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March 2015

Brunello wine and Italian designers

Missoni is one of the many designers to design a decorative ceramic tile for Brunello di Montalcino, the renowned Tuscan red wine. Since the 1992 vintage of the delicious wine, the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino has commissioned a decorate annual painted plaque, to commemorate the harvest. Top Italian designers who have designed for Brunello are Prada, Roberto Cavalli, Ferragamo, [...]

February 2015

Red, red wine

 A glass of red wine a day, keeps the doctors away. But with 330 DOC’s (Denonimazione di Origine Controllata  – the Italian wine classification system), at least 350 common wine grape varieties and 20 regions, where to begin?Common Italian Red Wine Grapes Sangiovese A grape with many names planted throughout Italy, Sangiovese is the main grape of Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino in Toscana. Nebbiolo A grape that [...]

Aperitivo inside an ancient Roman stadium

        An aperitivo, in an ancient Roman stadium, underground. Feel like an archaeologist, with a glass of wine. They say all roads lead to Rome, but if you sight see with us, roads lead underneath ancient Rome, to the hidden corners of the old city. Allow us to show you around this once in a lifetime opportunity, and recently uncovered site. Sample [...]

Monica Bellucci: Bond Girl

 Monica Bellucci is the new Bond girl. Bellucci is an Italian actress who, aged 50, has now become the oldest Bond girl in the next 007 film titled Spectre, after the title was previously held by Honor Blackman, 39, who starred in Goldfinger. This is what you need to know about her: The actress and model had previously auditioned for a Bond girl role [...]

Spanish Steps in Bloom

  The Spanish Steps definitely has to be one of the most beautiful meeting points in the Eternal City. The best time to see them is in May, when the Spanish steps are decorated with pink Azaleas. Here are ten facts about the Spanish Steps. 1. In the piazza, beside the steps, on the right, is the house where English poet John [...]

Flowers Fiori Flora

Spring is almost here in Italy. Let’s have a look at some of Italy’s favourite flowers. First of all, a lesson on flowers. Floris – Of the flower, also singular. Fiori – Flowers Flora – Flora is the Roman Goddess of flowers, is associated with Spring. Her festivals, the Floralia, were from April to May. I come down from Florence and am Flora, This city takes its [...]

Trastevere:Twilight Rome

   Trastevere. Off the beaten track, medieval Rome at it’s best. Trastevere is the 13th rione of Rome, on the west bank of the Tiber, south of  Vatican City and is home to some of Rome’s beautiful squares: Piazza Trilussa, Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere and Piazza dei Mercanti. Trastevere means to ‘traverse’ the Tevere, meaning literally “beyond the Tiber”. It’s beyond the tourist [...]

Pasta

   Did you know that there are more than 300 different types of pasta available in Italy, with many being called different names in different regions. Which means that what you are eating in Milan, may be called something else in a different town, whereas some types of pasta are uniquely regional and not widely known. DIFFERENT TYPES OF PASTADifferent types of pasta [...]

Treasure Hunt: Dragons

   Dragons of Rome What better way to explore the maze of Rome, than a treasure hunt. By looking for particular details on different monuments, you will appreciate and rediscover well known buildings in a completely new way. Thus, benefiting from more details that the traditional guidebooks don’t give you.   Discover the history and legends of Rome’s monuments [...]