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A Roman institution since 1938, Sant’Eustachio Il Caffè brews 2,000 cups of espresso a day. Co-owner Roberto Ricci shows us how to fit in with the caffeinated locals. [...]
Here 5 Rules to Drink Espresso Like an Italian, and I add my 6th.
One of the worst things you should never do that, unfortunately, many Italians do is ask for a glass of water to clean the mouth and teeth from becoming brown.
The espresso is small in portion but very strong to give a prolonged taste in the mouth. Why else would we drink it so "ristretto"?
A sprawling eight-bedroom Tuscan villa is now on the market for over €7million. But this isn't your average luxury Italian home - it was once owned by the famed Florentine painter, Michelangelo. [...]
There are several reasons to buy now a property in Tuscany. More and more owners decide to put their properties on the market due to the certain panic created by the new tax on real estate and the recent crises. Several properties are being placed the market in this period. Those owners, who have been trying to sell for some time, are reducing the asking prices. [source]
Why is Turin also knowed as “The Devil’s city”? The story begins in a very long time ago. During the Risorgimento, the Government supported Paganism, this measure aimed to fight the Clerical Power, so, in Turin begans to spread liberty of religion, obviuously also black magic was allowed or at least tolerated. This fact fueled the anti-Risorgimento controversy, amplifying the diatribe between the Papal State and the Piedmontese government. [source]
My last adventure in island-hopping was back when I was young, and involved the Greek islands, so I was delighted when an opportunity came up to visit the Tuscan Archipelago. I love Italy. I think the food is great, the people are great and the scenery is great, but nothing had prepared me for the beauty of the islands off the coast of Tuscany. We based ourselves in Giglio, a small island, measuring 7km by 3.[...]
The Indipendent Ireland dedicates a positive article to the isle to Giglio, the small island off the coast of Tuscany without mention a single time the Costa Concordia shipwreck. This is a controversial subject and we must wait to know the tourist data to understand the phenomenon, although some of the residents of this picture-perfect paradise now kind of miss the massive wreck.
The Via Francigena is mostly known as a walking itinerary, but it is also possible to ride it by bicycle: here are many information. [...]
The Via Francigena is a historical itinerary leading to Rome from Canterbury, a route which in the past was used by thousands of pilgrims on their way to Rome. The Length of trail is about 1,700 km, 1,056 miles perfect to be cycled.
At the beginning of the 11th century mainly, a multitude of souls "looking for their Lost Heavenly Home" took the habit of travelling across Europe. Here the description of the path by bicycle in Tuscany.
Only one percent of Italians have celiac disease, similar to the rest of the world. But since gluten is everywhere, there's high public awareness about it and more than 4,000 gluten-free eateries. [...]
Around the Sixties, modern wheat was developed via cross-breeding and crude genetic manipulation, which changed the nutrient and protein composition of the plant. All the celiac problems come from this, and Italy, the country of pasta and pizza, has been overwhelmed. There are not solutions, we must come back to the cultivation of ancient cereals and, for the moment, alleviate the suffering of celiac with gluten free restaurants and products.
Puglia, the heel of Italy's boot, is rich with dramatic coastlines, breathtaking architecdture, amazing food and wine...and wonderful people [...]
Polignano a Mare, Alberobello, Conversano, Corte Altavilla, Lecce, Gallipoli,... without to see these towns and few others you can not say to know Italy. Without to eat the food of Puglia, you can not say you have ever enjoyed life. If you have never tasted the wines of Puglia you can not say something about wines. If you don't have any friend in Puglia you have never met someone that know deeply the life... I don't tell you anything about women
Together with ribollita, acquacotta soup is Tuscany\'s best-known recipe worldwide. It is globally renowned, and when tourists arrive in Tuscany, the first things they ask for are acquacotta and ribollita. This a quintessential poor man\'s dish from the Maremma area of Tuscany, and was typically prepared by cattle herders as they watched over their grazing livestock. [...]
Ribollita is a simple Tuscan dish and, of course, many tourists try to prepare it at while at home. Like all Italian cuisine, Tuscan cooking is based upon using the most fresh and simple ingredients of the season Typical dishes are based upon what Tuscans find fresh and local at the market that week, making them often very easy to prepare and involving few ingredients. Although Ribollita may be simple, it is rich in flavor, very hearty and quite filling.
Arezzo is a delightful Tuscan town that doesn’t attract as many visitors as it deserves. This is great for those who do drop in because they get to enjoy this gorgeous town without the crowds. Piazza Grande is the heart of Arezzo. Once a month it is full to the brim with an antique market …
Many words could be said to persuade you to include Arezzo inside your planned tour of Tuscany but I just want to highlight the main words of this article: <<Basilica di San Francesco is one of Arezzo’s most important churches. It is famous for its art…The Legend of the True Cross by Piero della Francesca. The frescoes are magnificent. It is worth a visit to Arezzo just for these.>>
In summer, when room rates are lower and tables accessible, hiking trails through forests and flower-filled meadows beckon, and enticing meals are never far away. [...]
This beautiful article by Robert Draper for The New York Times, invites you to take profit of the lower season in the Dolomites to discover a paradise of hikes and fabulous cuisine. This appealing article has an easy game with all the beautiful photos. The article concludes with useful links.
A comet plunging into the sea could have triggered a tidal wave that devastated bronze age settlements on the island, say scientists [...]
“But afterwards there occurred violent earthquakes and floods; and in a single day and night of misfortune all your warlike men in a body sank into the earth, and the island of Atlantis in like manner disappeared in the depths of the sea.”
― Plato, Timaeus/Critias
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The world has been obsessed with this little Tuscan settlement for centuries. No wonder I couldn't be more excited for my Florence city break! [...]
I have read many articles on Florence and this is not the best, but maybe it is one of few that let you understand of why Florence is Florence, even certain things were not understood by the author
Girl In Florence shares her tips on visiting one of Italy's least-known regions, also home to some of the best beaches in Europe.
If the GIRLINFLORENCE tells you to skip Tuscany's Beaches, and head to Calabria, you must believe her.
With a bit of irony and perhaps even a bit sarcastically, maybe because of the ex- boyfriend, Georgette, better known as the GIRLINFLORENCE, an American-born blogger who writes in English of all that is Tuscan, betrays the source of many of her articles, suggesting Calabria as a beach holiday destination ... and we must believe her! The article is very long without being wordy and offers countless good reasons. Although n'duja will not tear her from being caciucco oriented, we can say to love her impromptu excursions outside the Region.
It’s not possible to see everything that Tuscany has to offer in one trip – but this selection of the region’s highlights is a great place to start. From the new Rough Guide to Tuscany and Umbria, this is our pick of the best things to do in Tuscany. [...]
This article proposes you 15 things to do in Tuscany admitting you can not see all in one trip.
Here the quick list:
While today we may think of tomatoes as a very Italian ingredient, they are actually native to the Americas and were introduced to the Italian peninsula via Spanish explorers in the early sixteenth century. At first they were viewed with suspicion and kept as ornamental plants—it wasn't until the next century that tomatoes began to appear regularly in kitchens across the country.
Well, Italians have certainly come a long way in the five-hundred-plus years since then. While tomatoes may not be native to their country, Italians have certainly claimed them as their own—and we're sure glad they have. [...]
Here 7 Tomato Recipes that prove the Italians have Mastered the Tomato
Italy has plenty of breathtaking picturesque towns dotted along the coast where both the architecture and the natural surroundings create a unique setting. From the North to the South, Swide has rounded up some of the most beautiful coastal towns of the Peninusla, you need to visit. [...]
Rome, Italy's capital, is one place you should seriously give think about traveling to.
Rome in a day is not impossible, just ask the millions of foreign tourists who are on tour in Europe and have to see everything in a few hours. For your day trips I recommend www.Welcometorome.net (useful for a walk tour ) and www.Trambusopen.com (for a panoramic bus tour starting from 20€ with a validity of 24 hours).
Fuori dal mondo – “out of this world” – is what you feel as you step off the ferry onto this tiny Mediterranean island (3 km. long and barely 500 m. wide). The turquoise/emerald water of the island coves is certainly “out-of-this-world” and you are “out of this world” on this island with 180 houses (all reservedly tucked away – we spotted six in our three Giannutri days), fewer than twenty permanent residents, one small piazza with a single restaurant-bar (mostly empty), one meagerly-stocked grocery (usually closed) and only rocky dirt paths leading to the two or three coves of crystalline water [...]
Located about 14km southeast of Giglio, Giannutri is a tiny, half-moon shaped island at the extreme southern part of the Tuscan Archipelago. Cala dello Spalmatoio and Cala Maestra are the only two tiny stone beaches along the rocky and rough coastline. Cala dei Grottoni is an interesting cave.
I’d like to share some of my favorite handheld “snacks” with you. Granted, some of these snacks will keep you going for hours (like the porchetta panini), but these would never be considered a meal by Italian standards! [...]
Today, street food seems to be living a second youth: it has become, all of a sudden, en vogue. It is a time saver during the week, when work or school may take up much of the day; it often represents an alternative to conventional meals and can be a pleasant change from routine.
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The best attractions in Umbria, Italy, including the top 10 towns to visit and a seasonal guide, chosen by our expert Tim Jepson.
The Telegraph publishes, a bit late I think, its own Italy summer holidays guide dedicated to the Umbria Region. Overview, Getting there, Hotels, Attractions, Restaurants, Events, Drives, the categories explained.
There's something to be said for the Italians - they do it bloody well. And by "it", I mean everything; food, wine, football, and as I found out recently on a trip to Tuscany, incredible beach resorts. [...]
If your biggest goal is to see Italy like a local - from restaurants, to wineries, to the countryside and beyond, than you have to understand the the special attitude Jo Carrigan has expressed in this article. We all wish to avoid as much of the touristy stuff as possible, outside of a week or two in Italy to see the highlights, but are we willing to follow the rising tide of Italian vacationers? Jo Carrigan did it and this article tells about her discoveries.
Our complete guide to driving in Italy with tips, advice and a full car checklist
Driving in Italy can certainly be an adventure.
Everyone knows the old stereotype of a typical Italian driver – fast, aggressive and breaking the rules left and right….
Well folks, it’s all true!
Italian drivers are aggressive and almost entirely disinterested in the driving regulations.
But they are also – don’t laugh – extremely competent drivers. [source]
Montefioralle is one of the most ancient villages of the Chianti area and one of the most beautiful villages in Italy: discover what to see and how to reach it. [...]
Tuscany is not only Florence, but also not only San Gimignano. Tuscany like many Regions in Italy is made of lesser known destinations equally amazing and incredibly fascinating. Hamlets and picturesque villages rich in history, old traditions, peculiar crafts, ancient walls, lovely alleys and stunning landscapes.
Montefioralle brings you on unconventional roads in Tuscany. It is a renaissance village remained intact all over the centuries, which preserve the charm of narrow streets and alleyways winding through enchanting historic buildings.
Italy has plenty of food festivals, taking place all year long in hundreds of Italian cities and little towns, events which are dedicated to traditional local products, best known as sagre. [...]
In Italy, a sagra (plural: sagre) is a local food festival.
A sagra is often dedicated to some specific local food, and the name of the sagra includes that food; the array of gastronomic specialties covered across Italy is amazing
One of Europe's most romantic destinations seducing visitors with enchanting caves, archeological sites, picturesque beaches and the best of Mediterranean food...
Amalfi, Maiori, Ravello, Cetara + Paestum, Acciaroli, Palinuro are the must of south of Italy. Read the article full of good travel tips