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Art and Wine Travel: Hidden Gems in Italy

Art and Wine Travel: Hidden Gems in Italy

Italy is the land of art and wine bonanza, a paradise for foodies and art lovers. Regions such as Tuscany and Piedmont pop immediately in mind, thanks to the “wine shires” of Chianti and Langhe, and to the cities of classic and contemporary art like Florence and...
Foodie Insights: Italy’s rarest and weirdest dishes

Foodie Insights: Italy’s rarest and weirdest dishes

We have a little test for you: think of Italian food and close your eyes for a couple of seconds to “see” what pops into your imagination… Chances are that your foodie frenzy had you salivating over pizza, spaghetti or fettuccine with a variety of sauces, lasagna,...
3 Ancient Summer Recipes from around Italy

3 Ancient Summer Recipes from around Italy

When thinking about Italian food, the first things that come up to mind are often pizza and pasta. Although these delicious culinary creations can be enjoyed all year-round, most Italians traditionally eat seasonal meals that do not necessarily involve the usual...
Fiastra: eco-tourism and family fun in the Marche region

Fiastra: eco-tourism and family fun in the Marche region

Once upon a time, back in 1861, the census counted 2,322 residents. In 2011, the local population was of 578 inhabitants. It has always been small, yet it is an amazing gem full of big surprises: Fiastra is a tiny medieval village in a verdant valley of the Monti...
Marentino: the town of puzzles, artisanal beer and honey

Marentino: the town of puzzles, artisanal beer and honey

Between riddles, fantasy and reality: artistic Marentino   You are traveling through the beautiful countryside in Piedmont, about 20 km away from Turin, and decide to stop in a pretty village on a hilltop. But this is not your typical ancient town: as you walk through...
Glamorous Italy: a fashion, gourmet & art experience

Glamorous Italy: a fashion, gourmet & art experience

If you think that “La Dolce Vita” is a thing of the past… you have never had the chance to enjoy a glamorous experience in Italy! After all, the country has been an A-lister favorite since the 1950s. Just to mention a few stars that have chosen Italy for special...
The colors of Winter: Lemon Harvest on Citrus Island

The colors of Winter: Lemon Harvest on Citrus Island

Sicily is the island of citrus fruits. The presence of citrus plants is deeply rooted in the local territory, both in its environment – characterized by evergreen gardens dotted with evocative orange and yellow fruits – and its typical cuisine. Citrus is the perfect...
Spring Foodie Experiences in Italy

Spring Foodie Experiences in Italy

Spring is the season of the gentle and fragrant flavors, often coming from delicious treats pulled directly from the earth. During this period, Italian cuisine proposes simple yet mouth-watering recipes that allow us to enjoy the gifts of spring. But foodies traveling...
10 Christmas dishes and traditions across Italy

10 Christmas dishes and traditions across Italy

Christmas in Italy? It’s all about family and food! Family gatherings are the most important aspect: no matter where they are scattered around the world, families reunite around the table (a tavola). During this festive period, people have bought their Christmas...
A foodie adventure in the Karst Plateau

A foodie adventure in the Karst Plateau

November is the fall month that we at Italian Special Occasions DMC have dedicated to tasting the foodie world across Italy. After visiting Sicily in the south (“Experience Sicily between oranges and unique properties“) and Tuscany in the center...
Experience Sicily between oranges and unique properties

Experience Sicily between oranges and unique properties

We recently visited Sicily as part of our Seasonal Travels in off-the-beaten-path destinations and during off-peak seasons. We wanted to experience the authentic activities that autumn has to offer, and ended up in some amazing venues and unique properties that we...
Emilia Romagna for foodies

Emilia Romagna for foodies

Many of Italy’s most symbolic food products come from Emilia Romagna: from Parmigiano Reggiano to Bologna’s mortadella, from Prosciutto di Parma to Modena’s balsamic vinegar. This region is formed by two historically separate areas – Emilia to the north...
Fall Flavors in Piedmont

Fall Flavors in Piedmont

In Italy, fall is the most magical season of the year when fruits, vegetables and undergrowth produces are still kissed by the sun, providing foodies with a variety of flavors. The warm-colored woods offer fragrant mushrooms, chestnuts and mixed berries; while the...
Chillies in Calabria

Chillies in Calabria

Our ears pricked up when we heard about a festival held each September in the town of Diamante, Calabria. One of our favourite things to do when experiencing the delights of Italy is to sample local festivals, cultural events and of course FOOD! Chilli producers from...
Slow Food & Wine at Expo Milano

Slow Food & Wine at Expo Milano

On 1 May 2015, Milan became the capital of the world with the official opening of the Universal Exposition – Expo Milano – that will be held until 31 October 2015 under the theme “Feeding the planet, energy for life”. Thus, food and diet of the past, present and...
Jewish Rome, between history and authentic cuisine

Jewish Rome, between history and authentic cuisine

A bit of history… The Jewish community in Rome dates as far back as 161 BC, making it one of the oldest Jewish communities in Europe. It is thought that trade links, coupled with the harmonious way in which many communities coexisted in the city at the time,...
Italian chocolate: a gourmet itinerary

Italian chocolate: a gourmet itinerary

Chocolate is a top-gift contender for any special occasion. Italian chocolate, in particular, is a favorite for many – and for obvious reasons: ancient tradition, artisanal creations and selected ingredients distinguish the genuine flavors of Italy’s cocoa products....

Why should you embrace seasonal travel?

At Italian Special Occasions DMC, we are firm supporters of Seasonality, something we believe should be more than a concept – it is an actual movement for a more educated tourism. Why? Seasonal travel means that you take advantage of the best seasonal time to...

Traditional cuisine in beautiful Sardinia

Genuine ingredients, ancient traditions, rich flavors: Sardinian cuisine is a reflection of the local territory, an island that has been influenced by a variety of Mediterranean cultures, and yet has remained charmingly simple. Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans,...

10 reasons why you should visit Lake Maggiore

Set along the southern banks of the Alps between Lombardy and Piedmont, Lake Maggiore is Italy’s second-largest lake and, according to Travel + Leisure Magazine, “is the busiest and most untamed”. Its beautiful scenery has been a source of inspiration for a number of...
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