🍷MORE Italian Wine Trail Tales…with Tom!🍷

🍷 Tom’s blog is replete with tempting tales along the Italian Wine Trail! I have asked him to share about the Salento sub-region of Puglia, his new home in Italy, and a favorite region of mine…won’t you join us?Let's Go to Italy Together!

Savoring the Salento

In a previous life, back when I punched the clock and earned a bi-monthly paycheck, I used to travel frequently on business, departing my home up in the Veneto for the sun-drenched Salento, the Greek-influenced area within Italy’s lengthy Puglia region down in the southeastern corner of La Penisola. And, with each passing visit it became just a bit more difficult for me to close the briefcase and return home…

Puglia's Salento (Photo: Tom Weber)

Puglia’s Salento (Photo: Tom Weber)

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International Women’s Day is March 8th! #BeBoldforChange

Spacer-LaDolceVita~ March 8th ~


International Women’s Day!iwd_square

I have to repeat my sentiment from 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016!

Of course, I may be slightly prejudiced but I think every day should be women’s day and the fact that there is still an issue of women’s rights rankles me, but I certainly support anything that brings attention to work that needs to be done.Spacer-LaDolceVita

The 2017 Theme is: #BeBoldforChange

“Call on the masses or call on yourself to help to help forge a better working world – a more inclusive, gender world.”

Worldwide, women continue to contribute to social, economic, cultural and political achievement.

And we have much to celebrate today. But progress towards gender parity has slowed in many places.

The World Economic Forum predicted in 2014 that it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity. Then one year later in 2015, they estimated that a slowdown in the already glacial pace of progress meant the gender gap wouldn’t close entirely until 2133 and in 2016 the prediction is 2186!

Spacer-LaDolceVitaWhy the Color Purple??

From 1908, the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) in Great Britain adopted the color scheme of purple, white and green to symbolize the plight of the Suffragettes. Purple symbolized justice and dignity – two values strongly associated with women’s equality. The three colors were used for banners, flags, rosettes and badges to show solidarity.paintitpurple_iwd

From the International Women’s Day site:

“Over time and distance, the equal rights of women have progressed. We celebrate the achievements of women while remaining vigilant and tenacious for further sustainable change. There is global momentum for championing women’s equality.

Each year around the world, International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. Thousands of events occur not just on this day but throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Organizations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women’s groups, corporations and the media celebrate the day. Many groups around the world choose different themes each year relevant to global and local gender issues.”

Whether you are participating in any of the world wide activities or not, surely there’s time for a special nod of gratitude and acknowledgement of the women in your life? Spacer-LaDolceVita

(All International Women’s Day Graphics Courtesy IWD website.)

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♦ An Elegant Afternoon in Florence ♦

Let's Go to Italy Together!♥ La Dolce Vita Visits “a Noble Palazzo in the Heart of Florence” ♥

Ah, Florence! There is just so much to see and experience in this iconic and magnificent city…

There so much to see that, in a short visit, it’s easy to miss many of the architectural gems. Spectacular edifices that were once elegant palazzi are government or financial institutions, museums, apartments, hotels, and the like. Although the exteriors may be somewhat unassuming, upon entering there is much more than meets the eye.Photo Victoria De Maio

As is often the case, there is a rich and fascinating history behind these façades. This is most surely the case with the Relais Santa Croce – one of the jewels in the crown of Baglioni Hotels’  luxurious properties… Continue reading

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🍷MORE Italian Wine Trail Tales…Piedmont with Penny🍷

🍷 Piedmont is a region that is VERY high on my bucket list. Today Penny guides us through the renowned Langhe, Roero and Moferrato wine areas…

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🍷Getting Lost in the Hills of Piedmont…

Snow-capped mountains and rolling green hills are lined with row after row of vineyards.  Castles stand sentinel on the hilltops, it feels a bit like being in a landscape from a medieval adventure novel.

🍷This is Italy’s largest wine region, located at the foot of the Alps in the region aptly named, Piedmont…

The Hillsides of Langhe (Photo: Penny Sadler)

The Hillsides of Langhe (Photo: Penny Sadler)

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♦ Sicily’s White Gold or “Pass the Salt”! ♦

Let's Go to Italy Together!♦ “The Salt Road” – Via del Sale ♦

The Via del Sale extends from Trapani to the Stagnone Lagoon to Marsala, including the island of Mòzia. Stagnone Lagoon is the largest lagoon on Sicily’s western coastline and when you reach Núbia and Saline dello Stagnone, you are greeted by a unique vista of salt-pans and ancient windmills…Photo Victoria De Maio Continue reading

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🍷MORE Italian Wine Trails in Sicily…with Simona🍷

🍷 I’m so pleased to introduce you to Simona who I met during my travels in Sicily last October (2016). Her passion and love for her home is contagious and inspiring and I’m thrilled to have her share about the wines of Mt. Etna…

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Wine Tasting at the Foot of Mt. Etna

🍷My personal experience with Etna territory and wines has always been very particular and exciting.

I used to live at the feet of this huge active Volcano, from the continuous smoking signs to tremors and explosions lights, the first look at morning is always through the mountain direction just to signify “Good morning lady. How are you?”. This is the feeling of each person living around the area of the volcano.

Sicily (Photo: SImona Ferro)

At the Foot of a Volcano – Mt. Etna (Photo: Simona Ferro)

When you start climbing on the slopes of Etna from Giarre to Linguaglossa, you’re always surrounded by this gorgeous green and colored landscape where vines are all around and it changes the scenery through the seasons from the harvest period of September till the springtime blooming, when producers try to figure out what kind of wine will deserve the next harvesting…

Sicily (Photo: Simona Ferro)

Sicily (Photo: Simona Ferro)

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🍷MORE Italian Wine Trails & Tales…with Katarina Andersson🍷

🍷 Katarina takes us back to Calabria where she visited Tenuta del Conte, a winery in Cirò Marina, managed by Mariangela Parrilla and owned by her family.

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🍷Tenuta del Conte – A Winery in Calabria🍷 

The last few years, I have been going at least once a year to Calabria to visit friends but also to take the opportunity to visit different wineries. Photo: Katarina Andersson

This last summer, I was invited to several wineries in Calabria, from Cirò Marina to Bianco in the most southern part of the region. It turned out to be a very interesting holiday where I might not have managed to stay much at the beach, but I did learn a lot about wine… Continue reading

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🍷MORE Italian Wine Trails & Tales…with Marilyn Ricci🍷

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🍷 Find out how my friend, fellow blogger and lover of all things Italian, Marilyn, not only learned about and became an enthusiastic fan and supporter of The Winefathers but, visited her Wine Family in Basilicata… 🍷

Let's Go to Italy Together!🍷Join the Wine Family!🍷

I love all things Italian, including the people, the food and wine. I have been lucky enough to share authentic meals with my family in Italy. It is like nothing you have ever experienced in the United States. And I found a way for you to share such an experience.

Photo Marilyn Ricci

I’m a Wine Cousin! (Photo credit: Marilyn Ricci)

Become a Wine Cousin as I have done…

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♥ Your Invitation to “La Dolce Vita” ♥

Let's Go to Italy Together!♥ Ciao, Amici!!

Now that 2016 and the holidays are behind us, I hope that your 2017 is off to a fabulous start?

Despite Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction on Groundhog Day, spring will arrive and with it spring fever… and looking forward to those getaway and vacation plans…

I know that I am already looking forward to returning for my 6th tour of Puglia in May (as well as fall in Puglia and the Italian Riviera!)~ and I’m hoping that you will be joining me!?

My expert partners and I have created unique, boutique experiences that will introduce you to and immerse you in the authentic sights and flavors of Puglia and the Italian Riviera. You will travel like a local with locals!

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Space is very limited to no more than 10-12 guests which is why I’m inviting you to save your spot and join me in 2017!

 * The dollar is STRONG and airfares are LOW! Two good reasons to plan now! *

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Which “dolce vita” will it be?Photo: Victoria De Maio

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I can help you Design YOUR Dream Trip to Italy!

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I can’t wait to hear from you!

Questions? Don’t hesitate! Contact Me today!

Let’s chat about your trip-of-a-lifetime!

I’m here to help YOU!

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♥My Valentine to You? A Sweetheart of a Deal♥

Let's Go to Italy Together!♥ You’ll Say “Grazie!” ♥

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“This is the perfect guide for anyone planning a trip to Italy, Concise and up-to-date, Travel TipZ Italian Style is well written and informative. Victoria’s travel tips are organized in sections, making it simple to find what you need. Her sense of humor sprinkled throughout the book allows the reader to learn in a fun way. It is apparent that Victoria’s passion for Italy, as well as her multiple travel experiences makes her an expert in suggesting the best ways to enjoy Italy. An added bonus is the section called More Expert TipZ, where the author has invited eighteen other ‘experts’ on Italy to weigh in with one tip each.

I highly recommend this guide to anyone going to Italy, first-timers as well as seasoned travelers. I guarantee that you will discover something you didn’t know.”

Let's Go to Italy Together!Photo Victoria De Maio♦ Christine Schuler, Hotel Villa Schuler (Taormina, Sicily):

“Happened to read this book as a foreigner living in Italy since more than 10 years now. I guess I can evaluate the quality of Victoria’s TipZ, even if I am not American (to whom the author addresses her book mainly). This book is absolutely worth being read before coming to Italy, not only for Americans. Victoria provides well-researched and detailed information, good tips and hints and she presents all this with a most pleasurable sense of humor. I loved her positive attitude towards her readers as well as to Italy and the Italians and their different way of living,

I loved her relaxed Dolce Vita approach of traveling (enjoy what you see, be flexible, ‘come with an open mind, an open heart and embrace the differences’) and also the Italian proverbs she added. I can highly recommend this book!”

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