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A trip along Venice amazing Grand Canal

A trip along Venice amazing Grand Canal

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The banks of the Grand Canal are lined with more than 170 buildings, most of which date to 13th to the 18th century and demonstrate the welfare and a…moreThe banks of the Grand Canal are lined with more than 170 buildings, most of which date to 13th to the 18th century and demonstrate the welfare and art created by the Republic of Venice. The noble Venetian families faced huge expenses to show off their richness in suitable palazzos: this contest reveals the citizens’ pride and the deep bond with the lagoon. Amongst the many are the Palazzi Barbaro, Ca' Rezzonico, Ca' d'Oro, Palazzo Dario, Ca' Foscari, Palazzo Barbarigo and to Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, housing the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Pure magic. (Music "Barcarolle" thanks to the genius of Jacques Offenbach) less

Venice pidgeons outnumber tourists

Venice pidgeons outnumber tourists

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St Mark's Square is the principal public square of Venice, Italy, where it is generally known just as "the Piazza". The Piazzetta (the 'little Piazz…more St Mark's Square is the principal public square of Venice, Italy, where it is generally known just as "the Piazza". The Piazzetta (the 'little Piazza') is an extension of the Piazza towards the lagoon in its south east corner. The two spaces together form the social, religious and political centre of Venice. It is one of the few great urban spaces in Europe where human voices and the cooing of pidgeons prevail over the sounds of motorized traffic. Venice and its lagoons are a Unesco World Heritage Site. less

Venice Regatta

Venice Regatta

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Every year, the first Sunday of September, the Historical Regatta comes back in Venice, the most traditional among the venetian events, which took pl…moreEvery year, the first Sunday of September, the Historical Regatta comes back in Venice, the most traditional among the venetian events, which took place for the first time the 10th of January 1315 . The sumptuous event, organized in the Serenissima times to celebrate the military victories or to honour the foreign dignitaries, today is made up of two different parts: the historical parade and the rowing boat races. The Historical Regatta starts out with the colourful procession on the Grand Canal, formed by the Bissone, the Bucintoro and the boats of the venetian rowing clubs; the event commemorates the Queen of Cyprus, Caterina Cornaro, coming to Venice, which marked the beginning of the Venice rule over the Mediterranean islands. Venice and its lagoons is a Unesco World Heritage site. less

Florence in Winter

Florence in Winter

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With much less tourists to contend with, visiting Florence in the winter season has its rewards. No line to Museums and the weather can be balmy too.

Discovering Rome Part 2

Discovering Rome Part 2

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The Capitoline Hill is one of the 7 hills of Rome and was the old Roman Citadel. The square was later designed by Michelangelo. The Papal Basilica…moreThe Capitoline Hill is one of the 7 hills of Rome and was the old Roman Citadel. The square was later designed by Michelangelo. The Papal Basilica of Saint Peter in the Vatican is a Late Renaissance church located within Vatican City. Designed principally by Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno and Bernini, St Peter's is the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture and remains one of the largest churches in the world. The Appian Way was one of the earliest and strategically most important Roman roads of the ancient republic. It connected Rome to Brindisi, Apulia, in southeast Italy. Its importance is indicated by its common name, recorded by Statius: "the Appian way is the queen of the long roads" Sited along the Appian way, the Catacombs of St Callist were built after AD 150. It takes its name from the deacon Saint Callixtus, who became Pope. The arcades, where more than fifty martyrs and sixteen pontiffs are buried, form part of a complex graveyard that occupies fifteen hectares and is almost twenty km long. less

Discovering Rome Part 1

Discovering Rome Part 1

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. There are over 900 churches in Rome..... St Paul at the Three Fountains is a church dedicated to St Paul the Apostle, at the presumed site of his …more. There are over 900 churches in Rome..... St Paul at the Three Fountains is a church dedicated to St Paul the Apostle, at the presumed site of his martyrdom in Rome. Notable churches to visit are St Paul, Santa maria maggiore and St. John Laterano. The Mausoleum of Hadrian, usually known as the Castel Sant'Angelo, is a towering cylindrical building in Parco Adriano, Rome, Italy. It was initially commissioned by the Roman Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum for himself and his family. The building was later used by the popes as a fortress and castle, and is now a museum. The Colosseum, or the Coliseum, is an elliptical amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome, Italy, the largest ever built in the Roman Empire, built of concrete and stone. It is considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and Roman engineering. Occupying a site just east of the Roman Forum, its construction started in 72 AD under the emperor Vespasian and was completed in 80 AD under Titus, with further modifications being made during Domitian's reign (81–96). Capable of seating 50,000 spectators the Colosseum was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology. The building ceased to be used for entertainment in the early medieval era. The Arch of Constantine is a triumphal arch in Rome, situated between the Colosseum and the Palatine Hill. It was erected by the Roman Senate to commemorate Constantine I's victory over Maxentius at the Battle of Milvian Bridge on October 28, 312. Dedicated in 315, it is the latest of the existing triumphal arches in Rome. The arch spans the Via Triumphalis, the way taken by the emperors when they entered the city in triumph. The Roman Forum is a rectangular forum (plaza) surrounded by the ruins of several important ancient government buildings at the center of the city of Rome. It was for centuries the center of Roman public life: the site of triumphal processions and elections, venue for public speeches, criminal trials, and gladiatorial matches, and nucleus of commercial affairs. Here statues and monuments commemorated the city's great men. The teeming heart of ancient Rome, it has been called the most celebrated meeting place in the world, and in all history. less

Assisi a World Heritage Site

Assisi a World Heritage Site

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Assisi, the Basilica of San Francesco and Other Franciscan Sites is an eclectic site that was inscribed on 5 cultural criteria. It got praised as an …moreAssisi, the Basilica of San Francesco and Other Franciscan Sites is an eclectic site that was inscribed on 5 cultural criteria. It got praised as an authentic Umbrian hill town, a sanctuary, for its art and architecture in the Basilica of San Francesco, and for the influence of the Franciscan order in the world. The town, already a sanctuary in Roman times, has been associated with Saint Francis since the 13th century; Assisi was his birthplace, and he founded the Franciscan religious order here in 1208. Unesco declared the Basilica a World Heritage Site. less

Pisa a World Heritage Site

Pisa a World Heritage Site

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Standing in a large green expanse, Piazza del Duomo houses a group of monuments known the world over. These four masterpieces of medieval architectur…moreStanding in a large green expanse, Piazza del Duomo houses a group of monuments known the world over. These four masterpieces of medieval architecture – the cathedral, the baptistry, the campanile (the 'Leaning Tower') and the cemetery – had a great influence on monumental art in Italy from the 11th to the 14th century. Piazza del Duomo has been declared by Unesco a World heritage site. less

San Giminiano, a World Heritage Site

San Giminiano, a World Heritage Site

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San Giminiano is in Tuscany, 56 km south of Florence. The patrician families who controlled the town built around 72 tower-houses (some as high as 15…moreSan Giminiano is in Tuscany, 56 km south of Florence. The patrician families who controlled the town built around 72 tower-houses (some as high as 150 feet) as symbols of their wealth and power. Although only 14 have survived, San Gimignano has retained its feudal atmosphere and appearance. The town also has several masterpieces of 14th- and 15th-century Italian art. Every year a medieval festival takes place through the town. The historic center of San Giminiano has been declared by Unesco a World Heritage Site less

The Trulli of Alberobello, Italy

The Trulli of Alberobello, Italy

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The trulli , limestone dwellings found in the southern region of Puglia mainly in the town of Alberobello are remarkable examples of drywall (mortar…moreThe trulli , limestone dwellings found in the southern region of Puglia mainly in the town of Alberobello are remarkable examples of drywall (mortarless) construction, a prehistoric building technique still in use in this region. The trulli are made of roughly worked limestone boulders collected from neighbouring fields. Characteristically, they feature pyramidal, domed or conical roofs built up of corbelled limestone slabs. The town of Alberobello has been declared by Unesco a World heritage site. less

Castel Del Monte Apulia

Castel Del Monte Apulia

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Castel del Monte in Andria in Apulia is a 13th Century castle and a Unesco World Heritage Site. It stands on a promontory, where it was constructed …moreCastel del Monte in Andria in Apulia is a 13th Century castle and a Unesco World Heritage Site. It stands on a promontory, where it was constructed during the 1240s by the Emperor Frederick II, who had inherited the lands from his mother Constance of Sicily. In the 18th century, the castle's interior marbles and remaining furnishings were removed. It has neither a moat nor a drawbridge and some considered it never to have been intended as a defensive fortress;however, archaeological work has suggested that it originally had a curtain wall. less

Hotel Atlante Star

Hotel Atlante Star

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An Epoque Hotel in the center of Rome, Atlante Star Hotel proudly stands just a few blocks from the Vatican City, enjoying one of the finest locatio…moreAn Epoque Hotel in the center of Rome, Atlante Star Hotel proudly stands just a few blocks from the Vatican City, enjoying one of the finest locations of all Rome 4 Star hotels. This distinct superior class hotel enjoys not only a fantastic location just a few steps from St Peter's Basilica but also offers a great standard of service and professionalism coupled with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The Atlante Garden Hotel offers a complimentary airport pick up service from Fiumicino Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport. For more information visit http://www.atlantegardenhotel.com/ less

The Dolce Vita Journeys

The Dolce Vita Journeys

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A sizzler for a 6 X 30' TV series Imagine traditions that have been unchanged for 5,000 years. Where food and wine give way to art and culture. …moreA sizzler for a 6 X 30' TV series Imagine traditions that have been unchanged for 5,000 years. Where food and wine give way to art and culture. Watch men and women engaged in a ritual year after year to bring forth and nurture the best grapes the Earth can grow. Watch as they pick, crush, and ferment this precious juice until all their labors come to fruition. Watch Michelin chefs and humble cooks pick the freshest products of their regions and follow them as they create dishes that will titillate the senses and awaken every taste bud. Finally watch how chefs and sommeliers marry the food to the perfect wines to create magical communal experiences at the table. Wine and food are about family, culture and history. Meet a Tuscan who embodies it all, to the hilt. And in the castle restaurant the baron highlights his wines with innovative Tuscan dishes. 2,500 years ago The Romans built a column at the end of the Appian way in Brindisi. Winemaker Rubino tells us why the Romans loved the wines of Apulia made from Negroamaro grapes still grown exclusively here. His chef works hand-in-hand with the winemaker. You will learn about the secretive and fascinating world of truffles. You will learn why some wines acquire personality. How to identify a great red. You’ll get great tasting tips from great sommeliers. You will learn why wine comes first, food second and not the other way around. You will learn the fundamentals of pairing. In season 1 we’ll visit Tuscany, Piedmont, Umbria, Apulia, Croatia, and Napa. Journey with us through medieval towns, waterfront villages, ancient and new towns in the Mediterranean and America to experience the culture and lifestyles of the people making magic in the cellars and the kitchens. The Dolce Vita Journeys. Informative. Inspiring. Intoxicating. less

Tuscany Luxury Wine Tour Part 1

Tuscany Luxury Wine Tour Part 1

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Castello di Tornano in the heart of Chianti (Gaiole in Chianti) makes an outstanding wine from the vineyards surrounding it. The complex was a mediev…moreCastello di Tornano in the heart of Chianti (Gaiole in Chianti) makes an outstanding wine from the vineyards surrounding it. The complex was a medieval castle from the 10th century, lavishly restored. The Ricasoli family of Castello di Brolio dates back to the 7th Century. An ancestor of the current owner Francesco, Bettino Ricasoli, was prime Minister of Italy in the 19th Century and invented the Chianti formula. The winery is the oldest in Italy. Badia a Coltibuono once an Abbey from the 11th century is now a charming hotel, restaurant, winery and cooking school run by the Stucchi Prinetti family dedicated to the preservation of the oldest traditions of the Chianti region. Poggio Antico in Montalcino is the highest elevation winery growing Brunello. An excellent Restaurant run by Chef Roberto Minnetti is on the premises preparing dishes steeped in Tuscan history. Castello Banfi at Sant’Agelo Scalo is owned by the Mariani family dedicated to producing superior wines on their large 6,000 acres estate, marked by technological innovation. An old farm complex in nearby Collupino serves as residence for guests of the Banfi winery. Montepulciano is a Medieval Renaissance town on top of a mountain in the province of Siena known for its “Nobile wine” only produced here. Valdipiatta, an awarded winery, produces the vino Nobile from Prugnolo and Lanaiolo grapes. The owner Mr Caporali runs a wine school educating visitors about wine varieties and growing techniques. He also runs Il Grifon D’Oro, a trendy restaurant and Il Poliziano, an historic cafe in the center of town. Contucci is the oldest wine cellar in Montepulciano holding tastings since Renaissance times. It is located in the main piazza overlooking Palazzo Comunale. Avignonesi is a combination of 4 estates growing awarded wines. It is also a farmhouse growing its own products for its kitchen and its store. The open farm kitchen serves local specialties. Relais San Bruno is an elegant boutique Hotel set among an olive grove and fruit orchard under the walls of Montepulciano. less

Tuscany Luxury Wine Tour Part 2

Tuscany Luxury Wine Tour Part 2

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Authentic Italian cowboys, tending to the cattle farms that produce the renown Florentine steak have been a tradition in Maremma, Western Tuscany. …moreAuthentic Italian cowboys, tending to the cattle farms that produce the renown Florentine steak have been a tradition in Maremma, Western Tuscany. Near Grosseto in the South is the Saturnia Resort and Spa whose thermal waters have been known known since Roman times. The moisturizing thermal plankton is the active ingredient. The Thyrrhenian Coast is rugged and beautiful. The Pellicano, a five star luxury resort has villas hidden in the cliff overlooking a secluded bay near trendy Porto Ercole.The cuisine is also 5 star run by a Michel awarded chef. The Coast is also home to glamorous wineries which in the race to stand out among the competition have contracted famous architects to design their headquarters. Like Rocca di Frassinello in Zavorrano a partnership with Les Domaines Baron de Rothschild-Lafite designed by Renzo Piano. The winery as a cathedral. And the Petra Winery in Suvereto designed by Mario Botta. L’Andana co-owned by Chef Alain Ducasses is another five star resort in Castiglione della Pescaia. It also raises cattle on its 1000 acres Estate. The Bolgheri area is known for wineries like Grattamacco, making “Supertuscans”, higher quality wines made from Sangiovese, Merlot and Shiraz. San Giminiano the walled Medieval city in the province of Siena holds regular Medieval festivals and re-enactments. The next resort is Borgo di Colleoli near Palaia built entirely around a medieval castle and carefully restored. It ha san innovative Tuscan kitchen and an extensive wine cellar. Pisa: beyond the leaning tower lies an historic city with great churches, monumento and charming piazzas. Bagni di Lucca was known for its thermal bath since Etruscan and Roman times. The mountain community and spa by the same name are hidden in the hills surrounding Lucca. Lucca is not to be missed. Home to composer Giacomo Puccini it is an historical city with sophisticated dining, great markets and vibrant night life. Cantine Bernardini, housed in a 16th century palazzo owned by the Bernardini family, is a Lucca landmark serving local specialties and wines. Several wineries are scattered in the hills surrounding the town. In Montecarlo we find the awarded winery Montechiari producing excellent reds on its 20 acres estate. less

Golf at Saturnia

Golf at Saturnia

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10 miles from the southern Tuscan coast are thermal baths known for their therapeutic waters since pre Roman times. Today they are the TERME DI SATU…more10 miles from the southern Tuscan coast are thermal baths known for their therapeutic waters since pre Roman times. Today they are the TERME DI SATURNIA, a 5 star Resort and Spa, member of the Leading Hotels of the World. The resort boasts a golf course specially designed for those who like to play in the midst of nature. Conceived by the Californian architect Ronald Fream, this professional - standard 18 - hole course is set in the rolling hills of Maremma. It is open all year round thanks to the mild climate and the balmy sea breezes blowing from the Thyrrenian sea nearby. www.termedisaturnia.it/it/ less

Saturnia, a Resort/Spa in Tuscany

Saturnia, a Resort/Spa in Tuscany

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Maremma in Southern Tuscany is home to ….yes, Italian cowboy, state of the arts wineries and a spa resort which is a member of the leading Hotels t…moreMaremma in Southern Tuscany is home to ….yes, Italian cowboy, state of the arts wineries and a spa resort which is a member of the leading Hotels the world. The Saturnia thermal baths are know since pre roman times. Water gushes out of an underground crater at the rate of 800 gallons per seconds filling the pools outside and inside the spa. The therapeutic value of the water lies in the high sulfur content and its moisturizing plankton. The resort is totally five star and pampering is the name of the game. There are numerous treatments at the spa but the active ingredient is always the moisturizing thermal plankton that has been the baths liquid gold for over 2000 years. Saturnia is a 2 hour drive from Rome or Florence. And definitely worth the trip. www.termedisaturnia.it/it/ less

The ceramics of Nicola Fasano

The ceramics of Nicola Fasano

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We are in Puglia at the heel of Italy. This is a land rich with tradition, history and art. In the town of Grottaglie we find that the ceramic tra…moreWe are in Puglia at the heel of Italy. This is a land rich with tradition, history and art. In the town of Grottaglie we find that the ceramic tradition brought to this area by the Greeks in the second century BC is still alive today. In fact Grottaglie, because of its large clay deposits, has been an uninterrupted center of ceramic production until today. And the contemporary master ceramist is Nicola Fasano. An ancestor of his, Francesco Nicola opened a ceramic store in Grottagle in 1623. These figures are inspired by the baroque ceramics of that period. But there is more. The Fasano workshop has been using an ancient oven but no one knew how old until an archeologists did some research. VO: The analysis done with carbon 14 has revealed that this oven dates back to 2,400 years ago. Generations of Fasanos have passed on their knowledge to their descendants. Today they have 30 ceramists, designers, modelers and enamelers , among the most talented in the field producing. ceramics known for their high quality and stylish design. Their work is now seen in the most prestigious stores and museums around the world. 18 generations of Fasanos have proven that by sticking passionately to their craft they can survive and thrive for centuries in an uncertain world of short lived fads. www.fasanocnf.it less

Ultimate  Bed & Breakfast in Florence

Ultimate Bed & Breakfast in Florence

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This is Florence, city of dreams. A few steps from the Duomo is Piazza Annunziata, one of the most beautiful squares in the city and right next …moreThis is Florence, city of dreams. A few steps from the Duomo is Piazza Annunziata, one of the most beautiful squares in the city and right next to it is a Bed and Breakfast with some of the most breathtaking views of Florence. To call it Bed and Breakfast is an understatement. because Home in Palace is on the top floor of one of the grandest palaces in Florence: Palazzo Capponi All’Annunziata. Does this really look like a B&B? This monumental Palace with its Italian gardens was built in the 18th century by Alessandro Capponi from one of the oldest Florentine banking families. The frescoes are considered among the best of Florentine Baroque art. Here in this amazing historical Palazzo you can just come to sleep or let your imagination run wild and throw a party for a thousand, You might even want to get married here and if you’re married already you probably will want to get remarried in these sumptuous spaces. You might just want to be here for the simple life: to be pampered, with luxury, style and comfort. Home in Palace. Your palace in Florence www.palazzocapponiallannunziata.it less

Luxury Wine Tour of Piedmont promo

Luxury Wine Tour of Piedmont promo

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The area in Piedmont called Langhe Roero has given the world the gift of truffles, the Nebbiolo grape, from which Barolo and Barbaresco come from and…moreThe area in Piedmont called Langhe Roero has given the world the gift of truffles, the Nebbiolo grape, from which Barolo and Barbaresco come from and a dazzling cuisine that is both aristocratic and simple. Let iexplore guide you on this luxury wine tour among castles and vineyards. There you’ll meet the makers of these great wines and the chefs working their dazzling cuisine in some of the most charming medieval towns in Italy. Your trip starts at the Villa Tiboldi, luxuriously renovated Villa and Farmhouse surrounded by Nebbiolo and Arneis vineyards with views that go on forever. Alba has a beautiful Cathedral from the XIth Century and a rich historic center. However Alba’s heart beats to the tune of the truffle. Renato Agnello, truffle hunter of of 60 years leads a search for truffles in the woods with his dog Diana. Tartufi Morra is a truffle emporium Established in 1930. It has the ultimate selection of everything truffle. The restaurant Piazza Duomo owned by the Ceretto winemaking family is a shocking pink space with frescoes by Francesco Clemente.The avant-garde cuisine of Chef Enrico Crippa has earned the restaurant a one Michelin star. The healthy pastry shop created by chef Luca Mentersino uses no sugar, milk or flour. So go ahead and splurge. Neive is at the heart of Barbaresco. Katja and Ivan Rivetti are the third generation of Rivetti making this wine here. Tops labels are Bricco Barbaresco and Bricco de Neveis. The Stupino brothers winery is housed in a sprawling 18th century castle. In the 70’s the Stupino’s cloned an old variety of Arneis vine producing a remarkable sparkling Pinot Noir besides their well known Barbaresco. The restaurant La Ciau del Tornavento is owned by chef Maurilio Garola. The Chef has consistently received one Michelin star for his groundbreaking dishes. The fortified Castle of Grinzane was erected in the XIth Century. Today it houses a very large Enoteca representing the best of Piedmont wines and grappas. Barolo is a charming medieval town surrounded by wineries The Marchesi Falletti created the first Barolo in this village.The first bottle, "Cannubbio 1861” is on permanent display.Today the original 19-century chestnut barrels have been reconditioned to age the Barolo Cannubi or Barolo Riserva. Locanda nel Borgo Antico is set in an hamlet outside Barolo. In this elegant restaurant Chef Massimo Camia prepares the classic dishes which have earned the restaurant a Michelin star. The Ceretto brothers have created a 300 acres network of small estates producing some outstanding labels. Top wines are Bricco Rocche, Brunate and Prapo’. They have also sponsored major art projects the Sol Lewitt Chapel among the vineyards and in their winery their futuristic wine-tasting glass cube. You will stay in the Hotel Villa Beccaris an 18th century palazzo surrounded by vineyards near the historic town of Monforte DAlba. 3 sisters from the Burlotto family run the Castle which their grandfather bought from the first King of Italy. The family restored the original frescos and furniture. Here you’ll attend cooking lesson in classic Piedmontese dishes. Their winery has some of the oldest vintages going back to the 1850’s. Top wines are Verduno Basadone, Barbaresco Rabaja’ . A truly royal lunch is served in the castle courtyard. Pietro Ratti runs the business founded by his father in the 60’s. Today this state of the arts winery produces an outstanding Barolo Marcenasco. After this magical tour with iexplore.com, Langhe Roero will stay with you forever. For more information on this privately guided, dream luxury wine tour call us at 1-800 iexplore or visit iexplore.com Copyright Christina Tours, LLC less

Luxury Wine Tour of Piedmont

Luxury Wine Tour of Piedmont

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The area in Piedmont called Langhe Roero has given the world the gift of truffles, the Nebbiolo grape, from which Barolo and Barbaresco come from and…moreThe area in Piedmont called Langhe Roero has given the world the gift of truffles, the Nebbiolo grape, from which Barolo and Barbaresco come from and a dazzling cuisine that is both aristocratic and simple. On this luxury wine tour among castles and vineyards you’ll meet the makers of these great wines and the chefs working their luscious cuisine in some of the most charming medieval towns in Italy. Your trip starts at the Villa Tiboldi, luxuriously renovated Villa and Farmhouse surrounded by Nebbiolo and Arneis vineyards with views that go on forever. The estate produces its own excellent Arneis Malvira. Alba has a beautiful Cathedral from the XIth Century and a rich historic center. However Alba’s heart beats to the tune of the truffle. Renato Agnello, truffle hunter of of 60 years leads a walk through the woods with his dog Diana, looking for truffles. Tartufi Morra is a truffle emporium Established in 1930 working with all the truffle hunters in the area. It has the ultimate selection of everything truffles from chocolate to oils The restaurant Piazza Duomo owned by the Ceretto winemaking family is a shocking pink space with frescoes by Francesco Clemente .The avantguarde cuisine of Chef Enrico Crippa has earned the restaurant a one Michelin star. This is a café and pastry shop created by chef Luca Mentersino uses no sugar, milk or flour. Everything is made with substitute. So go ahead and splurge. Katja and Ivan Rivetti are the third generation of Rivetti making barbaresco here. Tops wines are Bricco Barbaresco and Bricco de Neveis. Housed in a sprawling and movie-set-like 18th century castle owned by the Stupino brothers, the winery focuses on specialty wines. In the 70’s the Stupino’s cloned an old variety of Arneis vine producing a remarkable sparkling Pinot Noir. Among their wide range of wines they produce a top Barbaresco Riserva Santo Stefano. The restaurant La Ciau del Tornavento in Treiso sits on top of sprawling vineyards is owned by chef Maurilio Garola. It. The Chef has consistently received one Michelin star for his ground breaking dishes such as “ Plin de Seirass”, ravioli stuffed with ricotta and served in an actual nest made out of hay. The fortified Castle erected in the XIth Century on top of a hill once belonged to Count Camillo Benso of Cavour, one of the architects of the Unification of Italy. The castle has a very large Enoteca representing the best of Piedmont wines and grappas. Barolo is a charming medieval town surrounded by wineries. Therefore opening a corkscrew museum was a no brainer for Paolo Annoni who was once a pharmacist but abandoned his old profession to pursue his obsession. Over the years he has travelled the world and auction houses searching for the most unusual corkscrews, collecting 1,300 rare ones . Barolo was first created by the Marchesi Falletti in the middle of the 19th century around the village of Barolo. A bottle of the first Barolo, "Cannubbio 1859” is on permanent display, while vintages from 1938 on are available to collectors. The Enoteca has the most complete collection of Barolo in the world with 35.000 bottles of Barolo and the yearly addition of 400 bottles. Giant 19 century chestnut barrels have been reconditioned to age outstanding Barolo like the Barolo Cannubi or various Barolo Riserva. Locanda nel Borgo Antico is set in an hamlet outside Barolo. In this elegant restaurant Chef Camia prepares his signature traditional classic dishes which have earned him a Michelin star. In little more than thirty years, the Ceretto brothers created a 300 acres network of small independent estates producing some outstanding labels. They have sponsored major art projects like the Clemente frescos for their restaurant, the Sol Lewitt Chapel among the vineyards and for their winery in the town of Castiglione Falletto they have created their futuristic wine-tasting glass cube. Top wines are Bricco Rocche, Brunate and Prapo’. You will stay in the Hotel Villa Beccaris an 18th century palazzo surrounded by vineyards near the historic town of Monforte DAlba. 3 Burlotto sisters run the Castle which their grandfather bought from the first King of Italy. The family restored and maintains the original frescos and furniture. Here cooking lesson in classic Piedmontese dishes are conducted. The winery has some of the oldest vintages in the region dating back from 1850. Top wines are Verduno Basadone, Barbaresco Rabaja’ and the Dolcetto D’Alba Campot. A truly royal lunch is served in the castle courtyard. Pietro Ratti runs the business founded by his father in the 60’s. Today this state of the arts winery produces an outstanding Barolo Marcenasco. In the medieval town of La Morra on top of a hillside sits an old castle, now the restaurant Belvedere with spectacular views of the Barolo hills all the way to the alps. The Bovio family that owns it produces an outstanding Barolo. Copyright Christina Tours, LLC less

Luxury Wine Tour of Umbria

Luxury Wine Tour of Umbria

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Umbria , untouched by mass tourism , has preserved the magic of its past and the richness of its tradition. Etruscans and Romans made wine here 2,500…moreUmbria , untouched by mass tourism , has preserved the magic of its past and the richness of its tradition. Etruscans and Romans made wine here 2,500 years ago. Today on this magical Luxury wine tour you’ll meet the great winemakers continuing the great tradition, its great chefs and the great artists of its past. Your trip start in the middle of stunning vineyards outside Perugia at the luxurious Borgo Brufa resort Set in a highly panoramic position . The Goretti estate has its wine tastings in an imposing 14th Century tower , symbol of the winery. Outstanding wines are the L’Arringatore and their awarded Sagrantino grown in Montefalco. Taste the wines with a lunch al fresco with great views of Perugia. Starting from its central square with the cathedral, the Palace of the notaries and Fontana maggiore Perugia will stun you with its perfect Renaissance architecture. At the Hotel 3 Vaselle owned by the lungarotti family Multi-award Chef Domenico D’Imperio holds his Umbrian Cooking Lessons.here he show show to make classic Frascarelli with tomato sauce and basil, You’ll visit the Lungarotti winery, a pioneer in winemaking in Umbria. The winery founded in the 60’s by Giorgio Lungarotti is run today by 3 Lungarotti sisters. taste its excellent , Rubesco Riserva , The Wine museum run by the Lungarotti Foundation is a history lesson on the making and drinking of wine with a world class collection of art works ranging from ancient books to ceramics. The Sportoletti brothers own 40 acres on the hills of Spello and Assisi Taste their great Assisi rosso and taste the food prepared by mrs sportoletti or the Villa Fidelia Bianco Assisi is a dazzling city that will draw you into an enchanted time warp experience. It has managed to preserved most of its medieval buildings andUnesco declared it a World Heritage site. Frescoes by Giottos adorn the Basilica of St Francis of Assisi. you’ll stay at the Roccafiore Luxury Resort Right across from beautiful todi This is a rich and comfortable rural farm house with its own winery where youll taste their Rosso Sangiovese.and a cuisine thats a blend of home made and sophistication. Cantina Peppucci is is a small family business housed in the 13th Century St Antimo Abbey in a spectacular settino and considered one of the most fascinating architectural jewels of Medieval Umbria Taste their excellent Petroro Red, Montorsolo Grechetto di Todi, Alter Ego Red. Visit Mr Todini’s winery and Taste the superb Nero della Cervara then have lunch at his resort with great views of Colli Martani. Todi is another medieval jewel. The Captain’s palace and the Prior’s Palace face the sloping main square, one of the most picturesque in Italy. Todi is regularly used as a film set. Taste the simple foods of Umbria whose ingredients and preparation have remained traditional and flavours are brought out singing with their wines to in perfect harmony. Orvieto’s wine history runs thu history from the Etruscan in 7th century bc. To the magnificent medieval cathedral from the 12th century with carvings of vines on its front Inside enjoy great frescoes by fra angelico and signorelli You’ll be staying at Locanda Palazzone, a 13th century palazzo turned luxury resort surrounded by vynyards with great views of Orvieto.. It is owned by Giovanni and Ludovico Dubini who also own the attached winery . They are the only producers who age Orvieto Taste their great food and wines like Terre Vineate, campo del Guardiano. Owned by enologist brothers Enzo and Riccardo Cotarella the Falesco estate is home to great experimentation with old vinesTop wines are. Vitiano and Ferentano. Wine was grown on the Decugnano Hills since the 13th century. Decugnano dei Barbi makes a unique sparkling wine for which they are famous and ages it in cellars exavated in the lava rock. Taste the brut Decugnano Pinot Nero and have lunch al fresco around the pool. Castello della sala owned by the antinoris is a 1000 acres estate centered on a restored Medieval Castle built in the 14th Century, The castle’s tasting room feels like Henry the VIII could come in any time. Among their top wine is Cervaro della Sala.Tasting: Cervaro della Sala, , Muffato della Sala, e Pinot Nero Sagrantino is exclusively grown in the Montefalco and Bevagna area by no more than 20 growers. Marco Capri is one of the architects of its success . In the 1970’s Caprai took an ancient dessert wine and experimenting with the vine created the first Sagrantino red. Top wine is its a warded Sagrantino Collepiano. Wines: Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG, Sagrantino di Montefalco Collepiano DOCG, Montefalco Rosso DOC, Grecante Grechetto Colli Martini DOC In the midst of Montefalco’s main square the enoteca Alchimista is true to its name concoting inimagined flavours out of classic umbrian recipes. In Montefalco visit the St. Francis Church and its remarkable frescoes by Benozzo Gozzoli. Paolo Bea’s family roots in Montefalco go back to the 1500’s.The small, still artisanal production focuses on organic farming barring chemicals in the vinyard. Wines tasting: Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG, Montefalco Rosso Riserva DOC St Chiara, Rosso de Veo, , Montefalco DOC Rosso. Meet Salvatore Denaro,a chef who grows all of his own food, does not have a menu and parties every night with his patrons. A true fellinian character and an unforgettable experience. Copyright Christina Tours, LLC less

Umbria Wine Tour promo

Umbria Wine Tour promo

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Umbria , untouched by mass tourism , has preserved the magic and richness of its past. So Let iexplore guide you on this magical Luxury wine tour wh…moreUmbria , untouched by mass tourism , has preserved the magic and richness of its past. So Let iexplore guide you on this magical Luxury wine tour where you’ll meet the great winemakers, the great chefs and the great artists of this land…. Your trip start in the middle of stunning vineyards right outside Perugia at the luxurious start Borgo Brufa resort. Tasting at the Goretti winery is in their 14th century tower where you’ll drink their colliperugini and sagrantino and have lunch in full view of Perugia. Perugia will stun you with its perfect renaissance architecture. Chef Imperio will introduce you to Umbrian cooking at his cooking school. You’ll visit Lungarotti, a pioneer in winemaking in Umbria and taste its excellent Rubesco. You’ll love its world class wine museum. Taste Sportoletti great red Assisi Rosso. Assisi is a dazzling city that will draw you into an enchanted time warp experience. Right across from beautiful Todi you’ll stay at the Roccafiore Luxury Resort with its own winery and a cuisine that is a blend of home made and sophistication. At Cantina Peppucci housed in a 13th century abbey you’ll taste their excellent Petroro Red. Taste the superb Nero della Cervara with Mr Todini then have lunch at his resort with a view. Todi is so picturesque it feels like a movie set. Taste the simple foods of Umbria where ingredients and preparation have remained traditional and flavours are brought out singing with their wines to in perfect harmony. Orvieto’s wine history goes back to the Etruscan and the cathedral carvings of vines from the 13th century bear witness to this tradition. You’ll be staying at Locanda Palazzone owned by the Dubini brothers is a 13th century palazzo turned into a luxry resort surrounded by vineyards. The brothers make superb whites like Terre Vineate. Decugnano dei Barbi makes a unique Decugnano brut and ages it in cellar exacavetd in the lava rock. Castello della sala owned by the antinoris is a 1000 acres estate with top wines like cervaro della sala. Sagrantino is only grown in Montefalco area and marco Capri is one of the architects of its success with its warded Sagrantino Collepiano. Taste the food and wine of Montefalco and then view the remarkable frescos by Benozzo Gozzoli in the Museum of St Francis. Paolo Bea’s family has been on these hills since the 1500’s and he makes sagrantino with a great commitment to environmental standards. Meet Salvatore Denaro, a true fellinian chef who grows all of his own food and parties with his patrons. After this magical tour with iexplore.com, Umbria will stay with you forever. For more information on this privately guided, dream luxury wine tour call us at 1-800 iexplore or visit iexplore.com less

Apulia Wine Tour promo

Apulia Wine Tour promo

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The region of Apulia with 1000 hours more sunlight a year than the rest of the country make superb wines.Let iexplore guide you on this magical Luxu…moreThe region of Apulia with 1000 hours more sunlight a year than the rest of the country make superb wines.Let iexplore guide you on this magical Luxury wine tour. You ‘ll toast with top winemakers and will be dazzled by Apulia’s richness of wine, art and food…. Right next to Castel del Monte is the Rivera winery and the unique terrain here is the reason for outstanding wines like Falcone. Mr. Cocevola with a working farm near the Castle produces also a superior wines likeVandalo. The restaurant Corte in Fiore in Trani has won many awards.You will love it. Trani boasts a spectacular 13th Century Cathedrals right on the Adriatic sea water with splendid frescoes and mosaics. You’ll be staying at a 500 year old farmhouse locally called Masseria hidden in the midst of an ancient olive grove. Today Masseria Torre Coccaro is a 5 star resort where you’ll begin to understand the magical allure of Puglia. Alberobello is famous for its 1,500 conical trulli homes. Today it’s a UNESCO World Heritage site. Stroll through the hilltop town of Martina Franca, a beautiful baroque city full of great churches and palazzos. Enjoy Masseria Torre Coccaro’s private beach on the Adriatic sea. Or retreat to their cool spa built in a cave. Ostuni known as "the White Town" is an architectural jewel with a striking medieval cathedral and endless winding streets to get lost in. At Torre Coccaro the Chef will seduce you with his delicious cuisine. Be wisked by private boat for a swim in the crystal-water coves of Monopoli. Brindisi has been a major wine grower since roman times. Luigi Rubino holds his wine tasting at the restaurant Penny in a 12th Century building in order to highlight food pairing. Be swept away by his superb red called Torre Testa . Cantine Due Palme, is a co-operative of 1,000 growers specializing in local grape varieties. Taste their top wine Selvarossa with the enologyst and Director Angelo Maci. Lecce is nicknamed "The Florence of the South" because of the rich Baroque architectural monuments carved out of the local white stone. In Lecce you’ll stay at the Hotel Risorgimento, a five star Luxury Hotel in a spectacular 18th Century Palace in the heart of town . Have lunch at Atenze a landmark restaurant housed in a baroque palace with superb Apulian specialties. Taste Leone de Castris Salice Salentino Donna Lisa, the top wine of the collection. You’ll enjoy spectacular views of the harbour from Palazzo Papaleo, your own 5 star palazzo . Explore Otranto and its medieval monuments. After this magical tour with iexplore.com, Apulia will have carved out a place in your heart forever. For more information on this privately guided, dream luxury wine tour call us at 1-800 iexplore or visit iexplore.com less

Luxury Wine Tour of Apulia

Luxury Wine Tour of Apulia

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The region of Apulia at the heel of Italy has 1000 hours more sunlight a year than the rest of the country and its local sun drenched grapes make sup…moreThe region of Apulia at the heel of Italy has 1000 hours more sunlight a year than the rest of the country and its local sun drenched grapes make superb wines. On this trip you will meet some of the top winemakers of the region, taste their wines and be dazzled by Apulia’s undiscovered richness of wine, food and art . Join us on this spectacular tour. Castel del Monte in Andria is a 13th Century castle and a Unesco World Heritage Site. Carlo de Corato, Rivera’s owner says the unique terrain around the Castle combined with the cool breezes coming down from the Balkans are the reason for outstanding wines like Falcone. You’ll also taste other top wines like Cappellacio and Rupicolo. Mr. Cocevola oversees the working farm, and winery near Castel del Monte producing superior wines likeVandalo. Other good wines are Rosso Cocevola, Pampanuto and Il Tratto. La Corte in Fiore, Trani. Housed in a 16th Century building, this restaurant has won many awards for its seafood specialties. You will love it. Trani is a medieval town built on the Adriatic Sea with one of the most spectacular 13th Century Cathedrals right on the water. You’ll have special access to the cript with splendid frescoes and mosaics. Hidden in the midst of an ancient olive grove this 500 year old Masseria where you will be staying has been a fortress, a farm and a refuge for pilgrims. Today Masseria Torre Coccaro is a 5 star resort, a sublime mixture of Apulian rusticity and world class luxury where you’ll begin to understand the magical allure of Puglia. Alberobello is famous for its 1,500 conical trulli homes. Today it’s a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy strolling through the hilltop town of Martina Franca, a beautiful baroque city full of great churches and palazzos from the 17th and 18th century. Small fishing boats deliver the fish daily to the door of L’Ancora Restaurant built on the rocks right on the sea in Monopoli. Enjoy “crudo”, the Italian equivalent of sushi or their cooked specialties. Enjoy a free afternoon at Masseria Torre Coccaro with its own private beach on the Adriatic sea. For further pampering retreat to a cool spa built in in an underground cave. Ostuni known as "the White Town" is an architectural jewel with a striking medieval cathedral and endless winding streets to get lost in before your first glass of wine. At Torre Coccaro the Chef displays his remarkable skills at blending tradition with innovation using just picked seasonal foods grown locally on Coccaro’s land. A private yacht takes guests for swims in the crystal-water coves of Monopoli. Brindisi was a major port city during Roman times and a column still marks the end of the Appian way. Rubino is a family owned winemaker in Brindisi growing local varieties in vinyeards near the Adriatic sea. Luigi Rubino holds his wine tasting at the restaurant Penny, a hot spot on the harbour, housed in a 12th Century building in order to highlight food pairing. Enjoy a lunch with orecchiette, a local pasta specialty with fresh tomatoes and basil that works well with the red negroamaro. Then artichoke ravioli with shrimps sauteed in garlic and slivers of parmesan and tagliolini sauteed with squid and crabmeat, both served with the white malvasia called Giancola. Giancola is a beach on the Adriatic and the sea breezes give it its unique character. Rubino revived a 2000 year old indigenous vine called Sussumaniello producing a superb red called Torre Testa to be paired with red meat and aged cheeses. Cantine Due Palme in Cellino San Marco, is a co-operative of 1,000 growers specializing in local grape varieties like Negroamaro, Malvasia Nera and Primitivo. The Top wines Primitivo Ettamiano, Red Salice Talentino, Canonico Negroamaro, have consistently been winning awards. Taste their top wine Selvarossa with the enologyst and Winery Director Angelo Maci. Lecce is nicknamed "The Florence of the South" Because of the rich Baroque architectural monuments carved out of the local white stone. In Lecce you’ll stay at the Hotel Risorgimento, a five star Luxury Hotel in a spectacular 18th Century Palace in the heart of town . Have lunch at Atenze a landmark restaurant housed in a baroque palace with superb Apulian specialties. Go out on the town. Lecce at nite is a throbbing city in a magical setting. The original Leone de Castris was a Spanish nobleman who bought 10 thousand acres in 1665 planting olive trees and vines. The most famous is Five Roses born during World War II in discarded GI’s beer bottles when the wine became popular with U.S. top military brass. Taste the top wine of the collection: the Salice Salentino Donna Lisa. You’ll enjoy spectacular views of the harbour from your Palazzo Papaleo, a 5 star hotel in a 17th Century palazzo next to the Cathedral. Walk around Otranto, a bustling sea side town with remarkable monuments from the Middle Ages. Meet the fishing boats as they unload their catch at the harbour with Chef Massimo of Vico Lopez Restaurant. You will pick the fish to eat at his restaurant that night. After this magical tour Apulia will have carved out a place in your heart forever. copyright Christinatours,LLC less

Vestas: a new philosophy of hospitality.

Vestas: a new philosophy of hospitality.

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The VESTAS HOTELS & RESORTS group is considered a leader and an innovator in Hotel design and management. It runs three very distinct Hotels in Le…moreThe VESTAS HOTELS & RESORTS group is considered a leader and an innovator in Hotel design and management. It runs three very distinct Hotels in Lecce. Each hotel fulfills the needs of its own particular market segment, complementing however the others in their interpretation of the new philosophy of hospitality. RISORGIMENTO RESORT ***** The Risorgimento Resort, housed in an 18th century building, has been reopened: with its breathtaking views over the historical centre of Lecce, the Hotel has been restored to a new glory. From the spa to the à la carte restaurant, from the pleasures of the body to the pleasures of the palate, everything has been exquisitely thought out for the most demanding guests . An out-of-the-ordinary backdrop for the splendid artistic scenery of this environment . 47 rooms ( 15 Deluxe, 12 Superior, 13 Executive, 4 Junior Suite, 2 Executive Suite with jacuzzi on private terrace, 1 Presidential Suite). HOTEL PRESIDENT **** Comfort, quality, hospitality, professionalism – these are the four stars the Hotel President has guaranteed its clients 1973. The spacious and prestigious structure is a favourite reference point for the business clientele. With a Congress Centre complete with all the main audio, visual and multimedia equipment . All this near Piazza Mazzini, in the very heart of the city. Its unique retro 70's look reminiscent of Miami' South Beach makes it interesting for the fashionable crowd too. 150 rooms (Presidential Suite, 25 Junior Suite, 122 Superior) EOS HOTEL *** This hotel has been used as experiment in the successful transformation of the 3 star category, a new hotel concept: it combines tradition with innovation, with each of its thirty rooms designed by a different architects. The Eos Hotel, situated in the immediate surroundings of the historic centre, is perfect for the young and dynamic tourist. 30 Superior rooms. www.vestashotels.it less

Montecallini: at the end of Puglia

Montecallini: at the end of Puglia

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Surrounded by olive groves and right on the Ionian sea, on Italy’s southern tip near the village of San Gregorio is the Hotel Montecallini. The Hot…moreSurrounded by olive groves and right on the Ionian sea, on Italy’s southern tip near the village of San Gregorio is the Hotel Montecallini. The Hotel was built on a hilltop on the plan of the ancient masseries, the old apulian farmhouses as a comfortable 4 star resort, a few steps from one of the most pristine seas in Italy. Like the old farmhouses it has its own orchard where seasonal fruits and vegetables are grown for its kitchen. Their family restaurant on the beach right below the hotel is a hot spot and serves the freshest local sea food. From San Gregorio one can hire a boat to ride along the coastline which is dotted with Paleolithic caves and endless coves for bathing. The trip continues to Leuca and its lighthouse. This is the southernmost tip of the peninsula where the Ionian sea and the Adriatic sea meet. If one is in the mood for culture the city Lecce is very close by. This is a jewel of a baroque city with dramatic architecture and a lively scene. Highly recommended. 73053 Loc. San Gregorio (Le) - Puglia Italy Tel. 0039 (0) 833 767850 Fax 0039 (0) 833 767851 http://www.hotelmontecallini.com less

Lungarotti: wine,olive oil and Chef Imperio

Lungarotti: wine,olive oil and Chef Imperio

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Torgiano Umbria. This is the Lungarotti kigdom. With an estate of 700 acres the Lungarotti family is a leading wine producer in Italy and the region…moreTorgiano Umbria. This is the Lungarotti kigdom. With an estate of 700 acres the Lungarotti family is a leading wine producer in Italy and the region. Its wines are distributed to 35 countries around the world. In Torgiano they operates a wine Museum considered one of the best in the world, an olive oil Museum rich with the history of this Mediterranean staple. They also own a 4 star Hotel restaurant called Le 3 Vaselle. Here chef Domenico Imperio with many national awards to his name creates outstanding dishes for the restaurant. Here at the 3 Vaselle he shares his knowledge and recipes . less

Eden Rock Resort in the Tuscan Hills

Eden Rock Resort in the Tuscan Hills

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Just a few kilometers from Florence, in the hills below Fiesole, with a full view of the Duomo is the charming residence hotel called Eden Rock. …moreJust a few kilometers from Florence, in the hills below Fiesole, with a full view of the Duomo is the charming residence hotel called Eden Rock. Built by world famous race car driver Clemente Biondetti in the 50’s and carved into the rugged mountain that frames it, the Eden Rock is a modern version of the many castles which dot the tuscan country site. With a beaituful pool and Jacuzzi,an open air lobby dug out of the rock and covered with copper tiles, it has 13 suites in all with every comfort plus a cellar club stocked with vintage wine from Tuscany. And just a few minutes way Florence beckons in all its glory. Via Bolognese Nuova, 7 50139 Firenze (FI), Italy +39 055 400331 www.edenrockresort.it www.epoquehotels.com less

Ceretto: art, food and Barolo

Ceretto: art, food and Barolo

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Alba in Piedmont is a very small town but it’s big in 3 areas: Art…. Food, being the world capital of black and white truffles and Wine, producing wo…moreAlba in Piedmont is a very small town but it’s big in 3 areas: Art…. Food, being the world capital of black and white truffles and Wine, producing world reknown Barolo right here. The Ceretto family in Alba is literally and seriously involved in all 3 area. Established wine growers for 70 years they also own their own upscale restaurants and have enlisted major world artists to decorate their building. This never consecrated psychedelic chapel was painted by Saul Lewitt in 1999. Their winery is in nearby Castiglione Falletto, an old medieval town. However true to their adventurous spirit they picked Turin architect De Abate to design their modern building with a glass cube for the tasting room. On these hils on 20 acres they produce 3 outstanding Barolos which have won the company many awards: Bricco Rocche, Prapo and Brunate. So for their Piazza Duomo restaurant they picked Enrico Crippa, an awarded chef who paints beautiful dishes in the kitchen and the artist Francesco Clemente who painted the walls. Of course their Barolo is always on the table. The Chef explains that the fresco it represents happiness, the vineyard, nature and freedom. He also remembers that Clemente was painting with natural colors, made with flowers and natural herbs so while painting the room always filled up with insects and bees which were following the scent as if they were in an open field instead of a room in the center of town. less

Hotel Pulitzer in Rome's EUR

Hotel Pulitzer in Rome's EUR

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A new Hotel Pulitzer has recently opened in Rome in the EUR business center. Good taste and elegance are the key notes of the interior design of this…moreA new Hotel Pulitzer has recently opened in Rome in the EUR business center. Good taste and elegance are the key notes of the interior design of this contemporary hotel, together with elements echoing those of its sister hotel of the same name in Barcelona. It has 83 rooms on 6 floors, most with private terrace, providing all the functionality and comfort you will need during your stay in the city. The hotel also has a bar in the lobby, fitness room and two meeting rooms, perfectly appointed with the latest-generation equipment and with free WiFi internet connection. The Hotel Pulitzer is just a short distance from the impressive sights and attractions of Rome, one of the world’s most appealing and historic cities. A bus stop and metro station are just a few steps from the hotel. Viale Marconi Guglielmo, 903 00146 Roma (RM), Italy +39 06 598591 www.hotelpulitzer.it www.epoquehotels.com less

Ripa Hotel in Trastevere

Ripa Hotel in Trastevere

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Every since its conception Ripa Hotel has strived to stand apart from the status quo of Rome Hotels. The Hotel has always chosen to make a cultural a…moreEvery since its conception Ripa Hotel has strived to stand apart from the status quo of Rome Hotels. The Hotel has always chosen to make a cultural and artistic statement about itself daring to use modern minimalist style in a city hasmade"classical " its trademark. The result is original interiors, breathtaking in their simplicity, that provide an atmosphere of functional luxury in one of Rome's most historical and suggestive districts: Trastevere, minutes away from the Vatican, the Colosseum and the Circus Maximus. Hotel Ripa Via Luigi Gianniti, 21 00153 Roma, Italy +39 06 58611 www.ripahotel.com www.epoquehotels.com less

Caprai, one of Umbria's wine innovators

Caprai, one of Umbria's wine innovators

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Sagrantino is a unique grape only grown in the Montefalco Assisi area. It was probably brought here in the 1400’s by Franciscan monks followers of St…moreSagrantino is a unique grape only grown in the Montefalco Assisi area. It was probably brought here in the 1400’s by Franciscan monks followers of St Francis. The sweet wine has been drunk by locals on weddings and Easter ever since. In the 70’s Arnaldo Caprai bought 10 acres of land and decided to focus on this old vine and for the first time make a dry red wine. In the 80 his son Marco who had graduated as an enologyst brought to the winery a desire to experiment and innovate. The Caprai’s convinced the University of Milan to come on board on a research project to clone the various strains of old Sagrantino vines which were on the verge of disappearing. The experiment was very successful and the rest is history. In 1992 the top appellation DPCG was awarded to sagrantino winning Caprai international recognition and many awards. Under strict Italian law, "Montefalco Sagrantino Secco" DOCG defines a wine guaranteed to come exclusively from Sagrantino grapes, exclusively from the Province of Perugia Secco means dry. The wine ages for 30 months, of which at least 12 in oak barrels. This wine is a DOCG, the highest-ranking category of Italian wine denominations Sagrantino di Montefalco, is a DOCG wine that must be made from 100 percent Sagrantino. Most wines in the world are made from the same 5-6 different types of grapes. Sagrantino di Montefalco is unique because it is made from a single grape and only made here. Sagrantino di Montefalco Collepiani first produced in 1979 is possibly the star of the collection. Caprai still produces Sagrantino di Montefalco Passito (also DOCG), the sweet wine that gave birth to the modern sagrantino . Today thanks to Caprai this wine once almost forgotten is drunk the world over. less

Rubino pairs his Puglia wines with local cuisine

Brindisi is an old roman port in Puglia, at the heel of Italy. In fact it still has a column marking the end of the Appian way. During Roman times …moreBrindisi is an old roman port in Puglia, at the heel of Italy. In fact it still has a column marking the end of the Appian way. During Roman times Puglia used to be the major wine producer of the empire. Today it is still the major wine producer in Italy hosting some ambitious wine producers .like the Rubino's. Luigi Rubino showcases his 3 best wines with interesting food pairing at the restaurant Penny in Brindisi. Penny is an old favorite in town housed in a 12th century building and serving some of the most authentic local dishes prepared by Chef cosimo Orfano . The wines Negroamaro Red, Malvasia Giancola and Torre Testa have all unique characteristics given Puglia's 1000 hours more sun than any other region of Italy. Torre Testa is made from a grape called Susumaniello which came from Dalmatia in the 7th century bc. It is exclusively cultivated in Puglia and only in the Brindisi area. The Rubino Estate produces 800,000 bottles a year with 70 % of the production exported to 20 countries. less

Langhe:corkscrew obssessed

Langhe:corkscrew obssessed

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The Barolo area in Langhe, Italy boasts some of the most prestigious wines and wineries in the world. It also counts among its many reason to visit t…moreThe Barolo area in Langhe, Italy boasts some of the most prestigious wines and wineries in the world. It also counts among its many reason to visit the area the existence of the "Museum of corkscrews". Paolo Annoni was once a pharmacist but abandoned his old profession to dedicate himself to his passion for corkscrews. Over the years he has travelled the world and auction houses searching for the most unusual corkscrews, collecting 1,300 rare ones and exhibiting them in the town of Barolo. Christie's in London devotes 2 sales a year to corkscrews. If you attend you'll be sure to find Paolo there. less

Rome highlights

Rome highlights

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Rome, once the largest city in the world, is a cosmopolitan city with 2,500 years of continuous history. History and art buffs have been overwhelmed …moreRome, once the largest city in the world, is a cosmopolitan city with 2,500 years of continuous history. History and art buffs have been overwhelmed for centuries and continue to do so today. Rome, as the seat of the Vatican is also the city with the largest concentration of historic churches and religious monuments and a staggering amount of art pieces in its many Museums. The entire historic center of Rome made up of Roman ruins and baroque monuments is listed by Unesco as a World Heritage site. less

Visit to Vetriano, Italy

Visit to Vetriano, Italy

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This movie promotes the idea of staying in a small house in a Tuscan village. It will be used on a web site featuring the house as a vacation rent…moreThis movie promotes the idea of staying in a small house in a Tuscan village. It will be used on a web site featuring the house as a vacation rental property. less

Tuscany and Umbria

Tuscany and Umbria

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This is just a teaser of the programs we plan to develop on Italian themes. It is also an example of the kinds of short WEB movies on many parts o…moreThis is just a teaser of the programs we plan to develop on Italian themes. It is also an example of the kinds of short WEB movies on many parts of the world that we can create from our extensive footage resources. less

Piazza Republica

Piazza Republica

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The Piazza Republica is one of Rome's many beautiful intersections. Located on the east side of the city, the piazza features the Naiad fountain, bui…moreThe Piazza Republica is one of Rome's many beautiful intersections. Located on the east side of the city, the piazza features the Naiad fountain, built on what was once a Roman bath. Next to the fountain is the Santa Maria degli Angeli. This church was built on and around the ruins of the Emperor Diocletian's bath. www.frakesproductions.com less

Piazza Republica

Piazza Republica

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The Piazza Republica is one of Rome's many beautiful intersections. Located on the east side of the city, the piazza features the Naiad fountain, bui…moreThe Piazza Republica is one of Rome's many beautiful intersections. Located on the east side of the city, the piazza features the Naiad fountain, built on what was once a Roman bath. Next to the fountain is the Santa Maria degli Angeli. This church was built on and around the ruins of the Emperor Diocletian's bath. www.frakesproductions.com less

Rome part 1

Rome part 1

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Rome part 1

Rome part 2

Rome part 2

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Rome part 2

Italian Postman goes green

Italian Postman goes green

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In Crema, Italy traffic is polluting the medieval center. A postman takes a stand and rides the Oxygen electric scooter on his rounds.

Brisighella - Albergo La Rocca

Brisighella - Albergo La Rocca

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Per info: www.albergo-larocca.it - info@albergo-larocca.it - Tel 0546-81180 It dates from the fifteenth century, 10, with 4 generations of the fa…morePer info: www.albergo-larocca.it - info@albergo-larocca.it - Tel 0546-81180 It dates from the fifteenth century, 10, with 4 generations of the family Valgimigli welcoming guests. Today the hotel offers 19 rooms all with wifi internet with a 100 seats restaurant. The kitchen is type of international and traditional, with homemade pasta and the use of selected raw materials from the area. A wide selection of Italian wines with a predominance of both regional and local. Very impressive is the panoramic terrace. Its central location makes it an excellent starting point to explore the village and the surrounding area, with the rail link with Florence, Rimini, Ravenna and Bologna. Visit the town, spend a day at the spa, or greens of the golf club just a few kilometers away. Brisighella is tradition, history, culture, welfare, sport. less

Brisighella - Locanda La Cavallina - Italy

Brisighella - Locanda La Cavallina - Italy

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La Cavallina, vecchia stazione di posta dell' 800, è una struttura ricettiva ricavata da antichi edifici rurali, immersa nella verde vallata del Lamo…moreLa Cavallina, vecchia stazione di posta dell' 800, è una struttura ricettiva ricavata da antichi edifici rurali, immersa nella verde vallata del Lamone a soli 300 mt. dal centro storico brisighellese. Sapientemente ristrutturata ed arredata da Elide e Vincenzo, presenta diverse soluzioni, ideali per soggiorno. Potrete rilassarvi, ritornando ai piaceri semplici della vita e nel nuovo ristorante, gustare piatti tipici rivisitati dagli chef Casadio e Ravaioli, in un'atmosfera calda e familiare. Nel periodo della vendemmia è possibile partecipare alla raccolta dell'uva nei vigneti dell'azienda. Questa caratteristica localita (toponimo) appare gia in antiche mappe, per indicare, forse, una stazione di posta romana. La Valle del Lamone, infatti, era attraversata da una strada (poco più che una mulattieria) che univa Faventia con la Toscana. La strada è ricordata nell'itinerario di Antonino Pio Augusto che fu imperatore nell'anno 138 d.C. Forse la strada medesima che dalla Fornace sale al Guangello e che riprende la via del cimitero fino alla Cavallina e al Mulino di Carrara. Poco oltre si trova la Villa degli Spada, il cui capostipite Paolo (1541-1631), valorizzando e sfruttando le saline di Cervia, divenne la persona piu ricca della Romagna. Tag: Agriturismo alberghi albergo alquiler apartamentos appartamenti appartamento b&b bed and breakfast bed breakfast cadena camere cibo design emilia romagna estrellas feste firenze habitacion habitaciones hostal hotel hotel a hotel de hoteles hoteles en hotels interior la locanda locanda video brisighella hd less

European Vacation

European Vacation

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Trip to London, Paris, and Rome.

Like a Virgin

Like a Virgin

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BellaDawna's rendition of Madonna's "Like a Virgin" on a gondola in Venice, Italy.

Christ the Redeemer Statue, Maratea, Italy

The "Cristo Redentore" or Christ the Redeemer on Mount Blaise in Maratea is the second largest in the world and the only one in Europe. Standing 72 f…moreThe "Cristo Redentore" or Christ the Redeemer on Mount Blaise in Maratea is the second largest in the world and the only one in Europe. Standing 72 feet high and 62 feet in width it can be seen for miles on its mountain perch. We also visit the basilica of Saint Blaise (San Biagio) which dates to the 7th century. The mountain stands at just over 2000 feet,, and on this day, we had clouds below and above us. This is a must-see when in Maratea. less

Beaches of Maratea and hill-side fire fighting, Italy

The Maratea beaches offer a splendid opportunity to work on your tan. Rent an Umbrella and chair and you are set for the day. Great views of the ocea…moreThe Maratea beaches offer a splendid opportunity to work on your tan. Rent an Umbrella and chair and you are set for the day. Great views of the ocean and small islands. Oh look, behind you the hills are on fire. Scrub brush perhaps set on fire by a careless cigarette, are working their way across the hills. The hills, too steep for vehicles, they use the Canadair fire-fighting airplane. We can watch the ocean, pretty girls in bikinis or airplanes putting out fires. Pass me another beer. less

Pepper production, Piazza San Gervasio, Italy

Like dried peppers? Toasty fried peppers? Well, we go behind the scene at the Agriter Cooperative which grows and processes peppers in a variety of…moreLike dried peppers? Toasty fried peppers? Well, we go behind the scene at the Agriter Cooperative which grows and processes peppers in a variety of ways. There are acres of peppers growing. We watch the processing, slicing up, and drying of the peppers. We also see how they string up the peppers for drying in the traditional manner. This is way off the tourist route ... in fact, we had trouble finding it. less

City of the Palmenti, Pietragalla, Italy

How did they make wine many years ago? Think you know? Well, let's take a tour of a city of ancient wineries dating back to the 1300s. The word Pal…moreHow did they make wine many years ago? Think you know? Well, let's take a tour of a city of ancient wineries dating back to the 1300s. The word Palmenti means an in-ground or below ground mill which could refer to rice, wheat or wine production. I was told that some of these were still in use ... but I doubt it. This is definitely off the usual tourist route. less

Fountain cavallina, Genzano, Italy

Fountain cavallina, Genzano, Italy

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The "Fontana Cavallina", or translated to Fountain of Horses, is a delightful piazza of fountains and a great place for meeting people. The original …moreThe "Fontana Cavallina", or translated to Fountain of Horses, is a delightful piazza of fountains and a great place for meeting people. The original fountain dating back to the 17th century, it was expanded in the mid 1800s to form a larger amphitheater in a neoclassical style. When ever in Genzano, this is a must visit place. less

The hill-top city of Rivello, Italy

The hill-top city of Rivello, Italy

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A truly classical hill-top town with many medieval buildings and churches. Not found on the usual tourist trail, it is filled with Italian color. T…moreA truly classical hill-top town with many medieval buildings and churches. Not found on the usual tourist trail, it is filled with Italian color. The main piazza, located high on the hill provides a great panoramic view of the town and surrounding hills. A cup of caffe' with a shot of Sambuca and we can spend a moment absorbing a bit of Italy. Visit the Church of Saint Antonio and the Convent, now a civic museum. less

An Italian Gardener, Rivello, Italy

An Italian Gardener, Rivello, Italy

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A unique visit with an Italian gardener and a tour of his garden. Vegetables and fruits abound on this hill-side plot of land. Learn how to pull ol…moreA unique visit with an Italian gardener and a tour of his garden. Vegetables and fruits abound on this hill-side plot of land. Learn how to pull olives off the tree and taste the fruit from the Fici di India cactus plant. less

Blessing of the horses, sausage shop, gelato shop, Assisi, Italy

View the blessing of the animals in the piazza of Saint Claire. On this day is was the horses from the surrounding towns. After the blessing and the …moreView the blessing of the animals in the piazza of Saint Claire. On this day is was the horses from the surrounding towns. After the blessing and the horses leave, there is the inevitable cleanup. Travel with us as we visit an unique Salumeria (sausage shop) and see how the experts carve up the Prosciutto. Then we end our adventures at a gelato shop (gelateria) with wall murals we wouldn't see in an American ice cream shop. The gelato was excellent as well as the murals. less

Cathedrals, Saint Francis, Saint Claire, and more, Assisi, Italy

Start your tour at the Porta Nuova (New opening/door) in the town of Assisi. Visit the Cathedral of Saint Claire (Santa Clara) and the piazza. Explor…moreStart your tour at the Porta Nuova (New opening/door) in the town of Assisi. Visit the Cathedral of Saint Claire (Santa Clara) and the piazza. Explore the ancient temple of Minerva and the Church of Maria that was built above of the temple (Santa Maria Sopra Minerva). Then take a leisurely walk through medieval streets to the Cathedral of Saint Francis (San Francesco). End with a taxi ride out of the historic district. less

Rocca Maggiore and San Damiano, Assisi, Italy

Overlooking the town of Assisi are two fortresses, Rocca Maggiore (Greater fortress) and Rocca Minore (Lesser fortress). Walk with us through the ver…moreOverlooking the town of Assisi are two fortresses, Rocca Maggiore (Greater fortress) and Rocca Minore (Lesser fortress). Walk with us through the very well restored ruins, through tunnels and have a panoramic view atop the lookout tower. Then, travel to the sanctuary of San Damiano where Saint Claire started the order of The Poor Claires and lived there for many years until her death. A follower of Saint Francis, Claire lived her life devoted to God. less

Farchioni Winery, Gualdo Cattaneo, Italy

Farchioni Winery, located on one of Italy’s abundant hill tops, is world famous for their quality products. Here we see grapes being crushed and sent…moreFarchioni Winery, located on one of Italy’s abundant hill tops, is world famous for their quality products. Here we see grapes being crushed and sent to the fermentation tanks. We also see wine being drawn off and stored in wooden casks. A great behind-the-scenes experience. Later we have lunch and a wine tasting. There is no shortage of good food and good wine being provided by our host Marco Farchioni. less

Muzzi world famous pastries, Marsciano, italy

Muzzi, Antica Pasticceria has been making pastry, confections and candy since 1795. World famous for their delicious products we meet the president…moreMuzzi, Antica Pasticceria has been making pastry, confections and candy since 1795. World famous for their delicious products we meet the president of the company, Lorendana Muzzi, and go behind the scenes to where they make some of there pastries. Just looking over their fantastic array of products you could inhale 500 calories. A cup of caffe', some cookies and we ready for anything. less

Antonelli winery, San Marco, Italy

Antonelli winery, San Marco, Italy

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Antonelli wines, world famous, is located in the hills of San Marco, about a half hour south-west of Assisi, Italy. We watch the vineyard people cutt…moreAntonelli wines, world famous, is located in the hills of San Marco, about a half hour south-west of Assisi, Italy. We watch the vineyard people cutting and bringing grapes to the auger and wine press. Then we visit the huge fermentation tanks, cask storage rooms and the wine bottling area. Finally, working up a thirst, we partake of a wine tasting with our gracious host Filippo Antonelli (Agronomist). less

Roman Villa of the Casale, Piazza Armerina, Sicily

The Roman Villa in Piazza Armerina has the best preserved Roman floor tiles (mosaics) in the world. There are 63 rooms, 42 of which have extensively …moreThe Roman Villa in Piazza Armerina has the best preserved Roman floor tiles (mosaics) in the world. There are 63 rooms, 42 of which have extensively designed floor tiles. Most of the villa is under cover and you can't, for obvious reasons, walk on the tile floors. They have an extensive network of connecting walkways for us tourists. If you are fascinated by floor tiles, this is the place to visit in Sicily. less

Valley of the Temples, Agrigento, Sicily

Perched on a hill overlooking the ocean on one side and Agrigento on the other is The Valley of the Temples. This is the finest collection of Greek t…morePerched on a hill overlooking the ocean on one side and Agrigento on the other is The Valley of the Temples. This is the finest collection of Greek temples in Europe and the temple of Concord is the world's best preserved Greek Temple. There is a bit of walking, but well worth the effort. Come along with us now as we hike among the temples. less

Archaeological Park, Syracuse, Sicily

This Archaeological Park contains a Roman amphitheater and Sicily's largest Greek theater. Also within the park is The Ear of Dionysius (cave) and th…moreThis Archaeological Park contains a Roman amphitheater and Sicily's largest Greek theater. Also within the park is The Ear of Dionysius (cave) and the Altar of Hieron II. It is a wonderfully laid out park and one should allow a few hours to wander through it. It is a treasure trove of of Roman and Greek structures spanning ten centuries. less

Stairway of Saint Maria, Caltagirone, Sicily

One hundred and forty-two steps each decorated with a unique series of decorative tiles. The steps built in 1608 were tiled in 1954 using island patt…moreOne hundred and forty-two steps each decorated with a unique series of decorative tiles. The steps built in 1608 were tiled in 1954 using island patterns from the 10th century that were collected and adapted by Antonino Ragona. less

Sights and sounds of Taormina, Sicily

Come along with us and drive the hills of Taormina in our little Fiat Punta, Visit the Hotel Villa Fabbiano, a quaint park and watch street musicians…moreCome along with us and drive the hills of Taormina in our little Fiat Punta, Visit the Hotel Villa Fabbiano, a quaint park and watch street musicians at Piazza IX Aprile. less

Nature park in the Madionie mountains, Sicily

Sicily's largest natural park lies in the Madonie mountains located in the north central portion of Sicily. Hike with us as we explore along the trai…moreSicily's largest natural park lies in the Madonie mountains located in the north central portion of Sicily. Hike with us as we explore along the trails, visit a ranger station, walk underneath the worlds largest holly trees and climb to the rocky summit. It's a clear day and the views are awesome. less

Carriage ride in Ortygia Island, Sicily

Ortygia Island sits at the tip of Syracuse (Siracusa) Sicily. Come with us on a horse drawn carriage through the historic portion of this island. We …moreOrtygia Island sits at the tip of Syracuse (Siracusa) Sicily. Come with us on a horse drawn carriage through the historic portion of this island. We also visit the ancient Greek temple (ruins) of Apollo less

Travel up Mount Etna, Sicily

Travel up Mount Etna, Sicily

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Travel with us in a ski gondola and "jeep" as we ascend Mount Etna in Sicily. Who would have thought there would have been this much snow in April. W…moreTravel with us in a ski gondola and "jeep" as we ascend Mount Etna in Sicily. Who would have thought there would have been this much snow in April. We could only make it to just below the summit to view the huge caldera. At a lower elevation we hiked down into an extinct caldera. The views are incredible. less

Greek/Roman Theater, Taormina, Sicily

What would it have been like, thousands of years ago, to be a spectator at this theater overlooking the bay of Naxos in Sicily. This theater, the sec…moreWhat would it have been like, thousands of years ago, to be a spectator at this theater overlooking the bay of Naxos in Sicily. This theater, the second largest in Sicily, was hewn from the rocky slopes of mount Tauro. As we walk through the passageways and climb through the theater you can feel the grandeur and antiquity of the theater. less

The medieval district, Cefalu', Sicily

The medieval district, Cefalu', Sicily

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Dating back to the 5th century BC, the town of Cefalu', like most of Sicilian towns, contains elements of Arab, Norman, Roman and Greek civilizations…moreDating back to the 5th century BC, the town of Cefalu', like most of Sicilian towns, contains elements of Arab, Norman, Roman and Greek civilizations. Come with us now and walk the streets of the medieval district, visit stores, restaurants and historic locations. Watch our meals being prepared by Sicilian chefs and listen to one local restaurant owner sing while he serves the food. less

Castlebuono, Sicily

Castlebuono, Sicily

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Travel with us in this medieval town that is famous for its castle which was built by the noble Ventimiglia family in the 14th century. We visit the …moreTravel with us in this medieval town that is famous for its castle which was built by the noble Ventimiglia family in the 14th century. We visit the Chiese Vecchia Madre (Church of the old/ancient Mother) and its mural laden crypt. Then a tour of the castle which has the private family chapel built in an extreme baroque style ... unlike anything we have seen before. less

Spoleto

Spoleto

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The views from the Umbrian hill top town of Spoleto

Siena

Siena

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Piazza del Campo, the main square in Siena, a beautiful Tuscan city.

Lake Trasimeno, Umbria, italy

Lake Trasimeno, Umbria, italy

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Lake Trasimeno in Umbria is the fourth largest lake in Italy. The footage was taken in Passignano sul Trasimeno on the northern shores of the lake.

Spedale degli Innocenti

Spedale degli Innocenti

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The Spedale degli Innocenti in Florence, Italy, was the first foundling hospital built in Europe. It was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi in 1419. He…moreThe Spedale degli Innocenti in Florence, Italy, was the first foundling hospital built in Europe. It was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi in 1419. He as also the builder of the dome of the Duomo there. A horizontal wheel brought abandoned infants into the hospital. It was one of the first renaissance buildings and is beautiful in its coherent architecture. less

Piazza 4 Novembre, Perugia

Piazza 4 Novembre, Perugia

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A short video of the main square in the beautiful Italian city of Perugia

a Slice of Sicily - trailer

a Slice of Sicily - trailer

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Enter the unique world of Sicily and explore the many historical and archaeological sites with this husband and wife videography team. Climb "La Rocc…moreEnter the unique world of Sicily and explore the many historical and archaeological sites with this husband and wife videography team. Climb "La Rocca" towering above the medieval town of Cefalu. Visit Cefalu itself and discover the medieval district. Visit the "Valley of the Temples" in Agrigento: the fortress castle at Castlebuono; the Roman Casale in Piazza Armerina famous for it's incrededible floor mosaics: and on and on to be a part of Sicily's historical culture. less