Come with me to discover the wines of Valtellina, between history and pairings with local dishes! "Valle circundata d'alti e terribili monti, fa vini potenti ed assai, e fa tanto bestiame, che da paesani è concluso nascarvi più latte che vino'. With these words, the genius Leonardo Da Vinci described his memories of Valtellina in the Atlantic Codex. The Valtellina is the only large Alpine river valley stretching from east to west. 120 kilometres long and about 65 wide, it is composed of two main valleys: that of the Adda, which rises in the Bormio area, crosses Alta and Bassa Valtellina and plunges into Lake Como, and that of the Liro and Mera, which corresponds to Valchiavenna, from the Spluga Pass and Val Bregaglia to Lake Mezzola. Located in the north of Lombardy, on the border between Italy and the Swiss canton of Graubünden, the Valtellina is the Rhaetian side facing south. It benefits from a microclimate that allows the grapes of the vineyards in this area to grow and ripen. Here, the vines are clinging to the rock of the mountains thanks to an infinite number of dry stone walls, which characterise the entire lower Valtellina area as far as Tirano and part of Val Chiavenna. And in Valtellina these dry stone walls, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2018, extend for 2,500 kilometres, making it the largest terraced vineyard area in Italy. Dry stone walls and stone steps without handrails, called Tzapel, through which the grape pickers bring the grapes stored in panniers down to the valley, hence the name in these territories of “heroic viticulture”. These little walls, on average one metre high, but which can be as high as four, are a fundamental factor in the connotation of Valtellina wine, as recounted in
Come with me to discover the wines of Valtellina, between history and pairings with local dishes! “Valle circundata d’alti e terribili monti, fa vini
A trip to discover Italy's largest lake! Here are the top 10 things to do in Lake Garda and more. Garda means “place of observation” and with this definition everything becomes clear and obvious. Here it is essential to open your eyes wide and be ready for the countless beauties that this destination has to offer and that I will tell you about between these lines. Its landscapes have inspired poets of all times, from Virgil to Dante, from Gabriele D'Annunzio to Goethe, who was captivated by the Italian spirit of this centre of gravity. Its immense scenic richness and mild climate are the result of the diversity of the regions that embrace it: Veneto, Lombardy and Trentino Alto Adige. The inhabitants of the charming villages on the various promontories or “horns” call it “Benaco”, which derives from the Celtic word “Bennacus” and means horned. Cradle of numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as the rock engravings in Upper Garda or the Grottoes of Catullus in Sirmione, Lake Garda has been guarded over time by fortresses that today appear to us as romantic castles and create, together with the natural landscape, real postcards! The area south of the lake, between Verona and Brescia, is characterised by moraine hills dating back to the various glaciations that have occurred over time. They are fundamental for the composition of the soil, which today is the substratum of luxuriant Mediterranean vegetation with olive trees, vineyards and citrus groves. The countless human activities around the lake make it an extremely lively attraction, suitable for all types of travellers. After an escalation of places to visit, starting from the south shore we will tour the lake together, stopping at the most picturesque villages and then delving into everything there is to do in this magnificent
A trip to discover Italy’s largest lake! Here are the top 10 things to do in Lake Garda and more. Garda means “place of
Valtellina will surprise you! Here is a complete guide to discover the best places to visit and taste fine Valtellina wine in all seasons! The Valtellina is an alpine area that lies on the Adda river near Lake Como and reaches its maximum extension with Punta Perrucchetti of the Bernina massif. As its name suggests, it is made up of a series of valleys. The name "Tellina" was mentioned for the first time by the Bishop of Pavia in the 6th century, indicating the Valle del Teglio, an inhabited centre. However, earlier documents dating back to Charlemagne mention the wording "Vallis Tellina". Its history is rooted in the Etruscans and Romans. But it is its geography that makes it such a popular destination for those who love excursions in contact with nature and mountain holidays, with relaxation as well as good food and Valtellina wine. The Valtellina is one of the best places for activity-seekers and is a great place to visit all year round, thanks to its breathtaking scenery, spas, beautiful lakes but also the culture that is enclosed in this Italian gem. Let's discover what to see in Valtellina, the most entertaining activities, places to visit and curiosities. Want to visit Lombardy? Discover it with a food holiday by Italia Delight! What to see in Valtellina? The Valtellina is a place that has so much to offer visitors: not only its wide valleys and mountains, but also its characteristic villages, stone houses, excellent cuisine, outdoor activities, and places of history and culture. What to see in Valtellina? Each town, each village, has its own soul, so particular and unique that it deserves to be visited. You will be spoilt for choice among the best things to see in Valtellina. 1. Tirano Tirano
Valtellina will surprise you! Here is a complete guide to discover the best places to visit and taste fine Valtellina wine in all seasons!
Want to plan perfect day excursions? Read our definitive guide to the best day tours in Italy with good solutions for nature lovers and foodies! The weekend has always been considered sacred. It is the perfect time to unplug and enjoy some relaxation, perhaps with a nice day trip in Italy. No matter what city you're in, Italy day trips are a great way to get to know the hidden sides of the Belpaese. What's more, you can take a last-minute approach! You may be wondering: is it possible to organise a good trip in one day? Especially considering the short time available? Don't get down on yourself and listen carefully. There are so many places you can visit in just one day. Discover new art forms, surprising flavours and breathtaking landscapes. That's why today I'm going to show you the best itineraries for a day trip to Lombardy and the surrounding area in Northern Italy. Our tour will start from the region's capital, Milan, and then we will explore the nearby places that can be reached by car or with day excursions by coach. Choose the best day tours in Italy! 1. Milan and Mortara To begin our day excursions in Lombardy, we must start in Milan. The reference point is Piazza del Duomo, which contains a great historical and artistic heritage, housing the famous Duomo of Milan (Milan Cathedral). However, other monuments emerge in the square, such as the Royal Palace and the Museo del Novecento. I also recommend a visit to the 15th-century Castello Sforzesco (Sforza Castle). You can take advantage of this to have a nice picnic, as the Castle is inside Parco Sempione, a park that is a landmark for the inhabitants of the metropolis. Moving to the west of the
Want to plan perfect day excursions? Read our definitive guide to the best day tours in Italy with good solutions for nature lovers and foodies!
Here is a mini-guide to discover the top 10 things to do in Lake Garda. History, food and wine, nature and lots of sport: enjoy Lake Garda places to visit & activities for all tastes! There is a unique place in Northern Italy, nestled in the Po Valley dividing Veneto, Lombardy and Trentino-Alto Adige, a place with an ancient history adorned with Roman villas and medieval castles. It is a place with a unique microclimate that allows the cultivation of citrus fruits and olives in the northernmost parallel in the world, thus favouring the creation of a characteristic food and wine tradition. A place full of paths and trails with breathtaking views. This place is Lake Garda (in Italian, Lago di Garda)! I will explain to you the things to do in Lake Garda that you absolutely cannot miss and why they are worth doing at least once in your life. 1. Things to do in Lake: the South Coast Peschiera del Garda The Southern coast of Lake Garda offers mainly historical and relaxing itineraries. In fact, in the southernmost part, we find Peschiera del Garda: this municipality is rich in historical elements, such as a star-shaped fort built in the 19th century that divides the town. In Peschiera, it is possible to make several excursions on Lake Garda, either by boat trips or along the many cycling and walking paths. A very interesting one is the cycle path along the river Mincio, which allows you to go into nature following the course of the river in the direction of Mantua. It allows the cyclist to enjoy clean air and freshness while pedalling in the tranquillity of the embankment. Sirmione After crossing the border into Lombardy, we find Sirmione, a splendid village situated on a
Here is a mini-guide to discover the top 10 things to do in Lake Garda. History, food and wine, nature and lots of sport: enjoy
Here is a guide to discover the best spas in Italy from North to South. Explore all the locations where you can find the most beautiful Italian spas and spend relaxing spa breaks in Italy. After a busy week, everyone wants to relax in their favourite way. Watching TV, reading a book or sipping herbal tea. But what could be better than relaxing spa breaks in Italy? Thermal baths are created at thermal springs. Their main characteristic is the possibility of accessing therapies with thermal water for both internal and external use. This water has got many properties, which allow it to have positive effects on a person's psycho-physical well-being. In fact, thermal water has a beneficial effect on the respiratory tract and skin, but also on the cardiovascular system and much more. There are several Italian spas that offer such a service. From north to south, Italy is home to some of the best spas of all. And considering Italy's stunning natural and cultural beauty, the spa Italy combo is a winner. As well as enjoying a unique experience of relaxation, you will have the chance to discover more Italian destinations and enjoy breathtaking landscapes! From the most luxurious to the free ones. There are all kinds of spas in Italy and, in some cases, their cost also includes a stay, organised down to the last detail. What can I say, thermal baths are perfect for any occasion. Moreover, the characteristic high temperature allows you to visit the best spas in Italy in all seasons. It's time to start our tour to discover the most beautiful spas in Italy, and who knows, maybe give you some ideas for your next spa breaks in Italy! Do hot springs fascinate you? Create your own tailor-made trip with Italia Delight's Local
Here is a guide to discover the best spas in Italy from North to South. Explore all the locations where you can find the most
In love with traditional Italian Christmas desserts? Let's discover the Italian Christmas dessert recipes you need to try in the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas desserts are an integral part of Christmas tradition in many countries. Italy offers a wide range of Christmas desserts, both artisanal and industrial, all characterised by local ingredients and by the oldest recipes handed down from generation to generation. Let's discover together the most famous traditional Italian Christmas desserts to sample during this holidays. Taste Italian Christmas sweets! Create your tailor-made trip with our local Experts Panettone, the "king" of Italian Christmas desserts It is a traditional Italian Christmas dessert from Lombardy, created in Milan and shrouded in mystery. According to the most famous legend, Panettone was invented around 1600, when a cake called "Christmas Bread" appeared for the first time in the expense register of the Borromeo College of Pavia, on the occasion of the lunch held on December 25 for the students of the institution. Panettone is one of the most popular Italian Christmas desserts - thanks to the industrialization that allows every year its large-scale production and distribution all over the Peninsula -, as well as abroad. In Milan there are many pastry shops that keep the traditional method alive and are appreciated by food lovers. The recipe is very simple and consists of a leavened dough based on water, flour, butter and egg yolk, enriched with exquisite candied fruit and raisins. Pandoro It is a traditional dessert from Verona and owes its name to the Venetian dialect "Pan de oro" (that is to say, bread of gold), in honour of the rich Venetians who used to eat this sweet during Christmas. Together with the Milanese Panettone, Pandoro is an institution of Italian holiday desserts.
In love with traditional Italian Christmas desserts? Let’s discover the Italian Christmas dessert recipes you need to try in the most wonderful time of the
What is the origin of risotto? Let's discover the Milanese risotto origin, the main dish in the city's culinary tradition! Do want to learn more about risotto and the origin of risotto? Today I will tell you the Milanese risotto history, the icon of the gastronomic art from Milan, famous throughout the world! History of risotto and legend mix together in a dish like its ingredients to give life to what is considered the symbol of Milanese culinary art and tradition: the Milanese risotto. The origins of this famous Italian risotto are rather uncertain. First question: is risotto Italian? According to some legends, in fact, the birth of the Milanese recipe could be traced back to Sicily and to the traditions of medieval kosher cuisine, where saffron rice was already cooked. From Sicily, the risotto dish was then exported to the North by some Jewish merchants or - according to others - by a Sicilian emigrated cook. It would indeed be Southern Italy the first place where spice pistils came with the entry of the Moors in Sicily. The etymology of saffron is in fact Arabic (zaafran) and calls the colour "asfar", that is yellow, which is released during cooking. The history of Milanese risotto In truth, the most famous history about the origin of Milanese risotto dates back to 1574 by Zafferano. The story is attested in a manuscript found at the Trivulziana library. According to what is said, Zafferano was a disciple of the Belgian master glassmaker Valerio of Flanders and he had the habit of playing with the colours of the palette adding saffron to make them more brilliant. During the wedding of the master's daughter, he added it to the classic butter risotto served at that time giving it more flavour and more
What is the origin of risotto? Let’s discover the Milanese risotto origin, the main dish in the city’s culinary tradition! Do want to learn