WINE HARVEST IN ITALY – The vat stats are in!

Now that the 2015 grape harvest in Italy is complete and production of the ensuing Italian wines is well underway, wine estates in Italy are able to reflect on the wine year that was. This summer saw the hottest temperatures on record combined with little rain fall – the perfect conditions for forming quality grapes […]

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Weddings in Italy: traditions and superstitions

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Getting married in Italy is enriched by great traditions (and some superstitions), many of which are still kept alive to this day. In the past, marriages would often be arranged by the families of the potential couple or even through the use of an official matchmaker, with engagements being based more on agreements than romance. Today […]

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Spaghetti alla Carbonara – recipe and history

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Visiting Italy. One of the most enjoyable ways to enjoy Italy like a local is through the amazing Italian cuisine, which varies from region to region and in some cases, even town to town. When in Rome, one of the typical dishes to try is Spaghetti alla Carbonara. Although you may also find the Carbonara […]

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Learning Italian: Italy’s 3 magic words

Travelling to Italy, you may wish to be prepared with a few key words of Italian to get you by. Of course there is ‘Grazie’ (thank you) – making sure to also pronounce the e at the end, like grazi-è, as there are no silent letters in Italian. Same goes for how you say ‘Per […]

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Top Travel Tips for Italy Trips: Communication

Visiting Italy? We’ve created a series of fun videos that provide serious points of Italy travel advice and the first one is out now!         Be sure your immersion into the Italian culture doesn’t turn into a culture clash. There are many more do’s and don’ts, social norms, expectations and etiquettes and […]

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It’s a sign – what to do in Italy

The best way to experience Italy is with the locals. And to do so, there is no better way than to follow the signs. Around cities and small towns, Italians place posters advertising events, markets, concerts, festivals, Renaissance fairs, parades and – some of our favourite events – ‘sagre‘. Sagre – local specialty food festivals […]

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Enoteca: the great Italy wine tradition

It is quite normal for Italians to take a long lunch break to enjoy a nice lunch of pasta followed by a meat main, usually accompanied by local wine. Now, if it’s so common for Italians to have a glass or two of wine a day each – and that’s just at lunchtime! –  you […]

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Tuscany’s most famous trees

In the rolling countryside of Tuscany, the hills undulate so smoothly it looks like you could row a boat over them. Driving through Tuscany*, we passed through the stunning area of Torrenieri, a locality in the Val D’Orcia – Montalcino area of Tuscany where we stopped to take photographs of the most famous little cluster […]

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Women and Wine – Donatella Cinelli Colombini in Tuscany

In 1998, Donatella Cinelli Colombini took over the running of the family Tuscan wine estates, comprising Casato in Montalcino and Fattoria del Colle in Trequanda. She sought out a professional cellar master at the local oenologist school in Siena. She was surprised to find that whilst all the male oenologists had either been sponsored by […]

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Canti Di Maggio – Mayday Traditional Festivities Tuscany, Italy

May Day is a tradition still alive today in Tuscany, Italy as an allegory of the return to life and rebirth. The magic-propitiatory rite is often done during a questing where, in exchange for gifts (traditionally eggs, wine, food or sweets), the maggianti or maggerini sing auspicious verses to the inhabitants of the houses they […]

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