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Best Prosciutto and Salumi Tours Around Florence

Cold cuts and salami are a big part of Italian cuisine. Consumed with a variety of accompanying dishes and in a wide range of ways, there’s always something new to try. Traditional and local salumi are one of many productions you can look into when travelling through Italy, and each region likely has its own unique products. And depending on the time of year you find yourself vacationing to the Country, there are many things you can try: melone with prosciutto, carpaccio with bresaola, grana cheese shards and arugula leaves, or even just a simple panino with salame, or a platter of cold cuts with mostarda. If you are staying in Florence, here are some places you can visit for a taste tour of the different kinds and varieties of Prosciutto and salumi that can be found in Tuscany.

Salumificio Anzuini




The Salumificio Anzuini is a deli that has been providing clients with excellent salumi ever since the 1920s, sourcing their meats from the best local farms. It started as a pork meat processing establishment, but it now provides many types of artisanal, homemade salami and cold-cuts such as Salame Toscano, Fiocco di Spalla, Prosciutto, Capocollo, Salamella and salame with fennel seeds. They can be enjoyed at two Anzuini locations in Florence: the main store is the Norcineria Anzuini in via Faentina, where you can find all of their products as well as local wines and more; at the historic location in via De’ Neri 84/r you’ll find the Antica Macelleria Salumificio Anzuini, a restaurant and store where you can enjoy all types of salumi available, as well as purchase them. Here you can also try an excellent Bistecca Fiorentina, a must-have of Florence, Tuscany and Italy! Wash it down with some Chianti red wine and don’t forget to buy edible souvenirs: the choice is varied and there will be some type of salume to fit the tastes of everyone.

Antica Macelleria Falorni

Halfway between Florence and Siena, in the town of Greve in Chianti, you’ll find this deli-restaurant with a long family tradition, dating back to the 1800s. For 9 generations, they’ve been producing, selling and showcasing the excellence in cold cuts; the family has a private farm and their products merge high-quality pork meat and expertise to achieve a wide range of salumi with PGI status, which follow the Tuscan tradition of handmade, artisanal cold cuts. The Falorni family chooses the best breeds of pigs for their products, which can be purchased and sampled at their location in Piazza G. Matteotti 71, in Greve in Chianti. Here you’ll find a deli counter, to buy sliced samples of their products, a shop where you can buy salami and prosciutti, and a bistro, a small restaurant where you can have a unique dining experience, surrounded by tradition. The menu can be find on the Antica Macelleria Falorni’s website, and features cold cuts platters, bruschetta bread, soups, sandwiches and desserts, all paired with local wines.

La Prosciutteria


This quaint, unique deli is located in Florence, in via De’ Neri 54rosso. It doubles as a shop and as a self-service restaurant, for a completely interesting experience. The brand has locations in other major Italian cities, but the first shop to open was this one, in Florence, and it sources its meats and cold cuts from local farms and butcheries. Close to the Museo degli Uffizi, it’s the perfect place to stop for a quick meal and to buy some salami for the road. Platters with a cold cuts selection, bruschetta bread with sauces and a trickle of local olive oil, sandwiches of all kinds and a selection of traditional cheeses await you, followed by a nice glass of Tuscan red wine. Completely affordable and totally perfect even as a snack or appetizer – although perhaps not the lightest choice if you’re on a diet!

Casa del Prosciutto

The Casa del Prosciutto is a traditional Italian restaurant, also called a “trattoria” and offers a wide menu filled with excellent dishes of the Italian and Tuscan tradition. Located in Fiesole, in the town of Torre di Buiano, it’s a favourite of tourists and locals, with excellent reviews that are completely justified by the quality and choice offered in this establishments. Here you’ll be able to sample many types of cold cuts, salami, prosciutto – all served in an enticing platter with bread and other local productions. Don’t miss out on the exquisite Fiorentina while you’re here, and try other dishes with meat, like the pasta options. They also have a sizeable wine selection, so you can pair the best red or white wine with your meal, for an enhanced dining experience. It’s your best bet if you want to eat in a traditional environment while also enjoying local salumi.

Salerno Tour: the Best Mozzarella Farms & Dairies

One of the staples of Italian cuisine is cheese. Many different types of cheese are produced around Italy, and one of the most famous productions in the country and worldwide is mozzarella. Featured in many international dishes, like on pizza and as a main ingredient of the Caprese salad, mozzarella is at the center of the Mediterranean diet. Some of the most delicious mozzarelle of Italy are produced by dairies located in Campania. In this article we’ll showcase some of the best places where you can buy and sample mozzarella near the city of Salerno, with a focus on the original Mozzarella di Bufala Campana DOP and related dairy products and we’ll see what options tourists have if they decide to tour the dairies and discover the stables, facilities and production techniques of these amazing foods.

Tenuta Vannulo

mozzarella tour
mozzarella tour

South of Salerno, following the coast, you’ll find the city of Paestum. Around it, in smaller towns and in the countryside, are located several dairies housing buffalos and cows. In Capaccio Scalo you’ll find the Tenuta Vannulo, which features many different areas and along with them, several activities you can enjoy: the dairy features animals in the buffalo farm; a shop where you can find buffalo milk, cheese and leather goods; there’s a museum where you can discover the history of the family and the dairy itself, along with the tools and techniques employed to produce excellent buffalo mozzarella. The animals are fed, looked after and milked with extreme care, and the mozzarella is produced following the highest standards of hygiene and quality.
The dairy has a restaurant, with many options, one of which is a tasting menu that features organic vegetables farmed locally in the Tenuta Vannulo and many types of cheese products to showcase the range of the dairy’s ability: ricotta, mozzarella and more. A must have is the buffalo milk ice cream, especially when paired with a brioche, or yogurt.

Caseificio Barlotti

Also in Paestum but in the town of Capaccio-Paestum proper, is the Caseificio Barlotti. Visiting the Caseificio Barlotti is a great experience and you’ll be able to see the buffalos at the dairy’s farm and try the dairy products produced here straight from the source. The dairy is nestled among the Temples of Paestum and right after a tour of these incredible ruins, you can stop by the Caseificio Barlotti to purchase and sample their productions: buffalo mozzarella, ricotta, ice cream made from buffalo milk, cheeses and even incredible steaks made from buffalo meat. Along with the vegetables grown at the farm, it makes for a great lunch at a great price for the quality it offers.
The Caseificio Barlotti really has it all, with a tour where you’ll meet the buffaloes, see the process of making and pulling the mozzarella into shape, and a great selection of excellent cheeses and foods to choose from for a unique dining experience.

Taverna Penta

The Taverna Penta dairy farm is located in Pontecagnano Faiano, not far from Salerno. The dairy offers tours where visitors can meet the animals and find out more about the farm and the milking process, see and lean about the production of the mozzarelle and finally taste the varieties of buffalo mozzarella produced or choose to have a light lunch with the various cheeses and other local produce and dishes. Next to the dairy you’ll also find the Yogurteria, a yogurt joint where ice cream and yogurt made exclusively from buffalo milk are served, both plain and flavored. All the milk used at the dairy comes from the Azienda Agricola and the Allevamento Filippo Morese, named after the current owner – a member of the Morese family, who established the farm and started this family tradition.

Caseificio Ilka

Located in Salerno, in Via delle Calabrie 29, the Caseificio Ilka has many dairy products to offer, and a dedicated area where clients and visitors can sample the various options and explore the differences between Buffalo and Cow milk products. One of the main productions of the Caseificio Ilka is the “Corona di Paestum”, a uniquely crafted Buffalo mozzarella wreath made with braided sections of mozzarella cheese, masterfully pulled and assembled by master dairymen. The dairy offers many traditional cheeses typical of the region, such as Pecorino and Caciocavallo, and produces mozzarella cheese for specific use on pizza.
The dairy has an elegant, modern shop. There is a space that clients can use to sample their purchase right away, on location and this makes the experience even more authentic, since this means that visitors and customers can taste the products directly at the place of production. You can also have a quick meal here with mozzarella, ricotta or other types of cheese, prosciutto and local loaves of bread and glasses of wine.

Discover and Tour The Best Oil Mills Of Tuscany, Florence, Chianti and Livorno.

Italy has an age-old tradition of olive groves and all the products that can be acquired from these trees. As one of the world’s biggest producers of olive oil, second in quantity only to Spain and hardly paralleled in quality, Italy features some of the finest olive oils on the market, and most of them come from Tuscany.
If you’re visiting Tuscany and its stunning countryside, historical cities and diving into the culinary tradition of this Italian region, you have to stop by an oil mill to try from the source a sample of Italian olive oil, and discover the process and history behind this golden liquid that graces everyone’s table.
Here are some of the best oil mills in Tuscany. There are many more throughout the region, so don’t forget to check if there’s a mill close to you, or else you’ll miss the unique opportunity to try some of the best EVO oils of Tuscany, Italy and the world!

Antico Frantoio Toscano Peccianti

Antico Frantoio Toscano Peccianti
Antico Frantoio Toscano Peccianti

In Bibbona, near Livorno, we’ll find this first oil mill. Family owned for the most part, the Frantoio Peccianti focuses on producing extra virgin olive oil IGP Toscano (“Protected Geographic Indication”), sourcing olives from the several groves owned and handled by the Peccianti family. The mill has one of the largest production lines of Italy and produces cold-pressed EVO oil exclusively through an innovative, unique technique and fully automated machinery that allow for the milling of olives in the first 24 hours after the harvest. The entire process behind the production of olive oil happens inside the Peccianti mill: harvest, clean-up, milling, pressing, chemical analysis, preservation and bottling. The farms that provide the mill with olives grow the Tuscan varieties of Frantoio, Leccino, Pendolino, Cipressino and Moraiolo olives. The Frantoio organizes workshops and tasting courses and here you will also be able to buy their oil and other products. For more info or to book a visit to the mill, refer to the Frantoio Peccianti contacts page at

Frantoio Pruneti

In San Polo in Chianti, near Florence, you’ll find the Frantoio Pruneti, an oil mill with a 160 year long history of hard-work, family traditions and innovative technologies all contributing to the production of fine IGP Tuscan oils. The mill offers extra virgin oil as well as a separate collection of monoculture oils, made exclusively from olives of the Frantoio, Leccino and Moraiolo varieties. In addition, the Frantoio Pruneti produces fruity blends of oils that are perfect to pair with different foods and meal courses. If you want to learn more about how the oil is produced, from harvest to bottling, the mill offers visits and tastings. A 45-60 minute tour of the mill will allow you to discover the production process, the differences in the types of oils produced and what makes for a high-quality oil, along with a tasting experience. From April to September, another tour is available that will teach you how to best pair olive oils with food. You can book tours any day of the week and shop at the Frantoio Pruneti Mon-Sat from 9:30 to 18:30. Contact info at

Gonnelli 1585

In Reggello, just outside Florence, you’ll find Gonnelli 1585. As the name suggests, the history of the company goes way back, and the mill now sources its raw ingredients from 43.000 olive trees from olive groves of the area. The mill receives olives of many varieties to produce EVO oil recognized as DOP Chianti and IGP Tuscan. With a wide selection of quality products, you can book a tour of the mill at the Gonnelli 1585 contact page The Gonnelli brand includes the Frantoio di Vertine oil mill, which you can visit to discover the cold-press production techniques as well as enjoy the surrounding countryside and medieval buildings.

Azienda Olearia del Chianti

azienda olearia Chianti
azienda olearia Chianti

Near Florence, in Panzano in Chianti, you’ll find the Azienda Olearia del Chianti. An oil mill that produces a stunningly wide selection of different oil varieties and oil-related products and snacks, this company is worth a visit just for the goodies it has to offer in their shop. The extra virgin olive oil they produce is of the highest quality and meets all production standards, and includes the DOP Chianti Classico oil, IGP Tuscan oil and 100% Italian and biological oils, made from cold-pressed Tuscan olives. The mill carefully and meticulously carries out chemical and taste tests to ensure quality down to the smallest detail on their 4 bottling lines, that produce over 20,000 bottles of oil per hour. State of the art machinery and innovative techniques meet with the age-old oil milling tradition and the purity of the locally sourced Tuscan olive types. Closed on week-ends, you can visit the Azienda Olearia del Chianti Mon-Fri from 8:00-12:30 and 14:00-17:30.

Visit And Discover The Best Olive Oil Mills In Apulia

Behind every corner of Italy are hidden incredible landscapes, museums and places of interest rich in culture and history and, last but not least, a culinary tradition spread throughout Italy and that has a lot to offer. Visiting will be a unique, immersive experience made all the more complete and fulfilling if you can find the time to do a little bit of everything, from sightseeing, to taking part in celebrations, festivals and art exhibitions, to tasting true Italian cuisine.
You can do that by dining out in restaurants and local trattorie, or you can go to the source, visiting the places where certain dishes, ingredients and produce are made and processed before they’re served at your table, with interesting workshops and tasting experiences.
When you decide to visit Apulia, or Puglia in Italian, there are a lot of things to take into consideration – what to see, which cities to visit, what to try, taste and experience while you’re here, and so on. One of the local productions throughout Puglia is olive oil, so there are many chances for you to visit the best oil mills in the region (and the country) and see first-hand how the oil is made, where and with what results, no matter the city you choose to spend your holiday in. Important oil mills can be found near Taranto, Bari and other major cities of the region and all of them are known for producing EVO oil of the highest quality. Visiting the mills is the best way to find oil to purchase and sample directly from those who have been producing it for generations in a pure, unadulterated way that will surely turn your holiday to Puglia into an immersive experience.
Olive oil production is an Italian tradition, the country being one of the main producers of oil in the world, second only to Spain, and while there are many regions in Italy where extra virgin olive oil is produced, Puglia earns the spot as the biggest producer. Here are some of the best oil mills in Apulia where you can discover this tradition – by visiting the groves, buildings, production line and shops where olives are elevated to the rank of EVO oil.

Frantoio di Palma

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oilve oil tour

The Frantoio Oleario di Palma, an oil mill established in 1936 and located in Canosa di Puglia, prides itself for the production of what they call their “yellow gold”, the extra virgin olive oil they obtained with a traditional cold-extraction method, the same the di Palma family has always employed to grind the olives. The method allows the final product to maintain its properties, texture, taste and aroma. The oil mill can be visited all year-round and during the period from November to January visitors can witness the production of the extra virgin olive oil. Directions to the mill can be found on the website

Frantoio D’Erchie

Located in Montemesola, a city near Taranto, this oil mill finds its roots and inspiration in the very region that hosts it, and the olive groves that grow here. The raw olives are the muses and protagonists for the EVO Olio D’Erchie and the mill pays homage to the local artisanal tradition with ceramic bottles and containers for the oils it produces. Oil milling is a family tradition for this company, established in 1932 by the current owner’s grandfather, Ciro D’Erchie, and the Frantoio D’Erchie now offers a wide variety of oils. Contact information on the website

Frantoio Galantino

The Frantoio Galantino was established in 1926 and has grown ever since, sourcing its olives from the family olive groves and other trusted partners of the area to achieve the purest cold-pressed EVO oil of the highest quality. Located in Bisceglie, the Galantino brand includes the oil mill, a shop and a restaurant (closed on Tuesdays, open for lunch Mon-Sun and for dinner on Fridays and Saturdays). The oil mill offers tours and tastings in Italian, English and French and tourists can witness the production process and ask for an additional meal following their visit. A pamphlet and booking information can be found at

Frantoio Bitetti.


Located in Ginosa, near Taranto, the Frantoio Bitetti is a family owned oil mill with a three-generation tradition of oil making that merges old and new techniques and technologies to achieve a high-quality EVO oil through cold-pressing of the finest olives harvested from November to January. The mill offers guided tours where visitors will see the production process, from harvest to bottling, and will have a chance to taste samples and purchase the oil, which comes in the classic extra virgin format as well as naturally infused oils (lemon, rosemary and chili pepper oil). More info can be requested and tours can be booked on the mill’s contact page

Best Wineries That You Can Explore Around Bologna

Bologna is a historical city with the demography of about four hundred thousand inhabitants. The city is more well known by the Italians than to the global visitors. Bologna is the largest city and also the capital of Emilia-sRomagna located in the northern part of Italy. It is famous for its food and fantastic wineries and having the oldest university in the western hemisphere, and an active student population both local and international students. The city is also known for its magnificent food, classical porticos and brick terracotta-roofed architecture, nightlife, and theatre.

Tenuta Santa Cecilia Alla Croara

tenuta santa cecilia croara
tenuta santa cecilia croara

They have good organic wines thanks to the fertile soils that are geographically described as “the land of chalk and yellow sands,” and a precisely supportive micro-climate. The wines are fully certified. You can get them by calling this number +39 051 6251905, or if you are looking for a place to drink. The address is Via Croara 7/H 40068 San Lazzaro di Savena (Bologna-Italy) Here are some varieties of wines produced at Tenuta Santa Cecilia Alla Croara. They include:

Frizzante DOCG

The  grapes are naturally grown in the natural environment of the dell’Abbadessa and Parco dei Gessi. The vines are treated with sulfur and copper and at the same time protecting the human life and the environment, without any form of irrigation. The matured grapes
are usually harvested by hand and stored in small boxes. In the basement soft presses are used to conduct vilification along with organic biological
procedures to attain highest quality outcomes.

The organic cultivation of the land, an accurate hand selection of the grapes and the precise vinification produces high-quality products, and it is a glass of wine that has a dry taste of youthful and aromatic freshness. It is vinificated by using its natural yeast. Right at the end of fermentation, it is stored for six months in a stainless steel tank. It is later on bottled to produce high quality wine.

Umberto Cesari

It is a challenge that Umberto Cesari enthusiastically took around the 1960s, along with twenty hectares of vineyards right at the heart of Emilia Romagna. During the previous years, he could expand his vineyards, introduced different verities, and extraordinary, excellent new wines. But one thing consistently remains unchanged is his passion for wine. If you are looking for our wine shop just call +39 051 944732, at our store you can scroll the vine-rows. Taste our wines, and learn all the secrets of wine-making. We are open as from Tuesday to Friday consistent working hours as from 10-18 and on Saturdays as from 9-18 working hours. You can even call us at +39 051 6947811.

Vini Botti

The company of Vini Botti is found right in the heart of Colli Bolognesi in the locality of Monte San Pietro that ranges between 200-300 meters above sea level. It was established in 1973 by Valentino Bovina, the father of the owner, known as Fabio. In 1996, Fabio took current administration, expanding the land for the vineyards as well as the expansion of the winery. He transformed the company by using modernized technology and
innovative ideas on enological and agronomic. However, the objective of
respecting for the natural attributes of the area, the wine, and the vineyards.

The highlands have clay loam topsoil, the cultivation strategy of the vineyards are using these characteristics to their advantage. Technical engineers work along with the organization to attain advanced respect for the natural environment and human health. The company aims at producing high-quality wine. The firm provides red wines, which include Barbera, white wine such as Classic Pignoletto and other sparkling wines.

Our address is Azienda Agricola BOTTI-via Elio Roda
19/1-40050 Monte San Pietro (BO)-Italia. Call us at + 39 051 184 48944.

Tenuta Folesano


It is a fantastic location where Mother Nature is the ruler. The Etruscans selected the highlands of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines to build settlements, develop cities and fortified structures. Along with their philosophical agricultural proficiencies and by using stars, it was here that they cultivated the original vineyards. The Romans were the next group of people to settle and ruled the area for centuries.

During the Middle Ages, the arable land was under the rule of Counts of Panico, an excessively powerful bellicose family who continued with the cultivation of vineyards within their much-feared territories. Historical evidence shows this proof of winemaking dating back from the 16th century.

Address, Societa Agricola Folesano- via San
Silvestro 17-40043 (BOLOGNA). Call us at 051932204 or Mobile 3388952014, or
email us at


Tizzano Farm comprises more than 200 hectares, almost thirty-five are planted with vines. The company is located in the Bolognese highlands neighboring Castelvecchio Di Reno. The soil is very fertile
due to its southern exposure, and the dry, windy and sunny weather of the
highlands forms ideal conditions that are favorable for the cultivation of
vines that has been practiced for centuries since the sixtieth century. The
wine-making procedures are a combination of modern techniques with ancient traditions. The attentive agriculture of old grape verities, with the current introduction of Pignoletto, the appreciation for the attributes of the product, the hand-picking activities merge with the most improved skills for the processing of the grapes that ensures that there is the production of high quality and prestigious final products. Today the wineries are owned by the Visconti Di Modrone, the descendants of the Marescalchi family. They control the wine and the agricultural productions of the farm.

Our address is Tizzano Societa Agricola S.r.l. via
Antonio Marescalchi, 13.40033- Casalecchio Di Reno (Bologna- Italy)

Call us at +39 051 571208 or +39 051 577665

Best Wineries in Puglia for Touring and Tasting

Puglia, Italy, is known to be home to the best and finest wines in the world today. This is owing to the beautiful climate that Puglia is so much blessed to have. Some of the best wineries in Puglia include the following:

1. The Azienda Agricola Masciulli

2. Cantine di Marco

3. Sarolo

4. Tenuta Girolamo.

These wineries are not only famous for growing their delicious and tasty wines, but also for being award winners globally.

1. The Azienda Agricola Masciulli

masciulli wine tours
masciulli wine tours

The Azienda Agricola Masciulli was started by the Masciulli family in 1975. The family stuck to its long-standing tradition of growing grapes and processing wine for decades. The Azienda winery is located in the heart of Trulli in Puglia. The location of the vineyards allows the grapes to get to the required level of maturity owing to the great climatic conditions.

The company ensures that the wine produced is quality and owes much value in keeping and maintaining the traditions of the family in producing the finest wines. The company uses the best technology in processing the wine, right from the grape picking to the bottling of the delicious wine.

The Azienda Agricola winery was recognized for its quality wines and was awarded the IGP Puglia mark, the Prisciu award in 2012 at the National Sca Prammaggiore, where the company won a gold medal.

Some of the fines wines that Azienda Agricola is known for include the White, the Rose, the Red, the Primitivo and the Prisciu wines. The winery is open daily from 10 am – 4 pm on Monday to Friday for tasting on advance booking.

2. Cantine Di Marco.

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The Cantine Di Marco in Puglia boasts of the production of legendary wines through history. Some of the famous wines include-

Terre di Puglia-Primitivo di Manduria.

This particular wine is the pride of Puglia owing to its unique historical taste. It is made of pure primitivo grapes grown on the vast vineyards that have been in existence for more than 30 years. The wine is famous in most parts of Europe due to its sweet, dry but soft taste. Originally, the wine when bottled is red in color, but when it stays for some time, it changes to dark orange. The wine gets an even better taste with age.

Terre di Puglia- Rosato Salento

This is yet another brand produced by the Cantine Di Marco wineries. The Rose wine gives a sensational yet unique taste, flowering, dry and with very low alcoholic content that makes it just perfect. Situated in the Valle d’Itria in Cantine Di Marco, the vineyards have produced the finest rose wine for close to 30 years.

Other fine wine brands produced in Cantine Di Marco include; Martina Franca, Locortondo, Primitivo del Salento, Primitivo di Manduria, Salice Salento, Salice Salento Riservia, Negroamaro, Aglianico del Vulture, Brio, Brio Rose,Malvanegra, Malvenagra Rosato, Chardonnay, Tarie, Arcadia and Cortigiano wines.

3. Sarolo Wines.

The Sarolo wines, also popularly known as the Sarolo Don Carlo, is situated in the Valle d’Itria. The Sarolo began as a family enterprise and is currently owned by Marco Emilio Santory. He represents the 5th generation of the Santory family. The valley d’Itria has very good soil and climate as well.

The winery is located in the heart of the Murgia Hills of Southern Puglia. This is between the Adriatic and the Ionian coasts. The warm temperatures that range from 25-30 degrees by day and around 8 degrees by night is optimum weather that enhances notably the quality of the Sarolo wines.

The family tradition in the production of quality wine is upheld to date. The qualified staff handpick only ripe grapes that are then processed into fine, natural wine brands that are loved throughout Europe and the world as well.

4. Tenuta Girolamo.

tenuta girolamo
tenuta girolamo

Tenuta Girolamo is located in the middle of Itria Valley in Puglia. The legendary winery is owned by the Girolamo family. The vineyard stretches across 50 hectares of land and on it grows the finest grapes in Puglia. The Tenuta Girolamo is known for brands of wine that includes –

· Conte Giangirolamo, which is made up of an equal combination of Primitivo and Negroamaro grapes. It has intense ruby red color and also violet hues. The wine has a touch of fruity flavors like cherry, blackberry, very inviting scents of vanilla and chocolate as well.

· Red Lace, also called the Pizzo Rosso is made with pure primitivo grapes and is ruby red wine. It has a sensational dry taste that is uniquely velvety, smooth and persistence almost all at once. It is simply amazing.

· Monte Tre Carlini, made of pure Negroamaro grapes. It comes in intense ruby red with traces of violet hues. Monte Carlini has a dry taste that is soft and will linger on your taste buds for a while.

· Codalunga, made of pure aglianco grapes and is also the red wine that comes in fruity flavors of blackberry, plum, almond, etc. This wine has a dry taste that is tannic and persistent on the tongue as well, gives a sensational feeling.

· Monte dei Cocci, comes in various brands that are unique in taste, ranging from the Aglianico, Cabernet Sauvignon, the Syrah, Verdeca and Chardonnay as well.

· La Voliera is a tasty brand that was developed from a long tradition of coming together.

The Tenuta Girolamo gained more popularity after winning the Berlin Wine Trophy. The Company also won the Decanter Asia Wine awards and the Mundus Vini. This made the winery gain more popularity not only among the locals, but also from around the globe owing to their tasty wines that will leave your taste buds in awe.

The Tenuta Girolamo is usually open for tasting every day from Monday to Friday, starting from 10 am to 4 pm. In order to visit the winery, reservations need to be made in advance due to the busy schedule of activities going on at the winery. During the weekends, visits are only allowed when booked in advance and should be a minimum of 6 guests. The most amazing bit is that one can make a request to also visit the vineyards at no additional fee

Best Restaurants in Ostuni Salento, Italy

Impasto Napoletano

The Impasto Napoletano Restaurant was founded in 2009 after the Salemme brothers decided to turn their shared love for Neapolitan cooking into a business idea. The Impasto Napoletano pizzeria is just a short five minute walk from The Old Town of Ostuni Salento. The restaurant is split into two sections, a beautifully positioned terrace with incredible views over Ostuni Salento and a smaller indoor room, which was designed by a local craftsman, that can hold up to 35 people. With the menu full of delicious handcrafted pizzas, you will be sure to experience the true taste of Naples. Impasto Napoletano prides itself on only using fresh, quality ingredients and every order is lovingly prepared and created in house. Choose from delicious options, with choices spanning from the classic Margherita pizza to a build your own’ style pizza so you can sample lots of the local ingredients that Impasto Napolentano has to offer. The restaurant also offers an array of pasta, seafood and meat dishes with the focus always on providing the best to their customers. The waiting staff are always on hand to ensure you have the best dining experience, with helpful suggestions and knowledge regarding the food and the surrounding area. With their love for classic Italian cooking, the family environment and the beautiful setting for Impasto Napoletano – you will be sure to have a traditional Italian experience and create exciting memories for everyone to remember.

Ristorante Porta Nova

If it’s a fine dining experience that you’re looking for, the Ristorante Porta Nova is a great option to tantalise your taste buds. With just a stone throw away from the Ostuni Marina, the Ristorante Porta Nuova stands high on top of a Aragonese tower, providing the perfect setting for panoramic views of the surrounding olive groves. Large glass windows ensure that wherever you may be seated, the diner will always receive a beautiful view. The setting provides a quiet and cosy feel which easily translates into a romantic atmosphere; this restaurant is perfect for special occasions or parties. The restaurant celebrates the beautiful tastes of all seafood, with fresh fish caught daily to ensure the use of best quality ingredients. The menu offers delicious culinary experiences, from freshly caught sautéed shrimp to creamy lobster risotto, you will be sure to find something that is right for you. You also have the chance to visit Ristorante Porta Novas cellar to discover over a hundred different wines to accompany your meal, which is an added bonus for any fine wine connoisseurs. Every delicious option that Ristorante Porta Novas has to offer is sure to amaze you by the sheer beauty of what is presented before you. The food is displayed in such a simple and elegant way, you will almost feel like you are eating a piece of art. The Risorante Porta Nuovas has received praise from Michelin who stated that a few points to notice were the excellent wine list and fresh ingredients used. The Ristorante Porta Nuova is a dining experience that will make you feel as if you were almost Italian royalty.

White Ostuni Tito Schipa

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white ostuni

A restaurant named after the city of Ostuni itself, White Ostuni provides guests with a true taste of Italy. Many famous faces have visited and enjoyed this restaurant with the most notable being Italian tenor Tito Schipa, in the mid 1930s. The restaurant underwent a redesign in 2010 and carried on the legacy of the previous ownership, keeping Tito Schipa’s name as a focal point. This restaurant is split in three large rooms; the relax room, the bistro-restaurant room and the White Ostuni Tito Schipa. The Relax Room is perfect for guests to enjoy a deliciously crafted cocktail while reclining on comfortable sofas. Head over to the Bistro-Restaurant room to enjoy panoramic views of the winding streets of the historical town and the Sea near Ostuni. The White Ostuni Tito Schipa is the perfect mix of elegance and modernity and a great area for gatherings and events. The White Ostuni Tito Schipa always crafts fresh bread daily, with options including salty cornets and sweet pan cakes – a perfect accompaniment to any meal! The restaurant also prides itself on hand picking the best raw ingredients to include in all their dishes, focusing on the quality of every individual course. If you want to enjoy a coffee, the White Ostuni Tito Schipa carefully picks each blend to offer visitors an experience in the ways of traditional Apulian territory. Visit the White Ostuni Tito Schipa and be blown away by the rich history of the restaurant while enjoying a luxurious meal in spectacular scenery.

Osteria del tempo Perso

Nestled in the centre of Ostuni, in the wondrous Apulian resort known worldwide as The White City’ lies Osteria del tempo Perso, one of Ostuni’s most beloved, historic and renowned Italian restaurants, founded in 1983. Made up of two truly wonderful and unique environments, you can enjoy the authentic, delicious Puglia and Ostuni tastes of Italy. The restaurant is differentiated into two halls, both of which are found in the millennial rock of Ostuni. The first hall is a real cave, dating all the way back to the 15th century, adding character and charm to this amazing restaurant. The second hall is for a more quiet and private dining experience, that was once the barn supplying the old oven. The originality, tranquillity and contrast of these halls helped to develop a unique once in a lifetime experience. Hosting authentic and traditional pasta dishes such as Orecchiette and Laganari, tantalising appetizers like Parmigiana Aubergines and Tuscan and Martina Franca Salame, mouth watering desserts and over two hundred different wine labels hailing from Italy’s prestigious vineyards, Osteria del tempo Perso is truely one of the best restaurants in Italy.


Ristorante La Reggia

Located directly in the heart of Ostuni, you will find one of the best restaurants in all of Italy. In the middle of the historic centre of the region you will find Ristorante La Reggia, a stunning restaurant renowned for its pizza, pasta and seafood dishes. Not only this, the restaurant is converted from a medieval cave – sights which must be seen to be believed. With cave walls surrounding you, you can travel back through time whilst enjoying delicious, modern Italian cuisine. Accompanying its wonderful indoor scenery, it offers spacious and comfortable terrace seating areas outside where you can relax in the beautiful sunshine and enjoy fantastic food whilst watching the world go by. With dishes such as tagliatelle, an array of pizzas and fish dishes, antipasti, mixed salads and house wine to accompany them, it’s no wonder tourists and the locals flock to Ristorante La Reggia regularly. In a prime location offering authentic Italian character, exquisite and fresh ingredients and decor unlike any other restaurant, you will no longer be wondering where to eat on your visit to Ostuni. Instead, unquestionably you will be visiting Ristorante La Reggia, where you will be greeted by excellent service, fantastic prices and a dining experience like no other.

Ferrari Super Cars You Can Drive in Maranello in 2017

488GTB Ferrari Test Drives in Italy.

488GTB brings back the classic Ferrari model designated with the 488 in the moniker that indicates the engine’s unitary displacement. On the other hand, GTB are initials, and they stand for Gran Turismo Berlinetta. This car makes extreme power exploitable, controllable and it delivers unparalleled performance on an unprecedented level by even less experienced drivers. The car has an excellent engine and aerodynamics that are so sophisticated consequently combining with refined dynamic controls, and at the end, they radically improve the car’s razor- sharped responsiveness making it a road car that nears track level.

This car was first produced in the year 2015 by the Ferrari Company. Its assembly is done from Maranello in Italy and designed by Ferrari Styling Center under Flavio Manzoni. This car is classified as a sports car and has two doors Berlinetta with a longitudinal rear mid-engine and a rear-wheel-drive. It has 3.9L Ferrari F154CB V8 type of engine that is twin- Turbocharged. Its transmission is a 7-speed dual clutch and has a wheelbase of 2,650mm. It is 4,568mm long and 1,952mm wide with a height of 1,213mm. The car weighs 1,544kgs, and it was built to succeed the Ferrari 458. The car has improved carbon-ceramic brakes that are derived from same technology that is used in LaFerrari. It is manufactured with unique materials that lower the time required to achieve optimum operating temperature. 488GTB has a weight capacity of the power ratio of 2.2kg per horsepower thus making it a powerful machine

California Turbo Test Drive


California Turbo is a sports car manufactured by the Ferrari Company. It is a hard top convertible grand touring car with two-door. Initially, the car was powered by a head mid-mounted that naturally aspirated 4.3-liters V8. The company produced its second model in 2014 which uses a new twin-turbo 3.9-litre V8. California Turbo is least expensive in the Ferrari series. There are plans to replace this car with the Ferrari Portofino as from the year 2018. California Turbo was first produced in 2008 and assembled at Maranello in Italy. It is classified as a grand tour with a front mid-engine and it is a rear-wheel drive. This car can accelerate up to 100km/h in 3.6 seconds, and it can reach a top speed of 315km/h. It has a new front fascia that was inspired by the F12 with a reduction of emission pollution up to 15% when compared to its predecessor. It uses small turbo and has a variable boost management system that is aimed at reducing turbo lag. The car leads in Ferrari with an Apple CarPlay function infotainment system.

Ferrari  458 Speciale Test Drive

Ferrari  458 Speciale is a sports car with a mid-engine and produced by Ferrari manufacturers. This Ferrari 458 Italia succeeded Ferrari F430, and it was initially unveiled in 2009 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Later the 458 was replaced by Ferrari 488, and the new model was unveiled in 2015 at the Geneva Motor Show. The Speciale was in production from the year 2009 till 2015 and its assembly was done at Maranello in Italy. The designer of this car is Pininfarina. The car is classified as a sports car and has a body style of 2-door spider and 2-door Berlinetta with a longitudinal, RMR layout. Its engine is 4.5L Ferrari F136 F V8i with a transmission of 7-speed dual-clutch. The car has a wheelbase of 2,650mm, 4,527mm long, 1,937mm wide and 1,213mm high with a curb weight of 1,565kg. The 458 Speciale Edition was limited to 20 units that were geared towards the Chines market for commemorating the 20th Ferrari anniversary in China since the first Ferrari was ordered in Beijing which was a 348 TS. This car has a Marco Polo Red body with golden graphics of a dragon on the bonnet. It also has black and gold livery stripes that symbolize a racing track. Its wheels are gold painted with gold aeroelastic wighlets and gold embroidery on the car’s headrest. Ferrari 458 Speciale has forged wheels with a vented bonnet with taller rear spoiler and redesigned bumpers. The car’s electronic system is improved with the introduction of side slip angle control (SSC) that is aimed at improving the car’s control on the limit. There is also the 458 Speciale A (Aperat) which is a spider variant of the 458 Speciale. This car is limited to 499 examples only. It has a 4.5L with a naturally aspirated V8 and produces 597 horsepower. This car takes 3 seconds to accelerate from 0-100km/h, and its top speed is 320km/h. In the spider variant, the 458 Speciale A was the most powerful, naturally aspired and street-legal till it was taken over by the Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta in 2017.

Where to Drive Ferraris in Italy.

The driving is organised in Maranello. Maranello is a commune and a town located in the region of Emilia-Romagna in the northern part of Italy. It is 18km from Modena and has a population of 17,165 people as by 2013. The town’s geographical coordinates are 44032’N 10052’E with a population density of 540/km2. This town is best known for being home to Ferrari manufacturers and the Scuderia Ferrari Formula One racing team. Maranello also played host to Carrozzeria Scaglietti firm before it was owned by Ferrari. This town has hosted Ferrari since early 1940s, after manufacturing, Ferrari cars are driven on the track in Modena as a testing procedure.

Ferrari Road and Track Test Drives.

Road and Track experience Road test drive extends between 30minutes to 120 minutes in approximation. Here a driver pays some fee that is inclusive of booking fees. There is an instructor who functions as the co-pilot, and a driver is allowed to request for specific cars. The minimum age limit for European Union drivers is 21 years, and one must be in possession of over two-year valid driving license. For Non-EU members, they are required to possess International Driving license in addition to EU drivers’ requirements. One must be within the alcohol limit allowed to a driver according to Italian standards. For instance, one’s blood should contain less than 50mg400ML and tolerance is zero to those drivers who are under 21years old. Drivers need to be flexible on time since there is high demand for test track and slots are allocated either in mornings or afternoons. Most cars available for these experiences are two-seaters thus they can only accommodate only the driver and an instructor. This is an experience that most car lovers strive towards participating in.


Valpolicella Amarone Winery Map: Best Around Lake Garda and Verona

When I say Italy you may immediately think about football. This makes sense. When I talk about the Verona region and Lake Garda region in Italy, the what will you think of? Still football? No, the correct answer is wines! There are a lot of outstanding wineries around these two region, and I will bring you on a journey to the wineries around those regions.

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Amarone in the Valpolicella area


Fratelli Vogadori

Being a major amarone winery, the Fratelli Vogadori winery has years of expertise as well as a passion for tradition and eco-friendly values. They offer excellent wines and the way they produce the wine is the reason why their taste is so special.

They offer a wide range of wines for you to choose from. One of them is valpolicella classic, which is a ruby-red wine that is pleasant and delicate. They use several types of grapes together with their expertise to make this very product, and it is suitable to drink this type of wine with meat dishes. For dessert wine, they can offer you with Recioto Della Valpolicella Classico. Again, the color of this wine is ruby red, but there are purple hues too for this one. It is not only warm and velvety, but also so sweet that makes it the best dessert wine.

You can visit their winery and join win tasting events held by them from time to time. They regularly organize a wide range of different wine tasting experience. Since the wine to be tasted are all different, you will have a unique experience every time. It is also a way to embrace the history and culture of Valpolicella, according to them.

The Fratelli Vogadori is located at Via Vigolo, 16 Negrar 37024. You can go there directly for tasting wine.

Boscaini Carlo

Boscaini Carlo covers 14 hectares of land over looking the village of St. Giorgio Ingannapoltron. The village is famous for its ancient church and buildings. The winery is founded by Carlo Boscaini who has a great passion in producing wine. He himself died at an age of 102 due to drinking wine with high quality. Now, the winery is run by his nephews Carlo and Mario.

Baoscaini Carlo stressed that they only sell wines from their own grapes production, and they do offer quite a number of wines.

For example, the IGT Molinara Veronese are made the a type of grapes named Molinara, which means from the mill’. The wine is floor-wax pink in color, which is fairly special, and it is delicate on the nose if you smell it. It is an easy drinking wine for cold cuts or BBQ meats.

The Zane is another product offered by them. Since it has a well-rounded and soft finish on the palate, it is the best accompaniment to red meat dishes. The wine is made from four different type of grapes using a traditional method known as Ripasso’.

They can receive guests and visitors who come to their winery to taste wines. It is coupled with causal chat and informal talk about the passion to wine. If needed, tasting sessions and guided tours can also be provided to a group.

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Zenato company is located in the middle of Lugana and Valpolicella. There is mild climate and unrivalled charm there, which also made Zenata one of the greatest winery in Italy. The winery covers 75 hectares of land which allows them to produce different types of wine in mass volume.

The founder of Zanato is Sergio Zenato who tried out new techniques of wine making and invested in native vines hoping to get the best quality of wines. This lead to the establishment of Zanata in 1960.

Lugana San Benedetto DOC is one of the best selling wines offered by them. It is a white with a very strong personality, coupled with fragrant scents. It is made of Trebbiano di Lugana and purely from this type of grape only. This type of wine is good as an aperitif with cold dishes and starters.

Cresasso Corvina Veronese IGT is a wine that is a tribute to the varietal features of different native grapes in Valpolicella. This is 100% made of Corvina Veronese, and comes from very careful research and experiment. You can try some of the IGT when you are also eating meats like roasts and sausages. They work well together.

The Chardonnay Garda DOC contains some aromatic elements, and it is extracted from Chardonnay purely. You need to ferment it for 15-20 days in a steel of controlled temperature, and then wait for another half year for it to be ready. Customers can enjoy this type of wine with freshwater fish particularly.

Zenato had also organized several wine tasting events in the pursuit of promoting their wines to the world. You can take a lot at their newsletter (available on their website) for their newest actions.

Brunelli Wine

Brunelli  has based themselves to San Pietro in Cariano, which is the central and the main village of the Classic area in Valpolicella. With the mineral soil, grape varieties and a nice climate with breezes, Valpolicella is just the best place to set up a winery—and this is why Brunelli Wine is set up here.

According to Allento Brunelli, the current owner of the winery, the art of transforming grapes into wine and then fashioning them into a perfect product has an important effect on his dreams and desires, and this inspired him to succeeded his ancestors as the owner of the winery. He also said that many wines offer a complex personality, and each type of wine is just like one of his relatives.

One of the wines offered by them is the Custoza. It is a refreshing fruity white wine made from five type of grapes. This gives this type of wine a surprising complexity and a refreshing structure. It is recommended that you drink this wine risottos and fish dishes.

Another type of tine available is the Valpolicella Ripasso. The wine has a great concentration in the color as well as perfume. This type of wine can mix well with rich stews, chops and mature cheeses.

Brunelli is still experiencing new wines, and is dedicated to continue providing different type of excellent wines to the world.

There are really a lot of great wineries around Lake Garda and Verona. This is just a blessed land naturally for producing wine with good quality. While the above four wineries produce different type of wine on their own, they shared a common feature—that is, they are all passionate at turning grapes into wine, and turning their efforts into the satisfaction of customers from the taste associated with their wine.

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Two food markets in Japan that we really liked – Kuromon and Omicho Ichiba.

Japan has gained a lot of popularity for being home to some of the worlds most renowned fresh food markets. Below are two of Japans food market that we grew fond of during our visit.

Kuromon Ichiba Market, Osaka

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The Kuromon Ichiba market is a is an actively cheerful market situated in Osaka’s Chuo Ward, stretching for about 580 meters. The market also goes by the name “Osaka’s kitchen” since both local restaurant chefs, as well as homeowners in the area, get their provisions and supplies from here. The market is renowned for its fair share of fresh seafood which has led to Japan becoming a prominent tourist destination in the recent years. Consequently, you’ll find people from different walks of life here and as such, the market tends to get quite crowded sometimes.

Statistics have it that in the year 2015, the Kuromon Ichiba market received an average of 23,000 visitors per day, but that tally is believed to be reasonably higher now. One of the primary reasons that have resulted in such significant popularity is the fact that many stalls will prepare, cook and serve most of their mouth-watering foods to their customers on the spot. Some of the stores also sell yakiniku beef kebabs, sausages, burgers, and other meaty snacks. This features as mentioned above, make the Kuromon Ichiba market an excellent venue for a leisurely walk, snacking on a delicious variety of fresh market foods as well as familiarizing oneself with various food types.

Visiting the Kuromon Ichiba market

On visiting the Kuromon Ichiba Market, you will discover that despite it growing into a little tourist destination, it still acts as a prime local neighborhood market. This is one of its features that really charmed us.

Locals stream into the market to do some shopping, buy produce, fish, and supplies other supplies. New shoes, clothes, gadgets, and an assortment of other stuff are available.

Shopping in Osaka

Despite the fact that the central focus of the market is on fresh food ranging from groceries all the way to readymade restaurants food, there is a fair share of other random shops as well. Taking a walk inside the market, you will come across over 140 stores, with approximately a quarter of them selling fresh seafood and fish. The remainder of the stores is mostly dedicated to selling fresh vegetables and fruits, dried fish, meat, confectionery, and pickles. Clothing stalls and supermarkets are also represented in smaller numbers scattered throughout the market.

One of the supermarkets that we got close to was a high-end gourmet shop, selling the highly sought after fresh vegetables and fruits. Fruits are one of thing that never gets boring in Japan. The beauty in the variety gets you salivating.

The other supermarket was a more of a conventional supermarket, selling all the stuff sold in most supermarkets in Japan, but had a section secluded for sushi and pre-cooked food.

Adding up to the food stores are approximately 25 eateries in the market, selling Japanese pocket-friendly foods and occasional curry or noodle shops. In the recent past, izakaya style eateries, seafood restaurants, and cafes have been on the increase.

Kuromon Market Information Center

Walking towards the southern end of the market, we came across an information center. Here, there is a resting area where you can sit and eat any of the snacks you have purchased at the market. The center is also equipped with a foreign currency exchange machine, and you have access to baggage storage at a specified fee per item, plus a bonus of free wi-fi. Toilets are also available, and the staff here speak English to some extent.

The market is designed with several entry points for convenience purposes.


Kuromon Ichiba is a three-minute walk away from Kintetsu Nippombashi Station and Nippombashi Subway Station.

The Omicho Ichiba Market, Kanazawa


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The Omicho Ichiba market is the second buoyant food market located in Kanazawa, Japan, that caught my attention. Going by the name “Kanazawa’s kitchen,” the Omicho Ichiba market is a hotspot for selling seafood like fish and crab, fresh fruit and vegetables as well as confectionery. The market boasts of over 185 different stores selling everything from both fresh and prepared fish and seafood to local vegetables.

Additionally, there is also a fraction of restaurants, clothing stores, grocery stores, and flowers shops. The cheerful atmosphere and welcoming mood encompassing the market makes Omicho Ichiba market a great spot to acquaint oneself with the Kanazawa’s food culture.

Since Kanazawa is located on the Japan Sea coast, it claims a considerable share of fame for its seafood and unmatched expertise in the latter. Taking a walk through Omicho Ichiba market, we got an idea of the incredibly colorful variety of seafood and marine products available in Kanazawa town.

At Omicho Ichiba market, the Crabs, yellowtail amberjack, and shrimps are some of the seafood we had a taste of and their quality is what I’d call the finest. Edible seaweeds are also available at the customer’s disposal too. Here, you’ll find strips of wakame seaweed being used extensively as a flavor for soup, while the stringy mozuku seaweed is used in vinegar. The two are known for their health benefits. Here, you’ll find food stalls that have food samples that you can taste, while others sell snacks that you can eat as you go about your shopping routine. Some of the snacks include fresh oysters, broiled, fried, or eaten raw which happens to be a very tasty treat.

No visit to Omicho Ichiba market is complete if you don’t stop at one of the restaurants and enjoy a hot bowl of rice, or a bowl of kaisendon, or sashimi style raw fish.

There are multiple well-known restaurants, but trying to locate one in the market’s maze of alleys will only get you frustrated. If you spot a friendly looking restaurant with empty seats and pocket-friendly prices, just go in. You’ll never get disappointed.

The restaurants are spread randomly throughout the market’s first floor, but there is also a food court in the basement section and a restaurant section on the second floor. Those who are fond of eating an early lunch have access to some fair deals. The market also has a number of eateries at their disposal.

Additionally, apart from the extensive range of seafood, Kanazawa is recognized for its delicious rice which is sustained by natural mineral waters and regular rainfall.


The Omicho Market is situated in the heart of Kanazawa, easily accessible via a short bus ride from either Kanazawa Castle or JR Kanazawa Station.


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