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5 delicatessen to try this summer in Sardinia

posted by Home In Italy on April 11th, 2018

You still haven’t booked our holiday in Sardinia? after reading this post, you will probably change your mind. If you already have, you have made the perfect decision.
Here below the top five dishes you should try while being in one of our luxury villas in Sardinia.
If you are a food lover you will be happy to know that Sardinia presents a large opportunities to taste so many types choice: from classic Italian recipes to traditional farming recipes, ready to adorn your dinner plate during your trip.

Each city, town and village will have their own take over on some the island’s traditional dishes, but with a specialties that will make them originals and different from the one of another cities and always present a truly memorable and rewarding flavor of Sardinia.
In order to help you choose which dishes to try first, we’ve prepared small selection of dishes to try this summer during your holiday in Sardinia.

1. Culurgiones


They are the classic ravioli of Sardinia, also known as angiulottus, ie agnolotti. The filling is usually a combination of potatoes, pecorino cheese, onions and mint. typical culinary specialty of the Ogliastra barbaricina area, while in the rest of the island there are different recipes, like that of Gallura, which aromatizes the product with lemon or orange peel.
Since 2015 the “Culurgionis d’Ogliastra” have been recognized as an IGP product.

2. Caprese Salad


There’s no tastier or more refreshing lunchtime bite than a fresh and aromatic tomato and mozzarella salad. The combination of the sweet and juicy Sardinian tomatoes with the creamy buffalo mozzarella is an unbeatable hit, while a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and some basil leaves, add another kick to the overall flavour.

3. Pecorino Sardo with honey


Nothing represents the Sardinian agri-food culture better than Pecorino, the sheep’s cheese that is the symbol of Sardinia in the world. Moreover, the region has been indissolubly associated with sheep breeding since ancient times. This cheese is a very versatile product that can be enjoyed in many different courses: one of the best ways to enjoy the unique flavour of this sheep’s milk cheese is to drizzle it in honey, with the sharp and sweet flavour contrasting to prove a delicious afternoon snack.

4. Su Porcheddu


Porchetta or porcetto, in Sardinian procheddu or porcheddu, the suckling pig of about 4 – 5 kg or twenty days, cooked slowly on a spit, on grills and flavored after cooking with myrtle or rosemary. This roast is a classic of Sardinian pastoral cuisine.
The result is a crispy yet succulent piece of meat that goes beautifully with a plate of fresh vegetables.

5. Spezzatino di Vitello con Piselli

This dish is another of Sardinia’s meaty treats and a prominent fixture on the Sardinian countryside menu. The main components of this dish are wonderfully tender veal and sweet peas served in a hearty stew. Though the dish may appear simple, the complexity and strength of its flavour is unmatched by any other dish on the island.

Tempted by these irresistible flavours of Sardinia? Make your Sardinia holiday extra special by adding a dose of luxury to your trip.

An insider travel guide: travelling with children

posted by Home In Italy on November 24th, 2017

Be it a child-friendly city or a well equipped seaside destination, Italy spoils families with its rich mix of historical sights, wide portfolio of outdoor activities and amazing natural landscapes. An insider suggestion: to get the most out of exploring as a family, do plan ahead!

Best regions for kids:

Rome
: ancient Roman ruins and world-class museums make Rome an interesting destination for older children.

Amalfi coast
: a winning choice for every age. Subterranean ruins in Naples, gladiator battlefields in Pompeii and Herculaneum, and natural jewels like volcanoes, thermal pools and coastal caves.

Puglia
: beautiful seaside towns and an unembellished cuisine most kids love.

Sicily
: volcano climbing for sporty teens and beachside fun for sand-loving tots, alongside ancient ruins, hilltop castles and traditional 18th-century puppet theatre to inspire and entertain all ages.

Sardinia
: alfresco paradise overflowing with dazzling beaches, water-sports action, horse riding and scenic hikes suitable for all ages and abilities.

Italy for Kids

Family travellers can be divided into urban and rural. Cities in Italy are second to none in extraordinary sights and experiences, and with the aid of smart-phone apps and some inventive guided tours, parents can find kid-appeal in almost every museum and monument.

Away from urban areas, families can enjoy sandcastles, sea swimming and easy beachside ambles in the coastal destinations (beach-rich Puglia, the Amalfi Coast, Sardinia and Sicily sizzle with family fun on and off the sand), while interesting farm tours and outdoor activities will make the countryside an appealing family location (Tuscany and Umbria do offer many options for travellers willing to entertain children).

Villa Ada, a child friendly luxury villa in Umbria can be booked through Home in Italy

Accommodation

Staying in a private countryside villa is perfect for families: think self-catering facilities, mountains of green space to play around in and stacks of outdoor activities (swimming, tennis, horse-riding and mountain biking). In southern Italy, kids enjoy accommodation in circular, whitewashed trulli and quiet and luxurious masserias.

When to Go

Travelling in Italy with children involves little extra pre-departure planning. Your most important decisions will be about which region to pick and when to visit (perhaps timing your Italian holiday with one of the country’s vibrant kid-appealing festivals such as Siena’s famous Palio carnival in Venice or Florence’s Easter-time Scoppio del Carro. Beware July and August when the country broils and gets super crowded!

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.