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Entire Italian hamlet famed for being the birth place of pasta goes up for sale for £15.5 million. Few pennies!

Entire Italian hamlet famed for being the birth place of pasta goes up for sale for £15.5 million. Few pennies! | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

An entire Italian hamlet celebrated as the birthplace of pasta has gone on sale for £15.5 million.

Consisting of more than 50 properties, the medieval mini-village close to the historical town of Norcia in Umbria is a haven for food lovers and has been declared a monument of historical interest. [...]

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Italians in a rush to sell assets are raising the competition for a limited number of bidders but some clients worry that if Greece abandons the euro, the currency could plummet, damaging the value of Italian properties in the long term. Others fear buying too soon and missing out on discounts if the euro sinks still lower.
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Umbria for Dummies | A trip through the enchanting hill towns of Umbria

Umbria for Dummies | A trip through the enchanting hill towns of Umbria | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Strolling along these twisted cobbled lanes, you'll feel like you've entered a different world, writes Luke Slattery.
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Luke Slattery on a page of the Australian DailyLife.com take your hand and introduces you to the beautiful town of Umbria: Spello, Panicale, Perugia, Norcia, Castelluccio. Will tell you about the incredible treasures of gothic and renaissance art of these towns but also about salume, and truffles. Prosciutto and sausages made from wild boar and pork: norcineria. 

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Luke Slattery on a page of the Australian DailyLife.com take your hand and introduces you to the beautiful town of Umbria: Spello, Panicale, Perugia, Norcia, Castelluccio. Will tell you about the incredible treasures of gothic and renaissance art of these towns but also about salume, and truffles. Prosciutto and sausages made from wild boar and pork: norcineria. 

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10 definite reasons to visit Italy by a Dubai Newspaper

10 definite reasons to visit Italy by a Dubai Newspaper | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

If you’re still wondering where to go this summer, one must-visit destination on the top of our list is Italy. While Julia Roberts tried, as best as she could, to communicate the importance of food in Italy in the movie Eat, Love, Pray, you can’t even begin to imagine you know what it's like unless you’ve actually been there and experienced it. [...]

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The "Gulf News" a daily English language newspaper published from Dubai, gives to its readers 10 good reasons to visits Italy:

  1. Coffee
  2. Tuscany
  3. St. Peter’s Basilica
  4. Forest trails
  5. Bruschetta
  6. Castel Sant’Angelo
  7. Medieval towns 
  8. Pizza
  9. The Pantheon
  10. Homemade ice-cream

I personally think that the list could be much bigger if the approach is mentioning all travel destinations that worth a visit to Italy.

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The most beautiful squares of Tuscany

The most beautiful squares of Tuscany | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

This post is our selection of the most beautiful Tuscan square: Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Siena, Livorno. [...]

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In Italy you will find the wonder in taking a break in an italian piazza. Understand the importance Italians give to this special place can come only from a direct experience.

The main square of a town is for an italian a second home and the best meeting point. Regardless of gender, age, economics or social class, including tourists, is where you can take delight among clusters of people enjoying their time.

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The Beautiful Valdaso in Italy in 2 Blog Posts full of great Tips

The Beautiful Valdaso in Italy in 2 Blog Posts full of great Tips | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Today I’ll bring you to discover the Valdaso, a beautiful valley in Le Marche Region with ancient villages and a charming rural landscape. We’ll discover this territory through two travel itineraries from the Sea to the Mountains and vice versa in two different blog posts:

1) Pedaso, Campofilone, Montefiore dell'Aso, Carassai, Montalto delle Marche, Montedinove.

2) Montelparo, Monte Rinaldo, Ortezzano, Monte Vidon Combatte, Petritoli, Monterubbiano, Moresco, Altidona

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Discovering the Aso Valley through two travel itineraries from the Sea to the Mountains and vice versa in two blog posts

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Discovering the Aso Valley through two travel itineraries from the Sea to the Mountains and vice versa in two blog posts

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Turin, the City of Records neglected by tourists

Turin, the City of Records neglected by tourists | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

I first laid eyes on Turin twenty years ago. It was grimy; all the buildings were blackened; cars parked haphazardly in all the large squares. It was truly an industrial city that nobody wanted to visit.

A bit more than ten years later, a miracle occurred. [...]

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Exploring Turin means discover a royal city with historic cafés, one of the food capitals of Italy or at least the Italy’s capital of Chocolate. If Turin is not anymore one of the first world Capital of Cinema, there are records that no other town in the world or in Italy can steal. Turin is the birthplace of the aperitif, owns the world’s most important Egyptian museum outside Egypt and is the esoteric capital of Italy. It is definitely a must see city in Italy

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Beating the heat in Procida visiting the Abbey of Saint Michael

Beating the heat in Procida visiting the Abbey of Saint Michael | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

The Abbey of Saint Michael the Archangel is perched on the highest point of Procida, in the “Terra Murata” surrounded by fortified walls built in the 16th century to protect settlers from pirates. I first spotted the walled section of the island when I sat down to lunch in the port of Corricella. It looked like a dramatic and imposing fortress next to the pretty colours of the lower village [...]

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Procida is one of the Flegrean Islands off the coast of Naples in southern Italy. The island is between Cape Miseno and the island of Ischia. With its tiny satellite island of Vivara, it is a comune of the Metropolitan City of Naples, in the region of Campania.
In case you haven't heard, it is really warm in Procida right now; this week, temperatures are hitting 95°F and the heat traditionally continues into September.
Visiting Procida during the hottest months? For beating the heat in Procida, go to church. Visit the Abbey of Saint Michael it is naturally air-conditioned. Find cooler temperatures and get away from the crowd by pointing toward the terrace of the abbey, with stunning views of the sea.

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Jazz, blues, theater: summer in Umbria, art and music

Jazz, blues, theater: summer in Umbria, art and music | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

The Umbrian beginning of summer is full of appointments related to music; Festival dei Due Mondi, Umbria Jazz, Cambio Festival, and Trasimeno Blues are events of international level that any enthusiast shouldn’t be missed. [...]

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If you’ve never heard of the Umbria Jazz Festival, prepare to have your world elegantly funked and smoothly grooved. For 10 days every July, Italy plays host to some of the most famed and celebrated Jazz talent around.

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I biked through Tuscany and it was one of the hardest trips I’ve ever taken — but it was totally worth it

I biked through Tuscany and it was one of the hardest trips I’ve ever taken — but it was totally worth it | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

This is what happens when you bike through Tuscany with your fitness freak boyfriend. [...]

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"It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle."


Ernest Hemingway

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This is Italy's most violent game you'll ever see.

This is Italy's most violent game you'll ever see. | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

When it comes to history, soccer's classic derby matches are put in the shade by the Calcio Storico Fiorentino, a fixture that has been played in Florence since the 16th Century.

Every year on June 24th, the feast day of the city's patron saint, St John the Baptist, sees teams from two of the four historic neighbourhoods do battle in the final of a competition that wraps football and rugby skills into something that resembles a mass brawl conducted in historical costume. [...]

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A mix, of rugby, soccer, american football, boxing, MMA and Greco Roman wrestling, Calcio Storico happens once a year in Florence, Italy. The 600-year-old sport is probably the most violent game you'll ever see. https://vimeo.com/25512336 

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Via Krupp, the way to Paradise in Capri

Via Krupp, the way to Paradise in Capri | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

This road, located in the island of Capri, was the idea of German steel industrialist A.F. Krupp, who to this end purchased the “Fondo Certosa” (Certosa Estate), where part of the Gradens of Augustus are located.The road, which was built in 1902 on a project by Emilio Mayer, starts here and characteristically zig-zags its way to Marina Piccola [...]

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Never knew that the way to Paradise was downhill? It happens only in Italy and only in Capri

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Take La Dolce Vita Seriously at Palazzo Margherita

Take La Dolce Vita Seriously at Palazzo Margherita | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

A escape to Francis Ford Coppola's incredible Italian resort. You'll feel like you're in a movie. [...]

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Kate Donnelly tells about the Palazzo Margherita, the  Francis Ford Coppola luxury hotel in Bernalda, Italy. 

https://www.coppolaresorts.com/palazzomargherita 

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Dream of Italy: Pizzica Dancing in Puglia

In the Puglia episode of Dream of Italy (new PBS travel series), we learn the traditional dance of the region - pizzica - and experience it both in a piazza and in an olive grove. For more information and to watch the full Puglia episode, visit www.dreamofitaly.com/tv-show/

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For 12 years, Kathy McCabe has published a hyper-successful, subscription-based travel newsletter, “Dream of Italy.” And now, her passion for the country has been turned into a weekly travel show by the same name, which premieres on Rocky Mountain PBS on Sunday

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Warning over damage to monuments as tourists leap into Italy's historic fountains

Warning over damage to monuments as tourists leap into Italy's historic fountains | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Italians aghast at behaviour of tourists, from frolicking in centuries-old fountains as temperatures soar to having sex in public [...]

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This article proposes a list of deprecable behaviours of tourists in the Italian cities of art. Bath in the fountains or sex in public, all the tourist are the same, it doesn't matter the origin. Surprised? But is not Italy the country of love?
No matter how many Italian landscapes you have seen, how many photos that have taken your breath away and how many sensational stories you have heard about Italy, no feeling can compare top the one you have when seeing in one of the cities of art of Italy. The magic of Italy will then conquer you.
Can a couple of drinks and an outside temperature reaching 40°C with high percent of humidity, release all the inhibitory brakes?
Maybe yes, but we have to add to the list, the action of the espresso, the beauty of the Italian women and a sense of joie de vivre that reigns in Italy despite the crisis.

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20 Italian regions of culinary differences explained to Egyptians

20 Italian regions of culinary differences explained to Egyptians | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

One reason Sicilians tend to identify with Sicily first and Italy (a distant) second? The same goes for Veneto in the north or Puglia in the south.

Italy is a young country -- it only celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2011. Despite the successful export of the "Italian restaurant," the idea of a unified Italian cuisine is something many Italians reject.

Instead there are regional dishes, sometimes with tastes as different as you'd find between countries. [...]

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The Egyptindependent.com offers to its reader a mini guide to the Italian culinary differences with useful contacts.


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'The Eden of Italy'

'The Eden of Italy' | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Majestic gardens and amazing views await those who make the trip to Lago Maggiore. [...]

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Montesquieu, Edward Gibbon, Stendhal, Napoleon and Josephine, Wagner, Jean Cocteau, Dickens, Hemingway, the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana all strolled these meticulously maintained gardens. 

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Sfogliatelle: a sweet bit (bite) of Italy in US

Sfogliatelle: a sweet bit (bite) of Italy in US | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Hankering for sfogliatelle? If you're from Staten Island or Brooklyn, you have come to love these flaky, crackling Italian pastries wrapped around a ricotta cheese-based filling. [...]

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When in Naples, you have to try sfogliatella, and Pasticceria Attanasio offers the best sfogliatelle you’ve ever tasted... but abroad? Is it possible to taste good sfogliatelle outside Italy? It seems to be possible in US, read the article.

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Civita di Bagnoregio: The Dying Town

Civita di Bagnoregio: The Dying Town | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Surviving more than 2,500 years of wind and erosion, this tightly knit community struggles to ward off the “Grim Reaper” as it sits strikingly atop a pinnacle of brittle volcanic tufa that overlooks the Tiber River Valley in the province of Viterbo in the Lazio Region of Central Italy. It’s no surprise that Civita is known as il paese che muore (the dying town). [...]

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What is the village in Italy that you better visit before it disappears, who treated the wounds of a King coming from north and gave birth to a saint biographer of St. Francis?

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Rick Steves in the Cinque Terre, Italy: Hiking Corniglia to Manarola - YouTube

On this leg of the Cinque Terre hike, we descend from ridge-top Corniglia to coastal Manarola.
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Rick Steves is America's most respected authority on European travel. Richard "RickSteves (born May 10, 1955) is an American author and television personality focusing on European travel. He is the host of the American Public Television series Rick Steves' Europe, has a public radio travel show, Travel with Rick Steves, and has authored various location-specific travel guides. [wikipedia]

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Discover the Quaint Tuscan Town of Pienza

Discover the Quaint Tuscan Town of Pienza | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Pienza, which has an interesting history. It’s a small, quaint Tuscan town and one of my favorites because you get to experience everyday living in the style of a local resident. Pienza is a small hilltop town in the valley known as the Val d’Orcia in the province of Siena.[...]

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Discover Pienza and its historic center recognized and added to the Unesco World Heritage List in 1996.

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How To Enjoy Italy With Kids: Travel Tips for the Whole Family

How To Enjoy Italy With Kids: Travel Tips for the Whole Family | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

What better holiday destination for all the family than Italy? John Bensalhia lists some of the main selling points of an Italian holiday that will appeal to the young members of your group [...]

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John Bensalhia (@JohnBensalhia) has been a journalist since 1999, fully qualified in Magazine Journalism.
He has worked for a whole range of newspapers, magazines and websites.
For him, in this article, Italy is one destination to take the kids, because: "it offers children a wealth of enjoyment with more than a dash of unique, distinctive flavour. Sights, history, food... Italy has it all for the youngsters in the holiday season"

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Great article about visiting Italy with children. For tips on what to do in Umbria with children, check out our website: http://goo.gl/uSN815

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Pompei seen through the eyes of a Vintage Fashion Blogger

Pompei seen through the eyes of a Vintage Fashion Blogger | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
A post filled with photos of my trip to the ancient city Pompeii. An absolute must visit if you're ever in the South of Italy!
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This is happen when a "vintage fashion blogger" visits Pompeii: A post filled with lots of photos about an absolute "must visit" destination in the South of Italy!

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How to See Less of Florence

How to See Less of Florence | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

The real secret to enjoying Florence is to explore some of its less popular sites -- and to savor rather than rush, even if that means ticking fewer items off your list. [...]

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Hurry up to visit the most touristy Italy, do once for ever the endless queues to museums or for a simple ice cream in the town center. There is definitely an Italy less known to explore not lacking of attraction and charm. Especially in Florence. Read the article

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The rite of the aperitif in Italy

The rite of the aperitif in Italy | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

The Italians go crazy for them – and it's easy to see why. Here, The Local's Patrick Browne gives you the lowdown on one of Italy's most treasured rituals: the aperitivo. [...]

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The use of 'apertif's' to affect one's consumption of food was a practice in the 5th century in Greece
Apéritifs were widespread in the 19th century in Italy, where they were being served in fashionable cafés in Rome, Genoa, Florence, Milan, Turin, and Venice. Read the article

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Kira Tran's curator insight, June 23, 2015 10:23 PM

Empty stomach in the morning gets full picture of delicacies. How interesting :))

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The use of 'apertif's' to affect one's consumption of food was a practice in the 5th century in Greece
Apéritifs were widespread in the 19th century in Italy, where they were being served in fashionable cafés in Rome, Genoa, Florence, Milan, Turin, and Venice. Read the article

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Sicilian Chinoiserie: The Palazzina Cinese of Palermo

Sicilian Chinoiserie: The Palazzina Cinese of Palermo | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Chinoiserie became a fanciful decorating style as of the later 17th century, appreciated by the great rules of Europe. Discover more about the Palazzina Chinese in Palermo, the highest example of Sicilian Chinoiserie and the inspiration of the Dolce&Gabbana SS16 menswear collection. [...]

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Where do Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana find inspiration to create their collections? This article demonstrates how the cultural approach, as for ETRO for example, is really deep and interesting.

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