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The Best Caviar of the world is...Italian!!!

The Best Caviar of the world is...Italian!!! | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Calvisius was the Latin name for Calvisano, a village in the province of Brescia in Italy. The origin of this place-name is thought to be linked to a person whose Roman tombstone was found in Maderno. A legend tells of Calvisius, a nobleman with exquisite tastes, who during ancient Roman times moved to present day Calvisano, rich in fresh spring-water, to breed sturgeons and have fresh caviar at hand for his banquets.
His guests were offered those precious black eggs according to a solemn rite. In fact the caviar was served in silver cups topped with scales of ice and garlands made of flowers. A real delight to see and taste! So popular was this grand host that his fame spread to all the surroundings.
Today Agroittica Lombarda, which has been breeding sturgeons since 1980 in Calvisano, has decided to name its caviar after Calvisius, in his honour.

At Agroittica Lombarda breeding of white sturgeons takes place throughout the entire process thus ensuring genuineness and safety by following the product from the very beginning through to packing.
Sturgeons in fact are born in captivity and the company therefore supports the protection of a species that is regarded as critically endangered all over the world.
The possibility of producing caviar over such a long length of time, an exclusive of Agroittica Lombarda, ensures its freshness and has allowed Calvisius to excel all the best specialties thus obtaining numerous worldwide recognitions.

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The Land of Barolo: Langhe, Piedmont, northern Italy

The "Langhe" is a hilly area to the south and east of the river Tanaro in the province of Cuneo in Piedmont, northern Italy.
This is a historic region, with a lot of castles.
Treasures of this land are the white truffles of Alba, the hazelnuts and some famous red wines (Barolo, Barbaresco e Nebbiolo).
The shots were made in Serralunga, Alba and Barolo in November 2012.

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Lake Carezza Dolomites Italy

The beautiful Lake Carezza is a corner of paradise, where the clear green waters reflected the Rosengarten and Latemar

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TripAdvisor Shows Italian Hotels Top In Europe

TripAdvisor Shows Italian Hotels Top In Europe | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

A study conducted by the world’s largest travel site, TripAdvisor, reveals that Italian hotels are the best on the old continent.

TripAdvisor presented the results of a study carried out in early 2012, which reveal that the average score of travellers’ reviews of hotels and B&Bs in Italy is 4.2/5. The country scores higher than the world average of 4.01/5, besting some of the major markets such as United States, England, France, Spain and Germany.

According to territory business-development manager for TripAdvisor in Italy, Victor Deotto, this is good news for the Italian market, which is continually increasing the potential services offered by the web.

Examination of the review scores posted by travellers shows that Italian B&Bs fare better than their hotel counterparts, with an average score of 4.4/5, compared to the average score of 4.1/5 awarded to hotels.

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Il Paese che Muore - the dying town: Civita di Bagnoregio, Lazio, Italy

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Obama Figurine to Accompany Baby Jesus in Italian Nativity Scenes

Obama Figurine to Accompany Baby Jesus in Italian Nativity Scenes | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

President Barack Obama, riding on the heels of his historic electoral victory this week, has another accomplishment to boot: He will be included, as a character, in traditional Italian nativity scenes in Naples this Christmas. No, we’re not joking.

The president is poised, in figurine form, to appear next to baby Jesus, other Biblical characters and numerous other politicians who are being infused into the traditional holiday story.

Italian shopkeepers are now selling a new figurine for people to put in their nativity scenes. Shops selling nativity figurines are including miniature president Barack Obamas. Some of the figurines hold a sign that reads, “God bless America.” Craftspeople have been carving nativity scenes in Naples since the 19th century. The scenes include figurines of important people of the times.

The production of handmade figurines for nativity scenes is big business in this southern Italian city and has been for centuries.
But beyond the thousands of angel, sheep, Mary and Joseph figures filling market stalls before Christmas, craftsmen say Obama has become a top seller. [...]
Tradition requires that the nativity scene be built up over time until Christmas Eve, when baby Jesus is put in the manger as the very last element of the display.
As always, figurine-makers provide a chance to choose a more light-hearted approach for the scene providing replicas of personalities who have made the news during the last year.

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Echoes from the middle ages / Echi dal Medioevo

A short film about the magic atmosphere of a place out of time: Erice, Sicily.
Filmed in one morning, I went there for enjoyment, so the shoots are made only on tripod.
Shoot with 7d and 17-55 is lens, edited in final cut and color corrected.

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Cinque Terre: Traveling in Italy’s Off Season

Cinque Terre: Traveling in Italy’s Off Season | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Wondering what the Cinque Terre is like in the off season? Here’s the lowdown on what the coastline’s famed hiking trails, weather and more are like in the winter!

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Lucullan Holidays in Rome

Lucullan Holidays in Rome | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

A dream come true - If you go back to the Greeks and Romans, they talk about all three - wine, food, and art - as a way of enhancing life. - 
Europe has always been on my mind. And I can't expect my trip to get any better when it starts and ends in Rome, Italy ! When in Rome, yeah .. The Roman cuisine with the meat and cheese, the drizzle from olive oil and the variety of pastas. I have to try it all!

A small town called Grottaferrata situated on a hill overlooking the Rome City . A town with cobblestones and cute houses and a beautiful b&b. Apart from a mild jet lag, my day used to start with a big breakfast ranging from biscotti to fresh tiramisu, not to forget the fresh fruits (some of the best berries I ever tasted) ...

...Rome is also famous for its sandwiches, one of my favorites was porketta ( sandwich with roman panino and cheese and pork seasoned with garlic, rosemary and fennel seeds) . You can find many sandwich shops crowded during lunch hours for a quick porketta sandwich and then followed by an espresso

For dinner, I enjoyed the Al Fico in Grottaferrata again owned by Claudio. Can't ask for a broader range of antipasti from Calamari fritti, bruschetta bread, grilled eggplant, roasted tomatoes, toasted artichoke hearts . Can't get more colorful and full of flavors ! A nice cheese cave with a variety of olives by the side enhanced this dinner place.

Thanks to my Italian friends, I could manage to speak and understand the menu and ask for some of the best dishes in the restaurant.

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praj's comment, November 8, 2012 10:35 AM
Hi Mariano, thanks ! I love reading your articles !!
Mariano Pallottini's comment, November 8, 2012 11:42 AM
Hello Paj, next time you come in Italy, you must visit my Region Marche or Le Marche. Ciao
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The lazy Pig: Cinta Senese

The lazy Pig: Cinta Senese | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

The Cinta Senese is an ancient breed and was raised even by the Etruscans and Romans. One of the most famous images of this animal is from the 14th century. A cinta pig can be found in Ambrogio Lorenzetti’s 1337 fresco located in the Town Hall of Siena, entitled The Effects of Good and Bad Government. As you can probably imagine the cinta is in the part of the fresco belonging to the effects of good government! In an incredible rendering of the Tuscan countryside, the cinta is shown being led into town, on a leash, by a farmer!

Recently awarded the DOP classification as a high quality product, there are specific rules and criteria for raising this animal. The cinta must be raised in Tuscany, free range, within a large fenced area. Food for the animal is found naturally, combined with special cereals which are guaranteed free from genetic modifications. The animals are marked from birth for tracking purposes.

When the animals are about two years in age their meat is transformed into every pork delicacy you can imagine- salami, finocchiona, sausage, seasoned pork loin, bacon, capocollo, lard, and of course prosciutto. In fact one of the reasons the animal was becoming extinct was because of their rather slow growth. Farmers must wait about two years before slaughtering. After the 1950’s many farmers preferred to raise pigs that had a faster growth period, in order to be more cost effective.

But the longer you wait the better the meat! Cinta Senese has a higher concentration of unsaturated fatty acids, in particular Omega 3 and Omega 6. In general the meat is leaner and more flavourful.


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New FIAT USA Commercial | "Immigrants"

The next generation of the FIAT 500 family has arrived stateside, and they've come to party. From Italy to the United States, the FIAT 500 is sure to attract attention.

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Changing Italy at the GLBT Torino Film Festival

27th festival edition video.

Director: Vincenzo Greco Dop: Pietro Daviddi, Francesco Dinolfo Camera operator: Corrado Marchigiano Shot on Sony Nex Fs100...

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Roman Bioarchaeology Carnival XXII

Roman Bioarchaeology Carnival XXII | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Roman-era Finds

  • Rome. 18 October. A man following a cat happened upon a previously unknown(?) catacomb underneath Rome near Via di Pietralata. The underground burial chamber likely dates to the 1st century BC through the 2nd century AD. Both cremations and inhumations seem to have been found. No pictures that I could find. I hope we'll hear more about this in coming months.
  • Rome. 19 October. Investigations into the activity of tombaroli (tomb-raiders) in the Alban Hills led to the recovery of some ex-voto statues possibly dedicated to Juno. In the tomb raiders' homes were also found some artifacts from Etruscan tombs.
  • Austria. 15 October. Excavations for a road uncovered a child's grave dating to around the 1st century AD. It appears to have been an inhumation, as the presence of deciduous teeth is noted, and the grave looks like some kind of rock-cut tomb, interestingly enough.
  • England. 22 October. Widening of a major road in Nottinghamshire has revealed a Late Iron Age / Early Roman settlement (1st c BC - 3rd c AD). There are at least two human burials: one in a flexed position and one in an extended position, probably Iron and Roman age, respectively. Some artifacts remained, but in general the graves were highly disturbed.
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The New Ideal Italian Beauty for Dolce & Gabbana

The New Ideal Italian Beauty for Dolce & Gabbana | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

With her exquisitely Mediterranean sex appeal,  Bianca Balti is the new Italian icon beauty for D&G.

The new Dolce & Gabbana campaign is here. Sexy Italian model, Bianca Balti fronts the Dolce & Gabbana Jewelry 2012 campaign featuring some of the most beautiful pieces of jewelry which are very luxurious and bright.

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Telegraph Travel Awards 2012: readers' favourite destinations - Telegraph

Telegraph Travel Awards 2012: readers' favourite destinations - Telegraph | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

The results of the Telegraph Travel Awards - based on a survey of 17,000 readers - were announced this week. Here are the destinations which you nominated as your favourites.
Italy
Favourite country in Europe
It is no surprise to see Italy once more winning this category. The history, the culture, climate, the food, the discovery of Sicily as a tourist destination, the perennial holiday favourites of Venice and Tuscany make it very hard to beat.

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In Italy, Standards of Excellence By J. J. MARTIN nytimes.com

In Italy, Standards of Excellence  By J. J. MARTIN nytimes.com | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Bigger. Faster. Cheaper. The pressure to produce in an increasingly competitive marketplace has led many global fashion houses to face due north and take a sharp turn toward China.

But the best of Italy’s luxury brands are ignoring the temptation and resolutely digging their heels into the traditions of their homeland. By embracing, and at times reviving, time-honored techniques, they are dedicated to the standards of excellence for which the country is known.

Here is a glimpse of some of the highest quality craftsmanship Italy has to offer:

  • Fendi - read more
  • Brunello Cucinelli
  • Ermenegildo Zegna
  • Aquilano.Rimondi
  • Etro
  • Gianvito Rossi
  • Pomellato
  • Valentino

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Do you really know Florence - Firenze? We challenge you...

Do you really know Florence - Firenze? We challenge you... | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Florence's museums, palaces, and churches house some of the greatest artistic treasures in the world.

Are you sure to know the town? We challenge you to recognize the monuments in this video registered by normal tourists as you, but remember some monuments are not included. So find the most popular and important sites in Florence: the Cathedral, the Baptistery, the Uffizi, the Bargello, and the Accademia. The churches of Santa Maria Novella and Santa Croce are veritable art galleries, and the library of San Lorenzo is a magnificent exhibition of Michelangelo's architectural genius. Wander some of the oldest streets in the city until you reach the Arno River, cross the Ponte Vecchio, and experience the "newest" area of Florence, the Oltrarno. Be sure to set aside time to see the vast and varied art collection housed in the Pitti Palace. When you grow weary of museums and monuments, head outdoors. Spend a day at the Boboli Gardens or climb the hill to the church of San Miniato al Monte to experience an enchanting view of Florence.

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POUR FEMME & POUR HOMME by Dolce&Gabbana [new 45" uncut version]

In the campaign that launches the Dolce&Gabbana classic fragrances Pour Femme and Pour Homme, Mario Testino sets a scene of fairytale romance, as the backdro...


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The Making of an Italian Classic - Parma Ham

The Making of an Italian Classic - Parma Ham | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Martin Pilkington travels to Parma, Italy for Selectism to go behind the scenes of the production of an icon of the Italian food scene - Parma Ham. Parma Ham and, in Part 2, Parmesan Cheese. It’s a hard life. Going behind the scenes, we’re given an insight into the intricacies of producing these icons of the Italian food scene.

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Waiting the New FIAT Models:the FIAT 500 Abarth

Introducing the FIAT 500 Abarth http://bit.ly/abarthsb

Watch this seductive new FIAT 500 Abarth Super Bowl XLVI commercial to feel the sting of the scorpion.

The FIAT 500 Abarth - You'll never forget the first time you see one.

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Il Paese che Muore - the dying town: Civita di Bagnoregio

Il Paese che Muore - the dying town: Civita di Bagnoregio | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Looking over your shoulder for the better part of two-and-a-half millennium, waiting for the other shoe to drop, is probably not the best way to cope with Mother Nature. But, that’s exactly what the tiny village of Civita di Bagnoregio has been doing since the innovative Etruscans discovered a rocky peak far from the maddening crowd – where only eagles dare – and decided to call it home.

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 friable volcanic tuff that overlooks the Tiber River Valley in the province of Viterbo in the Lazio Region of Central Italy. Not surprising, Civita is referred to by Italians as il paese che muore (the dying town).

Admired for its architecture, Civita is in constant danger of total collapse as its edges slowly erode and fall off, leaving the buildings built on the plateau to crumble. Scratching their heads, geologists have led the way in efforts to shore up the village with steel rods to prevent further decay.

Of all the Italian hill towns, Civita is quite impressive on a very small scale and billed as uno dei borghi piu belli d’Italia (one of the prettiest villages of Italy). Lesser known than more popular – and safe - medieval hill towns and cities, Civita is one of the finest examples of a true step-back-in-time as the modern age just looked the other way and simply passed it by.

It’s relative isolation has actually helped Civita survive for as long as it has...

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FIAT 500 Abarth Commercial - Charlie Sheen "House Arrest"

Not all bad boys are created equal -- Meet the FIAT 500 Abarth http://bit.ly/AuStgJ See what the FIAT 500 Abarth is made of in this commercial featuring Charlie Sheen.

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Adults Only bouncy castle is pretty air-raising stuff

Adults Only bouncy castle is pretty air-raising stuff | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Things are looking up for oldies wanting to relive their youth now an artist has designed the first Adults Only bouncy castle.
The new attraction in Italy has a strict no kids policy, meaning grown-ups can go bonkers on 1,200 square meters of inflatable playground without worrying about jumping on any tiny feet.

The cloud-like structure hangs 65ft high and is made of three levels – each separated by a thin clear film.

Those scrambling around on the giant bubbles will get the impression they walking on air.

The makers claim the experience can have a dizzying effect as people lose their sense of direction, dangling between the floor and the ceiling.

The incredible installation, called ’On Space Time Foam’ is the brainchild of Argentinian artist Tomas Saraceno and can be visited at HangarBicocca in Milan until February 3, 2013.

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25 best restaurants in Italy

25 best restaurants in Italy | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

The Daily Meal’s list of the 25 Best Restaurants in Italy was carefully curated through a two-month-long nomination process; we consulted the Michelin Guide and other trusted sources and gathered recommendations from The Daily Meal’s editors, who have traveled and dined extensively around the world.
Once we compiled a preliminary list of more than 100 restaurants, we reached out to a panel of knowledgeable judges, comprised of restaurant critics, food and lifestyle writers, and bloggers with wide restaurant-going experience. They added their own favorites, and then voted for the winners.
Panelists voted in two categories: cuisine and style/décor/service. From innovative menu options to plating and presentation to freshness, quality, and taste, panelists evaluated each restaurant’s cuisine and only voted for the restaurants which they believe are extraordinary. For the second category, panelists evaluated the dining experience, from the restaurant’s interior and dining room ambiance to the service, voting for the restaurants which they believe offer an unrivaled experience. Each restaurant had the chance to be voted on twice during the survey. Finally, the percentage scores from each category were averaged to arrive at the final ranking.
With dozens of restaurants to choose from, it was a culinary challenge to whittle the list down to a select 25. We did not discriminate on location; no village, town, or island was off the table. The list is populated entirely with Italian restaurants.

  • L'Etoile d'Or (Catania)
  • Gusta Pizza (Florence)
  • La Madia (Licata)
  • Masseria Barbera (Puglia)
  • Da Vittorio (Brusaporto)
  • Alle Testiere (Venice)
  • Il Pellicano (Porto Ercole)
  • Madonnina del Pescatore (Senigallia)
  • La Ciau del Tornavento (Treiso)
  • Enoteca Pinchiorri (Florence)
  • La Rosetta (Rome)
  • Acquolina (Rome)
  • Don Alfonso 1890 (Sant'Agata Sui Due Golfi)
  • Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia (Milan)
  • Da Vincenzo (Positano)
  • Paolo e Barbara (Sanremo)
  • Le Calandre (Sarmeola di Rubano)
  • L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele (Naples)
  • Il Desco (Verona)
  • Trussardi Alla Scala (Milan)
  • Harry's Bar (Venice)
  • Ristorante Del Cambio (Turin)
  • Da Fiore (Venice)
  • Dal Pescatore (Canneto sull'Oglio)
  • Osteria Francescana (Modena)
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France or Italy? Come with me to see great gardens next spring | Vancouver Sun

France or Italy? Come with me to see great gardens next spring | Vancouver Sun | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
South of France or southern Italy? Two spectacular destinations. So which do you prefer? For my next spring garden tour to Europe I had an interesting clash of interests presented to me.
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