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Polignano A Mare (Puglia)

  Polignano a Mare is a town in the Province of Bari, Puglia, located on the Adriatic Sea.     Arguably one of the most romantic spots in the region, a craggy slice of land with several caves that has seen its fair share of invaders throughout history along its limestone cliffs. The historical white-watched Medieval town is just as pleasant as the adjoining coastline.   It should also be noted that Polignano is...

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The Gelato Maker of Ostuni

One of those defining facts of life that I learned early on in Italy, was that everyone loves gelato. Rain or shine, tough bikers and housewives alike, winter or summer, havign a gelato is just part of everyday life, a unifying ritual of sorts. This creamy heaven was invented by a member of the Medici court, using milk, honey and egg yolks and nothing has been the same since. It seems almost a divine right of sorts, to deny someone...

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A Brief History Of Florence

  This brief history of Florence takes a look at one of the most influential cities of Northern Italy. Located in the central Italian region of Tuscany, Florence is one of the most breathtaking cities in Europe. Celebrated as the birthplace of the Renaissance, The city is home to many of its most famous artistic treasures. Consequently, it’s a popular destination for tourists and students of art and culture. Beginnings...

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36 Hours:  Lake Como

Originally published in the NY Times In the foothills of the Alps in northern Italy, Lake Como deserves its reputation as a playground for the wealthy. Virtually deserted during the winter, the wishbone-shaped lake awakens from its slumber in mid-March when glamorous crowds begin flocking to the pretty towns clustered around its midsection: Bellagio, Menaggio, Tremezzo, Varenna. But in recent years, the city of Como, on the lake’s...

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The Top Ten Best Sicilian Wines

Marsala Image courtesy of centurion-magazine.com Sicily’s most famous wine, Marsala, was first made in the city of that name on the western coast by the Woodhouse firm, which also sold Port. Like its sisters Port and Sherry, Marsala is a fortified wine with an alcohol content of around twenty percent. It is usually made from native Grillo, Catarratto, or Inzolia grapes. John Woodhouse established his winery at Marsala in 1796....

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Why Visit The Cilento Coast?

Quiet, cultured, and ever-so-slightly rough around the edges, the Cilento Coast may not have the polish of its Amalfi neighbour—but that, Maria Shollenbarger discovers, is precisely its allure. Image courtesy of europa.eu I’m riding shotgun in a BMW X5 that’s barreling down a coastal dirt road in southern Campania; at the wheel is Angelo Granito Pignatelli, the 13th prince of Belmonte. On one side, wheat-coloured bluffs ascend to the...

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