Montalcino is located to the west of Pienza, close to the Crete Senesi in Val d’Orcia. It is 42 kilometres (26 mi) from Siena, 110 kilometres (68 mi) from Florence and 150 kilometres (93 mi) from Pisa. If you consider yourself a wine connoisseur or simply love red wines, chances are you heard of the famous Brunello di Montalcino wine.… Continue reading "Hill Town Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy"
Since we came first to Italy a few years ago we started appreciating the real, high-quality olive oil. What is being sold in most supermarkets around the world is marketed as high quality extra-virgin olive oil, but once you try the real deal, you will understand what all the fuss is about. As October is usually the month when Italians… Continue reading "How Olive Oil is Pressed: A Tour of Oliviera Sant’Andrea in Sinalunga, Italy"
Canneto wine estate (Azienda Agricola Canneto) is situated on the western side of Montepulciano, near the splendid church of San Biagio and has a long wine-making tradition. The farm consists of 48 hectares, 30 of which are under vine, with 16 being reserved for the production of Vino Nobile. The vineyards, facing mainly south, are situated at 350 and 400… Continue reading "Canneto Winery in Montepulciano, Italy"
Casa Zen is a traditional (but modern) agriturismo located in Northern Italy, not very far from Verona and Lake Garda. Typically, an agriturismo is an independently-owned farm that the owners have decided to use partially — although usually only partially — for accommodation purposes. That means that, 90 percent of the time, you can expect that the owners of your… Continue reading "Agriturismo Casa Zen, Marcellise – San Martino Buon Albergo, Italy"
Venice is a city in northeastern Italy and the capital of the Veneto region. It is situated across a group of 117 small islands that are separated by canals and linked by bridges. Parts of Venice are renowned for the beauty of their settings, their architecture, and artwork. The lagoon and a part of the city are listed as a… Continue reading "Venice – Italy, The City on 117 Islands"
Trequanda is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Siena in the Italian region Tuscany, located about 70 kilometres (43 mi) southeast of Florence and about 30 kilometres (19 mi) southeast of Siena. With a population of just ~1.300 people, Trequanda is a traditional Tuscan comune that has everything you expect – a great macelleria, a beautiful church in the… Continue reading "Trequanda, a Traditional Tuscan Village"
During our stay in Italy this year (2015), we decided to take a tour of one of the best and most famous wineries in Montalcino. Poggio Antico: a combination of people, love for nature and passion for winemaking in the beautiful landscape of Tuscany. Brunello, Brunello Riserva, Altero, Madre, Lemartine and Rosso di Montalcino are the result of our great… Continue reading "A Tour of Poggio Antico Winery, Montalcino – Italy"
After organizing last year a private wine tasting at the Siena House B&B (Tuscany, Italy), we decided to try something similar this year, but this time with different wine, something more appropriate for a hot day in Tuscany. These are the wines that we went with this year (2015): Feteasca Alb 2013 by Vinaria din Vale Feteasca Regala 2014 by… Continue reading "Moldovan Wine Bottles in the Tuscan Countryside"
After spending a couple of nights in the mountains in Davos and then Soelden, it was time to drive to the Italian countryside. We chose to take the more direct route from Soelden into Italy, specifically the Soelden – Bolzano route. It takes about 2-3 hours of driving through the mountains: slow speed, lots of twists and turns, narrow roads,… Continue reading "Driving from Sölden – Austria to Bolzano – Italy"
With temperatures of -15C outside, I decided to browse some of the older photos from my travels in 2013. So I decided to share some pleasant memories from Verbania, a small city in Italy, where me and my wife spent just one day at the end of April (2013).