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Verona city of love, city of lovers

posted by Home In Italy on February 14th, 2018

Verona, a UNESCO heritage city and always a meeting point for culture and traditions, is transformed and dressed in lights, sounds and colors during this time of the year. The center of the city will be illuminated by hundreds of lights in the shape of a heart. Verona celebrates love, a universal feeling.
From 14 to 18 February 2018, the city of Verona hosts the Verona in Love festival: admissions to museums at reduced rates, treasure hunts, guided tours and much more. All around the city center there is the event “Dolcemente in Love”: local and traditional local markets, master chocolatiers, confectioners, music, dances and much more … .
Place: Piazza dei Signori, Old Market Courtyard, Ponte Pietra and LoveVerona points (scattered around the city and beyond)
Opening hours: from 10.00 to 21.00

5 Great Places To Spend Christmas In Italy

posted by Home In Italy on December 19th, 2017

Visiting Italy during the Christmas season offers two bonuses: you’ll avoid the high summer season tourist crowds and you’ll get to see the country decked out in all its holiday finery. You’ll find a festive atmosphere in every corner of the country. There are a few areas, however, that seem to take the holidays to another level. Here are a few suggestions for the best places to spend Christmas in Italy.

Rome & Vatican City

Heading for Rome over Christmas is probably the most best choice: in addition to the festivities in Rome itself, you also have Vatican City‘s celebrations. It’s like getting two cities’ worth of holiday in one spot.
At the Vatican, the Pope delivers a Christmas Eve midnight mass (book tickets well in advance if you want to sit in St. Peter’s), there’s a huge Christmas tree in St. Peter’s Square and a life-sized Nativity scene in front of the basilica.

Venice

Even if you’re not lucky enough to witness snow falling on the canals and gondolas, Venetians know how to ward off the chill with hot spiced wine and other holiday treats, sold in the Christmas markets. No matter your age, you’re bound to be charmed by the figure of Santa Claus arriving by gondola to distribute goodies, and Christmas Eve mass held in St. Mark’s Basilica is enough to make any trip to Venice worth it.

Naples

Naples is home to a street that can rightfully be called “Christmas Alley” year-round. This city is the epicenter of Italy’s Nativity scene tradition, and the shops along Via San Gregorio Armeno that make both the detailed structures and the myriad figurines that inhabit them work (and sell) all year long.
The figurines range from the expected (holy family and shepherds) to the regional (pizza makers) to the topical (current political or sports personalities).

Sicily

For a location with loads of Italian Christmas traditions but with much milder weather, head south to Sicily. Second only to the Neapolitans in terms of their affection for the Nativity scene, Sicilians erect elaborate Nativities everywhere (from public squares to churches to private homes), including a living Nativity in a cave near Trapani. In other words, locals dress up and re-enact the Nativity daily from Christmas Eve through the Epiphany.

Trentino-Alto Adige

Spend Christmas in the Trentino-Alto Adige and you’ll have snowy winter scenery straight out of a postcard while you sip mulled wine in the market squares.
This area is also a good base if you want to take day-trips into Venice or Verona.

It’s winter time … and time to explore Italy!

posted by Home In Italy on November 22nd, 2017

For those who do not mind low temperature, winter can be a great time to discover Italy! Fewer tourists, less crowded museums and shorter lines: during this season, opera, symphony and theaters are in full swing, meaning lots of opportunities for visitors. So take a sweater, a rain jacket, wear a scarf and a winter hat and enjoy your holiday!

Why travel to Italy in winter time?
Here are just a few of the reasons why it’s worth making a trip during the tourist low-season in Italy. First of all, it will be much less crowded at some of the most popular and historic spots than it is during summer time. Secondly, you will find good prices on airfares to almost all Italian airport.

Winter weather in Italy ranges from relatively mild along the coasts of Sardinia, Sicily and the southern mainland to very cold and snowy inland, especially in the northern mountains. Even popular tourist destinations like Venice, Florence, and the hill towns of Tuscany and Umbria can get a dusting of snow in winter.

Winter is a good time for cultural events and performances in Italy’s elegant historic theaters. Naples is one of the top cities for Christmas nativities and many people visit Rome for the midnight mass on Christmas Eve. Early winter sunsets mean more time to enjoy cities after dark. Many cities light their historic monuments at night so strolling through a city after dark can be beautiful and romantic.

There’s a lot to do on a winter vacation in Italy!
When winter comes around and the crowds die down there are some truly extraordinary things you can see and do.
Spending winter in Italy may not be something you’ve previously considered, but the country is just as spectacular at this time of year as it is over summer. So, take a look at some of the wonderful events and experiences you can attend, making your winter break to Italy unforgettable.

Take a cooking class: Italy is famous for its delicious food and fine wine, and taking an authentic cooking class will open your mind and taste buds to some sensational flavours. Take a cooking class from a local chef and learn how to replicate some of the most exquisite Italian dishes at home. This is a great activity to do if the weather isn’t on your side, as you can escape the harsh weather whilst still enjoying your holiday.

Head to the theatre: purchasing a ticket for the theatre in Italy is one of the smartest moves you can make. You will not only escape the cold but will also get the opportunity to view some of the most unique shows in Europe.

Visit a winery: for the self-proclaimed wine enthusiast, visiting a winery may be the perfect winter activity. The grape harvest would have just finished but the cellars are now full of new-born bottles.

Take your time in a museum: visiting a museum can be an extraordinary experience, even more so when in a country with as much cultural heritage and history as Italy.In winter, crowds are considerably reduced making your visit peaceful and relaxed.

Italy is one place you must visit in your lifetime as it is full of rustic charm, delicious food and a fantastic atmosphere, which can be better enjoyed in the winter months. So, it is definitely time to start planning that last-minute winter break!

E*tra Vergine Oleoteca: the best Umbria can offer!

posted by Home In Italy on November 2nd, 2017

E*tra Vergine Oleoteca is a brand new concept, created by the eclectic architect and olive oil producer Monia Caneschi, whose passions for food, design and olive oil have been combined with those of Pierluigi Ceccarelli, professional sommelier and olive oil taster, who have been working with wine and gastronomy for the past 20 years. The result is a culinary oeuvre, a magic and unique place where it is possible to feel the intense dedication to quality and details. With 250 olive oil labels, all of them personally selected, the olive oil shop E*tra Vergine Oleoteca is an important national and international collection, offering the best Italian olive oil brands and products coming from abroad, all of them with the common characteristic of very high quality.

Oil is the main actor, but also wine, sauces, pasta and herbal liqueurs among other specialties give their contribution for a special evening and memorable culinary experience. The dedicated chef creates delicious plates different every day, depending on the fresh materials available, and with the constant leitmotif with are the olives.

A place where gastronomic culture is explored in the wider meaning, where you can talk about historical and cultural traditions related to the local and national food products and where it is possible to taste products of absolute excellence.

Book a villa in Umbria through Home in Italy and get a free olive oil tasting at the Oleoteca in Spello!

E*tra Vergine Oleoteca S.r.l.s.
Via Garibaldi, 9
Spello (Perugia)
Tel. 0742/651481
extravergineoleoteca@gmail.com