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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.

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.

INTERNATIONAL GASTRONOMIC AND NUTRITION FAIR

posted by Home In Italy on April 30th, 2014

Get ready for four days of Italian food, nutrition and agro-alimentary customs and traditions during Cibus, the 17th Salone Internazionale dell’Alimentazione in Parma, in the heart of Italy. This enormous showcase boasts workshops, conferences and events that familiarize professionals – both national and international – working in food and craft services, retail, and the hotel sector with the latest product and market trends.

This year, Cibus makes additions to its usual small and mid-size business, dessert and pastry, and large-scale distribution programmes, making room to focus on organic, gluten-free, kosher and halal fare.

In keeping with the themes of cuisine and Italian gastronomic specialties, participants and visitors from all over the world can enjoy in particular the dishes of Emilian and Parmense cooking, including the world-famous Parmigiano Reggiano and Prosciutto di Parma, the mushrooms of Albereto and Borgotaro, Italian quiche and bread made at high altitudes. Cibus is also an excellent occasion to take on flavours and art itineraries of the city and its environments.

Parma and its fair district are strategic hubs from which to reach other locales like Piacenza, famous for its castles, or Modena, with its Romanesque Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Hours: Monday, May 5th - 9:30 AM - 9 PM
Tuesday, May 6th to Thursday, May 8th – 9:30 AM to 6 PM