OBAMA PRAISES ITALIAN CUISINE

Italian and, in particular, Tuscany cuisine received a much appreciated accolade from US President Barack Obama during a recent meeting of US mayors, attended by the Mayor of Florence Matteo Renzi, where Obama praised the quality and excellence of Italian and Florentine restaurants.

Both Lino Enrico Stoppani, president of the Italian federation of restaurants and caf´¿½s (FIPI) and Aldo Cursano, President of the Tuscan branch of FIPI, expressed their pleasure at Obama’s comments. “Food has always been one of the main attractions for tourists to our country,” said Cursano. “And to hear someone like Obama say that Florence has among the best restaurants in the world is a great boost for all those who work in this sector.”

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Beaches:

Molise has 35 kms of coastline on the Adriatic sea, stretching from the Abruzzo beaches to the Gargano promontory in Apulia . Much of this is made up of long strips of sandy beaches bordered by farmland and woods of typical Mediterranean trees and shrubs. The unspoiled divers’ paradise of the Isole Tremiti, though officially part of Apulia, are most easily reached by boat from Termoli, Molise’s main beach holiday resort.....

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Where to stay in Molise

Molise is keen to attract the independent tourist who wants to sample authentic Italian small town and village life.  The “Albergo Diffuso” is ideal for this purpose and the region is doing its best to encourage and promote this formula.  The “Albergo Diffuso”, invented in Carnia (Fruili) after the earthquake of the 1970s, is a new concept in hotel accommodation, where rooms are in restored old houses dotted around the historic centres of small towns and villages. The formula has been particularly successful in Molise’s neighbouring region, Abruzzo, which, like Molise, abounds in charming medieval mountain villages that had been largely abandoned by the native population.

These “Village Hotels” can be found in 15 Molise communes and offer a total of 456 beds. Facilities, however, vary considerably. The authentic “Albergo Diffuse” has a central core, acting as a reception area, and can also offer dining facilities, either directly or through agreements with local restaurants. Many “Village Hotels” that we visited were little more, in effect, than rental accommodation with self-catering facilities . There is also a wide choice of properties for sale in these “borghi” (historic centres) at extremely reasonable prices. Those looking for a second home in the heart of Italy will be welcomed with open arms. Depopulation is a big worry here. The people of Molise are very proud of their home patch and keen to keep it  alive. 

Along with Farm Holidays (agriturismo), the Albergo Diffuso and rented accommodation in an old “ borgo” are ideal solutions for families. Prices are lower than in normal hotels and children can enjoy the freedom of playing in  unpolluted traffic-free streets and piazzas in a small centre where everyone knows everyone else.....

09 Jan 2010 More

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