Ciao, sono Daniele! Laureando presso la facoltà di Scienze e Culture Enogastronomiche di Roma Tre, mi sto specializzando in tutto ciò che riguarda il food, il wine e la comunicazione scientifica al pubblico di questi splendidi mondi. Vieni con me alla scoperta di tutto ciò che l'Italia ha da offrire!
One of the most beautiful villages in Italy is waiting for you! Come to the province of Verona and discover the unique charm of Borghetto sul Mincio! Borghetto sul Mincio is a hamlet of the small municipality of Valeggio sul Mincio, in the province of Verona, Veneto. Its name derives from the term “fortified settlement” in the Lombard language. The birth of its urban conformation, in fact, dates back to that period. During the mediaeval period, Borghetto sul Mincio appeared as a minimal settlement, a feud of San Zeno, with the aim of representing the place where one had to pay the tax to be able to cross the wooden bridge that crosses the small village. The various structures surrounding it were built in successive eras such as the Scaligera and Visconti periods. The transformation into a fortified town took place during those years. Thus the walls, the corresponding control towers, the ditch filled with water and the two entrance gates were erected. In 1405, Borghetto sul Mincio became an integral part of the Venetian Republic and in the 17th century, it became the scene of the French crossing for the War of the Spanish Succession. Borghetto del Mincio was also the scene, in 1796, of the famous battle in which Napoleon defeated the Austrians. In 1954, Borghetto sul Mincio was the setting for some scenes of the film “Senso” by Luchino Visconti, and during the 20th century, intense restoration work redeveloped the houses, rooms and public spaces of this magnificent place. This allowed it to become what is now called one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Table of contents What to see in Borghetto sul Mincio? What to see in Valeggio sul Mincio? Exploring the surroundings What to do in Borghetto sul Mincio? Local food
One of the most beautiful villages in Italy is waiting for you! Come to the province of Verona and discover the unique charm of Borghetto
Have you ever wondered? The varieties of flour are many! Discover all the different types of flour with me. Flour is derived from grinding the dried fruits or seeds of certain plants. It can be derived from wheat, maize, rice, barley, oats, rye, chestnuts, chickpeas, almonds, coconut, locust beans and buckwheat, but also from some dried fruits and legumes. Generally, when we talk about flour without specifying its origin, we refer indirectly to wheat flour. This is in fact the flour that tends to be most commonly used for the most common and widely consumed culinary preparations. Flour is an essential ingredient in cooking because without it, many recipes could not be made. Just think of the bread, pasta, pizza, cakes or pastries that we love so much. Flour, however, is not only important in the world of flour and the like! It is, in fact, an important ingredient if, for example, we want to make escalopes, frying batters or ravioli. These are just a few of the myriad ways of using flour in cooking, as well as for baked goods. One particular use that is made of it is as a thickener. One food whose recipe calls for the use of flour as a thickener is that of béchamel. Like this preparation, there are many others that exploit the thickening capacity of flour. Many of these are sauces themselves. However, it is important to be able to distinguish between the different kinds of flour and identify the one that best suits our needs. Nutritional values, as well as processing and grain size, are completely different factors from flour to flour. What follows is that depending on the flour used, the product will be characterised by certain qualities rather than others. 🧳 Travel and taste flour in Italy!
Have you ever wondered? The varieties of flour are many! Discover all the different types of flour with me. Flour is derived from grinding
How are Sicilian rice balls made? Discover with me the authentic arancini recipe! Sicilian arancini are a typical delicacy based on ingredients considered “popular” such as rice and meat sauce. The traditional arancini recipe calls for the addition of peas and caciocavallo cheese. A popular variant is also the one that uses diced ham and mozzarella as a filling. Despite the use of such simple ingredients, the result you get is something really special. This typical Sicilian food product has been included in the PAT list, the list of traditional food products, by the MiPAAF, the Italian Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies. Arancini are so loved and appreciated in Italy and around the world that they have become one of the most revisited foods, even as a star dish. Table of Contents Sicilian arancini Authentic arancini recipe Tips & Curiosities Events in Sicily Among the starred reinterpretations are arancini with mullet ragout and wild fennel, arancini with urchin meat, red prawns and mozzarella, arancini with cuttlefish ink, pea cream and buffalo mozzarella, arancini with cous cous or arancini stuffed with cuttlefish and prawns from Mazara but made with black artemide rice. In addition to the gourmet ones, the list of which would be much longer than that, there are some more traditional Sicilian arancini variants using Bronte Pistachio PDO, especially in the Bronte and Etna areas. There is a variant with mushrooms, sausage and gorgonzola, but also others with chicken, salmon, swordfish, seafood, pesto, shrimps and much more! Finally, there are also sweet variants such as the one made in honour of the feast of Saint Lucy in which cocoa and a sugar coating is used. Other sweet preparations involve the use of gianduja or black cherry chocolate for the filling. But now
How are Sicilian rice balls made? Discover with me the authentic arancini recipe! Sicilian arancini are a typical delicacy based on ingredients considered “popular”
If you are looking for a resort that embraces the charm of Lake Garda and the view of the Dolomites, Riva del Garda is just the place for you! Riva del Garda is located on the northern coast of Lake Garda, with the Brenta Dolomites behind it. This town is part of the autonomous province of Trento and has a population of about 18,000 inhabitants. As a renowned tourist resort and important commercial location, Riva del Garda is very popular among sports enthusiasts thanks to the many activities it offers. However, there is no lack of history, art, culture, natural landscapes of rare beauty thanks to the views and panoramas overlooking the lake Garda. Table of Contents What to see in Riva del Garda Visit Riva del Garda & surroundings What to do in Riva del Garda? Local food & wine Sport and adventure Top Events Getting there and around The history of Riva del Garda begins in the Neolithic period, during the Bronze and Iron Ages. In the pre-Roman period, the area was certainly inhabited, but there is not enough evidence to confirm the origin of the inhabitants. Later Riva del Garda was inhabited by the Romans, for whom it represented a very strategic trading post. After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, Riva del Garda passed into the hands of the Goths, Lombards and Franks. In the centuries to come the Visconti of Milan, the Principality of Venice, Napoleon and the Kingdom of Bavaria were important. Riva del Garda became part of the Napoleonic territories of the Kingdom of Italy in 1810. In 1814 it returned under Austrian imperial control to become the seat of the District Court, Commissariat and Pretura and the seat of the District Captaincy in 1868. Riva del
If you are looking for a resort that embraces the charm of Lake Garda and the view of the Dolomites, Riva del Garda is just
Are you in Sicily and looking for a place near Mount Etna to visit? Taormina is just what you need! Discover with me everything there is to see in and around this beautiful city. Taormina is located along the east coast of Sicily, halfway between Catania and Messina, and near Mount Etna. The city, with a population of around 10,000, is situated on a hill overlooking the sea at an altitude of approximately 200 metres. Taormina's beauty has captivated both national and international tourists for centuries. In fact, with its stunning natural landscapes, Taormina welcomes around one million tourists each year. Its breathtaking views of the sea, as well as its proximity to Mount Etna, its rich artistic and archaeological heritage, beautiful beaches, and delicious local food and wine, make it a perfect destination for all types of travellers. There truly is something for everyone to enjoy in Taormina! Table of contents Visit Taormina in 1 day What to see in the surroundings 10 things not to miss in Taormina What to do in Taormina Local food & wine Top events Getting there and around The history of Taormina, like that of Sicily, is very ancient. Certain sources attest to the presence of settlements in Taormina even before the Greeks landed on the island in 753 B.C., although some historians date its birth to 358 B.C.. This date in fact corresponds to the foundation of “Tauromerion”, the ancient name for Taormina, following the arrival of some Greek refugees from nearby Naxos. The Greek period ended in 212 B.C. when the Romans arrived. With the fall of the Western Roman Empire, Arab incursions began and Taormina was sacked and destroyed. Rebuilt by the Christians in 909 AD, it was again sacked and destroyed by the Muslims
Are you in Sicily and looking for a place near Mount Etna to visit? Taormina is just what you need! Discover with me everything there
If you are a cheese lover and do-it-yourselfer, discover with me how to make easy homemade cheese, combining the two! Cheese is a dairy product widely loved by young and old. Generally, cheese is bought ready-to-eat, but not everyone knows that you can also make it at home! Before I tell you all the tricks and secrets involved in making cheese, let me briefly tell you about its history. Table of Contents How to make cheese? How to make your own cheese? How do you make ricotta? Cheese making curiosities A short history of cheese A number of findings have revealed that cheese has existed since ancient times. Its use has been ascertained as far back as the Mesopotamian civilisations. In fact, it is assumed that it was the Sumerians in the 3rd millennium BC who invented cheese making. This is what can be deduced from a number of documents showing what the processing stages were at that time. It was then the Greeks, the Romans, the Celts and the Ligurians in later times who made use of cheese, and with them, all their successors up to modern times. During this more than millennial history, however, a change in perspective occurred that we can date back to the Late Middle Ages. Between the end of the 13th century and the end of the 15th century, cheese radically changes its characteristics. Until that time, cheese was in fact a food product destined only for the poorer social classes. In those years, however, it finally reached the tables of noble families. It is from here that cheese takes on the importance and credit it deserves. Stay with me and discover how to make cheese at home! First, however, a brief focus on how cheesemakers make their cheeses. This
If you are a cheese lover and do-it-yourselfer, discover with me how to make easy homemade cheese, combining the two! Cheese is a dairy
If you are in Rome, visiting Trastevere is a must... Whether you are on holiday or just on a day tour. Let's discover together all that this magnificent district has to offer! Trastevere is undoubtedly one of the most famous and important neighbourhoods in Rome. If you are in the capital of Italy, you certainly cannot escape a more or less in-depth visit of this symbolic Roman quarter. Trastevere is part of Rome's thirteenth district and here everything will make you think you have gone back in time. In fact, the urbanistic style has remained intact and faithful to that of decades long gone by. The narrow streets, of which Trastevere is composed, are dotted with many small squares dating back to periods before and after interventions in the area. Its name derives from the Latin term “trans Tiberim”, meaning, “on the other side of the Tiber”, the well-known river that crosses the capital, precisely splitting this place beloved by Romans and tourists from all over the world in half. Index of contents What to see in Trastevere The 10 best things to see What to do in Trastevere Events not to be missed Getting there and around With a population of around 13,000 inhabitants, Trastevere is and has been home to many Italian show business celebrities. Many well-known personalities, such as Raffaella Carrà, Amadeus, Antonella Clerici, Lucio Dalla, Gigi Proietti, Renato Zero, Fiorello, Paolo Bonolis, Dario and Asia Argento, Fiorella Mannoia, Mara Venier, Renzo Piano and many others, have in fact had or still have houses in Trastevere. Others, however, are the faces of show business who have been Trastevere citizens since birth. Among these is the beloved and very famous Alberto Sordi, born on 15 June 1920 just a few steps from Piazza San Calisto
If you are in Rome, visiting Trastevere is a must… Whether you are on holiday or just on a day tour. Let’s discover together all
Are you curious to discover all the secrets behind the world of chocolate? Come with me to discover every aspect of chocolate processing! Chocolate, loved by young and old, is one of the most desired and consumed food in the world. In Italy, 3.8 to 4 kg per person per year is consumed. Does that sound like a lot? In Switzerland, it has been calculated that as much as 8.8 kg per head is consumed annually! In 2020, chocolate consumption in Italy is estimated to have increased by 35% compared to 2019. We are talking about a not inconsiderable increase and one that is destined to grow! Table of Contents History of chocolate How is chocolate consumed today? How chocolate is made today How to make chocolate at home Extra DIY recipes Interesting facts Storage & Benefits Chocolate Events Have you ever wondered what makes chocolate so desired and loved? Scientific studies show that it contains more than 500 chemical substances. Among them, phenylethylaminthe is the one that causes the feeling of well-being and enjoyment that makes us love chocolate so much. This is a molecule that, similar to adrenaline and dopamine, acts on the pleasure centres of our brain. As a result, a long series of hormones, including serotonin and dopamine, are released within our bodies. It is from these two hormones that we derive the feeling of well-being and satisfaction after tasting a nice piece of chocolate! Could you imagine? 🧳 Travel to Italy & Taste Chocolate! History of Chocolate [ back to menu ] Chocolate originates from the plants of the cacao tree. The scientific name is “Theobroma cacao”. From the Greek, “food of the gods”. The cacao plant takes a good five long years before it becomes productive.
Are you curious to discover all the secrets behind the world of chocolate? Come with me to discover every aspect of chocolate processing! Chocolate,
If you are in Sicily for a trip of one or more days, come with me to discover this small town in the province of Catania and its surroundings! Located at the foot of Mount Etna, within an area that falls within both the Etna Park and the Nebrodi Park, Bronte is an unmissable stop on your trip around Sicily! With a population of just over 18,000 inhabitants, Bronte is world-famous not only for its landscapes and monuments, but also and above all for the product that represents its identity. I am talking about the Pistacchio di Bronte PDO, the symbol of the city. Bronte rises between 300 and 900 metres above sea level and what makes it unique is its soil. Throughout the Bronte area and its surroundings, in fact, you can find expanses of lava soil that, thanks to its rich mineral salts, allow the pistachio to find its full expression! The Bronte Pistachio, a PDO and Slow Food Presidium product, has unique and inimitable characteristics thanks to the soil on which it grows. It is also thanks to the climate, with annual temperatures ranging from 6° C to 29° C, that a very high quality product is obtained. Bronte is therefore an unmissable destination for pistachio lovers! Table of contents What to see in Bronte? What to do in Bronte and surroundings How to get to Bronte Surrounded by wooded landscapes, river areas, lakes and waterfalls, Bronte is also a town particularly suited to nature lovers. The slopes of Mount Etna are a stone's throw from the historical centre, while the less daring can visit the surrounding lava hills. The city is connected to the mountains by paths and roads, which will make your trekking walks particularly comfortable! If you prefer to surround
If you are in Sicily for a trip of one or more days, come with me to discover this small town in the province of
Wondering what to see in Orosei? Come with me to explore this magnificent town and its surroundings among history, beaches, museums, food and much more! Orosei is located in the gulf of the same name in the province of Nuoro, along the west coast of Sardinia. It is considered one of the most beautiful Sardinian towns. Located in the valley of the Cedrino river, the fifth longest river in Sardinia, Orosei is home to around 7 thousand inhabitants, with a flow of guests and tourists in the summer season of around 850 thousand. Considered a historically strategic commercial destination thanks to its port, this small Sardinian town offers unspoilt natural landscapes, beautiful and famous beaches, archaeological and historical sites, as well as traditional food and multiple natural parks where to practice sports and other activities. Get ready to fall in love with all these wonders! Let's set off on our journey to discover the cultural and scenic richness of this little Sardinian hidden gem for a wonderful holiday! In love with Sardinia? Explore it with the Italia Delight food & wine experiences! What to see in Orosei The historic centre of Orosei, redeveloped in recent years thanks to the efforts of the municipality as a historical-architectural enhancement project, allows visitors to immerse themselves in a context reminiscent of the original medieval village. The richness of Orosei's historic centre lies in its alleys, old houses, castles, churches and museums. History is therefore one of the town's strong points. What to see on a historical tour to discover the ancient mediaeval town, then? Here are some ideas for your tour of the town! 1. Church of St Anthony Abbot It is part of the parish of St James. The building was erected between the 14th and 15th
Wondering what to see in Orosei? Come with me to explore this magnificent town and its surroundings among history, beaches, museums, food and much more!