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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


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.

Travel to Piedmont region to discover “The King’s Pantry”

posted by Home In Italy on June 11th, 2015

Have you ever wondered which was the King’s diet? And who knows how were the royal sumptuous banquets prepared? Which was the gastronomic production inside the court? To answer all these questions and much more, the Piedmont Region and Torino city organize the thematic tours of The King’s Pantry.

The Banquet, Piedmont2015

From June the 1st to October the 31st 2015, the wonderful heritage of villas, castles, palaces and residences of Piedmont region will come alive to offer artistic, historical and gastronomic tours. The set of royal residences, 21 in total, is a gem part of the UNESCO World Heritage and it is now the time to discover it!
Plunge into the ordinary life of that time: a walking itinerary through royal gardens and royal kitchens to discover the food production and to know different aspects of living at the court of the Savoy Family. The King’s Pantry is a wonderful opportunity to discover all the historic and cultural richness of this region, with a special consideration for all that had to do with the food.

UNESCO World Heritage

Let’s see in detail the events of the Pantry:

Castello di RivoliAt table with the King. A Royal Residence, its history and its protagonists
Every Sunday and bank holidays starting from 4:30 pm

Reggia di VenariaTour inside the Royal Kitchen and The Royal Potager
Tuesday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 7 pm

Palazzina di Caccia di StupinigiFrom Stupinigi to the rest of the world
every second Saturday of the month, 2:30 pm and 4:00 pm

Palazzina di Caccia di StupinigiFamilies at museum
first and third Sunday of July, September and October, 3:00 pm and 4:30 pm

Palazzina di Caccia di StupinigiFocus: The food and the land within the crown of delights
12th July 3:00 pm and 4:30 pm

Palazzo MadamaPalazzo Madama Garden Tour
from Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm (last entrance at 5:00 pm)

Villa della ReginaVilla della Regina vineyard
9th and 23rd June, 14th and 28th July, 11th and 25th August, 8th and 22nd September, 13th and 27th October at 10:00 am

Castello di RacconigiRacconigi Royal Kitchens tour
Saturday and Sunday 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Castello di AglièDiscovering Savoy Dukes’ kitchens
tour of the kitchen with a tour guide, every Friday at 4:00 pm and Saturday at 10:00 am

Castello de La MandriaFlavored-Rose
20th June 6:30 pm

Castello de La MandriaGood morning Majesty
20th September 10:30 am

Piedmont and Turin to discover the King's Pantry

We are already excited about the program, which seems a dream! We just have to decide which event to take part… and it will be hard to choose!
The Piedmont region created the Royal Card, valid 48 hours, which gives the possibility to enter three royal residences, unlimited use of tourist bus city sightseeing of Torino and other special discounts for the events. The Royal Card is a win-win if you decide to organize a weekend in the beautiful city of Turin.

The greatest photography exhibitions in Milan

posted by Home In Italy on May 20th, 2015

In this period, Milan is hosting many art exhibitions of considerable interest. These are unique opportunities to observe the art works of personalities of great prominence in the international scene: the names of Biley, Brassai and Robert Capa are among the protagonists. In this article, we will focus on the three exhibitions we consider really worth to be visited.

art in Milan

Let’s start with the exhibitions entirely dedicated to David Bailey, which will be open until the 2nd of June 2015 at the PAC – Pavilion of Contemporary Art in Via Palestro 14. The journey inside the universe of the Swinging London photographer twists and turns along a fascinating exposition, where portraits of music, fashion and cinema stars bare the real essence of the protagonists. You will see the most vivid expressions of the Queen Elizabeth, Mike Jagger, Paul McCartney, Andy Warhol, Bob Dylan, Jack Nicholson, Grace Jones, Kate Moss and Johnny Depp, or even the historical record covers of the Rolling Stones, Marianne Faithfull, Alice Cooper and Cat Stevens.

David Bailey art exhibition in Milan

The poetic “Brassai. Pour l’amour de Paris “, instead, is set up, up to 28th of June 2015, in the Palazzo Morando, in Via Sant’Andrea 6. The exhibition pays tribute to the great Hungarian photographer and his beloved Paris, offering the opportunity to admire 260 shots that immortalize the majestic beauty of the French capital: it goes from the most hidden corners of the city to the details of the expressions of its inhabitants, creating an exciting glimpse of Paris, from the 20s to 70s. To top it all a wonderful initiative of the Institut français in Milan, offering a festival of showings dedicated to the Paris of the years of Brassai (cinema Corso Magenta 63).

Brassai in Milan, art exhibition

We conclude with another important event that has been enriching the city since last January: it’s Robert Capa in Italy – 1943-1944, one of the most important retrospective ever devoted to the father of photojournalism. The collection brings together the intense images captured by the photographer during the final phase of World War II. The exhibition is hosted in the halls of the Spazio Oberdan in Viale Vittorio Veneto 2 and will be open until the 22nd of May.