The 2011 award for Italys most beautiful garden goes to Villa Lante at Bagnaia, Lazio. The Villa, situated 4 kms from Viterbo, is one of the finest examples of a cinquecento Italian garden, with splendid pavilions, terraces and fountains.

The Villa was created by the powerful renaissance Cardinal Gambara as his country retreat, complete with hunting reserve. It is especially admired for its series of magnificent fountains and cascading waterways that start at the top of the hill with the Fountain of the Flood (also known as the Mountain of Rain) and flow down to feed the Fountain of the Chain, the Fountain of the Giants, featuring the statues of the rivers Arno and Tiber, the Fountain of the Cardinal Table, the Fountain of Lights and ending with the Fountain of the Moors, that rises in the middle of four pools containing boats with cherubs.

The National Competition of Parks and Gardens was set up in 2003 in order to bring the publics attention to Italys vast heritage of historic parks and gardens. The first winner was the Garden of Valsanzibio of Galzignano Terme, followed by La Mortella, Ischia in 2004, Castello Trauttmansdorff in Merano in 2005, Villa d'Este, Tivoli, in 2006, the Gardens of Isola Bella in 2007, Villa Pisani at Stra in 2008, the Royal Palace of Caserta in 2009 and the Castle of Racconigi in 2010.

For information: www.ilparcopiubello.it  

 

Posted on 25 Nov 2011 by Editor

After two successful years, famous American cinema star Dustin Hoffman is to continue to lend his face to the Marche Region promotional campaign in 2012.

Posted on 22 Nov 2011 by Editor


FAI  (Fondo Ambiente Italiano), an organization dedicated to saving Italys cultural, natural and artistic heritage, has announced its most recent success of the restoration of the sacred wood of St. Francis of Assisi.

Posted on 19 Nov 2011 by Editor
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<P style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt" class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-GB>Autogrill S.P.A., world leader in catering for “people on the move”, travellers at airports, train stations and motorways, has announced plans to promote the best of Italian food in 600 of its outlets in six European countries.</SPAN></P>
Posted on 16 Nov 2011 by Editor

All you ever wanted to know about olive oil can be acquired during a series of weekends in Umbria throughout November and until the 11 December 2011.

Posted on 13 Nov 2011 by Editor

Siena | Le 10 cose più importanti da fare e vedere a Siena 

On Sunday 13 November 2011, the town of Siena (Tuscany) and the Enoteca Italiana are celebrating the third edition of the European Day of Wine Tourism.

Posted on 10 Nov 2011 by Editor



If you think that radicchio rosso is just a form of salad, think again. This highly appreciated gastronomic speciality of Treviso (Veneto) is a listed IGP exclusive product and is being celebrated with a twelve-day bonanza to mark its thirtieth anniversary.

Posted on 07 Nov 2011 by Editor

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An Etruscan Evening at the Cento Corvi winery, Cerveteri, near Rome, on the 22 October 2011, marked the foundation of an Etruria Delegation of the Italian Association of Sommeliers (AIS).

 

Posted on 04 Nov 2011 by Editor

 



The first experiment in recreating the wines of the ancient inhabitants of Pompeii was launched seventeen years ago by botanist and archaeologist Anna Maria Ciarallo, of the Laboratory of Applied Research, a department of the Superintendency of Pompeii.
 

 

 

 

Posted on 01 Nov 2011 by Editor

Rainbow MagicLand, Rome's new theme park, brings its first season to an end with a special Hallowe'en weekend, guaranteed to draw in the crowds. 

 

Posted on 29 Oct 2011 by Editor

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