Infiorata Festival in Candela (Puglia), Italy

The morning air was quite chilly in the early morning hours in the train station of Rome as I waited for the board to announce the platform number for the train to Foggia.  Platform 23. When I finally settled down on my seat, I tried to catch a glimpse of the woman in the front…

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Co.So Cocktail & Social in Rome, Italy

It’s time to pass the baton. Massimo D’Addezio, an authoritative figure in the world of mixology in Italy and Europe and from the TV program dedicated to the art of mixology, Spirits, I Maestri del Cocktail of Gambero Rosso Channel decided to hand over his cocktail bar to Giulia Castellucci, a young and promising mixologist…

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Trovitalia, New App of Le Guide di Repubblica

Our phones may be fully-loaded with apps about everything single thing that we can imagine and I am guessing that includes a lot about traveling too. There’s another one that can be fundamental to have when your next travel takes you to Italy. Rome, Milan, Naples, Florence, Venice, Bologna, Turin, Bari, Lecce and Verona Under…

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La Madernassa Ristorante in Guarene (Piedmont), Italy

The madernassa pear, the fruit that found its home in the town of Guarene in Roero, gave way to the name La Madernassa Resort wherein the trees grow bountifully in the garden. The resort was opened in 2003 by Fabrizio Ventura as a wellness place with rooms, a restaurant and a picturesque view of the…

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Roero Days 2018 in Piedmont, Italy

We are in Roero, in the region of Piedmont, at the northwest part of Italy. Positioned in the picturesque area of the Rocche and arriving to the left bank of Tanaro River, the landscape of Roero welcomes you with distinctive series of hills dotted with a number of magnificent castles, fruit orchards and combed vineyards.…

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Ristorante and B&B Li Jalantuùmene in Monte Sant’ Angelo (Puglia), Italy

When you are pointing your travels towards the region of Puglia (Apulia), in southern Italy, there is a plenitude of towns to visit. Be it any area, the Apulian characteristics are nevertheless notable with its whitewashed houses, pristine beaches along the Adriatic Sea, mountains, tradition, wines, extra virgin olive oil and cuisine. Being a sunny…

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Maybu – Margaritas y Burritos in Rome, Italy

Margaritas and burritos in Rome. Finally some Tex-Mex food landed in the capital. Maybu, a Tex-Mex diner specializing in burritos, margaritas and nachos, recently opened in the Prati area of Rome. The concept may be that of the fast food type but there is so much attention being given to the standard of the ingredients…

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Burger Bar & Grill in Rome, Italy

Italy meets America on the table. Most often, Italy plays protagonist on the Italian tables, but this time, in Rome itself, we get to try what the Americans favor on their table. Grilled meat sits very well with the Italian palate as well as burgers (with selected quality meat), potatoes and salads too. There’s no…

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Ristorante Al Trabucco da Mimi in Peschici (Puglia), Italy

What is a trabucco? It is an old fishing construction typical in a specific area called Costa dei Trabucchi or Coast of Trabucchi which lies along the Chieti area along the coast of the Abruzzo. The trabucchi (plural of trabucco) can also be found along the coast of Gargano, between the towns of Vieste and…

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Enologica 2017 – Wines of Emilia-Romagna in Bologna, Italy

There’s a world hiding behind the shadow of the popular Lambruscos of Emilia-Romagna after all. Some thirty to forty years ago, the Lambrusco of Emilia-Romagna started its vast exportation to the world especially to the U.S. It has a light ruby-red color, frizzy, lightly-sweet to sweet and meant to be drunk young. It’s an easy…

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Centopercento Gusto in Rieti, Italy

Modern, innovative and stimulating, these are the three words that best describes Centopercento Gusto of Marco Pasquali. The restaurant enjoys a beautiful location right in the heart of the ancient walled city of Rieti. It faces Via Giuseppe Garibaldi and is just a few steps from Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II. It also goes through a…

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Campania Stories 2018 in Naples, Italy

Campania, a southern Italian region where the locals are fiercely proud of of their land and people. And they have every reason to be because they have a certain richness that contributes to the importance of Italy. A powerfully moving stretch of stunning coastline at the Amalfi Coast, the islands of Capri and Ischia, the…

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Vinitaly 2018, 52nd Edition in Verona, Italy

Like the previous editions, Vinitaly declared a great success as the participants had grown in numbers and quality.  Compared to last year’s numbers, the exhibiting companies arrived to a big number of 4,380 this year which is 130 more from last year, from 36 different countries. The visitors in the four-day event arrived to a…

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International Prokupac Day 2017 in Belgrade, Serbia

Prokupac, the celebrated indigenous red grape of Serbia, took the spotlight again on its second anniversary in Belgrade. I was among the forty people, all winelovers, who flew from all over the world, who were enthusiastic in uncovering the wines made from these grapes. These wines don’t get much attention outside Serbia since its small…

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Cantina Del Tufaio Winery in Zagarolo (Lazio), Italy

There are some Italian regions that I tend to favor when I have to go through a wine list. I have this usual tendency to go far away from my home region. I live at the outskirt of Rome which is inside the region of Lazio. What I am saying is that I look everywhere…

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