Ciao sono Clara! Sono laureanda in Scienze e Culture Enogastronomiche presso l’università Roma Tre. La mia passione è la cucina, adoro viaggiare e scoprire sempre nuove ricette e tradizioni, perciò non vedo l’ora di condividere tutto con voi!
I guess you use EVOO oil in every recipe you make, but you don't know its history and secrets! What is EVOO oil? Today I will explain why it is such a fine food! EVOO oil is one of the most important foods in the Mediterranean diet and has been since ancient times... Spain is the main producing country and has held this supremacy for a long time, but right after it we find no less than Italy, followed by Greece, Portugal and France. In recent years, North African countries such as Tunisia and Morocco are also approaching the European production. In short, as we can see, EVOO oil is now used all over the world for all kinds of preparations. But it is often not given the value it deserves, namely that of being a very precious and healthy food! In fact, there are a lot of false myths about EVOO oil, pushing people to limit usage when it is not necessary, such as when frying... How many times have you heard "EVOO oil should not be used for frying, it is bad for you" or "EVOO oil is fat and should be limited"? Of course there are situations when these statements may be true, such as if it is used incorrectly when frying or if you are following a low-calorie diet, but many times these rumours are absolutely false! In this article, I will help you discover what EVOO oil is and how it differs from other types of oil. We will go over all its benefits together and I will help you understand why it is considered a real medicine! I will also give you tips on how to taste it in the places where it is produced or even take part in the olive harvest
I guess you use EVOO oil in every recipe you make, but you don’t know its history and secrets! What is EVOO oil? Today I
Are you traveling to Basilicata and wondering what to see and do in Matera? I'll help you! Follow me and let me take you on this trip around Matera in Italy. Before we begin our virtual tour through Matera and its surroundings, it is necessary to make an introduction about this unique city! Where is Matera in Italy? Matera is located in Basilicata, specifically on the border between Basilicata and Puglia. It is furrowed by the Bradano River, which, in the late 1950s, was dammed up. This led to the formation of an artificial lake, called Lake San Giuliano, which is part of the San Giuliano nature reserve. Visiting the Sassi di Matera Matera is known worldwide as the "city of the Sassi", but... What are the Sassi di Matera? They consist of ancient dwellings carved into the tuff and dating back to prehistoric times - a jewel that has come intact to this day! It is therefore easy to understand what a spectacular place it can be, where walking around the town is like visiting an open-air museum. The origins of Matera are indeed very ancient, as evidenced by the discovery of several nomadic settlements as far back as the Palaeolithic age. In the Neolithic period, settlements became more stable, so much so that there are clear traces of several villages dating back to that period. With the Metal Age, the first urban nucleus was created, that of today's Civita, probably of Greek origin. Today, the Sassi of Matera are recognised as a UNESCO heritage site, yet it was not always so... There was a time, before the 1950s, when the city was referred to as a "national disgrace", due to the disastrous situation in which the town was plunged. The population lived in very poor conditions.
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Italy is the home of pasta, everyone loves it... I guess you do too! But have you ever actually wondered how many different types of Italian pasta exist? If you are a tourist in Italy, or even more so if you live there, you will know very well how pasta is one of the symbols of this wonderful country and, above all, how jealous Italians are of it... We could call it an untouchable pillar! There are so many Italian pasta types and each region has its own recipes and peculiarities. In fact, many pasta shapes differ from region to region, and sometimes even from province to province. The sauces are also very different, demonstrating Italy's outstanding creativity. They vary according to many factors, including, of course, the type of Italian pasta they accompany. There are 310 pasta shapes in the world, but, depending on the country, they take on different names. This is why you can count up to 1,300 of them, even though the best known ones retain their Italian pasta names! Talking instead about the history of pasta, this begins around 7000 years ago, when man learned to sow and harvest. And it was here that he began to learn about wheat and its potential! Man learnt how to work wheat better and better by grinding it, kneading it with water, flattening it into thin doughs and cooking it on hot stones. The first indication of the existence of something similar to pasta dates back to the first millennium B.C., to the Greek civilisation. The Greek word "laganon" was used to indicate a large, flat sheet of pasta cut into strips. And what does this remind you of? I'm talking to you, although still a little different, about our lasagne! Moving on in time, it was
Italy is the home of pasta, everyone loves it… I guess you do too! But have you ever actually wondered how many different types of
Are you in Umbria and wondering where to start your tour? I'm here to help you! Follow me and I'll take you to discover what to see and do in Bevagna... You'll be thrilled! Bevagna is a charming village in the Umbrian Valley. It is located in the province of Perugia, a few kilometres from Foligno and is listed among the most beautiful villages in Italy. Its origins are ancient: Mevania, the ancient name for Bevagna, was an important Etruscan and then Roman commercial settlement, favoured by the presence of the Via Flaminia (which passed through the town) and numerous rivers. In fact, the waters of several rivers such as the Clitunno and the Teverone flow into Bevagna. Today, Bevagna looks like a medieval town with imposing walls, narrow streets and alleys, noble palaces, shops, churches and wonderful monuments. Throughout the town you can breathe in the air of this distant era: you will see pointed arches, small windows, cornices, terracotta friezes and many other elements that will take you back to the past. The wonderful town of Bevagna is ideal for a relaxing day trip or even a whole weekend or for a holiday discovering Umbria! It is strategically located halfway between Spoleto and Perugia and very close to other enchanting villages, such as Montefalco, Spello, Rasiglia, Foligno, Assisi and many others that I will tell you about in a moment. Set off and discover the heart of Umbria with Italia Delight Bevagna is a destination that can be visited all year round, but I particularly recommend visiting it in spring/summer or even in autumn, when you will have the opportunity to participate in the grape harvest... An experience not to be missed! I don't know if you are aware of this, but Bevagna is one
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Do you want to visit this wonderful lake, but don't know which things are worth your attention? Follow me and I will help you understand what to see at Lake Trasimeno! Between the green hills of Umbria and the lush valleys of Tuscany lies the wonderful Lake Trasimeno. It is a little-known pleasant place, set in the green and populated by exceptional flora and fauna, making it the ideal place for excursions and cultural visits. This is a lake of tectonic origin in the province of Perugia in Umbria, bordering the Val di Chiana and very close to the Val d'Orcia (declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site), both in Tuscany. It has got a surface area of about 128 km² and is in fact the largest lake in central Italy! The same cannot be said of its depth, which is scarce, suffice it to say that the deepest point barely reaches six metres. The area around the lake has been inhabited since prehistoric times. It was also part of Etruscan territory and during the period of Roman rule was the scene of the Battle of Lake Trasimene, where General Hannibal Barca defeated Roman legionaries in 217 BC. The name of the lake has uncertain origins. There are three hypotheses, one of which is based on a legendary love story. The protagonists are Agilla, a nymph of the lake, and Trasimeno, a prince son of the Etruscan king Tirreno. 🧳 Travel and savour Lake Trasimeno, with Italia Delight! The Trasimeno legend Legend has it that the young nymph with her singing attracted the prince to the centre of the lake and here the two fell in love and shortly afterwards married. But their happiness was short-lived, for while Trasimeno was bathing in the lake, watched by Agilla from
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If you visit Sicily, I recommend that you take the time to taste traditional Sicilian food... I assure you that you will not regret it. So, follow me to find out all about the best Sicilian dishes! Sicily is the largest island in Italy and in the entire Mediterranean. It is a wonderful land, rich in traditions, where art, culture and history intertwine to create a surprising result. Thanks to its sea, landscapes, towns and villages, it is a popular tourist destination for Italians and foreigners alike. Moreover, its mild climate allows it to be visited at any time of the year. The beauty of the place is perfectly described by Frederick of Swabia, King of Sicily from 1212, who began by saying “I do not envy Paradise to God, for I am well satisfied to live in Sicily”. The island is also known all over the world for another reason: the famous Sicilian dishes, which attract people from all over, thanks to their unmistakable colours, scents and flavours. I advise you, if you are in Sicily, to taste every local delicacy, because although they are reproduced all over Italy, only there can you discover the authentic taste of these specialties. Moreover, Sicilian foods are a great souvenir to take back home from your trip! Sicilian cuisine today is very varied and articulate, with each municipality or city having its own typical dish. This is due to the contributions of all the cultures that have settled in the area over the last two millennia: from the food habits of Magna Graecia to the cuisine of the Monsù (the cooks of the Bourbons), passing through the sweet delicacies of the Arab-Norman era, to Jewish traditions. It is clear, therefore, that when speaking of Sicilian specialties, we understand a very broad
If you visit Sicily, I recommend that you take the time to taste traditional Sicilian food… I assure you that you will not regret it.
Want to visit the "city of the two seas", but don't know where to start? Follow me to discover all the things to see in Taranto, activities to do and places not to be missed! One of Apulia's brightest cities is certainly Taranto, a city that overlooks the Mermaids’ Gulf and straddles the Mar Grande and Mar Piccolo. And it is precisely from this geographical position that it takes its name "City of the Two Seas". Taranto has got very ancient origins, dating back as far as the 8th century B.C., when the Spartans founded the city under the name "Taras". Thanks to its strategic position in the centre of a gulf, the fertility of its land and trade, it was one of the most important poleis of the time, so much so that it became the capital of Magna Graecia. Today, the Apulian city appears to us characterised by a spectacular promenade, where the sun creates wonderful plays of light... The ideal place for a romantic outing! Moreover, there are tall and mighty palm trees here, which give the setting an absolutely different and special charm. Moving on to the city's most characteristic places, we find the Gulf of Taranto, which I will tell you about in a moment, and the sea, where a historical population of dolphins and other cetaceans lives and thrives. It is characterised by clear waters and shallow, sandy seabed... Perfect for a beach holiday and exciting diving! The port of Taranto is also worth mentioning, as it is among the first in Italy for cargo traffic. Located on the northern coast of the gulf, this port has always played an important role both commercially and strategically. You should also know that the city is home to Ilva, one of Europe's largest industrial complexes
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Viterbo is the perfect destination to enjoy relaxation, nature and clean air! Discover what to see and do in Viterbo near Rome, in a day or more! Viterbo is located in the northern part of Lazio, in an area called Tuscia. It has got very ancient origins, so much so that its name is believed to derive from Vetus Urbs, or Old Town. This is really a wonderful place! It hides within it a medieval centre, considered the largest in Europe, with marvellous buildings that are still well preserved and an almost perfectly intact city wall. If you want to breathe in the medieval air, you can't miss a visit to the San Pellegrino quarter, which is the best testimony to the city's past! When asking yourself what to see in Viterbo and its surroundings, you should definitely list the medieval quarters, picturesque villages, churches, towers and historical residences, but not forgetting the sea, lakes, thermal baths, parks, as well as Etruscan and Roman archaeological sites... It is a place full of wonderful activities and discoveries! As many know, Viterbo is known to be the city of the Popes: from 1257 to 1281 it was chosen, due to its strategic position, as the papal seat. In fact, the Papal Palace saw several popes elected during this period and the city achieved great fame. Besides being a papal city, Viterbo is also very famous for its thermal baths and the University of Tuscia. Speaking of Viterbo's origins, these are very ancient. To understand them, it is necessary to go back many years, to the Etruscan civilisation that founded the city. It is indeed from here that the name Tuscia derives. It means "territory inhabited by the Tusci", which would be, precisely, the Etruscans! In the Ferento archaeological area, the remains
Viterbo is the perfect destination to enjoy relaxation, nature and clean air! Discover what to see and do in Viterbo near Rome, in a day
Why is pizza so good? Who created traditional Italian pizzas? I will explain all these things to you, starting with the history and going on to talk about authentic Italian pizza toppings! Let's start with the definition of pizza, which I imagine roughly everyone knows. It is a product with a savoury dough made from flour, water and yeast, which is rolled out and baked. Originating in Neapolitan cuisine, Italian pizza is today, together with pasta, the most well-known Italian food in the world and after rice it is the most widely consumed. I have a very nice anecdote to tell you about it: according to the Corriere della Sera newspaper, “pizza” is the most famous Italian word in the world, before “ciao”... I leave it to you to imagine how much it is appreciated in every part of the globe! Today we know many types of Italian pizzas, that vary according to dough, toppings, recipes, cooking, but also according to intolerances! They suit all kinds of cravings and needs! You can also decide whether to enjoy pizza at a restaurant, in a pizzeria by the slice or comfortably at home to take away or make it yourself! Also, know that UNESCO has declared the art of the Neapolitan pizza maker as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. So, if you too love authentic Italian pizza, follow me because I will show you all the most famous and delicious traditional pizzas, as well as all their names and characteristics (such as dough, cooking, etc.). So let's get started! 😋 Want to taste pizzas in Italy? Check out the food experiences! History of all traditional Italian pizzas! It is well known that pizza has Neapolitan origins... But let's take a step back in history! It is necessary
Why is pizza so good? Who created traditional Italian pizzas? I will explain all these things to you, starting with the history and going on
If you are a wine and green landscape lover, come to the Chianti region of Italy! You will rediscover the pleasure of relaxing in nature and enjoying good wine. In the heart of Tuscany, there is one of the most popular areas of the region: Chianti! Located between Florence and Siena and between Arezzo and the Pisan Hills, it is characterised by unique landscapes, with gentle hills, wide expanses of vineyards and olive groves, villages, fortresses, characteristic parish churches and stone farmhouses. The landscapes are so beautiful that they are often reproduced on postcards and calendars! As many people know, the name of the Chianti region has been linked to that of the famous DOCG wine since 1984, as it is one of the best known Italian wines in the world. Because of its beauty as well as its food and wine, this area is a popular destination for many travellers, both Italian and foreign, so much so that the English have nicknamed it Chiantishire, or Chianti County. They have moved here to live or spend their holidays, such as the English singer Sting, who bought an estate here called Tenuta il Palagio. This land is perfect for every need: it is wonderful for those looking for a romantic weekend or for those who want to spend more time in the area, discovering the relaxation, culture, food and wine that it hides. So, no more talking, find out with me all the best things to see in Chianti, let's go!!! 😉 Want to explore Chianti? Go on an 8-day trip through villages & taste! Visiting the Chianti region The Chianti hills comprise an area of 20 km, including the provinces of Siena, Florence and a small part of Arezzo. Valdichiana and Valdarno mark the border of the
If you are a wine and green landscape lover, come to the Chianti region of Italy! You will rediscover the pleasure of relaxing in nature