Italy is so densely populated with artistic, historic and architectural wonders that it is easy for a foreign traveller to focus all their attention on the most famous and crowded tourist sites and landmarks and miss some amazing places hidden in plain sight and well worth the visit.
I had the great pleasure in completing my inaugural 10-day tour of Calabria on Wednesday 15 May 2019. I am indebted to the four courageous travelers who believed in my passion for the southern region of Calabria.
“Bella Italia” (Beautiful Italy) - two words that just naturally go hand in hand. And for a good reason. Weather you are a seasoned traveller and have already visited Italy or a bullet point on your bucket list, Italy will always amaze visitors with undiscovered beauty.
It is often said that Italy, thanks to its geographical location, is a country that has it all: tall mountains with ski centers and hiking routes, beautiful lakes, vast wine valleys and 7,500km of magnificent coastline. That means that Italians are very fond of seafood and fish in general, but there’s one curious fish that has been on top of Italians’ list for centuries. The marvellous Cod!
Are you familiar with its royal highness - Liquorice?
This plant has been known since the ancient times (and we are talking several millennia) and was always highly appreciated and widely used – from ancient Egypt, China and Greece to European courts - it was believed to give vitality, youthfulness, and strength. Many remedies were and still are based on Liquorice, and it’s an essential part of many cough syrups.
Each morning half of our planet’s population wakes up and stumbles to their kitchen to make coffee and wake up the sleepy eyes. The other half of population does the same thing, but they prefer to put the tea kettle on and wake those same sleepy eyes with some strong morning tea. If you belong to the second lot, my bet is that you really like a cup of nice Earl Gray in the morning.
If you happen to visit Italy during Christmas holidays there is no mistake that one thing would pop up anywhere you go: Italian sweet Christmas bread Panettone. Starting November, this Italian cake fills the racks of every shop that offers some kind of food: from big supermarkets to small delis and bakeries all over Italy.
Calabria – where organic is not a label. It’s a way of life.
Pizza, spaghetti, cappuccino, bruschetta. This is where many people’s knowledge of the Italian kitchen stops. And that’s fine. But Italian food, the way it’s produced, made and served in Italy is, quite literally, miles away from what sneaks under “Italian food” all over the world.
In Australia, we take our coffee like this. We typically boil water, add a teaspoon of instant coffee, a drop of milk in a big cup and enjoy it first thing in the morning while getting ready for work or school, or if you need a morning jolt, stop at the cafe and take a to-go paper cup and sip it on your morning commute or walk to your destination.
In the year 1454, Taddeo Parisio was the ruler and lord of a little town of Marostica, located in the province of Vicenza in the Veneto region of Northern Italy. Lord Parisio had two beautiful daughters: Lionora, who they described as having a beauty that would make angels envious and Oldrada, an equally pretty girl.
When thinking of traveling to Italy, the must see places include Florence, Rome, and Venice. Yet Calabria, pristine and unspoiled, has everything these northern cities offer -minus the tourists. Very little is written about this southern region of Italy and even today remains a mystery to most travelers.
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