Tag - florence

December 2015

Best Italian cocktails

We’re feeling festive, and in the mood for making an Italian cocktail. There’s nothing like a sip of pleasantly bitter Campari. When it comes to Italian cocktails, it doesn’t get much more classic than the negroni. The drink, first created for Count Camillo Negroni in 1919 at Florence’s Café Casoni, is simply a mixture of equal parts Campari, gin, and sweet [...]

November 2015

modena: balsamic vinegar

Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy are the only two cities in the world that make a special kind of balsamic vinegar known as “tradizionale,” which dates back to the 11th century. Regulations exists to safeguard the process of making tradizionale. For example, the thick syrup must be made with local sweet white grapes, the vinegar must be aged in traditional [...]

Made in Italy: brands

The first Italian fashion show was held in the 1950’s in Florence and organized by Count Giovanni Battista Giorgini.  This began a popular new trend and soon fashion shows were being produced throughout the country. Gradually the emphasis shifted from Florence to Rome and Milan; these eventually became two of the top five fashion capitals in the world. The success [...]

Top Ten delicious Tuscan dishes

   Top 10 foods and wines to try in Tuscany FettunaTuscan people worship their bread, their olive oil and the traditional bruschetta, which in Florence is known as fettunta. Order it to begin your meal and you’ll have a freshly toasted slice of Tuscan bread generously rubbed with garlic, lavishly drizzled with a green olive oil and sparingly sprinkled with salt. RibolitaIt’s [...]

Florence and it’s incredible architecture

The Florence Cathedral is among the most iconic buildings in the world and one of the best things to see in Florence,and was the first dome to steal the crown of being ‘the world’s largest dome’ from the Pantheon. The medieval façade of the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore was designed by its first major architect, Arnolfo Di Cambio. [...]

October 2015

Amazon launches Made In Italy shop

The Made In Italy concept has come to the internet’s biggest reseller, Amazon, in a very special artisan marketplace that has launched earlier this week in Amazon.it, with the UK And US sites soon to follow. Soon hundreds of millions of people all over the world will have access to these artisan-made goods, that undergo a rigorous application process [...]

September 2015

Dante: 750th anniversary

  Durante degli Alighieri, simply called Dante, was a major Italian poet of the late Middle Ages. His Divine Comedy, originally called Comedìa and later christened Divina by Boccaccio, is widely considered the greatest literary work of the Italian language. Did you know: Dante is on the Italian 2 euro coin?If you see this one here, it’s a limited edition one. [...]

Santa Maria Sopra Minerva (Mary above Minerva)

Santa Maria Sopra Minerva One block behind the Pantheon, Piazza della Minerva, there is a church above an ancient Roman temple, with a Michelangelo statue in it. The church dedicated to Saint Mary is built directly over  the ruins or foundations of a temple dedicated to Roman goddess Minerva. While many other medieval churches in Rome have been given Baroque makeovers that cover [...]

July 2015

THE MARBLE FOOT STREET in ROME

Via del Pie di Marmo translates to “Marble Foot Street”, and that’s exactly what you will find on it. A giant, ancient marble foot, clad in a sandal. It’s one of the wonderful things about exploring Rome, finding interesting treasures around each corner.It is named after a large marble foot perched on the side of the street that is all [...]