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Dreaming about sun… Sicily here we come!

posted by Home In Italy on February 16th, 2015

With Christmas as a vague memory, days are now slowly beginning to lengthen and although summer is still far away, our desire to travel is champing at a bit! So let’s start daydreaming and, why not, thinking about your summer holiday… because, you know, to book a holiday is never too early!

Our fist selection is the southern coast of Sicily, from Agrigento to Catania. Here, in spring time, you can already reach the shore (timidly!) and enjoy the first warm rays of the sun. Sicily is the ideal place for outdoor dining with its rich cuisine and its enchanting atmosphere between baroque and exotic.

Lying on the hills of the Etna Vulcan, Mascalucia is an excellent base for exploring the East cost and getting lost in its pistachios plantations. If you like trekking, our suggestion is to organize a daytour in the Natural Reserve “La Timpa” in Acireale: here you will see many natural phenomena summarizing the history of Etna. The natural park is the overlapping of many eruptive eras; from light grey ancient lava to the dark grey one, with special crystals of augite, typical of the more recent eruptions.

Take advantage of the proximity of Catania and spend at least one afternoon in this lovely city. Not to be missed the historic pastry laboratory of Nonna Vincenza in San Placido square, where you can taste and buy delicious pastries with almonds and pistachios, cream horns with ricotta cheese and chocolate and, of course, the famous cannoli.

Just outside Catania, you will get lost among lemon trees and gardens of historic interest. Take note of the Garden Biviere Lenitni (Siracusa), which is a spectacular Mediterranean garden created in the late Sixties. As legend would have it, in this place Hercules, son of Zeus, brought the skin of the defeated lion Nemean as a gift to Ceres, goddess of the harvest. He created a lake that was named after him: Lacus Erculeus (during centuries, the lake changed its name and Arabs called it Beveré, which means waterhole for sheep and fish). Here you can admire lush palm trees, blue Jacaranda, old roses, Yucca specimen and unusual Xanthorrea trees.

The hottest and more exotic sea of Sicily is located just south of Syracuse. Forget beach resorts and imagine yourself lying in the uncontaminated nature: the Cala di Terrauzza, the protected area of Plemmirio and the Marchesa di Cassibile beach.

And now, tell us, don’t you feel a sudden desire of Sicily? We can already perceive the smell of citrus, cannoli and chocolate while the wind is brushing the palm trees.

Triumph of food at Venice Carnival 2015

posted by Home In Italy on February 2nd, 2015

Life is a Carnival!The Carnival of Venice: “the gluttonous festival” to celebrate Expo 2015. The Carnival of Venice pays tribute to Expo 2015 with a program dedicated to food.
From January 31 until February 17 2015, Venice will be animated by festivals, performances, shows and events related to wine and food. Food and Carnival are linked in an obvious way, Carnival being the celebration of the recklessness and the pleasure of food – said the artistic director of the Venetian Carnival, Mr. Rampello – food is joy and abundance”. During this edition, we will emphasize the essence of this festival – he concluded – and of man’s relationship with food.
The San Marco square will be embellished with triumphs of food and garlands of vegetables; theatrical productions and revivals will give attention to the relationship of Venice with food; markets, large banquets. Special openings, exhibitions, iconographic itineraries focused on the food in the holy places; theatrical plays and comedies.
The relationship with food will become a real show: the competition of who wares “the most beautiful mask” has the theme of food, so we will see many masks inspired by a fruit, a plate, a recipe.
Saturday, January 31 is the opening of the festival, with a nouveau cirque company celebrating water and rivers. The following day will be all about the historical parade of boats; the public will have the possibility to taste traditional Venetian food along the River Rio di Cannaregio.
Saturday, February 7th opens the Gran Teatro of San Marco Square, the setting of all the Carnival events: the Festa delle Marie, a historical parade with twelve ladies in beautiful costumes of the Renaissance age.
Sunday, February 8th the famous “Volo dell’Angelo”, with a lady flying in a spectacular way from the San Marco tower to the center of the square. Shows will follow by night, with fireworks and water fountains.
From Thursday 12th to Tuesday 17th February, an explosion of events, parties, fashion shows, making the Carnival of Venice, once again, the event of the month in Italy.

INTERNATIONAL MASERATI CENTENNIAL GATHERING

posted by Home In Italy on September 3rd, 2014

Three days from Modena to Turin, with a racetrack stop in Cremona, to celebrate Maserati’s first century. The International Maserati Centennial Gathering will be held from September 18 through September 20. The three days will see a succession of exhibitions, parades, a regularity race, a track test, a visit to the two Maserati factories and a concours d’elegance. Cars and collectors from all over the world are expected to be in attendance.

A hundred years have gone by since, in December of 1914, Alfieri Maserati and his brothers Ettore and Ernesto opened the first car repair workshop in a basaement on Via de’ Pepoli, Bologna. Here they began to prepare and modify cars for themselves – the three Maserati brothers were also rather capable drivers – and the gentlemen drivers of those heroic days. These were the first steps of a company that in time was to become an international icon of Italian motoring.

The Maserati Centennial Gathering will begin in the morning on Thursday, September 18, in Modena with the arrival of the historic and contemporary models that will be taking part in the event and their display in some of the most captivating urban spaces. The next day, Friday, September 19, the participants will make their way to Turin, with a stop in the San Martino del Lago circuit and a parade through the streets of Cremona. The afternoon of Saturday, September 20, will see the concluding event: the Concours d’Elegance in Piazza San Carlo.

Do not miss the possibility to participate to this glorious event and rent one of our luxury villas in the North of Italy. Enjoy the amazing landscape and shores of the Como Lake, the nature and culture of the Garda Lake and the beauty of Portofino, with its picturesque harbor and the brightly-colored houses.

UMBRIA ROCK FESTIVAL

posted by Home In Italy on June 6th, 2014

From August 1-3, the winding valleys of Massa Martana, Umbria will transform into a bohemian playground. The spirit of Italy’s golden era of art cinema and the sounds of London’s swinging 60s rock uprising converge this summer, setting the modern scene for the inaugural Umbria Rock Festival, Italy’s first three-day music and arts festival.

3 days. 2 stages. 1 community. Italy is the motherland of some of the world’s most iconic creations in art, music and cinema. And now it’s home to another cultural phenomenon that’s sweeping the international music community: the magic of setting up camp to completely immerse ourselves in a weekend of music, dance and like-hearted souls.

The Soundtrack. Fusing historical punk rock sounds with modern indie, Umbria Rock Festival 2014 is excited to announce an international lineup, featuring sets by the Kaiser Chiefs, James, Paul Weller, Basement Jaxx, Peter Hook and The Light, The Cribs, The Charlatans, Courteeners and more.