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New York Magazine: Why Won’t Italians Have Cappuccino After Dinner?

New York Magazine: Why Won’t Italians Have Cappuccino After Dinner? | Umbria and Tuscany | Scoop.it

And seven other mysterious health beliefs examined.

There is something called the colpo d’aria, and it can give you something called cervicale.You should never leave your house with a wet head.Having a cappuccino after dinner inhibits digestion.Sparkling water helps digestion.A digestivo, like an amaro, grappa, or limoncello, really does help you digest.t’s dangerous to go in the water within three hours of eating, especially for kids.Putting urine on a sting, especially from a jellyfish, helps it heal.Air-conditioning makes you sick.
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FATI's curator insight, September 11, 2014 1:38 PM

Thanks for sharing

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10 most underrated Cities in Central Italy

10 most underrated Cities in Central Italy | Umbria and Tuscany | Scoop.it

Everyone knows Rome and Venice, but there is more to Italy you should know about: although these might not be the first destinations to visit if it’s your first time in Italy, do make a list for when you’ll come back and travel to these beautiful cities.[...]


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I have to go back to see the ones I missed.

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Mariano Pallottini's curator insight, June 26, 2014 5:38 PM
  1. Reggio Emilia, Emilia Romagna
  2. Ferrara, Emilia Romagna
  3. Bologna, Emilia Romagna
  4. Arezzo, Tuscany
  5. Lucca, Tuscany
  6. Siena, Tuscany
  7. Urbino, Marche
  8. Orvieto, Umbria
  9. Viterbo, Lazio
  10. Chieti, Abruzzo
Villa in Umbria's curator insight, July 4, 2014 2:29 AM

Visit #Orvieto Umbria

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Orvieto, the Best City You've Never Been To - Venere Travel Blog (blog)

Orvieto, the Best City You've Never Been To - Venere Travel Blog (blog) | Umbria and Tuscany | Scoop.it
Orvieto, the Best City You've Never Been To
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The city of Orvieto is a tiny Umbria “comune” that many in the world have never even heard of. Orvieto literally sits on top of a volcanic cliff ...

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Loved walking this cool village

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Giselle Stafford's curator insight, June 24, 2014 11:39 AM

Can someone give me a personal rec for the Zeppelin restaurant?  Sounds like my kinda place!

Giselle Stafford's curator insight, June 24, 2014 11:40 AM

Wanted this scooped to the Umbria section!

italian excursion's curator insight, October 10, 2014 12:27 PM

This hill top town is conveniently located on the rail line to both Rome and Florence.  It has an elegance about it that keeps it from being too much of a "tourist trap" and more of an authentic Italian place.  Located at the try-corners of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio, Orvieto offers a variety of experiences unique to each of these regions.  Just returned from visiting there in September and we are never disappointed, no matter that we've been there more than 3 dozen times……..ciao

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Tuscan Wine Tour For Photographers

Tuscan Wine Tour For Photographers | Umbria and Tuscany | Scoop.it
Tuscan Wine Tour For Photographers : explore all manner of photo techniques in beautiful Italy for all skill levels and those who have a passion for wine!

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Summer Vacations in Italy: What to Expect

Summer Vacations in Italy: What to Expect | Umbria and Tuscany | Scoop.it
Everyone dreams of taking summer vacations in Italy, so here are some useful tips on what to expect once you actually get there!

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Mariano Pallottini's curator insight, June 10, 2014 9:39 AM

First of all, since it’s the season for relaxation, expect the level of activity to vary from city to city. While seaside resorts, coastal destinations, and other popular tourist spots will probably be full of people with establishments all up and running and in full swing, less-tourist-y cities will be much quieter and some shops and points of interest might even be closed. 

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Best travel destinations for foodies

Best travel destinations for foodies | Umbria and Tuscany | Scoop.it
Calling all foodies! We round up the best destinations to experience culinary heaven.

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Anything new, I'll do.

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24 Ways That Italy Changed My Life For The Better And Weird

24 Ways That Italy Changed My Life For The Better And Weird | Umbria and Tuscany | Scoop.it
It's impossible to live abroad and not come home forever changed. Living abroad, no matter how prepared for the experience you think you are, is always more difficult than you've planned. I thought...

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Mariano Pallottini's curator insight, May 21, 2014 4:22 PM

1. Bathroom habits. I’m now more like a dog.

2. This might not be a “better thing” but it’s funny.

3. Dogs are members of the family.

4. Dining. I eat more slowly, restaurants are for people and conversation

5. I don’t care what people think anymore.

6. I gesture a lot when I talk now which is probably good exercise.

7. I’ve become a food snob.

8. Yelling doesn’t bother me, at all.

9. Eating in front of a t.v. instead of at a table seems somehow wrong.

10. I’ve learned that holy water is a real thing that you can get from the church.

11. I’m more confident.

12. I could nag the fuck out of someone. Seriously. It’s a skill.

13. I appreciate slow food, the act of eating rather than getting full.

14. I’m more family-oriented.

15. My priorities have changed.

16. I care about quality more than ever, especially about the quality of things I’m putting into my body.

17. My goals are different. Now, everything that I do is about my family and friends.

18. Quality over quantity.

19. I can speak another language.

20. I wear less makeup and care less about my hair.

21. About the point above, except for high heels.

22. I feel more a part of the collective than ever before.

23. Cooking. I’m a much better cook.

24. I’m more knowledgable about world news.


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Voices From The Vineyard: Ten Winemakers From Montefalco - Forbes

Voices From The Vineyard: Ten Winemakers From Montefalco - Forbes | Umbria and Tuscany | Scoop.it
Forbes Voices From The Vineyard: Ten Winemakers From Montefalco Forbes Located in Italy's landlocked, central region of Umbria, and often overlooked by tourists as a sleepy pass-through between Rome and Tuscany, Montefalco is experiencing a growth...

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Giselle Stafford's curator insight, April 17, 2014 11:39 AM

Just 10?  There are so many more waiting for you in #Umbria!

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Wines in the World 2014, Spoleto | by Umbria OnLine

Wines in the World 2014, Spoleto | by Umbria OnLine | Umbria and Tuscany | Scoop.it
Spoleto (PG) - With Wine in the World from May 31 to June 2, 2014 Spoleto became the capital of the wine.

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Giselle Stafford's curator insight, April 22, 2014 7:15 AM

Great wine festival in the lovely town of Spoleto!  31st May to 2nd June ... See you there!

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Tuscan Vines: Montefalco: The Wine, The People, The Passion

Tuscan Vines: Montefalco: The Wine, The People, The Passion | Umbria and Tuscany | Scoop.it

Recent Vintage Evaluations This report spans vintages from 2004-2010 and although excellent wines were made in every vintage, it can be daunting to remember the general characteristics of each year.  With an eye to the future,  I was able to sit down with Dr. Stefano Dini, the Agronomist for Tabarrini.  He graciously supplied the brief vintage summaries below.


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Giselle Stafford's curator insight, April 26, 2014 12:48 PM

John M. Fodera does a fine job reviewing some of the Umbrian 'Big Boys' wines! Love #Sagrantino Love #Umbria Love #Montefalco

Featuring Colpetrone, Tabarrini (Cheeky photo of him above), Paolo Bea, Scacciadiavoli, Tenuta Alzatura, Arnaldo Caprai, Perticaia, & Antonelli... Interesting read.

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Le Marche nel Bicchiere 2013 - the best wine guide to Le Marche Region

Le Marche nel Bicchiere 2013 - the best wine guide to Le Marche Region | Umbria and Tuscany | Scoop.it

It arrives in the book shops the fifth edition of the publication "Le Marche nel Bicchiere 2013," the guide - realized by the Associazione Sommelier Marche (Le Marche Sommelier Association) with the Regional support. Year after year, this guide has reached its prestige among similar specialized publications. The already wide range of information and updates about the wine scenery of the Marche region, extremely rich and varied in terms of food and wine, has been enriched in the 2013 edition by a section all dedicated to sparkling wines.
The guide, written in Italian and English, describes 148 wineries illustrating more than 350 wines described after the analysis in blind tasting of the Professional Sensory Commission composed by the AIS Marche, who also selected 43 excellent wines and 18 wines with excellent money value. Each tab - in addition to a brief company profile - presents a tasting report of two of the most representative wines, accompanied by a good pairing regional dish and a description of the other wines produced.
The guide consists of 312 pages. The flexible layout makes it easy to read and a reliable tool of knowledge of the Marche Region.
Price € 9.90


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Appassionata's curator insight, March 14, 2013 5:09 AM

Le Marche 'best' wine guide.... a must buy! Just need to find one now.

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Andrea e Leopardo Felici - Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore

Andrea e Leopardo Felici - Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore | Umbria and Tuscany | Scoop.it

Organic Verdicchio from the territory of Apiro in the Macerata Province of Le Marche in central Italy.

This Verdicchio has been classified among the best wines of Le Marche.

Beautiful straw yellow with golden highlights, luminescent and a good consistence. A complex aroma of exotic fruits and cedar, elder broom, lemon flowers, wild fennel, melissa and thyme, finally mineral of flint. To the taste it is intense and savory, fresh, warm and persistent. Pairing with Coniglio in Porchetta.

(AIS Marche Review)

Vine: Verdicchio grapes 100%

Alcohol: 13%

Bottles produced: 25.000

Price: 8,00 €


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Absolutely wonderful.  Love the fennel and flint.

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20 things you have to do in Venice

20 things you have to do in Venice | Umbria and Tuscany | Scoop.it
The most romantic, the most picturesque, the most unique city in the world, Venice’s charms have been seducing visitors since the dawn of the Republic. On the eve of the Venice Film Festival., Swide gives you 20 reasons (if you needed any) to head to the lagoon.

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Mariano Pallottini's curator insight, August 27, 2014 12:06 PM

1. Step into the great Renaissance at the Gallerie dell’Accademia
2. Have an aperitivo at a Bacaro, and don’t forget the Spritz
3. Listen to Vivaldi at La Fenice Theatre
4. The city of Palaces
5. Take a tour on the Gondola
6. Sip a Bellini Harry’s Bar
7. Buy in glass in Murano
8. Buy lace in Burano
9. Visit the Guggenheim Collection
10. Freak out at Poveglia
11. Visit the Acqua Alta Bookshop
12. Take in the view from the San Marco bell tower
13. Sample the unique Venetian Cuisine
14. Go to the market on the Giudecca
15. Visit the Ghetto
16. Visit the Caffé Florian and the coffee museum in Saint Marc’s Square
17. Kiss under the Ponte dei Sospiri
18. Take home a Venetian Carnival Mask
19. Visit the Rialto fish market
20. Take a tour of the Grand Canal in a Riva motor boat

Joshua Ledwell's curator insight, August 28, 2014 3:29 PM

Nice simple list to start with

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Panoram Italia - Sagrantino di Montefalco Great Wines from Umbria

Panoram Italia - Sagrantino di Montefalco Great Wines from Umbria | Umbria and Tuscany | Scoop.it
Sagrantino di Montefalco was until recently one of Italy’s best kept secrets. Since the early 2000, this unique wine from Umbria in central Italy has generated a growing interest among experts and wine lovers across the world.

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Why can't we find this wine in US?

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Giselle Stafford's curator insight, June 24, 2014 11:37 AM

Makes me want to live in Umbria ....Oh, wait .... I DO!!  :-D

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Italy traditions: Sunday Family Lunch in Abruzzo

Italy traditions: Sunday Family Lunch in Abruzzo | Umbria and Tuscany | Scoop.it
Italian families still sit at the table every Sunday to eat the same large meal as half a century ago keeping the tradition going.

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Such a great tradition!

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Eric EKUE's curator insight, June 24, 2014 8:21 AM

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One day visit to Cinque Terre

One day visit to Cinque Terre | Umbria and Tuscany | Scoop.it
Early one morning we left Bagni di Lucca for a one day visit to the Cinque Terre. We took the 7.50 bus from our little village Ponte a Serraglio to Lucca, which took about 50 minutes. Then from the...

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Wish I could pop on over!

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Gusto Wine Tours in Umbria - Business e via Italy - Investment in Italy? Moving to Italy? Business Exchange?

Gusto Wine Tours in Umbria - Business e via Italy - Investment in Italy? Moving to Italy? Business Exchange? | Umbria and Tuscany | Scoop.it
Business e via Italy's exclusive series of case studies featuring expats starting businesses in Italy. Gusto Wine Tours in Umbria It was just aft... (Gusto Wine Tours in Umbria - Business e via Italy - Investment in Italy?

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Two great people taking you to drink great wine!

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Giselle Stafford's curator insight, June 4, 2014 6:01 PM

Want to know a little bit about why we started Gusto?  

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Under the Tuscan Sun: A Spring Itinerary for the Ancient Walled City of San Gimignano

Under the Tuscan Sun: A Spring Itinerary for the Ancient Walled City of San Gimignano | Umbria and Tuscany | Scoop.it
When two friends and I headed to the tiny, ancient, walled city of towers this week, we found that San Gimignano's charm is in experiencing the unexpected, finding the tiny streets and shops off the main square and living like a local....

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Just loved this village.

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Umbria, rugged but not rustic | Pressed for Thought

Umbria, rugged but not rustic | Pressed for Thought | Umbria and Tuscany | Scoop.it
As I drove into Umbria, I was stuck by the stark difference in the color palate of the landscape, from bright greens that surround Etna I had shifted to a darker more lush landscape, less arid though equally sun-filled and ...

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Giselle Stafford's curator insight, May 23, 2014 8:32 AM

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Wine Tasting in Umbria, Italy

Wine Tasting in Umbria, Italy | Umbria and Tuscany | Scoop.it
Wineries to visit and the autumn grape harvest in the central Italy region of Umbria.

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Giselle Stafford's curator insight, April 18, 2014 7:15 AM

#Umbria ... The place to be for a unique day of wine tasting!

italian excursion's curator insight, September 1, 2014 7:52 PM

A day in Umbria just experiencing one winery after another can be so enlightening.  And no one better to do it with than Mark & Giselle at Gusto Wine Tours.

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Sagrantino di Montefalco: Taming the Beast

Sagrantino di Montefalco: Taming the Beast | Umbria and Tuscany | Scoop.it
Any conversation about Umbria and her wines must necessarily begin at the very heart of this region, both geographically and historically, which is to say at Sagrantino. This hearty dry red (and honeyed sweet) is made primarily (or exclusively, in the case of the DOCG) from the indigineous Sagrantino grape varietal—though indigineous is relative for [...]

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Giselle Stafford's curator insight, April 26, 2014 9:59 AM

Rebecca Winke tells it how it is for a vegetarian versus the tannic Sagrantino!  

Written for 'Umbria on the Blog'

italian excursion's curator insight, August 31, 2014 8:22 PM

Thank you, Giselle, for keeping us posted.  Sagrantino is our favorite un-discovered wine as is Umbria, the region less traveled!

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Umbria, rugged but not rustic | Pressed for Thought

Umbria, rugged but not rustic | Pressed for Thought | Umbria and Tuscany | Scoop.it
As I drove into Umbria, I was stuck by the stark difference in the color palate of the landscape, from bright greens that surround Etna I had shifted to a darker more lush landscape, less arid though equally sun-filled and ...

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Giselle Stafford's curator insight, May 23, 2014 8:32 AM

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The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone

The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone | Umbria and Tuscany | Scoop.it

'A revised edition of the landmark, award-winning cookbook from America's leading authority on vegetarian cooking features new recipes and a new introduction by the author. ...."  

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This and a new cookbook called Vedge are providing inspiration for the fresh local produce we hope to see soon.

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