Wine with a difference! The new white, Gorgona, produced by detainees on the old prison island of Gorgona off the coast of Tuscany and sponsored by the famous wine cellar, the Marchesi dďż˝ Frescobaldi, is now available in selected wine shops.

The penal colony, dating from 1869, is the last island prison left in Italy. It holds 47 prisoners, who have been condemned to long prison sentences for serious crimes. However, they have been selected, thanks to good conduct and positive psychological evaluation, to serve the last few years of their imprisonment on the island, where they can undertake outdoor agricultural work in relative freedom.

The wine project was born a couple of years ago, thanks to a Sicilian prisoner who recognized the potential of the neglected and withering vines on the island and suggested restoring them to the prison governor, Maria Grazia Giampiccolo.

The necessary funding and equipment was provided by Lamberto Frescobaldi, vice-president of the Marchesi  Frescobaldi winery.

This year's first harvest has produced some 2,700 bottles of Gorgona, produced from native Italian ansonica and vermentino grapes.

 

Info: www.frescobaldi.it/mondofrescobaldi

 

 

Posted on 30 Jul 2013 by Editor

 

 

On the 10 August 2013 glasses will be raised all over Italy to toast the bicentenary of the birth of the great Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi.  Organized by the Movimento Turismo Vino and the Città del Vino (Cities of Wine) movements, the poetically named Calici di Stelle (Wine Glasses of Stars) event involves hundreds of piazzas and wine cellars all over Italy.

 

Posted on 27 Jul 2013 by Editor

 

Grottaglie, il borgo delle ceramiche costruito nelle grotte ...

In Italy, you never have to go very far to find wine or music, but on the 3-4 August 2013 you can enjoy them together at Grottaglie (Taranto, Puglia). Via Crispi, the historic street where the famous ceramic workshops of Grottaglie are clustered, will be the hub of the two-day event where visitors can taste the native wines made from autochthonous grape vines primitivo and negroamaro.

 

Posted on 24 Jul 2013 by Editor

Il portale ufficiale per la tua vacanza a Senigallia ... 

The resorts of the Adriatic coast are famous for whooping it up in the summer and Senigallia (Marche) is no exception. This year's Summer Jamboree (now in its 14 th edition) highlights the Music and Culture of the USA in the '40s and '50s. Guest star, and for the first time in Italy, is the king of the rock n' roll twang guitar, Duane Eddy, who will perform on the 3 August 2013.

Posted on 21 Jul 2013 by Editor

244 Hotel a Lampedusa, Italia 

 

 

The heroic little island of Lampedusa, which, with little outside help, has coped for years with the flood of illegal immigrants arriving from north Africa, launches its fifth LampedusaInFestival between the 19-23 July 2013.

 

Posted on 18 Jul 2013 by Editor

 Monteriggioni, il borgo toscano da cui si entrava all'Inferno 

The perfectly preserved medieval Castle of Monteriggione (Tuscany) will provide a memorable natural setting for Verdi's evergreen opera La Traviata on the 2 August 2013. There will be no conventional stage but instead the singers will move around the central court and alleyways, along the castle walls and towers and on the steps of the church.

 

Posted on 15 Jul 2013 by Editor

Cattedrale - Luoghi - Siena Opera della Metropolitana

Between the 10 July-2 August 2013, Siena (Tuscany) puts on a dazzling show of evening entertainment against the splendid backdrop of Piazza Duomo.

 

Posted on 12 Jul 2013 by Editor

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A good combination! Jazz and mountains for those who prefer the cool wide spaces to the beach. The Meranojazz Festival takes place between the 9-13 July 2013 in Castel Kallmunz park, in the centre of the town.

 

 

Posted on 09 Jul 2013 by Editor

 

 

The town of Carmagnola (Piemonte) sees off summer in style with its annual Sweet Pepper Festival, held between the 30 August-8 September 2013. The Festival is a major event, with a ten-day programme of music, cabaret, treasure hunts, vegetable sculptures, vintage tractor gatherings  and the Piazza dei Sapori - the Fair proper with 185 stands in a vast area dedicated to gastronomy.

  

Posted on 09 Jul 2013 by Editor

Ufficio Turismo del Comune di Cesenatico - CESENATICO TRA PASSATO ... 

 

 

The Adriatic coast from Comacchio, Ravenna, Cesenatico, Rimini to Cattolica, ever popular with lovers of sea, sand and fun, launched its 2013 summer season on the 5 July.

Posted on 08 Jul 2013 by Editor

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