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Want to see Rome? Take a buddy in your pocket!

Want to see Rome? Take a buddy in your pocket! | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
iDotto, an audio guide that is like a little travel buddy to accompany you through the city in your pocket and make your life or visit to Rome a lot easier. A useful app for tourists visiting Rome.
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Exploring Olive Oil Culture In Tuscany

Exploring Olive Oil Culture In Tuscany | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Olive oil is a super ingredient with the ability to enhance the flavors of a dish while also adding antioxidants and heart-healthy benefits. That being said, there are many misconceptions that exist on the product. That’s why — with the help of agronomist Marco Soldani of Castelfalfi and agronomist Francesco Caselli of Castello di Gabbiano — we’re debunking some of olive oils most common misconceptions. Use the following facts to help you choose a top-of-the-line olive oil:

  1. you can cook with extra virgin olive oil
  2. not all extra virgin olive oils are created equal
  3. pure olive oil isn’t really pure
  4. low acidity is important when it comes to olive oil
  5. not all olive oil comes from italy
  6. it’s much more than squeezing oil from the fruit
  7. light destroys olive oil
  8. olive oil does not get better with age.
  9. only a small portion of the olive gets used for oil
  10. cold extraction is great for flavor
  11. you can’t judge by the label if it’s good olive oil
  12. your extra virgin olive oil may not actually be extra virgin
  13. that olive oil from italy may not be italian
  14. olive oil is essentially a fruit juice

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I love olive oil. So much history bound to this highly traditional product!

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Capri and Sorrento: romance and magic on a Med escapade - Telegraph

Capri and Sorrento: romance and magic on a Med escapade - Telegraph | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

The mainland resort of Sorrento and the island of Capri complement each other perfectly, says Sue Lawley.

Capri and Sorrento are a perfect combination — two jewels of the southern Mediterranean sitting side by side. Sorrento for two or three nights and Capri for four would give you plenty of time to absorb the charm of both places. The romance of one and the magical mystery of the other are guaranteed to make for an enchanting week away. [...]


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Paestum, Capaccio, Italy : The Art of Non-Conformity

Paestum, Capaccio, Italy : The Art of Non-Conformity | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

When I say I’m traveling to southern Italy, people ask if I’m going to Amalfi. When I mention a must-do day trip to the ruins, they assume Pompeii is my destination. Where I’m headed, though, is another area in Campania, 25 miles south of Amalfi, home to my Italian relatives and the ancient Greek ruins of Paestum.

Paestum is recognized by UNESCO as part of the World Cultural Heritage and is home to three of the most beautiful and largely intact Doric Greek temples (all built to honor female goddesses). It is far less known and less crowded than Pompeii [...]

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Which Country Has The Best Cuisine In The World?

Which Country Has The Best Cuisine In The World? | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Which country has the best cuisine in the world? Is it the special Chinese culinary delights, amazing Italian food or divine Japanese sushi? Vote here...
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Tarquinia's Etruscan gems in the Necropolis of Monterozzi

Tarquinia's Etruscan gems in the Necropolis of Monterozzi | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

I was eager to visit and explore the Etruscan Necropolis of Monterozzi at Tarquinia, in Northern Lazio, after reading about the painted burial chambers that are preserved here. I caught the local bus from Tarquinia train station into the centre, and then it was not too far to walk to the necropolis on the outskirts of town.

The most impressive frescoes for me were found in the Tomb of the Leopards. The main strip of mural depicts a lavish banqueting scene in honour of the dead, including several couples tended by two young boys. The men have darker skin while the women are lighter. The side walls of the burial chamber are painted with people bringing dishes, playing instruments and dancing among pretty foliage. Although the drawing is quite simple, it is amazing to see such strong colours bursting out of a fresco that dates back to around 450 BC. [...]

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Framing Palladio: Villa Cornaro

Framing Palladio: Villa Cornaro | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

One of the joys — and there are many — of my hanging my hat in the Veneto region of northeastern Italy is the easy access I have meandering back in time to discover life as it was around the Most Serene Republic of Venice, La Serenissima.

In its heyday, when the Lion of St. Mark roared and everyone listened, the Doges and aristocrats of La Serenissima built like crazy their sprawling, warm-weather estates in the countryside of the Republic that enhanced the coffers of the money-mad merchants of Venice. [...]

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Sicilian Tour: The perfect itinerary

Sicilian Tour: The perfect itinerary | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Sicily is full of history and culture and it’s hard to pick among a wide range of locations if you are planning a visit – or if you are just curious about the highlights of this Region. This week we take the tour of whole Sicily just as you should do if you are visiting it this summer.

Mariano Pallottini's insight:
  • Palermo
  • Mondello beach 
  • Aeolian Islands: Lipari, Alicudi, Filicudi, Vulcano, Salina, Panarea
  • Taormina
  • Etna park
  • Catania
  • Syracuse
  • Modica
  • Ragusa
  • Noto
  • Caltagirone
  • Selinunte, Segesta and Agrigento
  • Temples Agrigento
  • Trapani, Erice and Scopello
  • Aegadian islands
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7 Amazing Bridges to see in Italy

7 Amazing Bridges to see in Italy | Italia Mia | 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:

  1. The Ponte Vecchio Florence
  2. The Rialto Bridge Venice
  3. Ponte Sant’ Angelo Rome
  4. The Gaiola Bridge – Naples
  5. The Ponte di Tiberio – Rimini
  6. The Ponte della Maddalena – Borgo a Mozzano, Lucca
  7. Tibetan Bridge San Gervasio Gorge, Claviere
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Rome in one day with Welcometorome.net | Best Monuments of Ancient Rome

Rome in one day with Welcometorome.net | Best Monuments of Ancient Rome | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Intro:

This itinerary is a journey immersed in the ancient roman ruins dedicated to the great Emperors of History. You can see the imperial palaces, the ruins of the ancient squares and places which used to be the center of roman social life.

Transport:

It is highly recommended to walk from one place to another since all the locations are in the city center.

Time Required:

To visit the sites mentioned it takes about 8 hours, depending on how much time you decideto stopin each site.

Route:

The itinerary starts from Venice Square, (Piazza Venezia) that you can easily reach by bus from Termini Train Station. From here walk along Via dei Fori Imperiali, a famous roman street where you can admire the beautiful ancient ruins of the city. At the beginning of the street, on the left, there's the Mercato Traiano, designed by Apollodorus of Damascus in 107 BC. The building is split into multiple floors and was originally intended for commercial and public functions. Walking down the main street you’ll arrive in front of the Roman Forum, the old Republican square considered a symbolic place by Roman emperors. After the ancient forum go straight to the Roman Colosseum, the most recognizable monument of Rome, also known as the Anfiteatro Flavio. We suggest you to enter inside to admire the magnificence of the place and imagine what it looked like when the gladiators were struggle in. From the Colosseum you can also see the Palatine Hill, an archeological area that contains the old Emperor's residences, arches and temples. Take Via Celio Vibenna and continue along Via di San Gregorio. Continuing down the street for about 800 meters you get to Circus Maximus, the oldest Roman stadium, a place where ancient competitions and sports events were held. Making the rounds of the stadium arriving at the south end, you'll find the Temple of Ercules and the Arch of Janus both magnificent examples of classical Roman architecture. Continuing up Via del Teatro Marcello on your left you'll see the Theater of Marcellus which was the largest theater in ancient Rome. The tour ends just behind the theater in the Jewish Ghetto which preserves the remains of the Portico of Ottavia.

 

You can buy ebook about this itinerary:

 

DE Amazon Kindle version 
UK Amazon Kindle version
US Amazon Kindle version 

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Ferragosto: you love it or you hate it

Ferragosto: you love it or you hate it | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Ferragosto: the blessing and the bane of the Italian summer... Some people adore this Italian summer holiday, while others find it to be incredibly annoying. My sentiments lie somewhere in the middle… here’s why [...]

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This Day in Jewish History / The Jews of Tuscany enter the ghetto, for 277 years

This Day in Jewish History / The Jews of Tuscany enter the ghetto, for 277 years | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Beginning on this day, July 31, 1571, the Jews of Tuscany were restricted to residing within a ghetto, and were to stay there for 277 years. Their confinement persisted until the abolishment of the ghetto in 1848.

The history of the Jewish community of Florence, today the capital city of Tuscany, goes back to the end of the 14th century, when Jewish bankers from the south of Italy were first given permission to settle in the city. By 1428, a group of Jewish financiers had met there and organized a loan to Pope Martin V, in return for a promise of protection. Nine years later marked the official founding of the city’s Jewish community, with the establishment of several Jewish banks.

As was the case in most of Christian Europe, the conditions of Florence’s Jews oscillated, depending on external political conditions, and the particular needs of the ruler in whose hands their fate lay. In the case of the Republic of Florence, the Medici family ruled for most of the time from the 15th century through the early decades of the 18th century, with a wide variety of different attitudes toward the Jews. [...]

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Visiting Umbria on a budget

Visiting Umbria on a budget | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
The landlocked Italian region has many attractions, including incredible art treasures

Finding your own patch of peace - and finding it on the cheap - isn't always easy in Italy. But fortunately for holidaymakers, Umbria isn't much like the rest of the country. The landlocked region between Tuscany, Le Marche and Lazio has art treasures to match anywhere on the peninsula - in Assisi and Perugia abovess all. [...]

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Saint James’ Feast in Caltagirone

Saint James’ Feast in Caltagirone | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Saint James is one of the most celebrated saints in the Catholic Calendar, not only is he the patron saint of Spain, where his remains are housed in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, but he is also the patron Saint of Caltagirone. Who was he?
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Ten Tips to Visit Italy On a Budget by ItalyMagazine

Ten Tips to Visit Italy On a Budget by ItalyMagazine | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Have a look at our tips to help you visit Italy on a budget.

1. Choose off-the-beaten track areas.

2.Take your holiday during low season.

3. Agriturismi and B&Bs offer great value for money.

4. Save on entrance fees to museums by visiting on days where free entrance is offered, for example every first Sunday of the month.

5. Look out for 'tourist cards'

6. Try self-services, rosticcerie, pizzerie, piadinerie and trattorie for great value.

7. Book with independent tour operators

8. Get as much information about the place

9. Look for self-catering accommodation

10. Join travel forum

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Palermo Is Not Just for the Mafia Anymore

Palermo Is Not Just for the Mafia Anymore | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
For decades, Sicily was a haven for the Mafia. As their grip loosens, the island, and particularly its capital city, is morphing into a fashionable, gorgeous hotbed of tourism.

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Tuscany for Your Travel Destination – Many Things to do and See

Tuscany for Your Travel Destination – Many Things to do and See | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Just one holiday spent in Tuscany, Italy isn’t enough; this magical area offers much to see and do. You can find different types of leisure and recreations
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Five Pearls of Cinque Terre

Five Pearls of Cinque Terre | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Cinque Terre is one of the most stunning destinations for a luxury travel vacation in Italy; a coastline steeped in history. Discover it here. [...]

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  • Monterosso is the largest and most northerly village with numerous first class restaurants surrounded by stunning beaches.
  • Vernazza is next, with a small picturesque port still very popular with local fishermen.
  • Corniglia sits high above sea level on its own rocky spur, accessed either by the 377 winding steps, which lead to the town or a shuttle bus.
  • Manarola is, perhaps, the most sophisticated village boasting a beautiful piazza.
  • Riomaggiore, a mirage of color, cobbled streets and unadulterated Italian charm
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Italian folk dance: History and 5 of the best

Italian folk dance: History and 5 of the best | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Italy, along with Spain and Latin America is one of the countries that still maintains its culture of recreational dancing. Swide describes the history of dance in Italy as well as some of the most popular folk dances.

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  • Tarantella
  • Tammurriata
  • Monferrina
  • Lachera
  • Ballu Tundu
  • Moresca



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Jesús Cervantes's curator insight, August 14, 8:05 AM

From a Spanish viewpoint  folk dancing is a tradition which has been maintained all around the country in different ways and styles according to the particular character of the territory in question. Therefore a "muñeira" from Galicia, a "sardana" from Catalonia or a "fandango" from La Mancha have some connection among one another but they are a reflection of the history of these very different peoples.

Although folk dancing is not always well understood or respected as the popular expression of tradition that it is, we (and in particular I mean our authorities, be it local, regional or national) should be aware of the danger of losing a heartfelt manifestation of the most sincere and authentic feeling of a community's historic way of being.

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From Dubai to Italy: a travel diary of new tourists

From Dubai to Italy: a travel diary of new tourists | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

: With the Dubai summer exodus well underway, we packed our bags and headed west to Italy for a couple of weeks. We’d hired a car and would be travelling from north to south, starting off in Milan and finishing up in Rome, taking in the Lakes, a wedding, Maranello, Bologna, Florence, and Pisa in between. [...]

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Mark Augustus' 2000th Death Anniversary Celebrations in Rome

Mark Augustus' 2000th Death Anniversary Celebrations in Rome | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

August 19 marks the 2,000th anniversary of the death of Rome’s first emperor Augustus, who ruled from 27 BC until his death in 14 AD.

To commemorate the date, a series of special events and openings will be launched in the Italian capital [...]

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Unfortunately, the Mausoleum of Augustus will not be open; the site is off limits pending restoration

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Piedmont wine route: top 10 guide - by theguardian.com

Piedmont wine route: top 10 guide - by theguardian.com | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Taste the best of Italy’s Piedmont region on this route through Langhe and Roero, enjoying its outstanding barolo and barbaresco wines, staying at vineyard B&BS and eating at traditional osterie

Even in the midst of summer, the idyllic vineyard landscapes of Piedmont are rarely invaded by crowds of tourists, and the run-up to the grape harvests, beginning in September, can be an ideal time to visit winemakers, who have more time than usual to let visitors taste their vintages. [...]

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History of an Icon: La Vespa

History of an Icon: La Vespa | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Retracing the history of an icon of Italian style: the Vespa
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Piaggio sold some 2,500 Vespas in 1947, over 10,000 in 1948, 20,000 in 1949, and over 60,000 in 1950.

The biggest sales promo ever was Hollywood.

Vespa clubs popped up throughout Europe, and by 1952, worldwide Vespa Club membership had surpassed 50,000. By the mid-1950s, Vespas were being manufactured under licence in Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Belgium and Spain; in the 1960s, production was started in India, Brazil and Indonesia.

By 1956, one million had been sold, then two million by 1960. By the 1960s, the Vespa—originally conceived as a utility vehicle—had come to symbolize freedom and imagination, and resulted in further sales boosts: four million by 1970, and ten million by the late 1980s.

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Viaggio in Italia: Umbria, The green land

Viaggio in Italia: Umbria, The green land | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Travel with Swide to find out the highlights of Italy: this time we take you to Umbria, the green land of beautiful landscapes.

Italy is regarded as a fairly small country, but as small as it may be there is a lot to see. Swide tells you what you can’t miss with our Travel Guide to Italy. This time we take you to Umbria. From Perugia to smaller towns here is what you can’t miss.

Located in central Italy, Umbria is the only Italian region having neither a coastline nor a common border with other countries. Like the nearby Tuscany, the Region is known for its history, traditions and beautiful landscapes. Umbria is bordered by Tuscany to the west, Marche to the east and Lazio to the south. Partly hilly and partly flat it has a variety of landscapes difficult to reach in other Regions. [...]

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Italian Food Forever » Castelluccio And The Piano Grande 2014

Italian Food Forever » Castelluccio And The Piano Grande 2014 | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Every year we try and head over to Castelluccio where the famous lentils of Umbria are grown. One of the most famous centerpieces of the area is the Piano Grande, a huge 16 square kilometer plain surrounded by the barren Sibillini mountain range that once was a glacier lake. This entire area falls in the Parco Nazionale dei Monti Sibillini, one of the most recently established Italian national parks, which is divided between Le Marche and Umbria. The Piano Grande attracts tourists from across the globe every spring and summer when the plains are covered in a breathtaking abundance of wildflowers called the fioritura. This area is also responsible for growing Umbria’s famous lentils, Lenticchie di Castelluccio, which are named for the small village that overlooks the plains. [...]

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TV3 Ireland AM travel to Italy- Bologna and Pasta Making

Sinead visits the beautiful city of Bologna where she took in some of the sights and tried her hand at making her very own pasta!
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