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Must go events this December 2015

Must go events this December 2015 | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

From picturesque Christmas markets to unmissable jazz concerts and the most traditional food festivals, Swide has rounded up 10 must go events in Italy you must add on your bucket list this December 2015. [...]

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  1. Christmas Markets: Bolzano, Bressanone, Brunico, Vipiteno, Merano, 26/27 November 2015 – 3/6 January 2016
  2. Superzampone 2015, Castel Nuovo Rangone, Modena 4 – 6 December 2015
  3. Artigiano in Fiera, Milan 5 – 13 December 2015
  4. Umbria Jazz Winter, Orvieto, 30 December – 3 January
  5. The largest Christmas tree in the world, Gubbio, 7 December 2015
  6. Opera season opening at Scala di Milano, Milan, 7 December 2015
  7. 100 Presepi, Rome 26 November 2015 – 10 January 2016
  8. St Lucy’s Procession, Siracusa 13 – 20 December 2015
  9. Oh Bej Oh Bej Christmas Market, Milan 5 – 8 December 2015
  10. Piazza Navona’s Christmas market, Rome, 26 November 2015 – 6 January 2016
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CNN.com: 9 places in Italy that'll destroy your waistline

CNN.com: 9 places in Italy that'll destroy your waistline | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

While the so-called Mediterranean diet tends to be relatively healthy, some of it can be as super-calorific as it is super-tasty. [...]

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For the Italians, food is a passion: many maintain that they live to eat, they don’t eat to live. Italy’s culinary reputation dates back over two thousand years and food and its preparation were a very important part of the culture of the Roman Empire. CNN discovered 9 places in Italy that could be called the temples of food where you can enjoy regional speciality super tasty.

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Sullivan Morisseau's curator insight, November 20, 2015 4:43 AM

For the Italians, food is a passion: many maintain that they live to eat, they don’t eat to live. Italy’s culinary reputation dates back over two thousand years and food and its preparation were a very important part of the culture of the Roman Empire. CNN discovered 9 places in Italy that could be called the temples of food where you can enjoy regional speciality super tasty.

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Arrosticini: The Best Italian Street Food No One Knows About

Arrosticini: The Best Italian Street Food No One Knows About | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Arrosticini and their meaty goodness remain off many people’s radars, likely because they come from Abruzzo, one of the biggest regions of Italy that the fewest people know about. [...]

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Discover what in Abruzzo, it's typically cooked over a specially-made barbecue called a fornacella, and it is considered one of the best street food of italy. 

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Rachel Gonzales's curator insight, December 8, 2015 8:54 PM

One may need to spend a few years in Italy just eating to understand the culture. Just when you think you found it all...

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How Italy taught me to stop worrying and love pork

How Italy taught me to stop worrying and love pork | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Anna Goren was skeptical of the appeal of pork, until she tasted the fare raised and processed at Spannocchia in Italy. [...]

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Discover how a slice of pork fat in Tuscany has converted a young woman grown up as observant Jewish to the love of the pork meat letting her to say that was one of the most memorable food experiences of the life.

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Restoring Matera, Italy’s City of Stone - The WSJ

Restoring Matera, Italy’s City of Stone - The WSJ | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

House hunters move in to revive the city’s sassi zone, one rugged limestone home at a time. [...]

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Matera has won the title of European Capital of Culture 2019 against with 21 initial contenders narrowed down to six finalists. Matera will attract even more visitors from Europe and all over the world to discover the city, so we hope the recent phenomenal interest of property buyers described by the Wall Street Jounal it is not only a speculation, a way to rise money in less than 5 years time. In general the title brings to the towns with the title and its surrounding areas, significant long-term cultural, economic and social benefits, as we have seen with previous European Capitals of Culture.

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The Parmigiano cheese goes kosher

The Parmigiano cheese goes kosher | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

First wheel of kosher Parmigiano-Reggiano feted at Milan Expo. Producers aim to export the cheese to Israel and the United States.

Cheese lovers of the Jewish world, rejoice: the original Parmesan cheese from Italy is now available in a kosher version.
The first cheese wheel, adorned with a large Star of David and the word "kosher" written on it in Hebrew, was cut open last week at the Israeli pavilion in the Milan world's fair.

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Nicola Bertinelli can tell a happy cow by its shiny hide and wiggly ears, traits important to him since he retooled his dairy business near Parma, Italy to produce Kosher Parmigiano Reggiano cheese... [source]

Of all dairy products, kosher certification of cheese is the most difficult... [source]

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Rachel Gonzales's curator insight, December 8, 2015 9:00 PM

Kosher diet is a big part of Jewish life. The export of this cheese will connect the Jewish culture cross-nations. 

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The Lyn's reasons for travelling to Italy: Piazza

The Lyn's reasons for travelling to Italy: Piazza | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Wherever you go in Italy you will mostly always find a piazza in every town, village or city. In fact, in the cities you will usually find more than one. A piazza is an open public square, usually surrounded by buildings. They are the meeting and gathering place for locals however you will often find visitors there…
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Highlight: "The Italian piazza is the centre of public life. You’ll often find a bar or cafe and a church or town hall on the main piazza.  Many of Italy’s piazze have decorative statues or fountains. Piazze is the plural of piazza."

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Lakes in Italy, a photo itinerary

Lakes in Italy, a photo itinerary | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Lakes in Italy, a photo itinerary. Guide to the most enchanting Italian lakes, from North to South. Enjoy a vacation in contact with nature. [...]

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The Italian Lakes are famous for their stunning landscapes of pastel-painted waterside towns and villages, world-class gardens, luxurious mansions and historic islands to explore. Little wonder this northern corner of Italy is a favourite haunt of celebrities, alongside romantic couples and families. [Simon Heptinstall, TravelMail]

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Alice TERTRAIS's curator insight, November 2, 2015 10:58 AM

Un superbe pays que je m’apprête à visiter ! 

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Foo Fighters: in the Italian town of Cesena 1,000 musicians play 'Learn to Fly'

Foo Fighters: in the Italian town of Cesena 1,000 musicians play 'Learn to Fly' | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Foo Fighters lovers in Italy who banded together to perform an impressive rendition of the song "Learn to Fly" featuring 1,000 musicians will finally get their wish. Lead singer Dave Grohl announce...
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If you like the "Foo Fighters" surely you know about this event. If you didn't know, you will be incredibly amazed

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The Way of St. Francis: Walking 550 Kilometers Along One of the World's Greatest Pilgrimages

The Way of St. Francis: Walking 550 Kilometers Along One of the World's Greatest Pilgrimages | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Walking 550 kilometers along one of the world's greatest pilgrimages - Interview with Sandy Brown, Author of “The Way of St. Francis” [...]

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When a minister of God publishes the guide book of “one of the world’s greatest pilgrimages” must be trusted, especially if this priest likes to walk long distances.

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A Honeymoon Through Italy - The New York Times

A Honeymoon Through Italy - The New York Times | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
We danced at midnight in Venice, motored through Tuscany and made memories. Just as newlyweds should.
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A very long article, a real tale of a great time spent in Italy. If you love Italy, you will find great travel tips. The New York Times.

A version of this article appears in print on July 12, 2015, on page TR1 of the New York edition with the headline: The Best Days of Our Lives

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Medieval Tuscany village on sale for £30m complete with fruit farm and a church

Medieval Tuscany village on sale for £30m complete with fruit farm and a church | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

The 800-year-old Poggio Santa Cecila Estate in Tuscany is located 20 minutes from Siena and an hour from Florence. The 1198 AD build once housed 200 farmworkers and artisans. [...]

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This news don't impress me too much.
Italy is offering plenty of great investments opportunities in Real Estate if you have the money to afford the restorations needed. Municipalities around the peninsula offers Noble Palaces for zero money and, in some cases, even with funding approved if you are able to spend millions of Euro to complete the works.

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A different way to explore Tuscany

A different way to explore Tuscany | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Cycling by day and feasting by night: Why this is the best way to get to know every bump of the Italian byways. [...]

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The slow pace of cycling allows plenty of time for sampling the produce in tiny towns along the way.

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Italy: land of history and great beauty

Italy: land of history and great beauty | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Meet Jennifer Richetto, the specialist who visited Italy for a holiday, stayed for 10 years, and is now a font of knowledge on 'la vita italiana' [...]

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"My favourite thing about Italy is that, wherever you go, you’re guaranteed a warm welcome" By Amanda Angus

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"My favourite thing about Italy is that, wherever you go, you’re guaranteed a warm welcome" By Amanda Angus

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Italy by Train for Dummies

Italy by Train for Dummies | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Visit the best of Italy with only one rail pass! Getting around by train is a comfortable and fun way to move across Italy, from Milano to Venice, Florence and Rome...
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HOW TO TRAVEL ITALY BY TRAIN - Fares and how to buy tickets for train to travel to Rome, Florence, Venice, Milan, Naples,  or anywhere in Italy. Taking the train to Italy is the safe, comfortable, affordable and environmentally-friendly alternative to flying.

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Sullivan Morisseau's curator insight, November 20, 2015 4:44 AM

HOW TO TRAVEL ITALY BY TRAIN - Fares and how to buy tickets for train to travel to Rome, Florence, Venice, Milan, Naples,  or anywhere in Italy. Taking the train to Italy is the safe, comfortable, affordable and environmentally-friendly alternative to flying.

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On the trail of a Novelist: Ferrante's Italy in 6 stages

On the trail of a Novelist: Ferrante's Italy in 6 stages | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Elena Ferrante has taken the literary world by storm. The Italian novelist—who writes under a pseudonym—is a mystery to her readers, but the places where she sets her books don't need to be. Discover the backdrops to Ferrante's best-selling, four-volume Neapolitan novels series, which concluded with The Story of the Lost Child this past September.
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A Literary journey in Italy on the trail of a novelist who sold millions of books without showing her face.

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Cultural Tour of Puglia, a must see italian destination

Cultural Tour of Puglia, a must see italian destination | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

My Flavours Holidays cooking holiday not only introduced me to the cuisine of southern Italy, it provided a wonderful cultural tour of Puglia, Italy [...]

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Puglia is a must see italian destination. Here 12 good reasons:

  1. Baroque architecture of Lecce
  2. Ostuni
  3. Otranto and its mosaics
  4. Gallipoli
  5. Otranto
  6. Santa Maria di Leuca
  7. Castel del Monte
  8. Bari
  9. Brindisi
  10. Tremiti Islands
  11. Marina di Pescoluse
  12. Castellana Caves
Not enough? Here some more:
  1. The Pizzica Dance
  2. Stay in a Trullo
  3. Orecchiette
  4. Fresh Burrata
  5. The Negroamaro Wine
  6. The Food
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Giant 16th-Century ‘Colossus’ Sculpture In Florence, Italy Has Entire Rooms Hidden Inside

Giant 16th-Century ‘Colossus’ Sculpture In Florence, Italy Has Entire Rooms Hidden Inside | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

This epic colossus, half man, half mountain, was erected in the late 1500s by renowned Italian sculptor Giambologna as a symbol of Italy's rugged Appenine mountains. This mountain god, fittingly named Appennino, stand 35 feet tall over the ground of the Villa di Pratolino in Tuscany. [...]

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This gigantic, 14-meter-tall statue guarding Villa Demidoff – formerly the Medici’s Villa del Pratolino, in Vaglia, in the province of Florence – would now be considered one of the greatest masterpieces sculpture has ever offered the world, if only it had been placed in Piazza della Signoria instead of in the middle of this park’s forest. [italianways.com]

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Lauren Byrnes's curator insight, November 16, 2015 6:10 PM

This very incredible sculpture, carved in the Apennines of Italy, was created in the late 1500's by the Italian sculptor Giambologna. It was created as a symbol to show off the beauty of the mountains. But hidden inside this sculpture are real rooms. People are allowed to explore the rooms and adventure through the mountain. The sculpture stands over 35 feet tall.

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Italian Eating Culture to Kiwis in 9 Tips

Italian Eating Culture to Kiwis in 9 Tips | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

K’Rd establishment Coco’s Cantina closed its doors for two weeks so the whole “family” could go on a staff trip to Italy to learn more about their culture and way of eating. Here, co-owner Damaris Coulter shares what they learned during their travels. [...]

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Italian Eating Culture to New Zealanders in 9 Tips:

1. Avoid tourist spots when choosing a restaurant
2. Pane e coperto
3. Cafe etiquette
4. Take advantage of the non-existent liquor bans
5. Aperitivo
6. Booking meals
7. Meal structure
8. Buy dinner from the deli or supermarket
9. Finally, water!

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Vietri and Its Ceramics Will Wow You

Vietri and Its Ceramics Will Wow You | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Vietri sul Mare is the perfect place to start a drive on the picturesque Amalfi coast. Here lives a centuries long tradition of handcrafted floor tiles and ceramic arts [...]

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Vietri has been famous for its majolica for centuries, and these splendid materials even cover the altars, cupola and the cusp of the Parish Church of St. John the Baptist, dating to 1732

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Attention, Wine Lovers: You Really Need To Visit Southern Italy

Attention, Wine Lovers: You Really Need To Visit Southern Italy | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

From the rolling hillsides in Benevento to the steeply terraced vineyards of the Amalfi Coast, the ancient region of Campania offers homegrown wines that are as varied as the landscapes. Here, Momofuku's beverage director, Jordan Salcito—who produces her own private label in Campania—explains why southern Italy should be on every wine lover's map. [...]

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The wines of southern Italy are bold, full-bodied, and satisfying. Read more on [source]

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9 Chocolate Festivals in Italy

9 Chocolate Festivals in Italy | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

List of the upcoming chocolate festivals in Italy for 2015 and 2016. Italy has a long tradition of chocolate making, with famous and historic chocolatiers [...]

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Read more about these 9 sweet Italian Chocolate Festivals in an article from 2013 updated in 2015,  shared more than 3000 times online

  1. Eurochocolate, Perugia (Umbria), October 16 to 25, 2015
  2. Cioccoshow, Bologna (Emilia-Romagna), November 11 to 15, 2015
  3. CioccolaTo, Turin (Piedmont), November 20 to 29, 2015
  4. Showcolate, Naples (Campania), March 26 to 28, 2015
  5. Chocobarocco, Modica (Sicily), December 4 to 7, 2015
  6. CioccolArt Sicily, Taormina, December 20, 2014 to January 6, 2015
  7. Cioccolentino, Terni (Umbria), February 9 to 13, 2016
  8. Florence Chocolate Festival (Fiera del Cioccolato Artigianale), Florence (Tuscany)
  9. Ciok in Roma, Rome (Lazio)
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Italy to dig in Cosenza for ancient Alaric's treasure

Italy to dig in Cosenza for ancient Alaric's treasure | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Italian archaeologists are to start excavations in search of a fabled cache of ancient Roman treasure which, according to legend, was buried alongside the Gothic king who sacked the city in the 5th century. [...]

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A great news for all lovers of Indiana Jones and the lost treasures comes from Italy.
The Cosenza's town council and the provincial administration have initiated, for the first time, a plan to systematically search for the treasure buried alongside the Gothic king Alaric, using the latest technical and scientific innovations. We are talking about tonnes of silver and gold, even the priceless Menorah from the Second Temple in Jerusalem, loot of the sacking of Rome.

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The seven Tuscan UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The seven Tuscan UNESCO World Heritage Sites | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Visiting Tuscany you have the chance to admire seven beauties included in UNESCO world heritage site list: from Florence to Pisa, Siena and Val d'Orcia.
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The seven Tuscan UNESCO World Heritage Sites:

  1. Historical Center of Florence (1982)
  2. Piazza del Duomo of Pisa (1987)
  3. San Gimignano (1990)
  4. Historical Center of Siena (1995)
  5. Historical Center of Pienza (1996)
  6. Val d’Orcia (2004)
  7. Medici Villas and Gardens (2013)
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Lucca is well worth a Mass

Lucca  is well worth a Mass | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
An useful guide on what to see when visiting Lucca, a city with secret places behind its city walls, one of the perl of the off the beaten path Tuscany
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“This city wall is surprising and interesting”
These walls are renaissance walls that surround an ancient city that dates back to 180BC - even Julius Ceasar visisted in 58BC. Most of the centre of Lucca is 1100's with narrow streets winding their way between beautiful piazzas and old, old, churches. There are many fairs and festivals - including many held in the churches that focuses on Italian music - very suitable as this is where Puccini was born and lived (a piazza has a statue of him - just beneath the flat he lived in). The wall itself is a wonderful way to go around the city and has a park along its length - being quite long, you can rent a bike to make the ride. You'll look over the town and see the old spires (one with trees growing on the top). Everywhere you look you can see the latest in walled defences from that era. Each one of the four sides of the wall have a different species of tree growing along it. The wall was even used for car racing in recent times. Enjoy a coffee from one of the many cafes along the wall
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