If you too never know what to eat on holiday, follow me through this guide and I will make you taste the typical dishes of Apulia, not to be missed! From the spur of Italy to the Salento peninsula, Puglia offers lush countryside, unique beaches and dreamy villages. There are many reasons to visit this beautiful area, but among them you cannot forget the rich traditional Apulian cuisine: a reflection of the variety of the region, resulting from a long gastronomic tradition. Various peoples have succeeded one another in this region, starting with the Greeks and the Romans, up to the Normans, the Swabians and the Habsburg of Spain: each of them has certainly played a fundamental role in shaping the gastronomy of Apulia, some adding an ingredient, some a recipe. There are many typical Apulian dishes, but they all originate from a few main ingredients, simple and of great quality, such as extra virgin olive oil, cereals, legumes, cheeses and vegetables. These raw materials are the basis of the typical Apulian cuisine, made up from genuine but tasty flavours typical of the Mediterranean diet. Puglia's specialities are highly appreciated by travellers, both because they easily being sold as street food, such as panzerotti, and because they are among the top souvenirs to take home, such as the orecchiette di Bari vecchia or the typical friselle. Its flavours and characteristics have made Puglia food unforgettable and widely known even outside the region: this popularity has been helped by starred chefs such as Angelo Sabatino and Antonella Ricci, food bloggers such as “I Magistà” and even film personalities. In fact, the famous actor Lino Banfi has opened a restaurant in the capital that is entirely based on the “Made in Puglia” theme and he is also responsible for the line
If you too never know what to eat on holiday, follow me through this guide and I will make you taste the typical dishes of
Want to know what to see in Locorotondo? Follow me on this itinerary in Puglia to discover the small jewel near Bari and its surroundings! Located in the province of Bari, Locorotondo is a small municipality in the Itria Valley, on the Murgia plateau. In this territory, halfway between the Adriatic Sea and the Ionian Sea, the signs of agricultural work are clearly visible on the surrounding rural landscape: this, in fact, is rich in vineyards, olive groves and cultivated fields, all developed around small communities of trulli. Locorotondo owes its name to its main feature: the typical white houses in the centre, called “cummerse”, form concentric circles that get bigger and bigger as you move towards the outskirts. These houses, with their peculiar sloping roofs made of limestone slabs, are reminiscent of fairy tales and Nordic scenarios, the result of the ancient Swabian domination. Although the “chiancarelle”, the stones used for the roof, are the same, the cummerse have a rectangular structure quite different from the rounded structure of the Trulli of Alberobello; this allows them to create a unique landscape in the Trulli Valley. Table of Contents What to see in Locorotondo Visit Locorotondo & its surroundings What to do in Locorotondo? Events not to be missed How to get there Tradition and conviviality are the essence of this village, full of light-coloured paved alleys, common courtyards full of chairs and steps, and flower-filled balconies. Depending on the time of your visit, you can admire different decorations, from fragrant flowers to aerial displays in the streets of the centre. Moreover, the presence of several viewpoints inside and outside the town will allow you to admire the Itria Valley and Locorotondo in all their splendour. Its countryside is criss-crossed by the DOC
Want to know what to see in Locorotondo? Follow me on this itinerary in Puglia to discover the small jewel near Bari and its surroundings!
Discover Bagno Vignoni, a small hamlet of San Quirico d'Orcia near Siena. The charming thermal village is among the most photographed locations in Tuscany. Bagno Vignoni is a small town in the Val d'Orcia Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, accessible from the historic Via Cassia, but also one of the stops along the ancient Via Francigena route that joined Canterbury to Rome in the Middle Ages. This small ancient village has very few inhabitants and can be toured in a couple of hours, but it is one of the most photographed in Italy by tourists from all over the world, attracted by its peculiarities. One of these is the scenic Piazza delle Sorgenti occupied by the pool of thermal water gushing from a natural spring, 49 metres long and 29 metres wide, surrounded by stone houses and dominated by the 11th century Vignoni Castle. The square dates back to the Renaissance period and was built on the thermal spring once used by the Romans. They already knew of its curative and relaxing properties and, even before the Etruscans. Table of Contents What to see in Bagno Vignoni Visiting Bagno Vignoni & surroundings What to do in Bagno Vignoni? Events not to be missed How to get there Bagno Vignoni has always attracted visitors for its thermal springs. Famous people have passed through here, such as Pope Pius II (Enea Silvio Piccolomini), Saint Catherine of Siena, Lorenzo de' Medici, known as the Magnificent, and Michel de Montaigne, to name but a few. And still today Bagno Vignoni is one of the most popular destinations in Tuscany, where one can spend short weekends and longer stays. There are more than one chance of satisfaction here, including the relaxation of the thermal baths, excellent food, the surrounding nature
Discover Bagno Vignoni, a small hamlet of San Quirico d’Orcia near Siena. The charming thermal village is among the most photographed locations in Tuscany.
Discover what to see and do in Reggio Emilia, the art city of the Po Valley in Italy. We take you on a tour of cloisters, squares, palaces and contemporary works... without forgetting the renowned local specialities. Reggio Emilia is located in the Po Valley, about 50 km from Bologna, on the Via Emilia. The city is one of the most famous and best-loved in Emilia Romagna, and can be explored on foot among cloisters, squares, palaces, artisan workshops and restaurants serving typical cuisine. Close to other famous places such as Bologna, Modena, Parma and Mantua, to name but a few, it is also an excellent starting point for "going beyond its walls". And indeed, we dedicate an entire paragraph to what to see near Reggio Emilia. Table of Contents What to see in Reggio Emilia What to see nearby What to do in Reggio Emilia What to eat and drink? How to get to Reggio Emilia This city also boasts some historical records, which have made Italy famous all over the world. Reggio Emilia and its surroundings (in Scandiano) are the birthplace of two Renaissance men of letters, Ludovico Ariosto and Matteo Maria Boiardo, to whom the Ariosto and Boiardo Cultural Park is dedicated. The famous photographer Luigi Ghirri is also from Reggio Emilia, inspiring the Festival of European Photography, born from the collaboration between Palazzo Magnani Foundation and the Municipality of Reggio Emilia. The event is known worldwide for attracting many enthusiasts. Known as the "City of the Tricolour", Reggio Emilia is also remembered as the birthplace of the national flag, in 1797. And also the fashion house Max Mara has founded here, representing one of the symbols of Italian excellence in the world. Finally, Reggio Emilia is a wonderful town to visit for
Discover what to see and do in Reggio Emilia, the art city of the Po Valley in Italy. We take you on a tour of
Visit with us Santarcangelo di Romagna! Discover this charming town near Rimini, suspended between history and the future, you shall immediately include in your itineraries! Just a short distance from Rimini and the most famous seaside resorts of the Romagna coastline, there is the splendid Santarcangelo di Romagna, a place so full of things to do and see that it will certainly amaze you. The village, in fact, although rather small in size, has a strong visual impact, even for those visiting it for the first time. It is in fact perched on the gentle slopes of Colle Giove, a relief of about 90 meters that invites you to explore the hinterland and the Tuscan-Romagna Apennines. Table of Contents What to see in Santarcangelo di Romagna Let's explore the surroundings! What to do in Santarcangelo di Romagna Top Events in Santarcangelo Why should you visit Santarcangelo di Romagna? This town, whose name evokes the close link with its patron saint, St. Michael the Archangel, will certainly offer you more than one reason to visit. We could tell you that the main reason is its cobbled streets, a splendid reminder of medieval times. Or we could tell you that it is its architecture: its splendid fortress, arches and portals are indeed a monumental invitation to discover more of its history. Yet, the main reason that we think should lead you here is the atmosphere you breathe. The proud atmosphere of a city that has been able to preserve its characteristics and peculiarities over time. Any time of the year you want to discover Santarcangelo, in fact, you will see that this village is projected into the future. Colourful walls that become precious canvases for street art for artists from all over the world, or discarded objects of our
Visit with us Santarcangelo di Romagna! Discover this charming town near Rimini, suspended between history and the future, you shall immediately include in your itineraries!
Think you've already tasted every kind of chocolate? Follow me on this journey to discover all the different types of chocolate, from the most common to the most exotic. Since its origins, chocolate has been associated with exceptional properties, first and foremost that of improving mood. We now know that this effect is due to the presence of two neuro-modulators, anandamide and theobromine, which are responsible for increasing endorphins in the brain. But who knows whether the ancient Aztecs had also noticed these effects: for them, it was the food pleasing to the gods. And we, like the ancient populations of Central America, continue to be bewitched by this product and to attach importance to it. In fact, chocolate varieties have become part of our lives, appreciated by young and old alike, spread in every possible form; they are in all confectioners' shops and not only: they have even arrived in some savoury recipes. An example? The chocolate aubergines, typical of mid-August in Campania. Table of Contents Types of Chocolate Types of chocolates Curiosities about chocolate Nowadays, there are certainly many chocolate types, and they are quite distinct in terms of price: but what do these differences depend on? Mainly on the quality of the raw materials used and the type of processing they have undergone, industrial or artisanal. If you too are interested in the characteristics of each type of chocolate, follow me and I will tell you everything about them, from how many there are to where they can be enjoyed around Italy. 👇 🧳 Travel and taste Italian chocolate! Types of chocolate [ back to menu ] Is it possible to determine how many types of chocolate exist in the world? To begin to answer this question, you must
Think you’ve already tasted every kind of chocolate? Follow me on this journey to discover all the different types of chocolate, from the most common
What to see in Sciacca for a holiday in the wonderful Sicily, among art, events, great food and enchanting beaches? Follow our guide and you will enjoy a unique experience in this part of "Trinacria". Popular among tourists for its artistic beauty, Sciacca is located on the south-western coast of Sicily, in the province of Agrigento. The town overlooks the Mediterranean Sea and is one of the most characteristic of this part of the island, with its idyllic beaches. Sciacca is famous for its small medieval historical centre and for the Baroque art you can admire in its civil and religious buildings; for the Arab contaminations that mingle with the medieval atmosphere to create a very characteristic setting. It is also famous for its historical thermal waters and for the oldest thermal centre in Sicily, now disused. The ancient crafts of ceramics and coral working still live on in Sciacca. These centuries-old arts continue their adventure with the handicraft production of ceramics, coral objects and jewellery. The Sicilian town is also called the "city of fishing" for its long tradition in this activity, which has always been a great economic resource. Sciacca is located on the southern coast of the island, bathed by the waters of the Mediterranean Sea rich in fish, especially anchovies, sardines, tuna and swordfish. Table of Contents Visiting Sciacca What to see nearby Beaches in Sciacca Best things to do in Sciacca After a nice tour of the old town, where all the main attractions are located, we go on to discover the most beautiful beaches. The best time to come here is between late spring and the early summer months. And if you are wondering what to do in Sciacca... Among the many events, the Carnival remains memorable, for being one
What to see in Sciacca for a holiday in the wonderful Sicily, among art, events, great food and enchanting beaches? Follow our guide and you
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
Discover the most important attractions, top places, activities and tastings to explore the most beautiful destinations to reach in less than an hour and half. Bologna is an amazing and fascinating city of art. It does not leave you indifferent and you want to return. It is small and cosy and can be visited on foot even in a couple of days, depending on how much time you have to spend on every attraction. Known as the "Erudite" for its university (11th century), considered the oldest in the world, Bologna is also known as the “Fat” for its tasty cuisine, and as the “Red” for its characteristic terracotta roofs. Bologna concentrates all its charm in its historic centre. In this quadrant are Piazza del Nettuno and Piazza Maggiore with the Basilica of San Petronio. Not far away are the Palazzo of Archiginnasio and the the Anatomical Theatre; the Clock Tower, the two Towers (Torre Garisenda and Torre degli Asinelli); Piazza di Santo Stefano with its seven churches; and the Quadrilatero, the old quarter that already housed the historic local craft workshops in the Middle Ages. Then, in Via D'Azeglio, you can see the house of the famous singer Lucio Dalla. The capital of Emilia Romagna is certainly the first must-see destination for anyone visiting the region, but it is only the beginning of a beautiful journey to discover other things to see near Bologna. Even a weekend can be enough to explore the most beautiful places to discover art, history, culture and spectacular food and wine tastings, from fresh pasta to cured meats and cheeses, such as Parmigiano Reggiano and the fine wines of the Bolognese hills. 🧳 Travel and savour Bologna and its surroundings! Just a few kilometres from Bologna are the hills of
Discover the most important attractions, top places, activities and tastings to explore the most beautiful destinations to reach in less than an hour and half.
Discover what to see in Caltagirone for a weekend or a longer holiday! In this guide, you will find the most fascinating places to visit, also in the surroundings, and all the most interesting activities. We are in the South-Eastern inland of Sicily, in the province of Catania, between the Hyblaean and Herean Mountains, and between the two largest plains of Gela and Catania. It is here we find Caltagirone. The ancient town is perched on a hill and famous for its historical-artistic richness still alive in its monuments, ancient churches and palaces, marvellous terracotta and ceramics exported all over the world. Such ancient artistic production has influenced the city's architectural development. For this reason, Caltagirone is internationally renowned and included in the UNESCO World Heritage List as one of the most beautiful late Baroque cities in Val di Noto. Table of Contents What to see in Caltagirone? Visit Caltagirone & surroundings What to do in Caltagirone How to get to Caltagirone Ceramics are produced in Caltagirone thanks to the presence of clay in the area and the dedication of master potters who have handed down the art of Sicilian pottery making since the Arab-Norman period, with further development during the Spanish period. Nowaday ceramics of Caltagirone are known throughout the world for their uniqueness. Where does the name 'Caltagirone' come from? There are various theories about its etymological origin, but the matrix is definitely Arabic: 'qal'at', meaning 'castle' or 'fortress', and 'al-ḡīrāni' (الْغِيرَانِ), meaning 'caves'. The union of the two words forms 'cave castle', referring to the numerous caves in the area. The Arab influence on Caltagirone has been very strong over the centuries. Which is the best period to visit Caltagirone? If you are in the mood for a relaxing holiday, and have no particular
Discover what to see in Caltagirone for a weekend or a longer holiday! In this guide, you will find the most fascinating places to visit,