In order to travel well, you need to be engaged. Learning the way Europeans use weights and measurements, and even how they write their numbers, will help you keep up.
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A very nice way of visiting a city is the urban trekking, best when it’s guided by a certificated guide. I took one in 2011 in the Italian town namedTodi, Umbria, organized by Todiguide.com and though I had visited the town several times before, I discovered completely new spots and entered places that I would never have found on my own...
What better way to experience Italy than to do so by Ferrari! Well, for those who’d like to experience a Ferrari tour of Italy, Italy vacation specialist Select Italy has just the tours for you!
Just imagine powering through Italy’s enchanting countryside accompanied by the magical sound of an 8 or 12 cylinder Ferrari engine.
Maybe you’d like to motor through tantalizing Tuscany on the way to Florence? Or how about a tour of Rome in a Ferrari?
Maybe you’d prefer to tour northern Italy and see spectacular Lake Como. Whichever takes your fancy, Select Italy has just the Ferrari tour for you.
Select Italy has three Ferrari tours of Italy on offer:
A Ferrari tour of Italy would make a fabulous wedding anniversary or birthday gift.
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.
Gradoli is located on the north shore of Lake Bolsena, the ‘navel’ of Italy. The area between the banks of the lake and the hills were formed from the edge of an ancient volcanic cone. At its centre of this volcanic basin, the largest in Europe, brings together the beautiful landscapes of Lazio, Umbria and Tuscany. The property is only few kilometres from Civita di Bagnoregio and Viterbo and Saturnia spas. As well as Lake Bolsena, Orvieto can be reached in 30 minutes and excellent road and rail links connect to some of the most beautiful cities of art in central Italy.
Many typical dishes are served in the restaurants and local taverns, combining the excellent flavor of the "Etruscan" hinterland such as potatoes from Grotte di Castro or lentil from Onano. About seafood there is characteristic dish of Lake Bolsena, the "Sbroscia", made with water from the lake itself.
In this peaceful countryside setting between the beautiful towns of Orvieto and Viterbo, in the heart of Tuscia there is a luxury Villa located in a dominant position with unique and highly evocative views.
The windows offer magnificent views of the garden and the gorgeous landscapes. When the sun rises over the lake, it is possible to see the magnificent Apennine Mountains in the distance.
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Sixty percent of the world’s art treasures can be found in Italy. That’s a staggering amount of painting, frescoes, sculptures and artifacts. Its no wonder that when visiting Italy, travelers want to try to see it all, even though that is impossible. Plus there’s the risk of Stendhal syndrome. What is that you ask?
According to Wikipedia, “Stendhal syndrome, Stendhal’s syndrome, hyperkulturemia, or Florence syndrome is a psychosomatic disorder that causes rapid heartbeat, dizziness, fainting, confusion and even hallucinations when an individual is exposed to art, usually when the art is particularly beautiful or a large amount of art is in a single place.”
The syndrome was named for 19th-century French artist Stendhal who was overcome with symptoms while viewing art in Florence in 1817. Similar incidents throughout the years were reported at Florence’s Uffizi Museum. Italian psychiatrist Graziella Magherini documented more than 100 cases of Stendhal syndrome and officially named it in 1979.
Tuscany is famously dotted with hilltop towns that often inspire gushing declarations of affection from those who have visited – and while you can get great local wine throughout Tuscany (indeed, throughout Italy), one of the more famous wine-growing areas in the region is Chianti. The fact that Chianti is also home to several hilltop villages meaning you can enjoy spectacular views, cobbled streets, and picturesque piazzas while enjoying a local Chianti wine – well, it’s easy to see why this is such a popular area for tourists. In particular, one of the towns that draws lots of visitors each year is Radda in Chianti.
The town of Radda, as the name suggests, is located in the heart of the Chianti area, right in the middle of Tuscany. Though it’s a medieval town you see today, there has been a village on this site since the 9th century, partly owing to its easily defensible hilltop position. The town itself is incredibly small, making it a relatively quiet retreat for those of you who aren’t eager to embrace the constant buzz of a city like Florence – just know that during the high season, Radda is a very popular day trip for many travelers in Tuscany. As with any day trip destination, the mornings and evenings (before and after the day trippers) are when Radda really shines.
One of the things that can keep visitors away from Radda in Chianti is the lack of a train station. This means you’ll need to either rent a car or take a bus from nearby Florence or Siena in order to get there. Neither of these options is difficult, but since many travelers rely solely on trains to get around, Radda’s lack of train service can keep the crowds away to a certain degree. The town remains incredibly popular with wine tourists, of course, and even those drawn to the picturesque location can enjoy the local Chianti in restaurants, bars, and wine shops around town.
One of my favorite film festivals in Florence, Italy is coming up the next week at the Odeon Cinehall and Stensen – Middle East Now. For someone who is self-admittedly a little obsessed with the Middle East – what better way to quench your curiosity than a few days of wonderful movies (with subtitles) and great food! Yes they serve food at some of the events and it’s always fantastic!
What is ‘Middle East now’?
As per their description – “Middle East Now is the only event in Italy dedicated to the contemporary Middle East and North Africa with the aim of highlighting the culture and identity of the countries in this part of the world and bringing them to the attention of the Italian public, overcoming stereotypes that often come out from the international mass media.”
When it comes to this side of the world, we often forget the most important aspect – The People. Growing up in Texas, I think part of what made the Middle East so exciting to me was its sheer foreignness from my own culture. Growing up, I ate up books like Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, Reading Lolita in Tehran, Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia, Guests of the Sheik: An Ethnography of an Iraqi Village and so many more. An important part of the world, worth getting to know and to me personally, the most dangerous risk we have when it comes to understanding each other’s cultures is — basic ignorance of what life is really like in these countries.
From April 3-8th with a really interesting line up of films from all over the Middle East. I am impressed that the site is both in English & Italian and you can check out the full program here.
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Amalfi Coast vs. Cinque Terre: Deciding Between Italy’s Most Popular Coastlines
The Cinque Terre is beautiful—but so is the Amalfi coast. How do you decide?
When it comes to spectacular views and cute seaside towns, both the Amalfi coast and Cinque Terre of Italy make for excellent destinations. So deciding between them can be a little difficult, especially if you’ve never been before!
Trying to pick between the Amalfi coast and the Cinque Terre? Here’s help!
The water sparkles through every shade of turquoise and emerald, simply inviting you to strip off and dive in. Where is this place?
You won't believe, It is in Europe. Sardinia has the most natural and beautiful beaches in Europe. Capo Coda Cavallo is located between Olbia and San Teodoro, in the province of Nuoro, is one of the most beautiful beaches of Sardinia.
From the high of its position, it offers the view of a panorama “infinitely and breathtaking” where the waters encircle Molara and Molarotto
From the summit of the panoramic Monte Coda Cavallo, which is within easy walking distance, one sees: to the southward, the lovely coast of San Teodoro, with the long, white expanse of La Cinta beach and the large pond of San Teodoro, near the village.
In the distance, the verdant island of Molara and the impeding bulk of the wild Tavolara.
Capo Coda Cavallo is located at 15 km from the Olbia Airport and few minutes from San Teodoro and Porto San Paolo, near the Tavolara Marine Park.
But this is not a prohibited exclusive Paradise. In fact a luxury villa with the stunning view of the Molara and Tavolara Islands up to Golfo Aranci doesn't cost a fortune to buy.
Villa Le Farfalle is a beautiful detached house in Coda Cavallo, with private garden and terraces with fabulous seaview on Tavolara and Molara. Less than 100 meters from the beach. Enough space to buit up a private swimming pool. Recently renovated with quality materials. Internally 100 sqm plus big verandah and terraces for 69 sqm and private garden of 600 sqm with seaview.
In this context, Le Farfalle is few meters from the Cala Suaraccia beach, with swimming pool, tennis court, club house, private beach, boat rent and nearby all principal services (bar, restaurant, supermarket, boutique, SPA, diving center. In few minutes golf court, marina and all the most beautiful beach of the north sardinia.
The house, completely renovated in 2011, has 2 double bedroom (one with ensuite bathroom), second bathroom, living room with seaview, kitchen, covered verandah.
Downstairs depandance with independent access and seaview.
On the garden (600 sqm) big terraces at 50 mt from the beach.
When tourists think of the best place for good coffee in the beautiful nation of Italy, famous towns such as Naples or Rome are often the first to come to mind. These cities, however, are not the only coffee spots in the country. On the opposite side of the peninsula, sharing a border with Slovenia, the city of Trieste is one of the most important coffee towns of the Italian nation.
In Trieste, coffee is taken quite seriously. It's no wonder, then, that Trieste is home to the world-famous coffee brand, Illy. Trieste is also home to the Coffee University, which is the center of coffee excellence and culture and was established to research, develop, and spread the culture of excellent coffee throughout the world.
It's no accident, then, that some of the most famous and historic coffee bars are found in Trieste. These establishments started popping up throughout Italy in the 18th century in famous cities such as Venice, Turin, Milan, Padua, and, of course, Trieste.
Surprise and delight your friends and family this Easter with a traditional Italian treat — colomba! "Colomba" means "dove" and is an important Catholic symbol. Follow this step-by-step guide and you'll have the aromas of Italy filing up your kitchen in no time! Thanks to Simona of Walks of Italy for letting us use her kitchen, and showing her family recipe. Buona Pasqua! (Happy Easter!)
Natale con i tuoi, Pasqua con chi vuoi" ("Christmas with your family, Easter with whomever you want"), Italians say. An invitation to Easter dinner with friends in Italy is a special treat indeed.
After forty days of fasting during Quaresima (Lent), Italians celebrate with foods that form a mouth-watering vocabulary of their own.
Throughout Italy the traditional main dish is agnellino al forno (roasted baby lamb) or capretto(baby goat). Rome’s Easter specialty is abbacchio, a suckling lamb no more than a month or so old. Because it has ingested only its mother’s milk, its meat is especially tender.
The name comes from the Latin baculum, the cudgel used to kill lambs. Until a few decades ago, shepherds would lead their flocks into Rome every Spring so people could select victims for the annual slaughter. The word abbacchiato became slang for someone beaten down, physically or mentally.
“Pasta matta” (crazy dough) encases torta Pasqualina (Easter cake), a traditional savory pie from Piedmont and Liguria. Its distinctive feature is that whole eggs are baked inside. Italy’s traditional Easter dessert is Colomba cake, a sweet, eggy, yeasted bread topped with sugared and sliced almonds. Commercial bakers shape this confection into a colomba (dove), the symbol of peace and renewal...
The disused railway lines in the nineteenth century have united Italy at that time was not yet united, are now extraordinary paths suitable for walkers and cyclists.
Many have been taken from nature, but many of the tracks where they were today are paths of paths fascinating and extraordinary also made of old bridges and viaducts in Pieda that scavallano hills and valleys.
Some of them have been fully recovered and reported, and so is the way that we offer you: the disused railway line between Colle di Val d’Elsa and Poggibonsi, disused since 1987, which is back to life dallaa end of 2011 with the creation of a cycle-tourist stretches for 8 kilometers of charm in green, between the two cities valdelsane.
Every year in the quaint and historic town of Spoleto, located in the Umbria region, one of the most important artistic festivals in the world takes place during the summer months: the “Festival dei Due Mondi," or Festival of the Two Worlds. This exuberant event was first started in 1958 by composer Gian Carlo Menotti.
Menotti hoped to fuse the artistic contributions of both the old world, Europe, and the new world, America, and generate mutual appreciation for both
Anyone who has an affinity for artistic forms of expression such as ballet, opera, painting, literature, music, theater, sculpture and every other form of contemporary art will enjoy this incredible festival.
As the festival expanded and grew in popularity year after year, the Festival dei Due Mondi became one of the premier cultural events in Italy, with a three-week schedule of music, theater and dance performances featuring a global assortment of artists and an extensive range of artistic exhibitions and displays.
There are two other mirrored events inspired by the festival in Spoleto, Italy: the Spoleto Festival USA in Spoleto's twin city of Charleston, SC was started in 1977, and the Melbourne International Arts Festival, held in Australia, began in 1986.
If you have the chance to visit the Italian city of Spoleto during the festival months, do not forget to stop by and enjoy one of the several free performances!
"I'm up here at Stresa a little resort on Lake Maggiore one of the most beautiful of the Italian Lakes"
(E. Hemingway, 1929)
The famous town of Stresa (Italy, 5000 inhabitants, 200 m above sea level) enjoys a splendid location on Lake Maggiore in the Gulf of Borromeo, where it overlooks the eponymous islands, the main attraction in the region. Its beautiful countryside, architectural gems and mild climate combine to make Stresa one of the most popular tourist attractions in Italy. The Borromean Islands, with their stunning palaces and ornamental gardens, are an unmissable destination for aesthetes.
Luxury villas and opulent Art Nouveau hotels line the elegant lakeside, which is ideal for a tranquil stroll. Since the late 19th century Stresa has been renowned for its sophisticated atmosphere and genteel visitors, and today still enjoys an impressive roster of cultural, musical and meeting events.
Stresa first appears on historical documents just before the end of the first millennium, when it was a small community of fishermen and peasants. During the Middle Ages, the town was a fiefdom of the lords of Castello and Visconti, but it was the Borromeo family-part of the Milanese aristocracy-who subsequently ruled the region and added the magnificent buildings that have made Stresa famous. In 1441, the Borromeos obtained part of the territory and by 1653 the entire district was reunited under their rule. Throughout the 16th and 17th centuries, the Borromeos commissioned palaces to be built on the islands of Bella and Madre. Stresa passed into Austrian hands in 1719, before coming under the rule of the House of Savoy in 1748.[...]
A visit to Stresa is the ideal way to blend relaxation and culture in an enchanting setting that evokes the atmosphere of the belle époque. From Stresa it is easy to reach the three Borromean Islands, which are steeped in artistic, historical and botanical appeal. On the islands of Bella and Madre there are sumptuous palaces and rare plant gardens where peacocks, parrots and pheasants roam wild against an exotic backdrop reminiscent of faraway lands. ...
Isola del Liri is an inland island about 100 km south of Rome. And the only Italian town with two waterfalls within the old city limits. [...]
The name in itself seemed intriguing. I have always had a weakness for waterfalls. And it was virtually on the way or only a short detour from the way to Cassino, so of course we had to check it out. And the town turned out to be exactly as charming and poetically beautiful as the name.
Isola del Liri is in fact an island situated 70 km inland from the sea.
The town is totally surrounded by water from the river Liri which forks out northeast of the city only to merge again a few kilometers further south. [...]
So you do not have to sit at a café enjoying the view of Cascata Grande with a vertical fall of 27 metres to find Isola del Liri attractive. But it definitely helps. And after a short walk along the main street through the historical centre to the other smaller Cascata del Valcatoio waterfall I was whirled along and wanted to stay in Isola del Liri for as long as possible.
Blessed with some of the most dazzling landscapes in all of the Mediterranean, Sardinia is a fascinating island with wonderfully kind people.
The second largest island in the Mediterranean (after Sicily), Sardinia is a unique and endlessly beguiling place. It has an intriguing history, it contains extraordinarily colourful landscapes, unspoilt and unchanged for thousands of years. It shelters wildlife so diverse and exotic that the island has sometimes been dubbed ‘the Galapagos of the Med’. Clean, uncrowded, elemental and distinctive, Sardinia remains one of Italy’s most special places.
It’s worth spending a moment considering some of the island’s many landscapes. Beaches here are so beautiful that Sardinia has sometimes stood in for the Caribbean in television commercials
The island variously offers white or golden sand lapped by bright turquoise water, paprika-coloured soil, sun-blonde plains backed by low hills cloaked in cork trees, pine forests flanked by fragrant ‘macchia’ and high mountains inevitably decorating the far distance.
Incredibly the crowds are still small, and their coming hasn’t generated the usual tourism-eyesores such as ranks of high-rise buildings. It’s just not that sort of island. And careful laws protect it from ever becoming that sort of island – which, in turn, protects the value of property here. The truth is that clean, sleepy Sardinia is way off most tourists’ itinerary of Italy.
It was the Aga Khan, who first drew foreign visitors’ attention to Sardinia in the 1960s, and established the ‘Costa Smeralda’ as a quietly opulent holiday area for the rich and famous.
Thankfully, budget airlines began opening up Sardinia from the year 2000 onwards, and delighted visitors realized that there was far more to this island paradise than the fabled Costa Smeralda in the northeast.
Today there are properties available on Sardinia to suit every budget – from lush villas to smart townhouses to inexpensive apartments to country homes large and small.
This island is still the haunt of the rich and famous, and there are plenty of properties here that reflect this.
On the subject of visitor interest, Sardinia is a great place to buy property if you hope to rent your home out to holidaymakers. Rental prospects are very good on the island, especially for properties on or near the coast (particularly Russians are increasingly interested).
Proximity to the sea is important, but not essential if the apartment is situated in a complex with a pool. Sea-views are obviously a plus.
Wherever you choose to buy on Sardinia, you can be sure that you’ll find yourself increasingly bewitched by this island’s unique personality. Culturally quirky, geographically stupendous, sensitively developed and very warmly welcoming, this is truly one of the Mediterranean’s most magical places.
Text from the article: http://www.where-to-buy-in-italy.com/sardinia.html
On Easter Sunday morning, in the small Sicilian town of Prizzi near Palermo, two locals don gruesome red, metal masks and red robes to disguise themselves as devils, joined by another masked local dressed in yellow representing Death in a ritual that dates to medieval times. They walk through the town offering money and sweets in an attempt to tempt as many people as possible and transport their souls to hell. However, their plans are thwarted in the early afternoon when they encounter statues of the Virgin Mary and the Risen Christ in a procession escorted by two angels holding swords. The meeting between good and evil is known as the ‘Dance Of The Devils’ because the devils and dance around to avoid meeting the Christ and the Virgin. Good triumphs over evil when the statues of the Virgin and Christ meet, and the angels defeat the devils.
Location: Prizzi, Palermo, Sicily
Date: Easter Sunday 31 March
Text from a great ITALY's article: Top 10 Easter Events In Italy 2013 you can open here:
7 Italian food and wine events you really shouldn’t miss this Spring
Love food? Love Italy? Then get yourself along to Italy this Spring! There’s a whole host of gourmet events taking place and here we’ve rounded up 7 of the best foodie festivals to whet your appetite in the few months ahead, covering everything from fresh fish (see ‘Slow Fish’ below) to fried food (see ‘Fritto Misto’).
Primavera del Prosecco 16th March – 9th June 2013
Treviso, Valdobbiadene, Conegliano, Cartizze
This exciting annual event takes place in the heart of the Prosecco wine area and will lead the visitors in a journey of discovery of all aspects of this delicious wine production process.
Slow Fish, in Liguria From 10th to 13th May 2013, Genoa
The international show completely dedicated to the fish world and its problems comes back to the Fiera di Genova. It takes place every two years and it is organized by Slow Food and the Regione Liguria; www.slowfish.it
Sagra del Pesce, in Liguria 12th May 2013, Camogli (Genoa)
In the natural, picturesque, and exclusive setting of the small square of the port, the largest frying pan in the world will fry fish for guests and tourists alike, during the most typical Ligurian feast: the Sagra del Pesce. Born in 1952, this classical festival is linked to the centuries-old festival of San Fortunato, patron of the fishermen. The religious celebration takes place on the evening of its eve with bonfires: the people of Camogli, from the two districts of Porto and Pinetto, build proper, large scale sculptures, using waste material; they challenge one another in terms of creativity and beauty, on the two sides of the beach. Tel. +39 0185 771066 – www.prolococamogli.it
Sagra del Limone, in Liguria 18th May 2013, Monterosso (La Spezia)
During this day the town is painted yellow and the streets come alive with stalls of all types where the typical fruit of the area and its produce reign supreme: limoncino, lemon cream, marmalade and lemon cake. In the afternoon the ‘8000 passi al profumo di limone’ walk winds around the streets of Monterosso, starting at the house of poet Eugenio Montale and passing by the most famous places in the area.
Aromatica, in Liguria June, Imperia province
(Diano Marina, San Bartolomeo al Mare, Cervo, Diano Arentino, Diano Castello, Diano San Pietro, Villa Faraldi)
A biennial event created to celebrate and appreciate basil, herbs and aromas from the Ponente Ligure, which this year is in its 5th edition. At the heart of ‘Aromatica’ are food and wine produced in the territory with initiatives which involve the whole of the Dianese gulf.
Gourmet Festival in Bolzano/Bozen, South Tyrol 24th-26th May 2013
This food and wine festival shows off the variety and quality of the South Tyrol regional products with a guarantee of origin in the product houses and market stalls of Bolzano’s old town.
Fritto Misto, in Marche 24th April – 1st May 2013 in Ascoli Piceno, Marche This event in its 5th year, celebrates all things “fried” and typically regional such as Marche’s “olive ascolane” (giant green olived filled with meat and deep fried), Sicily’s “arancini” (rice balls filled with meats or peas), Neapolitan “cannoli” (sweet conical cakes filled with ricotta), “frittura di pesce” (lightly fried mixed fish) and much more. A truly mouthwatering offering.
‘Villa Alice’ is a Prestigious farmhouse for sale in Umbria. Between the Umbrian and Tuscan hills, about 5 km from Lake Trasimeno, a property, completely renovated, and now used as a luxury tourist self catering accommodation, with a total size of 400 square metres (including outbuildings), also a partly restored outbuilding and a 6 x 12 metres swimming pool. A large garden with panoramic views and surrounding land of about 3 hectares planted with arable land and about 40 olive trees.
This exclusive farmhouse is situated in the green Umbrian countryside, with a panoramic view of Lake Trasimeno to Cetona and the Tuscan hills. The nearest village of San Fatucchio, is about 3 km away, where you can find all the essential amenities, is part of the municipality of Castiglione del Lago, which in turn is just 5 km away.
Castiglione del Lago, one of "The Most Beautiful towns of Italy". The famous art cities of Perugia, Cortona, Assisi, Siena, Arezzo, Florence and Rome are about an hour away. Important Etruscan towns of Chiusi, Montepulciano, Pienza and the Val d'Orcia are 30-40 minutes away, as well as the thermal spas of San Casciano, Chianciano Terme and Bagno Vignoni.
Chiusi Chianciano Terme train station is located 15 km. Perugia’s international airport is located about 40 km. The property can be reached, by going to Castiglione del Lago, then continue for about 5 km in the direction of Ranciano.
Another trip I took from Venice was to the island of Burano. Burano is situated 7 kilometers from Venice, a short 40 minute trip by vaporetto.
Once you leave the vaporetto, after a short walk you will arrive in the centre of the island to Piazza Galuppi. You will be encouraged to go in to the shops to see the lovely lace working.
Burano is very famous for its lace. However on the island there is also production of venetian masks.
Fishing is also a major industry on this island. Everywhere you look you see the little fishing boats and of course the brightly coloured houses.
In the main square you will see the elderly ladies laughing and chatting while they do their embroideries.
There are several great eateries where you can enjoy the locally caught fish. If you just feel like a snack I can recommend the gelato which you will find in the bar or you can get one of Burano’s famous sweet dishes, the Bussola or the Esse
There are many colorful houses to see in Burano. Every color of the rainbow is represented. The village is quiet and peaceful. Enjoy lunch or a drink and buy some lace from a local artist.
Almost every shop on this little island sells lace products. However, beware that there are many cheap foreign products, and the real stuff is quite expensive. In most of the shops in Burano you can tell the hand made lacework from the machine made especially if they are side by side. The only way to get around Burano is by foot. Burano is another must to visit if you have the time while staying in Venice.
Visitors to the Trentino Alto-Adige region of Italy, home to the majestic Dolomite mountains, find themselves presented with breathtaking vistas around every turn. But in spite of the mountainous terrain, it is a perfect spot for a summer bicycle tour for cyclists of all levels. While this region is home to some of the most challenging climbs in cycling lore, there are many routes very suitable for beginners. The Sudtiroler Weinstrasse, or South Tyrol Wine Road, winds it’s way along the Adige River valley, through spectacular landscapes that range from apple orchards and vineyards, lakes and ponds, past stately mansions and medieval castles perched on the surrounding hillsides. All along the way, wonderful restaurants and open wine cellars offer a welcome place to stop and take a break. This is Italy’s oldest wine road, and with the region’s mild, dry climate and over 300 days of sunshine a year, is the perfect destination for cyclists of all levels.
Here are 5 highlights of a tour down the Sudtiroler Weinstrasse:
1. Sampling the canederli assortment at Vongole in Bolzano
Canederli are the traditional local dumplings of the region, made with breadcrumbs and flavored with everything from speck to beets, to sugar and nougat.
2. Try the wonderful local red varietals Schiava/Vernatsch and Lagrein
These are two tasty red varietal wines found exclusively in this region. If your visit is well timed, you can experience these during the WeinstrassenWochen/Vino in Festa, a month long festival in the area to celebrate the local wines.
3. Visit a castle
Tucked high up in the hills of Trentino and Alto Adige are several imposing castles which offer both a view into the Medieval and Renaissance history of the region as well as a panorama of the beautiful surrounding landscape. From Castel Roncolo outside of Bolzano, to Castel Besano, Stinco, Thun to Castello di Buonconsiglio in downtown Trento there are many castles to explore along our way.
4. Enjoy a glass of refreshing Gewurztraminer in it’s home town of Tramin
One of the many picturesque towns we can visit during a cycling tour down the Weinstrasse is Tramin an der Weinstrasse, or Termeno sulla Strada del Vino in Italian.
5. Lakeside dining at Lago di Garda
A great spot to finish a tour down the Wine Road is Lago di Garda, the largest lake in Italy. Here, you can spend a day or so enjoying the spectacular lakeside views – steep slopes that drop precipitously down into the fresh waters of the lake, as you relax on the shore, enjoying local lake fish such as shad or trout and a glass of Lugana wine. A perfect way to end a glorious week of exploration!