The way of the Gods

The way of the Gods

It wasn’t until the late 1980’s the route was “rediscovered” by hikers groups, born in Bologna and aptly named “The Path of Gods”. The reason for the name is that along the route there are number of different mountains that have been named after Gods and Goddesses: Monte Adone (Adonis), Monzuno (Mons Junonis), Monte Venere (Venus) and Monte Luario (Lua).

Wine & Architecture in Parma

Wine & Architecture in Parma

Then we visited the Farnese Theatre, a structure built in the 1600s by Giovanni Battista Aleotti. During the Second World War it was almost destroyed by an Allied air raid. It was then rebuilt and reopened in 1962.

Music and culture in Verdi’s Homeland

Music and culture in Verdi’s Homeland

Later that morning we visited the town of Busseto and the Verdi Theatre (Giuseppe Verdi) in which his first masterpieces were first played. The theatre hall is divided into a horseshoe shape and it has three levels of wooden boxes decorated with beautiful renaissance features. We even managed to see a small performance from a local opera singer!

Fall In Love With Puglia

Fall In Love With Puglia

It’s easy to enjoy the slow pace of life in the in Puglia. From visiting its agricultural museums, it’s whitewashed hill towns, century’s old farmland and hundreds of kilometres of Mediterranean coastline. However, you can’t stop in Puglia without tasting its regional wine. Negroamaro, Aleatico and Primitivo to name a few. Puglia is a region you truly enjoy with all your senses.

An enchanting train ride

An enchanting train ride

The Bernina train route was declared a World Heritage Site in 2008. The trip on the Bernina Express through this World Heritage Site is a two-hour railway journey across 195 bridges, through 50 tunnels and across the Bernina Pass at 2,256 metres above sea.

The earth with thermal baths inside

The earth with thermal baths inside

One of the project we like to support is the “Terme d’Italia”, dedicated to total wellness with an innovative concept: “ the heart of the earth is a source of health and well-being linked to the territory and to the deep identity of the places…”

2018: The Year of Italian Food

2018: The Year of Italian Food

The Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism and the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies, inaugurate 2018 The Year of Italian Food

FICO: Start your journey from field to fork...

FICO: Start your journey from field to fork...

START YOUR JOURNEY FROM FIELD TO FORK is the tag line of this first park entirely dedicated to Italian food. Visitors can follow food production from the field or barn, right to their plate, learn all about it and of course, taste it...

Italy: Gluten-Free Dream Country

Italy: Gluten-Free Dream Country

Food in Italy is the center of social life and relationship. In addition, Italians are very conscious of the connection between health and food.
Italians, have worked hard to adapt regional cuisines to accommodate those with celiac disease and gluten intolerance...

Bits and Bites from our office in Sicily

Bits and Bites from our office in Sicily

...a very different way to get to the island of Sicily is to take the overnight train from Rome "Intercity Notte" where you can have the experience of a life time!...

Reflections on an amazing journey

Reflections on an amazing journey

I was a wine tour virgin before embarking on this adventure.  Even though I had the privilege of some “insider information” prior to departure, nothing could have prepared me for this experience...

Delicious Bottarga Deliziosa

Delicious Bottarga Deliziosa

...This salt tasted nothing like what comes out of the shaker at home - no bitterness nor chemical aftertaste, just pure Mediterranean ocean!

The best sea salt

The best sea salt

...the process of harvesting salt from the flats just outside, a process that is largely manual and has remained unchanged for hundreds of years...

Glorious Seafood!

Glorious Seafood!

The “pescivendoli” or fishmongers had been there long before we arrived.  Their displays were full of amazing varieties of seafood of every shape, size and colour.  This part of Sicily is known for it’s tuna and there was no shortage of that – every quality level was available for sale from light pink tuna to deep red sushi grade...

In the Valley of the Temples

In the Valley of the Temples

The archeological area of Agrigento that encompasses the Valley of the Temples was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997.  This stunning park is offers visitors access to many Greek temples as well as an ancient necropolis (burial ground)...

Pignoletto, the new generation of white wines

Pignoletto, the new generation of white wines

The expressive richness of Pignoletto, the quintessential white wine of Emilia Romagna, was the main theme during Enologica 2016, in a Bologna increasingly popular as a destination for international food and drink lovers.

Greek Amphorae at COS

Greek Amphorae at COS

Founded in 1980, COS has been running a fully biodynamic and organic operation.  In the spirit of ancient Greek cellar practices, COS opted to work with amphorae, clay jars that used by the ancient Greeks...

Red soils of Vittoria

Red soils of Vittoria

...30km to the northwest of Ragusa where the earth is red and rich with limestone and iron and the wind blows all the time...  

Sicily’s other bounty

Sicily’s other bounty

The day started with a different type of tasting – olive oil tasting.  We visited Frantoi Cutrera, a family business that has been a going concern for 4 generations.  On our tour we learned that olive oil production is rather simple process but once it starts, it is done in a hurry.

Temples with a view

Temples with a view

After so much good food and excellent wine, there’s nothing better than a walk through the ruins of time.  We stopped in the seaside town of Taormina which is home some very impressive ancient Greek temples....

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