so much appreciated to be adopted in the kitchens of other regions of the Italian boot. [...]


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Limoncello for the Holidays

Limoncello for the Holidays | Bella Italia | Scoop.it

The Recipe: Classic Limoncello

Ingredients

Rinds of 6-7 lemons (no whites) - find organic, wax-free lemons1/2 liter of pure alcohol (everclear or vodka will work too)1 liter of water500 gr. sugarDirectionsLet the lemon rinds soak in alcohol for 10-14 days. Then filter the lemon rinds with a strainer. Make a simple syrup with the sugar & water (warming the water on the stove & incorporating all the sugar). Once cool, combine the simple syrup with the alcohol & mix.Bottle & freeze. Serve cold!
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Overdosing on truffles in Marche

Overdosing on truffles in Marche | Bella Italia | Scoop.it
“Truffles - anyone who does not declare himself ready to leave Paradise or Hell for such a treat is not worthy to be born again.” - Maurice Goudeket, 'Close to Colette’ (1955) Some people hate them...

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Just Le Marche's curator insight, November 11, 2013 5:45 AM

Some people hate them, some people are so obsessed they pay 1,000′s of euros for them. Of course I am talking about truffles. While, I didn’t think it was possible to overload on truffles, but I suppose I was wrong. In one day in the marvelous land that is Marche, I got a true 360 degree truffle experience. In fact, so much so that I not only saw how it was found, color and type variations – but I also tried copious amounts of it and had it rubbed on my face. Yep, I am 100% serious.

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Oliva Verde - Azienda La Torre

Oliva Verde - Azienda La Torre | Bella Italia | Scoop.it

Azienda La Torre is an organic wine and olive oil producer with their agriturismo and winery situated close to the historic and beautiful city of Arezzo just south of Florence in the Italian region of Tuscany. La Torre have been certified organic for over ten years and produce a range of organic wines which are typical of this part of Italy, these include two superb Chianti DOCG, two Rosso Toscana IGT as well as two Vin Santo wines. La Torre also produce two excellent organic extra virgin olive oils, the Novello and the Toscano IGP.

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More Jewels from “The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita & Beyond ...

More Jewels from “The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita & Beyond ... | Bella Italia | Scoop.it
More Jewels from “The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita & Beyond” Exhibition October 1, 2013Jewelry Exhibits0 Comments. Now open to the public since September 21st, the exhibition “The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita & Beyond 1950 – 1990″ at ...
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Tod's D-Bag Couture Collection Autumn/Winter 2013-2014A

Tod's D-Bag Couture Collection Autumn/Winter 2013-2014A | Bella Italia | Scoop.it

The D-Bag Couture Collection is the premier offer from Tod’s, comprising a number of limited edition D-Bags designed to illustrate the very best of Made in Italy craftsmanship.


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Ascoli Piceno Le Marche by night

Ascoli Piceno Le Marche by night | Bella Italia | Scoop.it

It is about 2.5 hours from Umbertide through the mountains and deep in Le Marche. The town has a history that is older than Rome's. It was originally on the salt road that took salt from the sea down to Rome. It's history is too long and complicated to recite here, but suffice it to say there were many battles, rulers, and fights with their neighbors. It is now a city that has some industry, Barilla, the pasta company, but still depends on farming and quarries. It is not easy to get to, which is probably why most Americans have not discovered it, but if you have a car, and the time, it is worth a detour on your schedule.

There is a bar that Hemingway frequented. It was recently restored and feels like a cafe in Paris.
This is the inside of the cafe. If you order an alcoholic drink you get a lovely little snack, water and cocoa gets you a smile.
This picture so reminds me of Italy, so beautiful and just beyond reach. A Girl was eating Ascoli olives, which sound disgusting but are fabulous. They are stuffed with meat and the breaded and cooked. She is alone, and never turned toward us.
This piazza is one of the most beautiful in Italy. So elegant, so well proportioned. In the summer the piazza if filled with laughing students and tourists.[...]


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Mariano Pallottini's comment, February 7, 2013 5:17 AM
Hemingway frequented
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Only half an hour from the estate.......

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The Bar mentioned is the famous "Cafe Meletti" featured in many films. Be sure to visit Ascoli Piceno when you come to visit.

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Pecorino First of 4 Hot Italian Grapes To Try Right Now according to FORBES

Pecorino First of 4 Hot Italian Grapes To Try Right Now according to FORBES | Bella Italia | Scoop.it

Native Italian grapes – for all of their obscurity, for all of their difficult-to-understand heritage, for all of their complexity – are building traction, and attention, and appraisal. Here are four to try right now...

I want only to whisper this part: Pecorino will remind you of Sauvignon Blanc, and it will challenge Sauvignon Blanc lovers to “reach” their palates and experience. [...]


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Risotto con la Zucca - Pumpkin risotto by Mario Batali

Risotto con la Zucca - Pumpkin risotto by Mario Batali | Bella Italia | Scoop.it

Risotto con la Zucca - Pumpkin risotto by Mario Batali

Ingredients

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil1 medium onion, cut into ¼-inch dice1 small acorn squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into ¼-inch dice1 ½ cups Arborio rice½ cup dry white wine8 cups chicken stock, heated until hot4 tablespoons unsalted butter½ cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, plus more for servingSalt and freshly ground black pepperDirections
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Rocky Mountain Woman's curator insight, March 26, 2015 10:22 AM

I need to try this!  

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Eindelijk een zoon voor Eros Ramazzotti! | Il Giornale, dé gratis krant en website over Italië

Eindelijk een zoon voor Eros Ramazzotti! | Il Giornale, dé gratis krant en website over Italië | Bella Italia | Scoop.it

Wereldster Eros Ramazzotti is voor de derde keer vader geworden.Als je Eros heet schept dat natuurlijk enige verplichtingen immers, Eros is in de Griekse mythologie de Griekse god van de liefde en de seksuele begeerte. De Romeinen noemden hem Cupido of Amor. Eros Ramazzotti laat er dan ook op zijn 51e nog geen gras over groeien. De wereldster is voor de derde keer vader geworden.


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Crispy fried prawns and calamari (fritto misto)

Crispy fried prawns and calamari (fritto misto) | Bella Italia | Scoop.it

Make an impression over aperitivo hour with this ultra-easy seafood snack. The deep-fried bites are incredibly more-ish, so be sure to pass the bowl around or you're likely to gobble the whole lot!
Ingredients

8 uncooked tiger or banana prawns 500 g uncooked school prawns 2 clean calamari tubes, cut into 3 cm squares1 cup (150 g) plain floursunflower oil, for deep-frying salt flakes and freshly ground white pepperlemon wedges, to serveDirections
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Classic Lentil Soup - Zuppa di Lenticchie

Classic Lentil Soup - Zuppa di Lenticchie | Bella Italia | Scoop.it

Lentils are present on the table of many an Italian household around this time of year, but especially in central and northern Italy, where they have long been considered good luck to eat on New Year's Day. 
It's a versatile dish that, like many good, simple peasant dishes, becomes increasingly tastier the day after. 

 

Ingredients

10 1/2ounces (300 grams) dried brown lentils3tablespoons olive oil1celery stick, finely chopped1medium carrot, finely chopped1onion, finely chopped2garlic cloves, finely chopped1tablespoon of tomato paste1pinch of dried chilli2bay leaves6cups (1 1/2 liters) of waterSalt and pepper to tasteExtra-virgin olive oil for serving

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Da Ancona il Natale 2013 a Milano con Italo

Da Ancona il Natale 2013 a Milano con Italo | Bella Italia | Scoop.it

Avete mai pensato di recarvi a Milano per il Natale? Sapete che potete anche rientrare in serata? Da alcuni mesi è operativo un velocissimo collegamento da Ancona su Milano di sole 3 ore e mezza, che in questo periodo vi permette di trascorrere alcune ore nello scintillante Natale Meneghino fra piazza del Duomo, La Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Via Montenapoleone, e i Navigli. Incredibilmente per più di 8 ore di visita, potendo rientrare in serata, spenderete una somma che parte, per il viaggio di andata e ritorno, dai soli 30 euro.

Si tratta di Italo, il treno della NTV di Luca Cordero di Montezemolo e Diego Della Valle (tra gli altri) delle linee ad alta velocità italiane che con partenza da Ancona, alle ore 6:45, vi porta a Milano per le 10:12 al prezzo di 15€ senza lesinare comodità.

In effetti, Italo, alla tariffa più bassa (Smart-Economy), vi fornisce sedili in pelle reclinabili, wi-fi e portale italolive gratuiti, area snack con distributori automatici e la fantastica opzione di scelta fra la Carrozza Cinema o Carrozza XL.

La partenza per rientrare in Ancona sarà alle 18:34 con arrivo nella città dorica alle 21:47


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Tomato and Farro Soup

Tomato and Farro Soup | Bella Italia | Scoop.it

Tomato and Farro Soup

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil2 ounces pancetta cut into ¼-inch dice2 celery stalks, peeled and chopped into ¼-inch dice1 small onion, chopped into ¼-inch dice1 medium leek, white part only, trimmed of roots and tough outer leaves, chopped into ½-inch dice and swirled vigorously in a bowl of cold water to remove any gritKosher salt and freshly ground black pepper2 garlic cloves, minced1 cup farro, rinsed3 bay leaves1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves1 teaspoon dried oregano5-6 cups chicken broth1 teaspoon sugar3 14-ounce cans fire-roasted tomatoes, pulsed in food processor until coarsely pureed2 pepperoncini, thinly sliced and seeds removed, for garnish2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves cut into thin strips, for garnishFreshly grated Parmesan, as needed

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SLAVE to ANCESTORS leather sunglasses 100% made in Le Marche

SLAVE to ANCESTORS leather sunglasses 100% made in Le Marche | Bella Italia | Scoop.it

The sunglasses in leather "SLAVE TO ANCESTORS" are born from the inspiration of two shoe designers, Elia Olivieri e Daniele Marconetti, from Montegranaro. A piece of leather remedied by an old sole and lenses of an old pair of sunglasses, these simple materials, largely available in the most important shoe district of Italy, sets off the challenge: to transform that idea into a unique product that encompasses individuality and uniqueness through a sophisticated design, free from fashion trends. Produced with craftsmanship and certified quality materials, "SLAVE TO ANCESTORS" is 100% made in Italy and Made in Le Marche.

 


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Best Olive Oil for Cooking - Olive Oil Health

Best Olive Oil for Cooking - Olive Oil Health | Bella Italia | Scoop.it
There are countless brands of olive oils available in market today. To choose the best olive oil for cooking you need to know few selection processes.

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The Making of David Beckham for 'Breitling for Bentley' Campaign - SENATUS

The Making of David Beckham for 'Breitling for Bentley' Campaign - SENATUS | Bella Italia | Scoop.it
The Making of David Beckham for 'Breitling for Bentley' Campaign
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Longines Dolce Vita featuring Lin Chi-ling, Kate Winslett and Aishwarya Rai.
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Longines — DolceVita, L5.155.5.00.7 - World Tempus (press release)

Longines — DolceVita, L5.155.5.00.7 - World Tempus (press release) | Bella Italia | Scoop.it
Longines — DolceVita, L5.155.5.00.7
World Tempus (press release)
The rectangular case of the Dolce Vita L5.155.5.00.7 is composed of stainless steel and rose gold. It is set with 32 Top Wesselton VVS diamonds.
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The Rancia Castle, Tolentino

The Rancia Castle, Tolentino | Bella Italia | Scoop.it

The Rancia Castle owes its name to the ancient granary - named “grancia” after the latin “granica” and the French “grange”- used by the Cistercian monks of Fiastra Abbey at the end of the XII century. For defence reasons the farm was already provided with a donjon, probably originally made of wood, as wheat depots were the first target to be destroyed in case of attack.
The building was turned into a fortress between 1353 and 1357 by the architect Andrea Beltrami da Como by order of Rodolfo II da Varano from Camerino, who was aware of the strategic and military potential of the depot.
When the Jesuits took possession of the Fiastra Abbey in 1581, the Castle lost its military connotations and was restructured as a big farm and used to host pilgrims on their way to Rome. 1782 pope Pio VI came to Tolentino and granted all the possessions of Fiastra Abbey, including the Castle, to the noble family Bandini. The last descendant, Maria Sofia Gravina di Ramacca, in 1974 gave the Castle to the Municipality of Tolentino, who is the actual owner.
Many important events took place here; the most important was the battle fought May 2 and 3, 1815 between the French army led by Gioacchino Murat and the Austrian army led by the General Federico Bianchi, hosted in Parisani-Bezzi Palace, now called Napoleonic Museum.
The battle of Tolentino 1815 has been regarded as the prologue of Waterloo and the first battle of the Italian Risorgimento (the so called “Resurgence”).

opening times:

summer: April - September 

morning 9.00-13.00
afternoon 15.30-18.30

winter: October - March

morning 10.00-13.00
afternoon 15.00-19.00
the castle is closed on mondays, on December 25, December 31/afternoon - and on 1 January
admission:
full ticket 4,00 €  - reduced 2,50 €
tel. 0733.973349 - info guide:348.0883989 info@tolentinoturismo.it 


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