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LUCCA SUMMER FESTIVAL

posted by Home In Italy on March 20th, 2017

If music is your first love and you enjoy rocking out to the sounds of musical legends and current chart favourites alike, the Lucca Summer Festival is a must visit! The mediaeval Tuscan city of Lucca comes alive during the month of July and plays host to stellar line up of international stars.
Take in the city’s array of wonderfully intact historical sites, beautiful renaissance architecture and picturesque greenery as you soak up the sounds of intimate open-air performances from the greats of the music scene.

The Lucca Summer Festival first launched in 1998 with the legend that is Bob Dylan headlining. Since then it has grown in popularity and a whole host of musical megastars have visited the city to perform on the historical stages of Piazza Napoleone, Piazza San Martino and Amphitheatre Square. Past performances from esteemed stars include David Bowie, James Brown, Elton John, Eric Clapton and Alicia Keys to name but a few.

This year, the Lucca Summer Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary and the planned line-up certainly befits that milestone. Robbie Williams, Green Day, Kasabian, Rag n’ Bone Man, Imagine Dragons, LP, Macklemore featuring Ryan Lewis and Il Volo will perform across various dates during July, wowing crowds and filling the streets with excited revellers.

Lucca is obviously extremely busy during the festival, particularly around the dates of headline performances. A great tip if you are travelling as part of a group is to use the festival organisers carpooling option – it will save time, mean that you have less hassle during busy festival days and open up your options for accommodation within areas outside of the city. Although this is a great service and used widely by festival goers, it’s important for us to advise a word of safety – always use this service as part of a group, ideally two of you should travel together at all times.

If seeking accommodation outside of the city appeals to you, there are several great villa options that would work well for groups of friends or families. Villas provide a home from home with everything you need to rest, relax and unwind. With the Summer Festival in mind, they are also a perfect base from which to visit Lucca for the day to catch your favourite performances. Some of our villa recommendations include:

Villa Alibia

This unique five star property is just a 10 minute drive from Lucca and offers a design led, contemporary retreat for a group of up to 10 people. Nestled on white marble rocks, this luxury villa offers a spectacular view of Lucca and the surrounding areas, whilst still offering a peaceful haven for complete relaxation.
http://www.homeinitaly.com/alibia.htm?idv=418

Borgo Benni

Situated in a hamlet tucked away amid the gently folding hills near the town of Lucca, this villa is a grand Tuscan retreat. Originally a hunting lodge in the early 19th century, its modern restoration has accentuated its unique inner courtyards to offer an enchanted silence.
If you’re looking for a time-forgotten atmosphere then this is the perfect option for you.
http://www.homeinitaly.com/borgo+benni.htm?idv=220

Tickets for the Lucca Summer Festival are on sale now at various ticket selling websites. For more information on the Lucca Summer Festival and to purchase tickets visit www.summer-festival.com.

If you’re keen to check out more villa options within the Lucca visit: http://www.homeinitaly.com/search-results.php

ED SHEERAN AND HIS LOVE FOR UMBRIA: “I SAW A VINEYARD, I FELL IN LOVE: I WAS THERE DURING THE EARTHQUAKE”

posted by Home In Italy on March 15th, 2017

The British singer-songwriter and his house in Umbria.
During an interview to an Italian newspaper Ed Sheeran declares: “Yes, I was there during the last earthquake in Umbria, and I felt the earth trembling even if I was far from where the disaster happened. My parents spent their honeymoon in Italy and I am very attached to your country, I often came as a child.”

To another newspaper he states that “I saw a vineyard in Umbria, I fell in love with that place and I bought a house. I was there during the last earthquake and I felt the earth tremble.”

To the question of another Italian journalist: “Is it true that you bought a house in Umbria?” Ed Sheeran answers:
“Top secret, I can say it is in the center of Italy and it is not Tuscany because it is too crowded with British people. There is a vineyard, and as soon as I saw it I decided I had to buy that place. My parents came to Italy on their honeymoon, you have history, culture, food. I can not wait to take my kids here, it will be nice to learn Italian together. I’m not a Hollywood villa person. However I certainly am a Umbrian house lover.

By clicking on the link here you will find a great selection of villas in Umbria.

HIS MAJESTY, THE WHITE TRUFFLE

posted by Home In Italy on January 27th, 2017

The precious white truffle, scientific name ‘Tuber Magnatum Pico’, is considered the truffle par excellence because it has a significant important trade role.
Its specific taste and its aromatic smell make the white truffle a very appreciated ingredient in the kitchen and it is considered the best after the black truffle.
Piedmont is the region in Italy where you can find the white truffle, and Alba is a suitable place where to celebrate this most loved and sought delight of the chefs from all over the world.
Every year in October and November, almost two months of events celebrating the Tuber Magnatum Pico, the white truffle of Alba, gem of Piedmont di Langhe, Roero and Monferrato, with an International Fair of the White Truffle of Alba invading the streets, courtyards, markets and palaces of the capital of the Langhe.

How to conserve


The truffle most be stored in a glass jar or, alternatively, in an airtight plastic container. Within this, it should be wrapped in a paper towel, which should be changed and replaced every day. To avoid definitely, as erroneously spread, is to introduce rice in the container, because the rice excessively absorbs the moisture of the truffle, drying it and depriving it of its perfume. Similarly, avoid to store it in oil, which favors fermentation.

The jar or container needs to be placed in the lower part of the refrigerator, at a temperature between 2 and 4 °C (pay attention to milk products, such as butter and cheese, which tend to absorb the smell). Even under the best storage conditions, it is recommended though to eat the truffle within seven/ ten days after purchase. Like the universal rule valued for all fresh products: the sooner you eat/drink it, the better the tastes of the truffle will be.

How to clean


The truffle is a fungus that grows underground: it goes without saying that at the moment of collecting them, they will be covered with earth. It is advisable that anyone who sells truffles already cleanse them before sale, making sure to brush them, even if only superficially. Primarily for the weight, which affects the price, but even more to allow those who are purchasing to verify the quality of the truffles. The earth, in addition to hiding any flaws, it may also be a carrier of insects or worms of various sizes, which might ruin the truffle. For all these reasons, our fresh truffles are sold already well brushed. We do not wash them as this process could undermine its duration. It would be enough to, a few hours before serving the truffle at the table or use it as an ingredient, gently wipe it – but carefully – with a soft bristle brush (such as a fine shoe brush or toothbrush, clean of course) wetted with water at room temperature. The white truffle should never be immersed in water, cooked nor boiled.

How to cut



You don’t eat a truffle by biting it (unless you can afford it), you don’t peal it with a knife (except for the black truffle) and should not be torn to pieces (even if, in some recipes, this way of preparation can offer unique sensations). Generally you don’t grater the truffle, although some kitchen tools could guarantee good results in that way.

The best way to enhance the flavor is to gill. There are several thoughts about the cut, depending on whether you want to achieve a crispy or melted result; in the first case, the blades will be thicker and consistent, in the second case rather thin, almost transparent. The tool to achieve this is the truffle slicer. There are different types available on the market: the important this is that it is equipped with a smooth and sharpened blade, preferably stainless steel, which can regulate the thickness of the slices in order to get a precise cut; variable between 0.2 and 4 mm.

Another suggestion concerns the disposition on the plate. For the most sublime experience, we suggest you to create a cone starting from the outer edge of the plate, creating concentric circles smaller and smaller, following a circular motion.

MONET’S WATERLILIES AT THE MAGNANI ROCCA OF PARMA

posted by Home In Italy on October 21st, 2016

The famous waterlilies by Claude Monet (Paris 1840 – Giverny 1926), from the United States, expose  Magnani Rocca Foundation in Parma along with two other works by the French painter. The landscape is a constant theme of the whole Monet’s career, he proposes to modernity a different way of observing nature.
Through working en plein air, which effectively brings the studio directly in the places of study, the artist follows the total physical immersion as mental subject, with the intention of capturing not only the most accurate shades of light and movement, but also the change of the natural conditions.


The beginning of these studies is repeated starting from 1876 in the paintings dedicated to the station of Saint-Lazare in Paris, scenario that best of all records, in addition to the dynamic nature of the content, even the transformation of industrial progress in the city. However, with the Rouen Cathedrals series, starting from 1892, Monet reaches not only fame, but also significant results for these new coloristic investigation.
Confirmation of the new way of conceiving space you evanescent is the deepening of the cliffs, in particular are popular cliffs of Normandy to represent the subject of an adventurous desire to mutability.

TIMETABLES
From Tuesday to Friday 10-18 (ticket office closes at 17) – Saturdays, Sundays and holidays 10-19 (ticket office closes at 18). Closed Mondays, open Monday October 31. Tickets: € 10.00 also applies to the permanent collections and, from September 10, for the exhibition ITALIAN POP – € 5.00 for schools.
Information and booking groups: tel. +39 0521 848327/848148 info@magnanirocca.it