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Cycling Tuscany and Umbria | Italy

Cycling Tuscany and Umbria | Italy | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

If you like cycling, you will definitely want to do a cycling tour of Tuscany and Umbria. These fantastic provinces have a lot to offer: the hills, towns and valleys of southern Tuscany and Umbria are a cyclist's dream. [...]

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If, next summer,  you want to cycle Tuscany and Umbria, read this articleand then buy a guide

Bicycle Touring in Tuscany by David Cleveland (Author) is a backroads guide to cycling in Italy. It provides everything you need to plan a tour of Tuscany, Umbria and the Marches: What to bring, where to go, how to transport your bike, how to ride away from the airport. It describes eight multi-day tours with detailed maps of every route. This is your guide to some of the most spectacular riding in the world.

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"Pizza al Metro" in Rende reaches kilometer

"Pizza al Metro" in Rende reaches kilometer | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Italian pizza makers have brought the title for the world’s longest pizza back to its true home having produced one that’s over a kilometre long. [...]

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Roman pizza, undoubtedly, is the pizza al metro (pizza by the meter). Long rectangular pizzas. As the name pizza al metro indicates, the length of a pie is usually around 1 meter (three feet). So, it is surprising to know that was the Calabrian town of Rende that produced the 1.229 kilometers pizza, to smash the record previously set by Spain.

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Puglia Wine is Italy's Secret to Value

Puglia Wine is Italy's Secret to Value | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
If you want fruit-forward, ripe, red wine for a good price, look no further than Puglia. Some of the best values in Italian wine come from this sunny, dry region.
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The Apulia has recently become one of most active a region of Italy, it might have been more correct to organize the Expo in Puglia than in Milan. Wine Folly dedicates an article to Puglia adding one of its wonderful infographics. This is yet another consecration of Puglia as wine region of Italy. Puglia which makes innovation, Puglia, great tourist and wedding destination.

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Gole Alcantara: fantastic Sicilian beauty

Gole Alcantara: fantastic Sicilian beauty | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

The natural canyon of Gole Alcantara is made of angular gorges up to fifty meters tall, and wide two to five meters, likely the result of ancient earthquakes. With the river of the same name running through them, they are part of the Gole Alcantara Botanical and Geological Park, near Taormina. [...]

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This is not Iceland! Incredibly, here, we are in Sicily. So, dear photographers take note about of this place: Gole Alcantara. Starting off the day with pancakes is never a bad idea especially if you have the best light.

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Dream of Italy: The Umbria Episode

In the third episode of Dream of Italy (new PBS travel series), we go to the green heart of Italy- Umbria. In Perugia, host Kathy McCabe In Perugia, we meet two women carrying on their family traditions — Maddalena Forenza creating stained glass and Marta Cucchia and her handmade textiles. Just outside Perugia, at the Perugina Chocolate School, chocolate maestro Massimiliano Guidubaldi teaches host Kathy McCabe to make the famous Baci candy. [...]

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Italy in the new PBS travel series is really a good product. Here is the full Umbria Episode. Kathy is an enthusiastic person, the photography is stunning, the storytelling is fascinating. The Italy unseen proposed to the United States? Promises maintained.

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Italy sells off ancient lighthouses and fortresses, castles, monasteries and palaces

Italy sells off ancient lighthouses and fortresses, castles, monasteries and palaces | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Private investors to receive leases of up to 50 years on historic properties to convert them into luxury resorts, in scheme to raise more than €2 billion (£1.46 billion) by 2017 [...]

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If you were that rich, wouldn't you buy them all?
Italy sells a collection of 686 properties includes Bourbon fortresses, lighthouses, stone watchtowers, disused army barracks, convents and charterhouses.

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Exploring Campania with the "Italian Food, Wine and Travel group"

Exploring Campania with the "Italian Food, Wine and Travel group" | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

June’s installment of #ItalianFWT takes us back to southern Italy, to the beautiful and delicious region of Campania. For you foodies out there it is important to note Campania is credited as the birthplace of pizza, spaghetti and Buffalo Mozzarella! Campania is yet another perfect region to explore the wonders of Italy. [...]

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Time to explore the Campania Region of Italy with the "Italian Food, Wine and Travel group" (#ItalianFWT) organized by Vino Travels, lover of all things Italian. The group convenes monthly to explore Italian wine regions.

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12 of Italy's Sexiest Desserts

12 of Italy's Sexiest Desserts | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Sweet tooth? John Bensalhia finds some of the best desserts to chew on in Italy, whatever the occasion... 

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John Bensalhia for Italy Magazine suggests some of the most famous Italian desserts but also in some cases typical and not available everywhere. It is a funny article that reveals some interesting curiosities. For example, Crostata firstly appeared in the book Libro de Arte Coquinaria of Martino da Como around the 15th Century 

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Gubbio and Città di Castello in Umbria

Gubbio and Città di Castello in Umbria | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Hello!Finally today I've some time to go on with our quick tour of Umbria, in the heart of Italy. The area of Gubbio is located in the nord east of Umbria region, adjoining Marche region. The whole...
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An Italian Travel blogger visits Gubbio, described as one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Italy and Città di Castello, where modern and historic Italy combine.

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Italy unseen: this is "Dream of Italy" on PBS

Dream of Italy is a new 6-part travel series premiering on PBS stations across the United States in May 2015. It will air for two years. Host Kathy McCabe explores Tuscany, Umbria, Rome, Naples/the Amalfi Coast, Puglia and Piedmont/Lake Iseo. For more information, visit www.dreamofitaly.com

Mariano Pallottini's insight:

It seems to be comforting for us Italians, especially expatriates, but there is nothing better than to hear to talk very highly about our "belpaese" above all by foreigners. Thus, a long series in the United States promises to satisfy even the most demanding, going to discover things less known. It is "Dream of Italy" on PBS.
The PBS, Public Broadcasting Service, is an American public broadcaster and television program distributor. Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, PBS is an independently operated non-profit organization and is the most prominent provider of television programs to public television stations in the United States.

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20 reasons why you should go to Parma

20 reasons why you should go to Parma | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

The historic city of Parma welcomes its guests with a rich and delicious gastronomic tradition as well as its charming architecture and landscape. Swide gives you some good reasons to travel to Parma next weekend. [...]

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Discover that food it is not the only reason to visit Parma but still is
Good for foodies and lovers of the good life.

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Spiaggia Urbani: The Italian Beach Only Locals Know About

Spiaggia Urbani: The Italian Beach Only Locals Know About | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Escape to Urbani beach in Italy’s Marche region, the secret spot locals don’t want you to know about.
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Abruzzo for Bloggers

The project BlogginInAbruzzo was created to give the opportunity to an influential blogger to discover Abruzzo. The opportunity to travel around Abruzzo through a specific route created for the blogger’s interests is an experience that highlights the real features of Abruzzo. Every invited blogger will describe this experience through its storytelling and will spread it on her blogs and on her social network. This project is really important because it is an authentic way to discover the territory through the special prospective of the blogger. In the first edition, “food & wine” was [...]

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Gourmet Italy: what to eat and drink in Umbria

Gourmet Italy: what to eat and drink in Umbria | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Tim Jepson offers a guide to the best dishes, destinations and food-themed holidays in Umbria, the "green heart of Italy". [...]

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What to eat in Umbria?

Hams and salami as antipasti, Porchetta, Farro or spelt around Monteleone di Spoleto, the rare Fagiolina of the Lake Trasimeno, Bettona's peas, Lenticchie (lentils) di Castelluccio. The pastas: manfricoli, ciriole, picchiarelli, cavatelli, and stringozzi or strozzapreti. Truffles, trouts of the nera, eels of Lake Piediluco ... this is just to start... read the article

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10 things to do in Sansepolcro

10 things to do in Sansepolcro | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Sansepolcro is the main town in the Valtiberina area and here are 10 things to see and do.
Mariano Pallottini's insight:

10 are the minimum things to do and to see in Sansepolcro as suggested by the official website of the tourism in Tuscany, but for me to take the same roads Piero della Francesca (Painter, mathematician and geometer) has walked in the Early Renaissance it's already a pleasure.

  1. Civic Museum
  2. The Cathedral of Saint John
  3. Aboca museum
  4. San Lorenzo Church
  5. Other churches
  6. Hermitage of Montecasale
  7. The Palio della Balestra
  8. Flag Games
  9. The Crochet of Sansepolcro and the crochet school (Scuola di Merletto)
  10. Biennale dell’Arte Orafa
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An Amazing Wedding in Italy! Must watch!

I'm happy to share with you all Jiamee & Micah's wedding film! I had the pleasure of traveling to Italy to document this special occasion for these two amazing people. It's really hard to put into words about how amazing this weekend was.
Italy has one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen. I really enjoyed sitting and "taking it all in". It was a dream come true to be able to travel out here and do what I absolutely love! I also want to thank Jiamee & Micah, as well as their friends and family for being so welcoming during this trip. You all are amazing people! [...]

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Why wed in Italy? The question is not why you should go to Italy, but when in this country of art, ancient history, ethereal vistas, top-notch cuisine, and abundant wine is the ideal time for you.

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Visiting Balsamic Vinegar producers in Modena

Visiting Balsamic Vinegar producers in Modena | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Balsamic vinegar of Modena is one of edible treasures of Emilia-Romagna. Visiting local producers that has been making aceto balsamico di Modena for centuries on a custom Italy vacation is a fascinating experience for any Italophile and foodie alike. [...]

Mariano Pallottini's insight:

Balsamic vinegar is part of the most ancient, authentic traditions of Modena and traces its roots to the XI century. It was certainly used by the Estensi Dukes as a "royal gift".

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Balsamic vinegar is part of the most ancient, authentic traditions of Modena and traces its roots to the XI century. It was certainly used by the Estensi Dukes as a "royal gift".

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The lives of fishermen in Monte Argentario, BBC News

The lives of fishermen in Monte Argentario, BBC News | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Beatrice Di Caro has just completed a BA in photojournalism at the London College of Communication, her final project focusing on the lives of fishermen in Monte Argentario, an area in the south of Tuscany in Italy. [...]

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The BBC News describes The lives of fishermen in Monte Argentario. I'm Italian and I live near San Benedetto del Tronto, a social reality similar to the one described by BBC News on the Beatrice Di Caro's work, but still I am very tempted to pack my luggage and travel to live in contact with these people who belong to a "dying world". More and more non-EU citizens take the place of Italian fishermen and the ancient traditions, knowledge, but also superstitions are being lost. Lost Worlds Cultural Travels ... an Idea for a startup?

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Beatrice Di Caro  graduada en fotoperiodismo en el London College de Comunicación, su proyecto final enfocado en  la vida de los pescadores en  Monte Argentario, área en el sur de Toscana in Italia. 

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4 reasons you need to go to South Tyrol

4 reasons you need to go to South Tyrol | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

South Tyrol is fast becoming one of Europe’s most interesting and luxurious destinations. Home to incredible cuisine, stunning landscapes, a unique fusion of cultures and an impressive wine scene, we’re wondering why everyone hasn’t been already. Just to ensure it stays at the forefront of your mind this summer, here are four reasons why you should go [...]

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Tom Merchant suggests the South Tyrol or Alto Adige as your next luxurious destination. Frankly, talking about Italy, the 4 reasons suggested, seem to fit to almost every Italian Region ... so it's up to us to experience this vibrant travel destination

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Travel insight: Naples Italy

Travel insight: Naples Italy | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Naples is a big city and there is so much to visit and explore. You will definitely not have time to see everything over a long weekend. [...]

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Here are some good suggestions visiting Naples, (the city is a listed UNESCO World Heritage site). But I want to give you extra resources:

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Best Antidote for Hurrying? Pleasure, Italian Style

Best Antidote for Hurrying? Pleasure, Italian Style | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Stop, look, feel, smell, taste, listen. Allow yourself the pleasure of your senses. Take a long, slow deep breath. Dive deeply into the moment. Be present for a sensorial, even sensual experience. Maybe we, Americans, can stop hurrying so much, escape our Puritan past, and leave behind the concept of "guilty pleasure" in favor of simple, daily Italian pleasure. [...]

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Eleanor Shannon suggests to hurried Americans to improve the life quality in the Italian Style, a formula, she affirms, working well even before the Romans, whom learned it from Etruscans, masters in pleasure.
Now. What to suggest to Italians pressured by the European Authorities to become more actives?

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Road Tripping the Best Beaches in Sardinia

Road Tripping the Best Beaches in Sardinia | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Three blissful weeks in Sardinia. That’s how long it took me to painstakingly research this post, visiting all of the most popular beaches in Sardinia, many of the less well know and secluded ones, and even some which are only accessible by boat. I would like to say I have a tough job but who I am kidding, it was glorious. [...]

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Maybe travel blogging is not a fiscally sustainable option in these days and age, maybe you only get to travel for free and at a certain moment you start to think that you gets old fast... but after all, it IS a weird job. Weirdly awesome, especially if involves Italy and Sardinia...

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Why Kathy McCabe Loves Italy

Why Kathy McCabe Loves Italy | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

The host of “Dream of Italy” on PBS says to know the country, get to know its people [...]

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The New York Times Travel online edition dedicates an article to presents PBS half-hour series “Dream of Italy".

Dream of Italy is a new 6-part travel series premiering on PBS stations across the United States in May 2015. It will air for two years. Host Kathy McCabe explores Tuscany, Umbria, Rome, Naples/the Amalfi Coast, Puglia and Piedmont/Lake Iseo. For more information, visit www.dreamofitaly.com 

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Italy has some of the most beautiful abandoned ruins in the world

Italy has some of the most beautiful abandoned ruins in the world | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

As the man behind the camera at Forgotten Heritage Photography, Matt Emmett has ventured into abandoned buildings of every stripe:

Emmett recently traveled to Italy to explore abandoned sites. Here is what he found—all photo captions are straight from his descriptions of each place. [...]

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8 National Dishes Of Bologna You Should Try

8 National Dishes Of Bologna You Should Try | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Without a doubt, in Bologna you can do anything you like. 

But, in fact, sightseeing or shopping is not the main reason of Bologna’s popularity, since most travelers actually go there just to eat! [...]

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