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Nine ways to ride a boat in Venice

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Ride a ferry, a public boat, a tourist boat, a dinner boat, a kayak, a boat and breakfast, do a historic transfer, or take a famous Venetian gondola.

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7 Amazing Bridges to see in Italy

7 Amazing Bridges to see in Italy | binNotes Italy - Wines & Culture | Scoop.it

Italy with its passions for architecture, regional rivalry, and history has some of the world’s most historic and beautiful bridges. We take you through a list of just seven of them:

The Ponte Vecchio FlorenceThe Rialto Bridge VenicePonte Sant’ Angelo RomeThe Gaiola Bridge – NaplesThe Ponte di Tiberio – RiminiThe Ponte della Maddalena – Borgo a Mozzano, LuccaTibetan Bridge San Gervasio Gorge, Claviere
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Abruzzo: Food Lover’s Paradise

Abruzzo: Food Lover’s Paradise | binNotes Italy - Wines & Culture | Scoop.it

Even if you have never been to Abruzzo, chances are you have tasted Abruzzese food.

But dried pasta is just the beginning of what this spectacular region, which stretches from the Apennine Mountains to the Adriatic coast, has to offer in the way of culinary delizie. The cuisine is a reflection of this varied topography.

Traditional meals in the mountains are hearty—nourishing soups of legumes and vegetables, sturdy pastas sauced with rich meat ragùs, and grilled and roasted lamb, mutton and pork.

Coastal cuisine [...]

 

5 Favorite Foods from Abruzzo

ArrosticiniBrodetto alla VasteseMaccheroni alla ChitarraPorchettaScrippelle ‘mbusse
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My 5 Favorite Foods from Abruzzo

  1. Pecora alla Callara
  2. Formaggio Fritto
  3. Le Virtù
  4. Rintroc'l col ragù di castrato
  5. Ferratelle
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The Less Seen Tuscany: Marble Floors of Siena Cathedral

The Less Seen Tuscany: Marble Floors of Siena Cathedral | binNotes Italy - Wines & Culture | Scoop.it

When you go into the Cathedral of Siena, the natural inclination is to look up at the majestic vaulted ceilings.
However, for a few months of the year (end of August to end of October) there is the uncovering “scoperchiamento” of this work of art of inlaid marble and you are allowed to view the Cathedral’s masterpiece underfoot.
Each illustration was drawn as a sketch by some of the most talented artists of the Renaissance (Pinturicchio, Sassetta, Domenico di Bartolo) and then transformed into detailed marble inlay by the master craftsmen of the time. [...]


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What You Should Know about Holy Week Traditions in Italy

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With Roman Catholicism being considered as the largest religion in the country, a number of Holy Week traditions in Italy, from practices to rituals still prevail, particularly in the southern regions.

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  • Domenica delle Palme or Palm Sunday
  • Settimana Santa or Holy Week
  • Venerdì Santo or Good Friday
  • Last Supper
  • Via Crucis” or “Way of the Cross”
  • Black Saturday, or Holy Saturday
  • Domenica di Pasqua or Easter Sunday
  • Lunedì di Pasqua or Pasquetta or Easter Monday
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Le Marche Wines on the Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Le Marche Wines on the Wine Enthusiast Magazine | binNotes Italy - Wines & Culture | Scoop.it
Le Marche is a microcosm of everything tourists love about Italy—breathtaking landscapes, medieval architecture and terrific wine and food—minus the crowds.

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Olive Oil Experience in Le Marche

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Le Marche is renowned for its picturesque landscape, and olive trees together with grapes contribute to the magical colours of this land, with its green and purple shades. In the Marches every October is the “olive season” which means one of the few occasion a family can work all together in the fields to prepare some of the best olive oil in the world.

Nowadays we can buy olive oil almost everywhere but nothing can beat the quality and the experience of making your own oil with organic and classic procedures. Mass-produced oil can not compete with the local one. It is really two different worlds.

Picking olives with your hands and taking them to the "Pistrì" in local dialect “Frantoio” in italian, the olive press (the modern one is even better than the traditional), to produce an oil that you can call your own, to smell and taste a fresh made extra virgin olive oil is an unforgettable experience. Travel to Italy to pick olives in october starts to be a wonderful way to visit Italy far from the crowds of the high season and more and more people appreciate this as a safe and affordable way to bring back the oil for the family uses. Food & Wine tasting, wonderful hilltop towns, works of art and breathtaking landscapes are only a little part of what Le Marche can propose to your holidays.

The first thing you have to do is to find a beautiful farm with accommodation that allows you to engage in this "rebalancing" activity, there are a lot of these in Italy and especially in Le Marche. Villas, hotels and agriturismos that offer this opportunity are in impressive spots, like on top of hills overlooking the Sibilline Mountains or the Adriatic Sea, where you can open your spirit seeing the true beauty of Le Marche.

Then you have to prepare yourself because, although the olive harvest is not the hardest rural activities, it won’t be easy. In this day and age, we’re not accustomed to do physical job any more but olive making is a very physical and spiritual activity.

Humility and Patience are necessary for this endeavor, otherwise you might consider this activity as a wonderful way to develop these two important qualities. Find the olive, settle the net, pick it, deposit and repeat. It may sound silly but, at the end of the day, it’s very fulfilling.

The next step is the real making of the oil and you will be introduced by the experts to the wonderful world of olive oil that match centenary and modern knoledge, and then the only thing left to do is try your oil.

Producing oil is a matter of heart, so, after a day of “hard” work you can have a “bruschetta” and a glass of wine and really enjoy life.

One accommodations that offer olive oil experience is the Agriturismo A3Passi the Accommodation of the international prized company Azienda del Carmine

Visit the internet sites:

www.a3passi.com 

www.aziendadelcarmine.it 


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Sonoma: Where Roots Run Deep

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Sonoma: Where Roots Run Deep by L.M. Archer, FWS Note: Regrets to the fine folks in Sonoma - non-writing work  commitments and unexpected editor change-ups left this piece dangling far longer than ...
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Nine ways to ride a boat in Venice

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Ride a ferry, a public boat, a tourist boat, a dinner boat, a kayak, a boat and breakfast, do a historic transfer, or take a famous Venetian gondola.

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Discover the Valdera area of Tuscany on a Vespa

Discover the Valdera area of Tuscany on a Vespa | binNotes Italy - Wines & Culture | Scoop.it

The Valdera takes its name from the river Era, which flows through most of the region. Valdera is an unspoiled area situated in the heart of Tuscany, between Pisa and Florence, and is characterized by amazing hilly landscapes and old traditions. The territory has largely conserved its farming origins, with cultivated fields, olive and fruits trees, vineyards, wheat and sunflowers everywhere.

The Valdera is also the land of the Piaggio company, located in Pontedera. One of its most famous products is the Vespa: I’m sure you’ve already heard about it!
So take these landscapes, add a Vespa, shake it altogether, bake it under the Tuscan sun and the recipe is ready! Let’s go and discover the Valdera together on a Vespa following one of the itineraries of “Valdera in Vespa”. [...]


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Nine ways to ride a boat in Venice

Nine ways to ride a boat in Venice | binNotes Italy - Wines & Culture | Scoop.it
Ride a ferry, a public boat, a tourist boat, a dinner boat, a kayak, a boat and breakfast, do a historic transfer, or take a famous Venetian gondola.

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Discover the archipelago of the Isole Ponziane in the Thyrrenian Sea

Discover the archipelago of the Isole Ponziane in the Thyrrenian Sea | binNotes Italy - Wines & Culture | Scoop.it

South of Rome and northwest of Naples in the Gulf of Gaeta lie six islands known as Isole Ponziane, or Pontine Islands. This archipelago in the Tyrrhenian Sea is named collectively after the largest island, Ponza, which is a haven for water sports enthusiasts. Legend tells that the island was named after the Roman governor of Judea, Pontius Pilate, however historians have since disproved this and agree that the name is of Greek origin. [...]


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What to See:

Ponza

  • Grotta della Maga Circe on the west side of the island
  • Spaggia di Chaia di Luna (half-moon beach)
  • Capo Bianco
  • Spiaggia del Frontone
  • Cala Fonte
  • Faraglioni di Lucia Rosa

Zannone - an uninhabited island

  • remains of a ruined 13th century Benedictine convent

Palmarola - island with a craggy coastline and menacing cliffs

  • spectacular grottos
  • Faraglione di Mezzogiorno
  • Faraglione di San Silverio
  • restaurants

Gavi - private uninhabited island that is home to wild rabbits and a rare type of lizard. There are no boat trips to Gavi and visitors are not allowed on this protected nature
Ventotene

  • volcanic landscape
  • natural tuff formations 

Santo Stefano - just 400 m in diameter

  • The prison that was originally built by the Bourbons in 1797.


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Things To Do In Tuscany: Siena's Two Palios

Things To Do In Tuscany: Siena's Two Palios | binNotes Italy - Wines & Culture | Scoop.it

Did you know there's not just one Siena Palio - but two? The famous Medieval bareback horse race happens twice each summer in the historic center of Siena. [...]


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Italian Treasures - Isle Of Capri

Italian Treasures - Isle Of Capri | binNotes Italy - Wines & Culture | Scoop.it

Capri is an island located in the Tyrrhenian Sea on the south side of the Gulf of Naples in the Campania region of Italy. It has been a resort since the time of the Roman Republic. Some of the main features of the island include the following: the Belvedere of Tragara (a high panoramic promenade lined with villas), the limestone crags called sea stacks that project above the sea (the Faraglioni), the town of Anacapri, the Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra) and the ruins of the Imperial Roman villa. The island has two harbors, Marina Piccola and Marina Grande (the main port of the island). [...]


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Capri is a popular tourist destination for both Italians and foreigners

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Le Marche Wines

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Le Marche (The Marches) is located on the Adriatic coast toward the top of the Italian peninsula. Its capital and largest city is Ancona. In the wine world, Marche is best known for white wines made from Verdicchio and perhaps for Montepulciano-based red wines like Rosso Cònero and Rosso Piceno. It has 5 DOCGs, 15 DOCs (see map), and 1 IGP. In 2012, Marche produced 920,000 hl (10.2 million cases) of wine.

The region’s primary grape varieties are  Sangiovese  (22%),  Montepulciano  (20%),  and Verdicchio (14%).


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Great insight to wines from Le Marche.

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Top 10 great Italian women in literature

Top 10 great Italian women in literature | binNotes Italy - Wines & Culture | Scoop.it

We’ve looked at Italian women that have left their mark in history, and ones that have made outstanding discoveries in the world of science, but what about the arts? Today we uncover 10 great Italian literary females.[...]


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Christine de Pizan (1364-1431) 

Tullia d‘Aragona (c. 1510-1556) 

Gaspara Stampa (1523-1544)

Grazia Deledda (1871-1936)

Elsa Morante (1912-1985)

Natalia Ginzburg (1914-1991)

Oriana Fallaci (1929 –2006)

Alda Merini (1931-2009) 

Dacia Maraini (1936) 

Elena Ferrante ?

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Reader Survey 2013: Best Italian Restaurant in Portland -

Reader Survey 2013: Best Italian Restaurant in Portland - | binNotes Italy - Wines & Culture | Scoop.it
Where do you go in Portland Oregon for the best Italian food? Our 2013 Readers Survey will give you the answer!
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Venice sights on the clothesline

Venice sights on the clothesline | binNotes Italy - Wines & Culture | Scoop.it

[...] To me the outdoor clothes lines have become a symbol of Italy. Especially old cities like Napoli and Venice where colourful garlands of socks and shirt sleeves crisscross the narrow alleys or ‘calle’ that mark the paved back entrance of the houses, while the front door face the canals. Along house fronts strands of laundry connect the windows belonging to one apartment allowing a glimpse of the tenants’ private life to be visible in public. It is not hard to deduct age, family size and social status from the items on a clothesline. [...]


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Map of Italian Wine Regions

Map of Italian Wine Regions | binNotes Italy - Wines & Culture | Scoop.it

Italian wine is one of the most difficult regions to get to know. Why? Well for one, the Italians use an esoteric wine labeling system like the French. But that’s not even the the biggest problem. The hardest part is learning all the different grape varieties.
At the moment, there are about 350 official Italian wine varieties. There have been rumors that over 2000 different Italian grapes exist, but this might be a bit of an exaggeration– something Italians do well.
See an easy-to-understand map of Italian wine regions and major wine varieties. Learn about the 20 Italian wine regions and which ones to try first when delving into Italian wines.


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Venice sights on the clothesline

Venice sights on the clothesline | binNotes Italy - Wines & Culture | Scoop.it

[...] To me the outdoor clothes lines have become a symbol of Italy. Especially old cities like Napoli and Venice where colourful garlands of socks and shirt sleeves crisscross the narrow alleys or ‘calle’ that mark the paved back entrance of the houses, while the front door face the canals. Along house fronts strands of laundry connect the windows belonging to one apartment allowing a glimpse of the tenants’ private life to be visible in public. It is not hard to deduct age, family size and social status from the items on a clothesline. [...]


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Venice  clotheslines!