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Traveling with a glass of wine – San Remo: the Pearl of the Riviera of the flowers

posted by Home In Italy on September 10th, 2015

Sanremo is a beautiful city located on the Mediterranean coast of western Liguria in north-western Italy, known mostly for the annual “Sanremo Music” festival. The city was founded in Roman times and it is known as “The Pearl of the Riviera of the flowers” . Indeed, Sanremo is famous all around the world for the production of flowers, cultivated on the amazing hills around. The perfume of nature and the beauty of the landscape make the city a little peace of paradise in Italy. Sanremo is a sun-dappled Mediterranean resort characterized by a series of marvelous Riviera-style villas.

Gewurztraminer Nussbaumer Tramin

One of the oldest farms in Tramin, the Nussbaumer has a long tradition of over 700 years in the cultivation of the vineyard. The selection Nussbaumer personifies all the characteristics of Sanermo: an intense, bright yellow color which recalls the shining sun and the fragrant notes that smells of rose petals and other varieties of flowers and fruits. Pleasant aromas and notes decidedly spicy, this vine is excellent as an aperitif. It is ideal with shellfish (surprising with spicy Asian cuisine) but also extraordinary alone, as a meditation wine, to accompany an unforgettable convivial moment.

TYPE: White vine

REGION: Alto Adige

AROMA: Floreal, spized

MATCH: Cold cuts, Fish and Crustacean

PROOF: 14% vol

YEAR: 2013


Villa Vanto | Amalfi Coast | Sorrento

posted by Home In Italy on September 3rd, 2015

Situated between Massa Lubrense and Sorrento, in an exclusive and panoramic location, this luxury, modern and minimalist-style villa offers the maximum comfort and luxury. A private road controlled by security guards leads to Villa Vanto and to other villas immersed in one of the most exclusive and panoramic areas, in the greenery of the hillside, bordering the coastline. Sorrento, just 5 kilometres away from Villa Vanto, is the ideal base for excursions along the Sorrento coastline. From Sorrento it is also possible to take the ferry or hydrofoil to the amazing islands Capri and Ischia, or to take the ‘Circumvesuviana’ train to visit ancient Pompeii and Herculaneum (Ercolano). The nearest sandy beach is 3 kilometres away throughout a pathway or on a 10 minutes drive.

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Swimming pool (4x8mts), A/C, Wi-fi internet connection, SKY TV in the living room, outdoor Jacuzzi, private parking space, washing machine and dryer, BBQ, safe.

Arab-Norman Palermo – A new entry in the UNESCO’s World Heritage

posted by Home In Italy on August 4th, 2015

The recent news is that Palermo became a member of the UNESCO’s World Heritage, which is the 51th site in Italy, the first nation in the ranking. The decision was made during the last meeting of the World Committee in Born held during July 2015.

The UNESCO’s World Heritage is a marvellous list made of amazing cultural and natural sites all around the world. They are wonderful and unique places considered a human heritage.

Located on the northern coast of Sicily, Arab-Norman Palermo itinerary includes nine religious and civil structures dating from the era of the Norman kingdom of Sicily (1130 – 1194): in particular there are three churches, a bridge, two palaces, three cathedrals including the cathedrals of Monreale and Cefalú.

These monuments represent the social-cultural syncretism between Byzantines, Islamic and Western cultures on Sicily, from which the new concepts of space, decoration and traditional structure of this art were originated.

There are also testimonies of people of different cultures as Latin, French, Byzantine, Muslim, Jewish and Lombard regarding the coexistence.

“Il Palazzo dei Normanni”

The Norman Palace is the oldest royal residence in Europe and was build during the Islamic domination of Sicily (lasting from 827 to 1091). Following the Normans to reign and to transform the original Arabic palace in a complex structure, making also the Palatine Chapel, a three-aisled basilica in Byzantine – Norman style.
Today the Norman Palace is also home to the Sicilian Regional Assembly and the Astronomical Observatory citizen.

“San Giovanni degli Eremiti”

The church of San Giovanni of the Heremits. Located near the Norman Palace, dates back to the 6th century and was first a mosque, then a Christian church by the will of the sovereign Ruggero II, finally restored in 1880 in order to bring out the calls to the East, as proved from the domes colour red.

“Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio”

The church of St. Mary’s is also known as Church of Martorana and it is a testimony of the power held by the Byzantine and Orthodox religious culture in Palermo. Exiles Albanians, indeed took refuge here during the persecution of the Turks, leaving significant traces of their culture in the style of painting and in religious ritual.
The variety of artistic styles of this church is an example of what this city has always been a melting pot of cultures and a model of coexistence between peoples and religions.

“San Cataldo”

Inside the church of St. Cataldo, Christian temple built in the 20th century, it is possible to admire the marble floors decorated with Arabian style mosaics. The church is located at Piazza Bellini, near the church of the Matrorana.

“Santa Vergine Maria Assunta”

The main church in Palermo is the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Assumption. It represents the most successful expression of different styles, such as the Gothic, Baroque, Norma Romanesque and Neoclassical. Be inspired by the stately building and during the summer participate at the evening visits rooftops, in order to admire the city from the top and take memorable photographs.

“Zisa’s Palace”

Today the Palace of the Zisa, originally a royal residence, is a museum of Islamic art and a garden, recently renovated. Zisa in Arabic means “beautiful”: you will totally agree after having walked through the castle discovering the beauty of musciarabia, wooden screens and everyday objects as candlesticks or bowls. The district is named Zisa because of the building, which also includes a park and a villa in art nouveau style.

“The Admiral Bridge”

This monument was build to connect the city to the gardens beyond the river Oreto and in 1860, during the expedition of the Thousand. Here came the battle between Garibaldi and the troops Bourbon. This Norman bridge now offers a different view from the original, because the river that flowed under the bridge was diverted and now there is a garden surrounded by tree lined streets and succulents.

“Cefalù Cathedral”

The cathedral of Cefalù is famous mostly because of its cloister, a masterpiece of medieval Sicily. Cefalù is situated on a 70km distance from Palermo and it is recommended for its beaches. Indeed, it is part of the Madonie, one of the most beautiful nature reserves in the region.
The cathedral also has a complex history since the project was modified several times and the church was never completed finally.

“Monreale Cathedral”

Built in the 12th century, the Byzantine mosaics that decorate the interior will amaze and surprise you by its attention to detail. The cloister is undoubtedly the most sublime from the architectural point of view, the highest result of Byzantine remained unchanged over the time.

The history of Ferragosto

posted by Home In Italy on July 29th, 2015

If you have been to Italy in August, surely you have heard someone talking about “Ferragosto”. But, what does it represent for Italian people?

Ferragosto is an ancient Italian festival celebrated on the 15th of August every year which coincides with the Assumption Day, the principal feast of the Virgin Mary. It represents the most important summer holiday in Italy: most Italians will get out of the cities and spend this day at the beach or the mountains.
The mid-August holiday is an ancient festivity instituted during the Octavian Augustus’ times: the term derives from the Latin expression feriae Augusti (Festival of August) and indicates a celebration during which horse races were organized across the Roman Empire. For all the duration of the feast, the draught animals like donkeys and oxen were free from their work and dressed up with flowers garlands, while the workers brought their wishes to chiefs in change of extra trips.

This tradition carries on during the time with the Palio of Siena, which is played on the 16th of August. Actually, the name “Palio” comes from the pallium, a piece of cloth that was the award given to the winners of the horse races in the ancient Rome.

But Ferragosto has also a religious meaning: the Catholic Church celebrates the 15th as a Holy Day of Obligation to commemorate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary . In particular, it is celebrated her actual physical elevation of her sinless soul and incorruptible body into Heaven. Before the Roman Catholic Curch, however, this holiday was a celebration of the Gods – in particular Diana – and the cycle of fertility and ripening.

The actual tradition of going on a trip during Ferragosto starts during the Fascism era, in the second half of the 1920s. At this time, the government usually organized popular journeys with the “People’s trains of Ferragosto”, trains with discounted prices. On these trips, Italian people had the opportunity to travel with their family: for the first time, they saw with their own eyes the mountains, the sea and the main art attractions all around the nation.

From the famous Palio di Siena to the religious processions in name of the Virgin Mary organized all around Italy, followed by fireworks and parties at the beach, the 15th August has a fundamental role in the summer holiday planning. Nowadays, families take a short holiday during which they have huge meals all together spending a pleasant time.