Month: February 2017

Eataly World, the first Italian food theme park

Eataly World, the first Italian food theme park

In eight months, if everything goes as planned, the world will have its first ‘Disneyland’ of Italian food.

And the thing is serious, because the signature behind the project is the famous gourmet chain Eataly, whose locations in New York, Chicago, Milan, Tokyo or Dubai, among other great cities in the world, have been delighting those who appreciate a good fresh pasta, a reggiano parmigiano, a good olive oil, some dried tomatoes or any of the fantastic products offered by one of the most famous and consumed cuisines on a global level: great Italian cuisine.

The place will be called Eataly World, have 8 hectares and from September expects to receive about six million tourists a year, of which about two million, according to calculations preliminaries will be foreigners.

The submerged bronze statue of Jesus Christ

The submerged bronze statue of Jesus Christ

Did you know? In Italy, there is a submerged bronze statue of Jesus Christ of 2.5 metres tall.

Christ of the Abyss (Italian: Il Cristo degli Abissi) is a submerged bronze statue of Jesus Christ, the original of which is located in the Mediterranean Sea, off San Fruttuoso, between Camogli and Portofino on the Italian Riviera.

Various other casts of the statue are located in other places worldwide, both underwater and in churches and museums.


Where to ski: Best for… snowboarders

Where to ski: Best for… snowboarders

Livigno is often overlooked by non-Europeans in favor of fancy Cortina or traditional Courmeyeur, but the remote resort has a lot to offer-and for cheap: Duty-free Livigno is one of the most budget-friendly resorts in Italy, both on and off the slopes!

Livigno has 110km of slopes that range from beginner to black-diamond abilities.

The nearest train station to Livigno is in Tirano, about 70km from Livigno, so a bus or taxi will have to complete the journey for you.

Why is Verona the city of love on Valentine's Day?

Why is Verona the city of love on Valentine’s Day?

Did you know? Every Valentine’s Day, the Italian city of Verona, where Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet.

Also, you can visit Casa di Giulietta near Piazza delle Erbe and view all the letters to Juliet that have been sent over the years.

This Shakespeare’s novel transcended the meaning of love through the years and the passionate ones identify their love stories as Romeo and Juliet had.

Additional tip: Cupid was associated with Valentine’s Day because he is the Roman god of desire, erotic love, and affection. In Latin, Cupid means “amor”, which translates in English to “love”.

That's amore: An Italian dinner on Valentine's Day

That’s amore: An Italian dinner on Valentine’s Day

When the love comes nobody can stop it. Nonetheless, many people love the Italian food as much they can love another person. What if a couple can share this feeling?

If you -or your couple- are in love with Italian food, it’s the right time to come and celebrate Valentine’s Day at La Piccola Fontana. We have the magnificent dessert Antipasto Toscano, and after a little chat with your Valentine, check out our special Rissoto Tartufo. Don’t forget to combine this with some wine.

Please, join us and celebrate Valentine’s Day at La Piccola Fontana!

The Italian Truffles

The Italian Truffles

Truffles in Italy come in two forms, the rare and more aromatic white truffle, or the slightly less aromatic and slightly more common black truffle.

Truffles grow naturally throughout Umbria, Tuscany and Piedmont, so you’re more likely to find fresh truffles in local dishes in these areas, but only if you go in the autumn.

If you make it into truffle country during the fall head to a sagra festival such as the famous International White Truffle Festival of Alba in Piedmont held every October and November.

If you are trying truffles for the first time we suggest starting off with a fresh pasta covered in thin truffle shavings, but there are plenty of other options to choose from! Truffles are commonly sprinkled over pasta, risotto, and omelets, or used in sauces for steaks or other meat dishes.

Verona hidden Gem: Piazza Bra and Piazza delle Erbe

Verona hidden Gem: Piazza Bra and Piazza delle Erbe

When visiting Verona you can’t skip over its two biggest Piazzas. Piazza Bra is the largest piazza in the city as well as the beating heart of its civic life.

There are also vibrant examples of Verona’s strong café culture among the dozens of restaurants and coffee shops lining the piazza. Once you have gotten your fill head to the Piazza delle Erbe, where you’ll see the famous Mazzanti Houses whose facades are decorated with 16th-century frescoes.

Either way, it’s still hanging – perhaps all the more ironic because it connects the Piazza with the city’s magistrate offices, Palazzo della Ragione, or House of Reason!

Do you know the San Lorenzo Market?

Do you know the San Lorenzo Market?

Here is no denying that Florence has made its mark on the world, especially the fashion world! If you want to do some shopping in Italy, bella Firenze is a great place to start, especially in the shops situated on and around the Arno River.

The options are nearly endless, from leather bags from local markets to high-end, designer label suits, gowns, and of course, shoes.

Shopping in Florence is a pleasure regardless of budget or taste, with something to suit everyone.

Aside from treating yourself this is also the perfect place to buy souvenirs from Florence! From leather belts to purses and hats, the varieties and options are endless.

Piazza form dei Miracoli, Pisa

Piazza form dei Miracoli, Pisa

The Piazza dei Miracoli is probably the least traditional Italian piazza on this list.

It’s home to Pisa’s cathedral, battistero, “Monumental Cemetery”, and a certain crooked tower that you might have heard of.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa took 177 years to complete, but after just five years of construction the subsoil began to sink, causing the tower to lean.

Today, you’ll find most tourists at a particular point in front of the tower getting the “I’m propping up the Leaning Tower of Pisa” shot.