Facts about the locals and their culture are usually ignored and leave first-timers waiting for shops to open in the afternoon or worse, lost and frustrated in a “bar” because they keep on getting a glass of milk when they ask for a “latte”.
Learn the basics and find out 10 things that can shock you if it’s your first time in Italy.
New year, new season, new theme! With the start of 2015 we hail the beginning of the Spanish Sicilian era in Dolce&Gabbana. From toreador inspired looks to sacred heart applications and carnation prints, Swide has the essential must buy guide to the Spring Summer 2015 fashion show collection.
Italian Summers (Lisa van de Pol)'s insight:
Absolutely love the polkadots from Dolce & Gabbana. Great for Italian Summers! Perfect for that special dinner in your favorite ristorante in Italia!
Penélope Cruz has officially made her debut in Campari's 2013 "Kiss Superstition Goodbye" calendar.
Penélope Cruz has officially made her debut in Campari's 2013 "Kiss Superstition Goodbye" calendar. The Italian spirits brand released 13 images from the limited-edition annual yesterday, all of which feature the Oscar-winning actress participating in superstitious acts like breaking mirrors, walking under ladders, opening umbrellas indoors, and more. Penélope was announced as the calendar's star back in August, and she got to work shooting the then-secret theme in Milan.
In Italian we call it Vino Novello, which literally mean new wine (novello being an arcaic Italian way of saying “new”). What is it, though?
Vino Novello it’s a red wine produced mostly in North Italy and it comes on our tables on November 11th, on Saint Martin’s day. What is it? The first wine process from the grape harvest of September.
The wine that results from the winemaking is very low in tannins, fruity and fresh, as it lacks the structure for long-term aging. In the most extreme case like Vino Novello or Beaujolais nouveau, the period between picking and bottling can be less than six weeks.
The Vino Novello is produced in most regions, although the production is very common especially in Veneto, Trentino Alto Adige and Tuscany. The grape varieties used for the Novello are: Merlot, Cabernet, Montepulciano and Barbera, although sometime a Novello is made with only one variety.
Tod’s launch also an application for iPad and iPhone dedicated to the book: a multimedia journey through the real Italian Style, perfectly represented by the personalities of the book and has its origins in Made in Italy and in the value of “handmade” and craftsmanship; a choice of unostentatious elegance and respect for the past and one’s roots.
These timeless values are part of a lifestyle and culture which, while modern and cosmopolitan, is also strongly engrained in Italy and reveals, today than ever before, its appeal and significance.
De nieuwe Dolce&Gabbana commercial femme en homme wordt begeleidt door muziek van Mina, de grootste stem die Italië ooit kende.
De spot voor de parfums van het kledingmerk is door Mario Testino gemaakt, een beroemde Peruaanse fotograaf die eerder voor Voque en Versace werkte, en onder meer Madonna en Prinses Diana fotografeerde. Hij filmde in het klassieke Siciliaanse stadje Erice en op het strand van het Zingaro natuurreservaat, het oudste van Sicilië.
Beautiful historic stone manor in Tuscany from 17th century, warm color schemes and rustic design. Mixing brilliant paints and bold fabrics, the stylish linens matriarch displays Dede Pratesi’s signature flair at this historic stone manor. Tuscan-style decorating is never short on drama or elegance.
Throughout the years of Interior Design, styles have evolved, changed, or vanished all together, – but a Tuscan Interior Design remains as timeless today as it.
Rome is one of the most romantic cities of the world and a perfect location for a destination wedding in Italy or for an honeymoon. The city is rich of amazing spots for your wedding pictures and offer romantic venues for your unique day.
It should go without saying that the food alone warrants a visit to Italy. Instead of planning a whirlwind tour where you visit every city in search of good eats, why not kick back at one of these five food retreats? You can relax, unwind, feel like you’re on vacation and—most importantly—eat well.
Sophia Loren Feeling like on a secret-mission, Me, a non-Italian with a normal metabolism have been analysing the Italian diet for more than 4 years and finding out why obesity and over-weight are not major problems in this amazing country. If you take a quick look at the Italian population everybody seems very close to their perfect weight and very healthy (if you need numbers: just 9% of people in Italy are heavy enough to be considered obese, compared to 32% of Americans). A total metabolism-mystery for us foreigner food-lovers; how come “Pizzerie” are always fully booked and everyone has a Spritz in their hand by 7pm? I have resumed Italian diet secrets for you in 10 easy rules…
Italian Summers (Lisa van de Pol)'s insight:
Inderdaad, het klopt! Wanneer ik in mijn favoriete land rondhuppel zie ik maar heel weinig Italianen die te zwaar zijn. Het Italiaanse dieet werpt zijn vruchten af! Wel vind ik persoonlijk dat de Noord Italiaanse eetcultuur wat zwaarder op de maag valt dan de Zuid Italiaanse maaltijden. Het enige nadeel voor mij als ras Nederlandse met een Italiaanse ziel is dat ik het Italiaanse eten zo vreselijk lekker vind dat ik wanneer ik in mijn geliefde Italie ben ik de hele dag aan eten denk. Na het ontbijt beraam ik al plannen over waar de lunch genuttigd kan worden en in de loop van de middag passeren in gedachten de diverse restaurantjes voor het avondeten.
Dus gezond, jazeker,...maar oh zo verleidelijk om toch te veel van het een en ander naar binnen te werken! Buon appetito!!!
Every Italian has little kitchen hacks they've picked up from Mamma, it's the little things that make all the difference when you're cooking Italian. Here are 16 Italian kitchen hacks that will make you Italian cooking so much better.
Its largest store worldwide in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele...
Following the legal battle for the former McDonald’s space in Milan’s historical Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, in the heart of the city – Prada has won the tender for the space, which the House will develop into its largest store worldwide, covering 5.000 sqm on 8 floors.
Considering the location, this is a strategic location for Prada in Milan, opposite to its existing store, which was also the first store in the history of the House. Prada announced it will support the costs for the Christmas decorations of Galleria and will be actively involved in supporting the Christmas fair taking place from December 1st to January 6 on the premises of Galleria and the Duomo square.
Vineyards and Tuscany go hand in hand and a stay at a Tuscan Villa wouldn’t be complete without sampling at least some of the wines it’s famous for. If you don’t know where to begin, a wine tasting session led by experts will showcase some of the best ‘vino’ on offer and is a lovely way to spend some of your time here. Browse our wine tasting in Tuscany listings here, or read more about Tuscan wines.
In 2008, Tabberer produced her first book about falling in love with this seductive stretch of Italian coastline that runs from Vietri to Positano. My Amalfi Coast was a highly praised and highly personal travel guide that couldn't fit all she knew about the food of the area. So she saved her recipes for her just-released second book, Amalfi Coast Recipes, a picture-perfect showcase of the region's wonderful produce and endearing personalities, who happen to be her friends.
La Dolce Vita (1960) Federico Fellini’s masterpiece, starring Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg, introduced the world to the term paparazzo as it revealed the decadent Rome of the 1950s. Gucci and The Film Foundation funded its digital restoration in 2010.
Iconic Fashion–No stranger to international editions of GQ, model Claude Simonon lends his classic good looks to the October issue of the magazine’s Italian version. Photographed by Van Mossevelde+N, Claude sports great coats and suiting from Prada, Dolce & Gabbana and more.
Op elke pagina van de nieuwe roman van Nicky Pellegrino, Olijven met oregano geheten, voel je de Italiaanse warmte, zowel van de zomerzon als van de liefde!
In Olijven met oregano maken we kennis met Rosie, Addolorata, Lou en Toni, die elke drie jaar een villa huren in een warm land. De jaren verstrijken en de Villa Girls houden vol, of het leven nu meezit of niet. Als de vier naar Italië afreizen ontmoeten ze daar Enzo. Rosie wordt halsoverkop verliefd, maar Enzo blijkt zo zijn geheimen te hebben en Rosie komt thuis met een gebroken hart. Ze denkt zeker te weten dat ze hem nooit meer zal zien. Maar het lot bepaalt anders – een handje geholpen door haar vriendinnen…
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