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.
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.
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