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THE WINE WORLD'S VIEW OF THE BRUNELLO 2008 VINTAGE

THE WINE WORLD'S VIEW OF THE BRUNELLO 2008 VINTAGE | Intriguing Italy | Scoop.it

Brunello Wine, Stunning Views and Tuscan Culture. WHAT'S ON · BRUNELLO WINERIES - TOP 10 ·

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Brunello wine is rated one of the top wines in Tuscany and perhaps in the world.

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The Italian Dolomites: Star quality meals or what to do when not skiing

The Italian Dolomites: Star quality meals or what to do when not skiing | Intriguing Italy | Scoop.it
Alta Badia in the Italian Dolomites has long been the destination of choice for foodies, thanks to its abundance of local meat, cheese and wine. It also has three resident Michelin-star chefs (known locally as "The Dolomitci").
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When your focus is more on food than skiing in the Italian Dolomites

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What to Do in Rome with Kids

What to Do in Rome with Kids | Intriguing Italy | Scoop.it
No one would turn down a trip to Rome. Except maybe kids for whom the thought of touring ancient ruins is akin to torture. Take these insider tips on how to see the Eternal City with (happy) kids in tow.

 


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Taking your kids with you when you go to Rome and need ideas on what to do?

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Lean, Experience, Watch, Eat with your kids and Reward them ... and most of the time for free. Click here http://www.fodors.com/news/rome-with-kids-6428.html 

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Fontana di Venere Restaurant, Rome. Great Food & Young Atmosphere

Fontana di Venere Restaurant, Rome. Great Food & Young Atmosphere | Intriguing Italy | Scoop.it

Will I just state the obvious if I said Italian cuisine is one of the best in the world? At least that's how we feel about it! And when we found out we were going to spend one evening in Rome between flights, our first thoughts didn't exactly go towards the architectural jewels of the Eternal City, but all the Italian wine and food we could have.

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Where to eat when visiting Rome and the Trevi Fountain.

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Anghiari Self Catering Apartment Rentals in Tuscany Italy - by owner # 6993

Anghiari Self Catering Apartment Rentals in Tuscany Italy - by owner # 6993 | Intriguing Italy | Scoop.it
Adorable Anghiari Self Catering Apartment - Lovely self-catering apartment –accommodation for 2/6 guests - located in a charming a recently restored 13th century stone manor house @ Vacations-Abroad by owner...
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Lovely self-catering apartment –accommodation for 2/6 guests - located in a charming a recently restored 13th century stone manor house

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Perugia Vacation apartment Rentals in Umbria Italy - by owner # 6605

Perugia Vacation apartment Rentals in Umbria Italy - by owner # 6605 | Intriguing Italy | Scoop.it
Adorable Perugia Vacation apartment - The Casale Carocci is in the heart of the Monti Sibillini national Parc, surrounded by splendid natural scenery and rich in history, art and popular traditions.
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Hike the Sibillini Mountains and enjoy Umbria scenery.

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casolare's curator insight, June 23, 11:57 PM

degli altri migliori servizi a Perugia nel casolare per ulteriori informazioni controllare qui migliori offerte http://www.casolare.net/caldaruccio/it/agriturismo-perugia.html

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Citta di Castello Bed and Breakfast Rentals in Umbria Italy - by owner # 5123

Citta di Castello Bed and Breakfast Rentals in Umbria Italy - by owner # 5123 | Intriguing Italy | Scoop.it
Adorable Citta di Castello Bed and Breakfast - Careful restoration has tranformed this ancient convent into an elegant rural residence. @ Vacations-Abroad by owner
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Citta di Castello B&B converted from ancient convent.

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EuroTravelogue™: Santa Maria del Fiore, aka Duomo, – the flower of Florence, Italy!

EuroTravelogue™: Santa Maria del Fiore, aka Duomo, – the flower of Florence, Italy! | Intriguing Italy | Scoop.it

Santa Maria del Fiore – the Duomo – the centerpiece of Florence city centre evokes wonder and awe, not to mention an overwhelming sense of feeling quite dwarfed as you stand beside this titanic cathedral.

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Travel impressions while in Florence Italy

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Photos de holiday in Venice Italy dans Google+

Venice Carnival (20 photos)
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See photos taken by a local during Carnival.

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Restaurants in Rome - Italy | Adore Rome

Restaurants in Rome - Italy | Adore Rome | Intriguing Italy | Scoop.it

The seal of approval means that an event, hotel, restaurant or anything else associated with the city of Rome meets our high standards and has actually been tried and tested by our team.

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Small restaurants with some great photos... They only list a few so try them.

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Villa d'Este, Tivoli, (Rome) - Italy - Official Site -

Villa d'Este, Tivoli, (Rome) - Italy - Official Site - | Intriguing Italy | Scoop.it

Villa d’Este, masterpiece of the Italian Garden, is included in the UNESCO world heritage list. With its impressive concentration of fountains, nymphs, grottoes, plays of water, and music, it constitutes a much-copied model for European gardens in the mannerist and baroque styles.

The garden is generally considered within the larger –and altogether extraordinary-- context of Tivoli itself: its landscape, art and history which includes the important ruins of ancient villas such as the Villa Adriana, as well as a zone rich in caves and waterfalls displaying the unending battle between water and stone. The imposing constructions and the series of terraces above terraces bring to mind the hanging gardens of Babylon, one of the wonders of the ancient world. The addition of water-- including an aqueduct tunneling beneath the city -- evokes the engineering skill of the Romans themselves.

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one of the top Italian Gardens

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Tastings abound at the gelato festival in Florence Gelato festival shows off Florence’s flavors - The Boston Globe

Tastings abound at the gelato festival in Florence Gelato festival shows off Florence’s flavors - The Boston Globe | Intriguing Italy | Scoop.it
For five days in May, Florence turns into the gelato center of the universe. Tents of gelato makers pop up in the city’s central piazzas. Dozens of popular gelaterie offer 1-euro single scoops.
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Did you know Florence is famous for their gelato? Dont miss their Gelato Festival.

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Todi Villa Fiore Rentals, Todi Umbri by owner # 2488

Todi Villa Fiore Rentals, Todi Umbri by owner # 2488 | Intriguing Italy | Scoop.it
Adorable Todi Villa Fiore - Villa Fiore is a splendid 18th century stone farmhouse retaining its original Umbrian features. It is the ideal place to relax and rediscover the pleasures of life in contact with nature.
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Beautiful villa set in Umbrian landscape.

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A Walk Through Florence, Italy

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Photos from my walking tour of Florence, Italy.
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All the Florence sights to visit in one day, while on foot.

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25 best restaurants in Italy

25 best restaurants in Italy | Intriguing Italy | Scoop.it

The Daily Meal’s list of the 25 Best Restaurants in Italy was carefully curated  through a two-month-long nomination process; we consulted the Michelin Guide and  other trusted sources and gathered recommendations from The Daily Meal’s  editors, who have traveled and dined extensively around the world.


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The Daily Meal’s list of the 25 Best Restaurants in Italy was carefully curated  through a two-month-long nomination process

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Ursula O'Reilly Traynor's comment, February 23, 2013 6:08 AM
thank you! we will share :)x
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Picture is from La Madia website. Drool.

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Umbria travel guide - Telegraph

Umbria travel guide - Telegraph | Intriguing Italy | Scoop.it

An essential guide to Umbria covering the region's top attractions and hotels, plus recommendations on eating out, from our expert Tim Jepson. Just Click Here

Here what you can find: 

Why go?When to goGetting ThereGetting around

8 Umbria Hotels from £145 to £50

The best hotels in Umbria, chosen by our expert, including luxury and cheap hotels. Read the reviews and book them here at the lowest prices
Umbria Attractions

The best attractions in Umbria, Italy, including the top 10 districts to visit and a seasonal guide, chosen by our expert Tim Jepson.

PerugiaAssisiBevagnaMontefalcoSpelloSpoletoNorciaGubbioTodiOrvieto,

Calendar of events for 2013

Festa di Sant’EmilianoMostra Mercato Nazionale del Tartufo NeroHoly WeekCorsa dei CeriCorpus DominiUmbria JazzSpoleto FestivalFestival delle NazioniTodi Art FestivalFesta di San Francesco

Restaurants

The region’s  culinary strengths are its many long-established trattorias of the old school – small, homely and often family-run places that have been producing simple food for locals for decades – and its abundance of robust ingredients such as truffles, mushrooms, lentils, hams, spelt and mountain cheeses.


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Beautiful photos about Umbria Italy

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Mariano Pallottini's comment, February 11, 2013 7:09 AM
Nice article
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Wonderful

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LIFE UNDER THE AMALFI SUN | WAG MAGAZINE ONLINE

LIFE UNDER THE AMALFI SUN | WAG MAGAZINE ONLINE | Intriguing Italy | Scoop.it
Move over, “Under the Tuscan Sun” and “A Good Year.” There’s a new sheriff in town and she’s here to offer a variation on the foreigner-goes-Continental-in-search-of-love-and-life’s-meaning theme.
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here’s a new sheriff in town and she’s here to offer a variation on the foreigner-goes-Continental-in-search-of-love-and-life’s-meaning theme.

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Panicale Villa with Pool Rentals, Umbria Italy - by owner # 5071

Panicale Villa with Pool Rentals,  Umbria Italy - by owner # 5071 | Intriguing Italy | Scoop.it
Adorable Panicale Villa with Pool - This beautifully restored farmhouse is just a 5-minute drive from Panicale. @ Vacations-Abroad by owner
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Rustic but charming Umbria Farmhouse with swimming pool. Great for families.

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Todi Villa with Private Pool and Views in Umbria Italy - by owner # 6384

Todi Villa with Private Pool and Views in Umbria Italy - by owner # 6384 | Intriguing Italy | Scoop.it
Adorable Todi Villa with Private Pool and Views - Villa Rosaspina. Charming Todi Umbria luxury villa from 1700's. Air/Con, Private Pool, Jacuzzi, DSL/Wi-Fi.
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Italian Farmhouse that has been renovated in the Umbrian countryside.

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EuroTravelogue™: ArtSmart Roundtable: The Stibbert Museum in Florence, Italy

EuroTravelogue™: ArtSmart Roundtable: The Stibbert Museum in Florence, Italy | Intriguing Italy | Scoop.it
Stibbert Museum,The Stibbert Museum,Stibbert Museum in Florence,Museum,Florence Museums,Museo Stibbert,Museo Stibbert Firenze,Museo Firenze,
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Follow Jeff Titelius through Florence as he explores the site.

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Eight Tips When Planning a Trip to Rome - Revealed Rome

Eight Tips When Planning a Trip to Rome - Revealed Rome | Intriguing Italy | Scoop.it
Yes, your passport's important. But that's not what I mean. As much as many people seem to plan their trips to Rome down to the detail, there are some mistakes that can be easy to make...
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Things not to do when planning your trip to Rome..written by a travel blogger living in Rome. Realistic advice.

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Aaronee's curator insight, March 5, 7:51 PM

The 8 things to remember when planning a trip to Rome is don't forget to bring a student ID, don't come in July or August, do some of your own research on restaurants, but do it on TripAdvisor, if you're going by a planner know your end dates, don't forget a RomaPass, and don't forget the traveler's cheques.  

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Rockin' Out in Castelletto d'Orba, Italy | GypsyNester | Celebrating Life After Kids ™

Rockin' Out in Castelletto d'Orba, Italy | GypsyNester | Celebrating Life After Kids ™ | Intriguing Italy | Scoop.it
We're pretty sure that rock & roll concerts on the steps of a cathedral housing the relics of a martyred saint is a uniquely Italian experience.
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A couple having fun traveling and blogging about places.

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Le Marche: Land of Wines

Le Marche: Land of Wines | Intriguing Italy | Scoop.it

Marche is an explosion of color, living Fauvism.

You’ll feel stupefied by such beauty, as you will by the wines of this region.
Juicy, tasteful, full bodied but subtle wines, marked by the inner story of this land. Every wine is a manifesto of a particular place, maybe where the Romans planted the first vineyard or where only few vignerons are still cultivating an ancient grape that none will ever know. And we have to thank them, because after years of perfecting their techniques, of searching for clones and selecting vines, we are all happy to enjoy the results of their endeavors, and we are not only speaking about great white wines like Verdicchio, but also about Sangiovese, Lacrima di Morro (produced exclusively in the village of Morro d’Alba), Montepulciano and Vernaccia di Serrapetrona, all native and ready to be discovered with a great Marche wine tour!


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Beautiful Photos.
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Festa of Santa Lucia, Syracuse, Sicily

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During the Festa, the statue of Santa Lucia is carried through the streets of Syracuse, no mean feat considering that the statue alone is made of 90 kilos of silver, and it stands on a huge base of carved silver – no wonder it takes 60 men to carry it.  But back to those eyes on a plate.

Several versions of Lucia’s martyrdom are told, including having her eyes gouged out by Diocletian soldiers when she refused to renounce her Christian faith, or even tearing her own eyes out in a rather overly dramatic gesture of her dedication to Christ.  Therefore, Santa Lucia is commonly depicted with the symbol of her eyes on a plate.  Syracuse’s splendid statue of Lucia is no exception. Lucia’s right hand holds a plate, offering her eyes to God.

The name Lucia comes from the word luce – light.  She is the protector of eyesight, the patron saint of Syracuse, of ophthalmologists and electricians, and of the blind.

The Festa of Santa Lucia begins with the statue being carried out of the Duomo on the shoulders of the berretti verdi – green berets – accompanied by a raucous display of fireworks. The procession becomes solemn as it slowly winds along the waterfront and through the city until dusk, when the statue is carried into the Church of Santa Lucia, where it remains for 8 days.  On December 20, traditionally the shortest day of the year with the least luce, the statue is carried back to the Duomo in another procession, and locked away until the following May.


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Umbria Jazz Winter Festival Orvieto - Slow Italy

Umbria Jazz Winter Festival Orvieto - Slow Italy | Intriguing Italy | Scoop.it
UMBRIA JAZZ WINTER will take place in the Etruscan town of Orvieto from December 29th to January 2nd.
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Umbria is alive even in the winter.

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