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.
A popular attraction and long tradition in Verona is the watching of an opera performance inside the Arena di Verona.This Roman amphitheater built in AD 30 and later rebuilt due to an earthquake in the 12th century holds some of the best opera performances in the world.
Thermal baths are found where heated ground water emerges after travelling through the earth’s crust. During the water’s journey it accumulates minerals and nutrients. These thermal waters are believed to possess healing and medicinal values.
A short journey from Venice is Treviso, an often overlooked, but absolutely magical Italian town. As part of the Veneto in the north east of Italy, Treviso offers all the charm that has made the region famous: Cobblestone streets, romantic sights, amazing food, and beautiful canals. Being overshadowed by neighbouring Venice, however, it also offers a break from tourist lines, and overpriced souvenirs.
It’s the aromatic and tasty snowfall Italians pour on almost everyone of their “first courses”, be it a soup, pasta, risotto or polenta. It’s the ingredient of other popular dishes, often served as a second or a main course: meat loaf, meatballs, omelette, suppli… and it’s obviously delicious when tasted alone, or with just a hint of honey: it’s Grana Padano, one of the best cheeses produced in Italy.
Located in the Veneto region within the small province of Padua lies the serene town of Abano Terme. Surrounded on the outskirts by low green hills and an opening welcome gate that reads, ‘Welcome. Please avoid disturbing noises’.
For the most of us, Verona means Romeo and Juliet. For many of us, this town also means “the two gentlemen”. There actually are two gentlemen from the area around Verona, and they are Recioto and Amarone, two DOCG wines from an area called Valpolicella.
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