🍷Italian Wine Trails & Tales with…Tom Weber🍷

🍷Today our Italian Wine Trails & Tales take us to an absolutely splendid event with Tom in celebration of harvest at a winery very close to Venice. Reading about his sumptuous evening in exquisite and mouthwatering detail is almost as good as being there.

Let's Go to Italy Together!A Wine Harvest Draped in Bottega Gold

There is nothing better in a travel-foodie blogger’s life than to receive an invitation to attend a special event involving a knife, a fork, a spoon and a wine glass. I scored such an invite several harvests ago from Bottega S.p.A, an award-winning Italian estate built inside Villa Rosina, a renovated and expanded 19th century manor house surrounded by ten hectares of just-picked vineyards, in tiny Bibano di Godega di Sant’Urbino, just 45 km (27 mi) north of La Serenissima, Venice.

Bottega Harvest (Photo Tom Weber)

Bottega Harvest (Photo Tom Weber)

I was here, smack dab in the middle of Italy’s Prosecco and grappa-producing Veneto region, to experience Bottega’s sixth annual Festa della Vendemmia (Harvest Festival). Continue reading

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🍷Italian Wine Trails & Tales…with Jennifer Martin 🍷

🍷Tuscany is probably the best known region in Italy for its wine. While most of us may be familiar with several of the varietals, Jennifer’s knowledgeable insights add a whole new dimension to that next glass of chianti or Brunello!

Let's Go to Italy Together!On the Tuscan Wine Trail!

Many dream of escaping the realities of day to day life and escaping to Tuscany, but to actually say yes and plan for it is another thing.  I can’t recommend it enough for you to make all these fantasies, postcards and movies of Tuscany become a reality.  Tuscany has so much to offer and was the region within Italy that first captured my heart and I know the medieval Tuscan towns, food, wine and olive and vineyard lined hills with capture yours as well…

Photo Jennifer Martin

Tuscany vineyards – (Photo Jennifer Martin)

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Spotlight on: Otranto’s Mosaic Masterpiece

Let's Go to Italy Together!Otranto Cathedral, Cathedral of Santa Maria Annunziata (Saint Mary of the Annunciation) is impressive even before you enter…Oranto Photo Victoria De Maio Continue reading

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🍷Italian Wine Trails & Tales…with Katarina Andersson🍷

🍷Today our Italian Wine Trails & Tales take us to Calabria, a region that, I would venture to say, very few of us have experienced. Let’s follow Katarina and learn more about the wines of this lesser known region of Italy.

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Wine Discoveries in Calabria

Calabria 'A Vita - Katarina Andersson

‘A Vita Winery (Photo Katarina Andersson)

Since back when I was writing my Ph.D. in 19th century history, my aim has been to, so to speak, walk in the footsteps of Giuseppe Garibaldi on Aspromonte. Almost two years ago, on one of my trips to Calabria, a dear friend of mine from Lamezia Terme brought me to meet some friends of hers in Strongoli, a part of this region where I had not been much before. It was not Aspromonte, but still the same region and close to another mountain, namely Sila

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Puglia: A Great Place to Take the Kids (& Grandkids)!

Let's Go to Italy Together!If you’ve been reading my blog and following along, you’ve probably noticed that I don’t really talk about “family friendly travel” very much but today I’m making an exception.  Many families, including grandparents, are finding “multi-generational” travel to be extremely rewarding and Italy is a natural choice to please everyone!

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Puglia Photo Victoria De Maio

The charming trulli of Puglia

Lesser known than many of the other region of Italy, Puglia, the heel of  Italy’s boot has a lot to offer everyone. If you’re planning a family or multi-generational vacation, Puglia should definitely be on your list and here’s why…

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🍷Italian Wine Trails & Tales…with Victoria🍷

Let's Go to Italy Together!🍷Along La Strada del Sagrantino in the Heart of Italy’s Green Heart🍷

It was poet Giosuè Carducci who gave Umbria the title, “green heart of Italy”. And for good reason…

Umbria truly is a lush, verdant region literally located in the heart of Italy. As with every other region, Umbria has its own distinct personality, cuisine and wines. And in the heart of the green heart is Montefalco.

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Montefalco – La Strada del Sagrantino

Let's Go to Italy Together!When I first visited Umbria nine years ago, Montefalco and Sagrantino were virtually unknown. Fast forward to present day and both have become popular and well-known, not only among wine enthusiasts but, among those seeking an authentic “off the beaten track” experience… Continue reading

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I Love My Independence, Don’t You?!

independence dayIt’s 4th of July weekend and, on Monday, those of us in the U.S. celebrate our Independence Day…

Three years ago, I published this post and, in light of all that has transpired in those three years, and particularly in the last months, I have to reflect once again on what it means to be independent and what it means to have others try to compromise or undermine my independence and freedoms… Continue reading

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More Great Travel TipZ About: Tours & Cruises

Let's Go to Italy Together!Why does the mere suggestion of considering a tour or a cruise turn so many people off when, as a travel planning option, they can offer the perfect solution?

As a fairly seasoned traveler who has done both, enjoyed both immensely (in addition to independent travel)…

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🍷Italian Wine Trails & Tales…with Susan Nelson🍷

🍷As you may know, wine and wine making was an essential enterprise in the Roman Empire. This week, we will visit Campania and Susan will introduce us to a winery that is reviving the ancient vines of Pompeii…

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🍷Mastroberardino Vineyards Cultivates the Ancient Vines of Pompeii 🍷

Photo Susan Nelson

Mastroberardino Winery (Photo Susan Nelson)

In 1996, Mastroberardino Vineyards in Campania was appointed by the archaeological superintendent of Pompeii to conduct extensive research in an on-site laboratory. The goal was to discover the original grape varietals and wine making techniques used in ancient Pompeii and explore their potential today. Continue reading

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🍷Italian Wine Trails & Tales… with Orna O’Reilly 🍷

🍷Let’s visit a lesser known but quite appealing Strada del Vino in the Veneto with Orna. Her enticing photos and descriptions will have us all ready to head for the Colli Euganei!

Let's Go to Italy Together!Strada del Vino dei Colli Euganei

If you have ever driven, or gone by train, south from Venice towards Florence, you may have noticed the conical peaks that rise majestically from the plain just south of Padova. These are the Euganean Hills, a beautiful regional park of about 20,000 hectares.

Photo Orna O'Reilly

Colli Euganei – Photo Orna O’Reilly

The Euganean Hills are tranquil; slopes filled with oak and chestnut trees are sprinkled with cherry and almond blossom in springtime, while summer sees vines heavy with grapes ripe for picking. Autumn brings rich russet colours to the woodlands, followed by the harvesting of the olive crop. Winter is cold and mysteriously foggy, with vines bare and gnarled waiting for spring. Continue reading

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