Saturday, June 30, 2007
Hotel Tip: During opera season, it may be difficult to get a hotel reservation in Verona, but it's not impossible. Instead of checking with each hotel, go directly to Cooperativa Albergatori Veronesi, an excellent and efficient booking service representing 50 Verona hotels. Tel: (39) 045 800-9844
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Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Alta or Bassa: Bergamo Enchants - Bergamo is a city of marvels,” said architect Frank Lloyd Wright. “It is amazing; it stuns whoever comes near it.”
Nights in the Eternal City: Four Fabulous Rome Hotels -New 4- and 5-star Rome hotels that delight, including one 4-star for under 200 euros per night!
Arthur Schwartz's Cook at Seliano - Stay at a water buffalo farm in Campania and learn to make luscious regional cuisine while touring the area.
What's Old is New Again: Site Opening, Reopenings - Sicilian cathedral reopens after 11 years; famous Venice clock tower restored; Rome museums reopen; Pompeii opens 10 excavated houses - this summer only.
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Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Today I learned about The Anglo-Italian Society for the Protection of Animals (leave it to the Brits - they love their pets - when I lived in London, one of my favorite shows was "Pet Rescue" - I know, I know). It looks like they are really helping Italy's strays. They have issued an urgent appeal for funds for a rescue vehicle. I plan to donate and hope you do too!!
A parting thought: If we can't take care of our smallest and most helpless creatures, what kind of advanced society are we, really?
Monday, June 25, 2007
Article: The Dream Interview: Theresa Maggio on Sicily (paid subscribers only)
Dream of Italy's Special Report: Sicily
Monday, June 18, 2007
They're not the only star couple who got married in Italy this month. CSI star Claire Forlani and Dougray Scott of Desperate Housewives (he played Ian) were married at the Forlani family home in Pievebovigliana in the Marche region. According to E! News Online, 120 guests witnessed the June 8 nuptials and Forlani's father cooked for the crowd.
And PerezHilton.com reports that Michael Bolton and Nicolette Sheridan may be marrying in Italy this week.
Of course Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise's Italian wedding seemed to get the most buzz. They were married on Lake Bracciano in November. Read this AOL travel feature, by yours truly, about other celeb couples who married Italian style!
What Makes Italy Such a Romantic Destination (free article)
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With the help of some late-night disco-goers who had been socializing on the steps, they tried to push the Toyota Celica back up to the top! Needless to say, the car ended up at the bottom much more quickly and easily, and the driver was soon met by Roman police, according to the Italian news agency ANSA.
This sounds like it was a nightmare for the disoriented driver, but what a site to have seen! Surprisingly, this isn’t the first time someone has driven down the historic landmark. In 1963 a policeman driving a standard-issue Ferrari (can we say spoiled?) followed a thief who thought he had out-smarted the poliziotto. The thief turned a corner and sprinted down the steps, never thinking the policeman would actually follow him down. But he did…with the car!
Thirty years after that, a stolen Mercedes was driven all the way to the bottom, but was quickly apprehended by police in Piazza della Spagna. Finally in 2003, another confused driver took a wrong turn and ended up part way down the monument. You would think they would’ve put up some “Do Not Enter” signs by now. -- Laura Cimperman
Sunday, June 17, 2007
The first three-concert series will be held June 28 to 30 at a private estate about 45 minutes south of Siena near San Giovanni D’Asso. Performers hail from the Stockholm Royal Opera, many of which have performed at La Scala and the Met. For those of you who are more interested in the culiary delights of Tuscany, Siena chef Michele Sorrentino will prepare a four-course dinner perfectly paired with wines, which will be served during intermission. Tickets start at 80 euros.
If you are planning on being in the Val d’Orcia anytime between July 20 and 29, you may want to reserve a ticket for the Incontri in Terra di Siena, which starts at 30 euros and will take place at the world famous La Foce estate, where we happen to be holding our Tuscany Visioning Retreat this October. The day after this festival ends, another concert series begins (July 29 to August 3) in which chamber groups and soloists will perform the music of Bach, Mendelssohn, and Shumann. Tickets start at 25 euros.
Additionally, there is the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Chamber Soloists (July 4 to 10) at the fortress in Montalcino, a harpsichord concert in Montisi (July 18 to 21), and Siena’s long-running Accademia Musicale Chigiana's 64th Settimana Musicale Senese will take place July 7 to 14. -- Laura Cimperman
Thursday, June 07, 2007
What many people do not know, however, is that when you buy a bottle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil with the label “Imported from Italy,” that doesn’t necessarily mean that the oil was pressed from olives grown in Italy. It means that the oil was bottled in Italy, regardless of where it was shipped from. This misleading practice has many authentic-Italian olive oil producers upset.
If a bill issued by Agriculture Minister Paolo De Castro passes, new labels would have to declare where the olives were grown, as well as the country in which they were pressed. Unilever, the company that owns Bertolli, says “only 25 to 30 percent of Bertolli oil is produced in Italy." Who would’ve thought? -- Laura Cimperman
For more info on olive oil, read Dream of Italy’s “Olive Oil 101” (paid subscribers only) - our favorite olive farmer Franco gives us the ins and outs of olive oil production.
The story of an American quarterback in Italy, it is a bit different from Grisham’s usual courtroom thrillers. In fact, Doubleday publisher Stephen Rubin describes the book to the Associated Press as, “a romp about a fish out of water that had me laughing out loud.
When asked about his inspiration to write the book Grisham commented, "I was pleasantly surprised to find real American football in Italy…and as I dug deeper, a novel came together. The research was tough -- food, wine, opera, football, Italian culture -- but someone had to do it." (Associated Press While it may not be the next A Room With a View, it certainly should be entertaining. –Laura Cimperman
Friday, June 01, 2007
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The village of Tenuta de Castelfalfi, which sits just north of Siena in Tuscany, has been a city thirsting for a revival, but the funds needed to restore it have been out of reach. In fact, since 1970, every decade has promised that some large investor would come to revitalize the town, but all projected plans have fallen through, leaving all five (yes, 5!) of its remaining citizens a bit skeptical.
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