Wine production in Italy

July 3, 2015

Click on this infographic to see a larger version. The data in this infographic comes from Istat database and represents all known wine production in Italy from 2014. The top part is a heat map and the bottom is a graph showing data in hectoliters from all twenty regions of Bella Italia. As you can […]

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The 10 commandments of Italian Cooking

June 18, 2015

These stern warnings were put together by Academia Barilla, a research and education branch of Italy’s Barilla Group. They have been thoroughly rephrased for maximum clarity and comments have been added. Still, the sentiment remains. These rules have been devised by people who care about Italian cooking a lot. You will notice that some of […]

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Italian wines similar to Pinot Noir

June 15, 2015

If you are accustomed to Pino Noir, this wine may easily be your starting point in discovering other types of wine. Now, is it time to find out what comparable wines can be found in Italy? According to Ian D’Agata, Passopisciaro wines (from the Trinoro estate in Tuscany) are reminiscent of lighter pino noir. He […]

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Maserati logo and its meaning

June 10, 2015

Maserati is a famed Italian manufacturer of luxury cars which was established on December 1, 1914. Although the company is presently owned by F.I.A.T and its headquarters are in Modena, the original birthplace of Maserati was the ancient city of Bologna. It is in Bologna that we also find the explanation for this car maker’s […]

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Italian wine joke

June 8, 2015

This story goes as far back as the Renaissance. A German man from Swabia was visiting Italy for the first time. Having grown up in a country where beer is the most common drink, he has never tasted wine before. When an inn-keeper set a glass of excellent Italian wine in front of this guest, […]

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Italian wedding superstitions

May 29, 2015

You don’t need to have a wedding in Italy to make full use of Italian superstitions. If you have Italian roots, love Italy or simply want to have some more fun here is a fairly definitive list of bizarre rules, habits and customs from one of the oldest cultures on Earth. Italian grooms like to […]

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Motormota!

May 13, 2015

This unusual looking motorcycle was on the cover of “Popular Science” in 1924. The machine was invented and build by Davide Gisladi, employed as a motorcycle police officer in Milan. The new vehicle was called velicita (Italian for “speed”) and also motormota by its designer. One way to describe the idea behind this machine is […]

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Italian beer culture

April 3, 2015

If it were not for the title of this post you would have never been able to answer this simple question: “Which fermented beverage is the most popular in Italy?” Do you insist on saying that it is wine? No. The beverage of choice for most Italians is actually beer. The reasons for that are […]

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Italian wine legend from Montefiascone

April 3, 2015

This centuries old legend has been used to secure the fame of winemakers from the commune of Montefiascone in the province of Viterbo (Latium). This story has numerous versions, but the gist of it is that a certain bishop sent a servant to find out whether the wine in certain towns is good or not. […]

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Italian tongue twisters

April 1, 2015

It is commonly assumed that native Italian speakers tend to say their sentences at a very rapid speed. No wonder that there is an enormous amount of tongue twisters  (scioglilingua) that help one improve their diction and articulation. This list represents only a small number of such sentences, many more exist. Also, Italian dialects have […]

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