- World's 50 Best Restaurants 2007
- The Boys of Summer 2006
- Sambuca Con Mosca
- Che La Fenice Risorga Delle Ceneri
- Who's The Most Famous Resident of Laglio, Italy?
- Opera Nella Citta Del Romeo e Juliet
- Hiking the CinqueTerre
- Italy's UNESCO World Heritage Sites
- Leonardo da Vinci's 'Il Cenacolo'
- The First Lady of Italian Cooking
- PECK - Milan's Gastronomic Mecca
- Visiting the Excavations BELOW St. Peter's Basilic...
- Finding Great Food In Italy
- ▼ August (14)
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Sambuca...one of my favorite liquers!!
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Laglio is is a small municipality at the south western end of the Lake Como. It has about 900 residents.
Laglio was put on the map in 2002, when George Clooney settled down there, purchasing the Villa Oleandra from the Heinz family.
The Villa Oleandra is an 18th century home with 15 bedrooms. Parts of Ocean's Twelve were filmed there.
More on Lago di Como in future posts!
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
The CinqueTerre used to be inaccessible except by foot or boat. Now there's a train that runs between the villages.
But to truly experience the area, try hiking the footpaths. All of the main trails offer spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea.
Depending on which trail you attempt, you may want to overnight in your destination village in order to relax and enjoy the ambiance.
**Especially if you attempt the Monterosso to Vernazza trail. Vernazza is a beautiful little village with a square right on the water. A great place to take some refreshment post your hike!!
About the trails:
Monterosso al Mare to Vernazza: This is a difficult trail that is 2.5 miles (4km) with many up's and down's. It will take most people between 1.5 and 2 hours depending on how many stops you make to admire the view.
Vernazza to Corniglia: This is the most difficult of the four trails and has the least number of ocean views. It will take most people about 2 hours to hike this 2.5 mile (4 km) trail. The terrain is uneven in places and you will have to be able to hike up and down hills.
Corniglia to Manarola: This is an easy 45 minutes walk and you have an ocean view for the entire walk. The trail is less than 2 miles (3km).
Manarola to Riomaggiore: This .5 mile trail (.6 km) is an easy stroll on a paved walkway. It will take about 30 minutes to walk the path.
Rock Drawings in Valcamonica (1979)
Church and Dominican Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie with (1980)
Historic Centre of Rome, the Properties of the Holy See in that City Enjoying Extraterritorial
Vatican City (1984)
Rights and San Paolo Fuori le Mura (1980, 1990) * 14
Historic Centre of Florence (1982)
Piazza del Duomo, Pisa (1987)
Venice and its Lagoon (1987)
Historic Centre of San Gimignano (1990)
The Sassi and the park of the Rupestrian Churches of Matera (1993)
City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto (1994, 1996)
Crespi d'Adda (1995)
Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta (1995, 1999) 15
Historic Centre of Naples (1995)
Historic Centre of Siena (1995)
Castel del Monte (1996)
Early Christian Monuments of Ravenna (1996)
Historic Centre of the City of Pienza (1996)
The Trulli of Alberobello (1996)
18th-Century Royal Palace at Caserta with the Park, the Aqueduct of Vanvitelli, and the San Leucio Complex (1997)
Archaeological Area of Agrigento (1997)
Archaeological Areas of Pompei, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata (1997)
Botanical Garden (Orto Botanico), Padua (1997)
Cathedral, Torre Civica and Piazza Grande, Modena (1997)
Costiera Amalfitana (1997)
Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands (Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto) (1997)
Residences of the Royal House of Savoy (1997)
Su Nuraxi di Barumini (1997)
Villa Romana del Casale (1997)
Archaeological Area and the Patriarchal Basilica of Aquileia (1998)
Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park with the Archeological sites of Paestum and Velia, and the Certosa di Padula (1998)
Historic Centre of Urbino (1998)
Villa Adriana (Tivoli) (1999)
Assisi, the Basilica of San Francesco and Other Franciscan Sites (2000)
City of Verona (2000)
Isole Eolie (Aeolian Islands) (2000)
Villa d'Este, Tivoli (2001)
Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto (South-Eastern Sicily) (2002)
Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy (2003)
Etruscan Necropolises of Cerveteri and Tarquinia (2004)
Val d'Orcia (2004)
Syracuse and the Rocky Necropolis of Pantalica (2005)
Genoa: Le Strade Nuove and the system of the Palazzi dei Rolli (2006)
The first lady of Italian cooking is Lidia Bastianich.
Lidia grew up in Istria, a coastal region along the Adriatic Sea that was once part of Italy and is now in Croatia. She focuses on authentic Italian cuisine and fondly recalls cooking traditions with her grandmother and mother. By focusing on tradition and great food, she has built a food empire.
She co owns three restaurants in NY - Felidia, Becco and Esca. Felidia is by far the best and if you're seeking a great Italian meal in NY, I'd highly recommend it. You're bound to see Lidia there - overseeing the kitchen and the dining room. She also has a great cooking show called Lidia's Family Table.
As Lidia would say "Tutti a Tavola...a Mangiare!"
Monday, August 6, 2007
Need a great place to relax after visiting the Duomo. Stop by Peck - Milan's top gourmet store. Check out the great selection of specialty products (super place to pack a picnic). Don't forget to visit the wine cellar. And when you're weary, stop by the little cafe for some champagne (yes french but it's still the right choice in my opinion) and hor d'oeuvres.
This jewel of a fancy grocery store is laid out on four elegant floors with a stunning wine cellar featuring the world’s best vintages along with a few modest Lombard reds like the robust, rose-gold Sassella, the somewhat milder Grumello and the light, nut-flavored Inferno. Of the extraordinary cheeses of this dairyland province, the noblest is the tangy, complex Gorgonzola. Milder but seductive examples are taleggio and stracchino and the frothy, freshly piquant mascarpone. In late fall and winter, Peck sometimes offers a terrine layered with those four cheeses and slivers of aromatic white truffles.
Among the preserved meats of the region, Peck displays at least 25 local variations on salami alongside mortadella di fegato, the thin, dry luganega and zampone (a pig’s foot stuffed with peppery, coarsely ground pork mixture much like cotechino). These as well as a dozen types of cured ham and beef are on view with the region’s breads, candies, cakes and more.
It's very cool to be able to walk up to the Swiss Guards and present your entrance letter (the entrance is to the left as you face the Basilica). Remember the Guards take their job very seriously...so be humble and respectful, it will be much easier to gain entrance.
If you've read the Davinci Code, you'll recognize the geographic descriptions along the trip (yes the catacombs do slope up a hill as you near St. Peter's grave).
Combine this with a trip of the Vatican Gardens - that requires separate admission - for an extra special day.
Now some may say this takes some of the joie de vive out of your trip. But if you're a foodie or partial foodie who cares about food, don't leave your food choices to chance.
And note - this doesn't mean you necessarily need to spend alot to get a great meal. Two of the best meals I've had were in little off the beaten path restaurants in Cortona and Montalcino.
Trust your guidebook for restaurant suggestions. I've found Fodor's particularly reliable.