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Historical Coffee Houses in Venice

posted by Home In Italy on December 15th, 2015

When talking about historical coffee houses, you cannot help but mentioning Venice. It is in the lagoon city that the coffee tradition was born thanks to its location and the trade relations with the Arab world. The real explosion of the phenomenon “coffee house” takes place in the 1700, with the launch of numerous clubs. Among them, the most famous and the oldest one is definitely the caffé Florian, which is still the symbol of the city. A tour among the best known historical Venetian coffee houses starts here, right under the arcades of the Procuratie Nuove in St. Mark’s Square.

Caffè Florian was founded in 1720 opened under the name “Alla Venezia Trionfante” (Venice the Triumphant). Since the beginning, this elegant building was characterized by its exclusive products and acquaintances: it was the place where politicians and intellectuals met (such as Carlo Goldoni and Casanova and, more recently, Gabriele d’Annunzio).
Today, the Caffé Florian still maintains the charm of the times it lived. With its architecture, the result of restoration and reconstruction, and the richly decorated interiors, the caffè is an important cultural center and, at the same time, a perfect place to enjoy an espresso a few steps from the Grand Canal.

Always in St. Mark square, there is another historic café; after Stendhal, Lord Byron, Alexandre Dumas, Wagner, Marcel Proust, even today, the Gran Caffe Quadri is the favorite place for actors and directors attending the Venice Film Festival in Venice, including Woody Allen.

More recent, but equally fascinating, the history of Harry’s Bar begins in 1931. Built from an old warehouse next to St. Mark square, in this place spent time intellectuals, artists and writers such as Arturo Toscanini, Guglielmo Marconi, Charlie Chaplin, Orson Welles and Peggy Guggenheim.

In the Lido area, finally, is the Lion’s bar, designed in 1925 to offer visitors and tourists a shining example of the Art Deco.

Christmas markets in South Tyrol

posted by Home In Italy on December 9th, 2015

Here our 5 stars itinerary for this Christmas: five cities of South Tyrol that are welcoming Christmas with suggestive street markets.

The first one is the medieval city of Bressanone, where it is possible to buy local handicraft; nativity scenes, sculptures, hand made potteries, candles and Christmas decorations. Not to miss the Nativity Scene museum, proof of a tradition lasting since 1200.

The second star is Brunico, a perfect location for those who want to add the amusement of the Plan the Corones slopes. The streets of Brunico are overwhelmed with the smells and flavors of this land: from the Vin Brulé wine to the typical desserts.

The third stop is in Merano, the ideal place for relaxing and have fun at the same time with its thermal baths, the trekking paths and the suggestive Christmas markets.

The fourth star is the lovely Vipiteno. This city develops along a long narrow pedestrian street with lovely wooden houses. The late-medieval architecture bears witness of the affluence of many mining entrepreneurs who, around 1300, with their economic resources and their cosmopolitan conception, gave a special impression to the essence of the city.
The splendor of that era, combined with the exemplary restoration, have made it possible to insert Vipiteno in the catalog of the most beautiful towns of Italy.

Last stop of this fascinating journey is Bolzano.

Let’s cook!

posted by Home In Italy on November 30th, 2015


Cooking is culture, conviviality and creativity, and a cooking class is the funniest way to learn about the traditions of the county you are visiting. It is possible to have a private teacher to come to your villa or it is possible to attend a cooking class in a resort in the South of Umbria, near Todi, the Fattoria di Vibio.


At the Fattoria di Vibio, qualified experts will lead you to discover the typical food of Umbria and the cooking classes can be held in a single day or can last up to 3 days, for an unforgettable experience, where fantasy is the best dressing for creating a successful recipe!

Fattoria di Vibio

Wine & food experience in Umbria

posted by Home In Italy on November 4th, 2015

Americans prefer Kurni, Sassicaia, Barolo and Amarone (Il Sole 24 Ore) – Milan, 29 May

In the US people like red and high quality wine ‘. “In 2015 we have increased the export by 30%,” says Roberto Angelini, the owern of Properzio Group, a company based in Spello (Umbria) which has been spreading the Italian excellence in the world for seven generations. The United States represents the 50% of Properzio turnover. “Italy has a lot to offer, so much to be the first country to export wine to the US”, continues Mr Angelini, “and when we talk about excellence in the States, we are referring to Kurni, Sassicaia, Barolo, Sagrantino and Amarone”. According to the OIV (International Organisation of Vine and Wine), in the 2013 the U.S.A. were the first country in the consumption of wine, with Italy as leader supplier, ahead of France.

Enoteca Properzio is set in an ancient building dating back to 1550 and part of the famous Palazzo dei Canonici, next to the Cathedral of Santa Maria Maggiore, in Spello. Legend has it that here lived and worked Pinturicchio, one of the greatest Italian artist of the 1400. The Enoteca offers different areas, for private wine tasting and excellent cooking classes.
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