BLUE FLAG FOR 104 RESORTS

 

Over a hundred Italian seaside towns can hoist the coveted Blue Flag this summer. The Blue Flag , assigned by the FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education).....

29 Jun 2008 More

   WHEN IN ROME...

                   or 10 ways to pass for an Italian

                               (when eating or drinking)

 ·        Never drink cappuccino after 11am; from then on it’s a tiny hit of espresso, which you must call simply caff´¿½

·        Never eat ´¿½ or order ´¿½ pizza for lunch; the pizza ovens aren’t fired up until the evening

·        If you’ve had good service leave a little change over and above the service charge

·        If you’re hungry but can’t afford a meal settle for an aperitivo; it usually comes with plentiful nuts and olives. At “Happy Hour”

      in the posher caf´¿½s you will often get a selection of snacks with your drink for no extra charge

·        Off alcohol? Order a crodino,  a herbal drink which makes a refreshing, non-alcoholic aperitivo

·        Don’t expect English soup if you ask for zuppa inglese. It is dessert ´¿½ a rich trifle

·        Breakfast inside, standing at the bar, on caff´¿½ and cornetto (croissant and sweet pastry with different fillings). In the morning pavement seats and tables are for tourists

·        Learn a few of the names of the lesser known pasta shapes. There are about 656 of them. Most non-Italians know spaghetti, tagliatelle, fettuccine, linguine or fusilli. But what about orecchiette, which means little ears, vermicelli (little worms) or strozzapreti  (literally: priest stranglers)

·        Never ask for a sprinkling of parmigiano on a seafood pasta dish

·        Celebrate spring with a traditional plate of fave con pecorino ´¿½ raw fresh broad beans eaten with hard cheese made from ewe’s mil.                                      (Julia Davidson)

28 Jun 2008

CASERTA PALACE BY NIGHT

 

A week-end package at a bargain price offering visitors a special opportunity to tour the palace of Caserta near Naples (considered one of Europe’s most magnificent royal residences) in floodlit splendour, is available up till October.

26 Jun 2008 More

BOB WILSON AT SPOLETO

 

The 51 st edition of the Festival of Two Worlds at Spoleto, Umbria ´¿½ now re.named the Spoleto Festival International ´¿½ kicks off with a lavish production of the ballet-opera Padmavati by S.L. Bhansali on the 27th June and closes on the 13 th July with the traditional concert in the Piazza del Duomo.

23 Jun 2008 More

 

STATE ARCHIVES OPEN FOR MUSICARTE

 On the 20 th ´¿½ 21 st June, the Italian Ministry of Culture opens its State Archives in various regions for a series of concerts and exhibitions of rare music scores, documents, photographs and historic instruments, as part of the European Festival of Music 2008.

For details: www.beniculturali.it/sala/dettaglio-comunicato  

 

19 Jun 2008

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