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Top 10 Things We Ate in Tuscany

Top 10 Things We Ate in Tuscany | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
  • Pollo al Burro in Sostanza (Florence)
  • Pappa al Pomodoro at Da Ruggero (Florence)
  • Cecina at Da Felice (Lucca)
  • Charcuterie Board at L’Incontro (Volterra)
  • Pecorino at Podere Il Casale (Near Pienza)
  • Ricotta and Spinach Ravioli at Il Pozzo (San Angelo in Colle)
  • Bruschetta at Gattavecchi (Montepulciano)
  • Insalata Lagumi at Da Roberto (Montisi)
  • Polenta with Porcini at La Tellina (Siena)
  • Ravioli with pigeon from Guastini (Valiano)
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Florence and Machiavelli: sympathy for the devil - Telegraph

Florence and Machiavelli: sympathy for the devil - Telegraph | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Nick Trend tracks down the arch Renaissance politician, both in the corridors of Florence’s palazzi, and at his Tuscan estate where, exactly 500 years ago, he wrote ‘The Prince’
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Sicily unveiled on air

Sicily unveiled on air (promo 2013) “Sicily unveiled” - short documentaries series for TV and web, written by Jean Paul Barreaud & Gabriele Gismondi (gabrielegismondi.com) in collaboration with Alessio Algeri (sicilylapse.com).

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A foodie autumn break in Abruzzo, Italy | Theguardian.com Travel

A foodie autumn break in Abruzzo, Italy | Theguardian.com Travel | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Rachel Roddy's late November break in Italy's Abruzzo brings short days, long lunches, and the all-pervading scent of a food tradition as old as the region's hills
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Italy's Greatest Gastronomic Treasure, Emilia-Romagna

Italy's Greatest Gastronomic Treasure, Emilia-Romagna | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
If you ask an Italian where the best food is in Italy, you almost always get the same answer. "Eh," they like to say. "At my mother's house!"…looking like "how could you be so stupid to not know that?

But if you push it to a regional discussion...as I have hundreds of times...the most likely answer is...”Emilia-Romagna”.

Oh, you may hear a few votes from Italians for Piemonte, and a few for regions of the south. You never hear the American’s favorite answer, Tuscany, because Tuscan cuisine is not viewed as something special in Italy [...]

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Traveller's Guide: Skiing in Italy | independent.co.uk

Traveller's Guide: Skiing in Italy | independent.co.uk | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Italy is perhaps the least well known of the "big four" Alpine skiing nations. Like France, Austria and Switzerland, it is home to more than 300 ski areas.

You are spoilt for choice on the sunny side of the Alps, with vast high-altitude linked terrain in the north and the chance to ski in Sicily in the south, says Patrick Thorne [...]

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xantine day's curator insight, August 4, 2014 12:22 AM

Ski vacation resorts in Italy are really beautiful though! Wish to travel next year and Italy's one of my Bucket list! ^_^

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Country Roads: Underground in Perugia

Country Roads: Underground in Perugia | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Perugia gets very dark in late fall when the sun goes down.

It’s also the capital city of the Umbria region of central Italy.

Perugia is referred to as the University City, with a host of schools of higher learning, including the University-of-P, founded way back in 1308.

And, most importantly, Perugia is home to Perugina, an Italian confectionery known the world over for its baci, large chocolate kisses filled with hazelnut and wrapped in a multilingual love note, kinda like a Chinese fortune cookie only much, much better. One of these round mounds of goodness was waiting for me when I checked into the hotel, lying on the bed, tempting me to, dare I say, unwrap it. [...]

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FIAT USA | Italian Masterpiece: The Art of Preparation

Take a look at the ideation and preparation surrounding the FIAT 500L display at the upcoming 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show featuring Head of Brand Communications for FIAT North America, Casey Hurbis, and renowned artist Nicola Verlato.

Watch all of the FIAT 500L Italian Masterpiece project time lapse videos here: http://bit.ly/1bShfpM

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Country Roads: Orvieto's Etruscan Chef

Country Roads: Orvieto's Etruscan Chef | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Legend has it that a 12th century Catholic bishop, while en route for a meeting with the Pope at the Vatican, sent his personal aide ahead with instructions to scout out the inns that serve the best wines along the way. As the aide made his way, he would mark the front doors of inns that had reputable grape with a largeEST! (Latin for “it is”). Upon arriving in Orvieto, once the epicenter of Etruscan culture and religion, he tasted the wine at a particular inn and was pleasantly surprised by its bouquet and quickly wrote on the door EST! EST! EST! to ensure that his bishop would dismount and quench his thirst.

The bishop did stop, and loved the wine so much that he never kept his appointment with the Holy Father down in Rome and remained in Orvieto for the remainder of his days. No doubt with a much smaller liver, but quite content. [...]

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The High Life in Italy’s Umbria Region

The High Life in Italy’s Umbria Region | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Umbria, a region in Italy’s heartland, is no ordinary place. Enjoy La Dolce Vita country-style at the dining table of an Umbrian vineyard, eating white truffle pasta washed down with a nicely aged Sagrantino for half the price of the same in Florence.
One of the magical qualities of Umbria (and, to be fair, virtually all of Italy) is that this is a place where a casual dinner can still feel like a life-altering experience.[...]

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Lindy Truter Photography: Italy- Florence

Lindy Truter Photography: Italy- Florence | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Lindy Truter is a professional Cape Town wedding photographer. Specializing in wedding, fashion, beauty and commercial portfolios.

Click on the photo to open 45 pictures about Florence.

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Kaelyn Pack's curator insight, October 24, 2014 9:45 AM

This wedding photographer took 45 pictures that she felt most described Florence. These photographs were absolutely breathtaking and she is an amazing photographer. 

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Pompeii & Amalfi Coast Day Trip from Rome by Walks of Italy

Visit Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast all in one day from Rome! This day trip helps you maximize your time and see far more than you could on your own. After being picked up in a central location in Rome, you'll be whisked down to Pompeii your local expert guide will bring the famed buried city back to life. Next, you'll revel in the stunning views, exciting twists and turns on a panoramic drive along the Amalfi coast. Finally, you'll stop for lunch and go exploring in gorgeous Positano. At the end of it all, relax or take a nap as your driver returns you to Rome. Seize the day with this Walks of Italy full day trip excursion!

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Gino Bartali | Italian sporting legend gets 'Righteous Among Nations' award | Yad Vashem

Gino Bartali | Italian sporting legend gets 'Righteous Among Nations' award | Yad Vashem | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Florence, November 18 - Late Italian cycling giant Gino Bartali cemented a new heroic status Monday as he was celebrated as one of Israel's "Righteous Among The Nations" for clandestine courier rides during WWII that helped save countless Jews from the Nazis.

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Country Roads: Saintly Assisi

Country Roads: Saintly Assisi | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Two night's sleep and one-and-a-half days of touring now in the rearview mirror, our band of merry media -- guests of Insight Vacations' "Country Roads of Italy" journey around Umbria and Tuscany -...
Mariano Pallottini's insight:

"It’s a leisurely stroll that takes us inside landmark churches and past Roman and Etruscan ruins, bustling Piazza del Commune and the Temple of Minerva, artisan food shops, art galleries and open-air cafes, and ends at a lush greenbelt that leads down to the impressive Basilica of St. Francis."

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Top Five Hill Towns in Tuscany

Top Five Hill Towns in Tuscany | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Tuscany is one of the few spots on earth that is just as splendid as the calendars and postcards dedicated to it would have you believe.

The rows and rows of sunflowers and grapevines, punctuated by ochre-colored farmhouses and ruins, make a tour through this large Italian region one of life’s thrills. The ancient villages rising from the landscape remind you that this sleepy Italian region is also a cradle for art, architecture, and of course, food and wine. If you are able to stroll the medieval stone roads and sunny town squares and not feel like you’ve stepped into a time machine, have another glass of Chianti, and try again.

A list of five of the most pristine and picturesque hill towns to visit in Tuscany, Italy. San Gimignano, Monteriggioni, Montalcino, Montepulciano and Pienza and each is also worthy of an overnight stay. Keep in mind that they do require that you have your own transportation; whether that is a car, motorcycle, or bicycle, is up to you. [...]

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The Rome Digest Map of Venues

The Rome Digest Map of Venues | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

The Rome Digest team carefully vets every venue we endorse. This Google Map brings all of our suggestions into one handy online resource.

Simply click on any of the map pins for a brief description of our recommended venues, or click here to view this on Google Maps with commentary noted in the column on the left.

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Catania, Sicily | San Nicolo L’Arena and the labyrinth of learning

Catania, Sicily | San Nicolo L’Arena and the labyrinth of learning | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
San Nicolo L’Arena was the second largest monastery in Europe with endless corridors, cloistered gardens and immense halls. An earthly paradise now populated by students.
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The history of Italian wine, on display in Rome

The history of Italian wine, on display in Rome | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Before Italy became a united country, and even before the Vatican or the Roman empire, Italian wine was well known throughout Europe.
“The ancient Greeks called ancient Italy 'Enotria,' the land of wine. You need to imagine that in that time, Italy was sprinkled with vineyards. There were vineyards everywhere.”
“The Culture of Wine in Italy” portrays the history of this drink in the Mediterranean country. Next to the statues of the pagan God Bacchus are painting of Christ, as well as a Picasso drawing. They all have one thing in common: wine.
The exhibit also shows how the wine is made, and the different varieties, according to each Italian region.
In addition, the art show combines traditional to more advanced art techniques. All in the quest to discover why humans have drank wine from the beginning of time.
“The secret of wine, even beyond it's mythological, religious, and symbolic implications, is that people liked it. Of course, it left them in happy spirits.”
The exhibit is open until November 30. It's a small preview for the 2015 Milan Expo. After so many years, Italians have learned that without wine, there is no celebration.

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Musei Vaticani 3D

For the first time, Ultra HD 4K/3D cameras have entered the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel to record new original images through cutting-edge technology that gives viewers the impression to be inside and almost touch the artworks. A Sky production of 4 months with a team of 40 professionals and 3,000 km traveled in the magnificent setting of the Vatican Museums, suggestive filming carried out at night, with the use of film technology of the latest generation, passing through the halls which houses some of the rarest  and most valuable works in the world, spanning across all cultures and all ages, from classic to modern to culminate the path inside the Sistine Chapel.

MUSEI VATICANI 3D, saturday, November the 30th,  21.10, Sky3D and Sky Arte HD

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10 of the Best Christmas Markets in Italy

10 of the Best Christmas Markets in Italy | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Christmas markets in Italy are one of our favorite parts of, well, Christmas in Italy! Not only are they beautiful and atmospheric (and a great place to get that holiday shopping done), but they make for an especially fun way to get to know an area’s local traditions, delicacies and artisans. Since we love sustainable and immersive travel, we think that’s always a plus!

Here are our 10 favorite Christmas markets in Italy, from Naples on up to the Dolomites!

  • Christkindlmarkt in Bolzano (Dolomites)
  • Traditional South Tyrolese market in Lagundo (Dolomites)
  • Weihnachtsmarkt German Market in Florence
  • Christmas nativity market in Naples
  • Medieval candle market in Candelara (Le Marche)
  • Fabbrica di Babbo Natale in Pisa (Tuscany)
  • Piazza Navona market in Rome
  • Christmas Market Piazza Navona
  • Campo San Polo market, Venice
  • O Bej, O Bej market in Milan
  • Christmas market in Turin
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Afronomics's curator insight, December 10, 2013 8:50 PM

Before discussing the forces that move markets, it is important to know what constitutes a market and what they actually are. Markets are basically any group of buyers and sellers for a particular product (good) or service. There are highly organized markets, such as christmas markets or farmer's markets, but more commonly there are  less organized markets, that encompass everything from food to skinny jeans.

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Tuscany by Vespa

Valdera is an unspoiled area situated in the heart of Tuscany, between Pisa and Florence. Take these landscapes, add a Vespa, shake it altogether, bake it under the Tuscan sun and the recipe is ready! Let's go and discover the Valdera together on a Vespa following one of the itineraries of "Valdera in Vespa"

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Scansano, charming village in Maremma

Scansano, charming village in Maremma | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

If one says the word “Scansano” probably what soon comes to your mind is a type of wine, known worldwide as the Morellino di Scansano. But Scansano is also the name of the nice medieval village where this fine red wine is produced. [...]

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Guided food tour of Abruzzo, central Italy, Europe

Guided food tour of Abruzzo, central Italy, Europe | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

[...] For our small group, travelling through Abruzzo offers a snapshot of authentic village life. From the seaside town of Vasto to the hilltop villages surrounding the Apennine Mountains and across the vineyards and silver olive groves of Pescara, there is variation here that we hadn't experienced in Italy before.

With a history dating to 1300BC, Vasto has a mix of Benedictine, Spanish and Roman architectural influences.
We visit the fishing hamlet of Rocca San Giovanni, where curious wooden contraptions called trabocchi are used by locals to catch fish and prawns.
Dinner is a fresh catch of fish. Our chef does little more than lightly batter the scampi (shell on) and flash-fry the calamari with lemon, garlic and oil. It is the best I've ever had. [...]

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Learning to Cook Puglian Food in Lecce

Learning to Cook Puglian Food in Lecce | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
TweetAfter a week in Puglia eating the local orecchiette pasta every day it was time to learn to make the “little ears” for ourselves.
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Mirabilia Project

Mirabilia, European Network of UNESCO Sites, concerns the promotion of UNESCO World heritage Sites, territories and Tourist Tours.
The project is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of Brindisi, Genoa, L'Aquila, La Spezia, Matera, Perugia, Salerno, Udine and the Comsortium Vicenza è.
It is a tourist offer which presents Italy in a different way, excluding the well-known destinations which attract mass tourism. It is a custom-made people-oriented tourist offer, where tourist reception and care are essential.
Know more on: http://www.mirabilianetwork.eu

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