Walking Tour of Altamura, The City Of Bread (Video)

Altamura is a small town of the south of Italy, dependent of Apulia and located in the Province of Bari. Altamura can be found in the hill of Murge, very close to the city of Bari.
There are many ancient locations that have inhabited the area throughout history. There is a legend that says that the city of Altamura was first founded in the 13th century under the name of Altilia, which comes from Alter Ilium, “the other Troy”. There is also another legend that considers Athena to be the founder of the city.
Nevertheless, there is no consensus about the origin of the name of the city.
What to see in Altamura?
Altamura has a wide variety of things to do and monuments to visit, some of which even date from the ancient times, something which is not that uncommon in Italy.

Altamura Cathedral.

The Altamura Cathedral was built in the 13th century, between the years 1232 and 1242 by the king Frederick II of Swabia. Located in the center of the city, it was devoted to the virgin.
The façade is featured with a portal from the 14th century, guarded by the two main towers, one on each side. It is decorated with carved scenes from the Bible, in particular, from the New Testament.
The mixture of styles is something that stands out in this 13th-century cathedral, which serves as an evidence of the different phases it was built, and later remodeling. For example, the rose window that coronates the façade dates from the 16th century, while visitors can also appreciate a Gothic portal which probably dates from the beginning of the 15th century.
Going to the inside, a beautiful stone pulpit can be appreciated in the center of the church, and also a 16th-century choir, built by Altobello Persio.
It is a must for the lovers of religious architecture.

Altamura Museum.

The Altamura Municipal Museum is a stunning, must-visit archeological museum which showcases artifacts found in the region. The oldest ones date back up to 2500 years.
The museum is divided into five sections, each one of which covers a different historical period: Hellenistic Ages, classical, archaic, prehistoric and paleolithic. This is a great opportunity to travel in time throughout the city’s history. There is no better way to get to know the nature of a city than by its ruins.
You would normally have to pay for the Museum ticket, but if you are traveling in a tight budget, there are also some parts open to the public for free, like the Prehistory of food exhibition, open in the Exhibition Hall.

The Lamalunga Cave.

The Lamalunga cave is one of the most interesting paleolithic discoveries in the whole of Europe. Located in the proximities of the city of Altamura, is home to one of the most incredible archeological remains of the region, the Man of Altamura.
The Man of Altamura (Uomo di Altamura in Italian) are the rests of a male adult, with mixed features of the Neanderthal population and the Homo erectus. One of the evidence that there were mixed races in the history of humanity.

The Bread of Altamura.

Altamura is widely known as the “city of bread” for centuries. The quality of the bread in Altamura is so high that international chains have no chance in competing with the local foods.
Altamura’s bread is made from whole grain wheat flour and baked in wood-burning ovens, as they have been made traditionally. These wood-burning ovens give the bread that special taste and texture.
Bread is the most knowledgeable food attraction of the city, but Altamura has a rich and varied culinary tradition that’s worth trying during your stay.

Where to Eat in Altamura

As we have already said, Altamura has a rich and varied culinary tradition. Traditional dishes can be found in almost every local restaurant. But among all the different restaurants to choose from this beautiful city offers to tourists and locals, there is one that’s worth highlighting: Santa Lucia Bakery
Santa Lucia Bakery is the favorite among the five best bakeries of the town, chosen by the visitors. It is located in Piazza Mercadante, 7. This is the best place to get your bread, baked daily of the wood-burning ovens of the old bakery. Moreover, you can try the different bakery products.
There are no bakery goods better than the ones you can try in Santa Lucia Bakery.

Matera Walking Tour

Matera is a town in the Southern region of Italy called Basilicata. It has one of the most unique geographies and history and houses one of the world-renowned UNESCO HERITAGE site, the Sassi di Matera which is the old city of Matera and consists mostly of cave dwellings. Up until the year 1950 residents in this town were living in caves, which had been their homes for generations until the Italian government moved them forcibly terming their cave dwellings as unfit for human habitation. As one pundit put it is the only place where you will find a family has dwelt in the same home for 9 thousand years. Up to the late Stone age period, it was normal for humans to dwell in caves for safety and protection from natural elements. Only a few tribes and communities on the world today carried the practice into the twentieth century.

Matera was built over a deep ravine which hid it well from prying eyes but being a drier region of Southern Italy meant that there are no natural rivers and provision of fresh water through canals is a challenge. Residents of the Sassi Matera would dig cisterns inside their caves to collect water from underground seepage or even store snow during the winter months. This is one of the reasons that made the cave homes so appealing to the locals.

What is Sassi di Matera?

Sassi di Matera is the worlds UNESCO HERITAGECulture City of 2019. This is a great honor and privilege bestowed upon an icon of human civilization that Matera is. The government has embarked on the restoration of cave homes and churches since 1984 in order to preserve this gem of our heritage and bestow something of value to the next generations. Some of the cave dwellings have also been transformed into Chicago hotels to offer an authentic experience of living in Matera cave dwellings.
Getting to Matera is not difficult with the nearest airport just twenty miles away at the city of Bari. You can fly in from Rome, Venice but the best option is to contact your local travel agent who will be able to advise you best based on where you are coming from. From Bari, you can hire a car or take a taxi to Matera. There is no highway but only local roads so take extra great care on the road. The trip can also be organized in conjunction with a local travel agency who will arrange all your transportation from the moment you leave the airport to your hotel. This is a good option as for a few extra dollars you get to just sit back relax and enjoy the views. As a tourist, the last thing you want is to be breaking traffic laws as this will ruin your holiday.

Matera is a city with laid back easy lifestyle, narrow streets, friendly neighborhood, great sights to discover and as with everything Italian, great food. Get to enjoy Southern Italian cuisine.
One of the most beneficial things you can do is to hire a local guide to take you around Sassi di Matera, and all other important locations. From the old cave cathedral which is the first Benedictine church adorned with its precious stained glasses and its wall Fresco’s depicting the last judgment, the corner pawn, and souvenir shops dotted all over the city. In short, a guided tour will add immense value to your experience as a tourist as opposed to fumbling around trying to find your way on the narrow alleyways.

Guided Tours of Matera.

A tour guide will ensure you do miss out on any social or cultural event that may be happening g at the time. From spectacular lights festivals which are a Hallmark of all Mediterranean people to the bustling nightlife in the city, there is always something of interest happening in this old city.
Due to its unique housing and topography, something resembling the old Jerusalem as described in holy books Matera has played host to almost half a dozen Hollywood movies depicting biblical characters or historical figures. It still has that genuine ancient town look and feels that you only need to bring your camera, clear, the streets of the few traffic and dole out Roman era garb and you are on set without any other modifications necessary. The movies helping passion of Christ’ was filmed on location at Matera and you will agree when I say it looked more r than most in the same genre.
The surrounding hills and ravines also offer spectacular sights with their unique topography making for a scenic tour you will not forget in your lifetime. The people of Matera are hospitable with gracious manners and calm characters that manifests itself in the overall feel of the city. No hassle no bustle of modern-day cities with winding clogged up traffic jams. It’s an authentic spot to unwind in total comfort and relaxation.

It’s a great destination to begin your tour of Italy. Either you ate heading to Venice or Rome take a few days to unwind in this gem of Southern Italy. Though all Italian cities are full of relics, the oldest continuously inhabited location in all of Italy is Matera and as such it holds a special place. Being a vanguard and a pioneer it’s the perfect destination to start your tour and surely you will not be disappointed. Take time to experience life as it was 10,000 years ago.

Matera European City Of Culture and Unesco Heritage Site.

Enjoy this cool, calm and unique tourist destination. With the naming of Matera as a world cultural city, the year 2019 will be special with discounts, events and promotions going on and it is the best year to visit Matera and see what is going on. All UNESCO HERITAGE SITE are named for their authentic history and their value to humanity. The best advice when on such a location is to leave minimal footprints and evidence of having been there. Don’t damage the buildings, don’t litter the environment, reduce your emissions and be eco-friendly. Thus other generations will get to enjoy the unique experience that is Matera.

Best AIRBNB Accomodation in Parma (All Under 100 Euros)

When it comes to Airbnbs in the beautiful city of Parma, you really are spoilt for choice, and narrowing it down to the best ones can be difficult.

From the perfect hosts to out-of-this-world locations, here’s the best of the best Airbnb accommodation in the wonderful Parma. The icing on the cake? They all cost under 100 euros a night.

Fancy a discount on airbnb? Use this link to get 28 euros off from your booking in Parma.

La Casa Di Luce

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First on the list we’ve got La Casa Di Luce; a 2 bedroom and 1 bathroom apartment close to the very best of Parma’s city center. This apartment is spacious, bright and clean, situated just a short bus journey or walk from Parma’s bustling historic center, as well as parks, culture, theatre, art and restaurants.

This apartment boasts a wide range of amenities including free parking on the premises, wireless internet, free street parking and a free breakfast. The first bedroom contains 1 king bed and 1 single bed, while the second bedroom has another large king bed.

The interior is modern, spacious and airy. It has a lovely balcony, and the host Sara is exceptionally friendly and easy to communicate with. Previous guests love the bright spacious rooms, as well as the quiet, family-oriented neighborhood.

La Casa Di-Luce suits couples, lone travellers, business travellers and families with young children. While not in the heart of Parma’s city center, there’s an abundance of restaurants and cafes nearby, and those with a hired car can benefit from the free parking. Public transport around the area is easy to use, and you can be in the city center in just a few minutes.

With 93% of guests giving the check-in process 5 stars, and 9 recent guests saying the house is sparkling clean, La Casi Di-Luce offers the perfect stay – for just €55 a night.

Appartamento Vicino al Centro e ai Giardini

Vittorio’s apartment is another Airbnb that deserves a special mention. This apartment sleeps 4 guests, with 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. The first bedroom contains 1 super king bed, while the second has 2 single beds.

This apartment is spacious and bright. The decor is traditional, and the rooms are excellent sizes. It has free parking on the premises, wireless internet, a crib and high chair for children, free street parking and children’s books and toys. It’s exceptionally family friendly, and provides ample space for the children to enjoy their holiday – and you to enjoy yours!

This apartment is situated less than 15 minutes walk from the center of Parma. It is a few stops from Ferrari park and 10 minutes from the Citadel. This makes it far enough away that you won’t be disturbed by the hustle and bustle of the town, but close enough to get to the center whenever you need to. It’s situated on the first floor of a building of 3 residential units, in a leafy and family-friendly street. You’ll feel as if you belong in no time at all.

Previous guests have loved the space in this flat, as well as the cleanliness. The apartment is kept immaculate by hosts Vittorio and his daughter Francesca, and the pair are exceptionally welcoming.

For a fantastic location, exceptional cleanliness and a family-friendly atmosphere, Vittorio’s apartment should be your go-to. It costs €70 per night.

Casa Simonetta

 

Next on the list is Casa Simonetta in Borgo, which is another fantastic and excellent value Airbnb in Parma; costing just €52 a night.

This apartment sleeps 4 guests, with 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom. The bedroom has 1 king sized bed, while the living area has a sofa bed that sleeps 2.

The location of this apartment is second to none. It’s situated in the heart of the historic center which is perfect for anyone who wants to be in and amongst the hustle and bustle of Parma. It’s mere steps away from the best tourist attractions of the city, with restaurants, shops and historic sights quite literally on your doorstep.

This apartment has just been renovated, meaning the decor is modern, and the apartment is clean, comfortable and relaxing. Guests love the contemporary interior and the rooms are airy, bright and spotlessly clean.

The apartment is perfectly equipped for families and nothing is too much for the hosts, Simonette and Alfredo. The two are passionate about Parma and more than happy to give you tips on what to do, where to go and, perhaps most important, where to eat! If you need early or late check in, the hosts are extremely accommodating.

Other amenities offered include wireless internet, air conditioning, central heating, children’s books and toys, and paid parking on premises. While there is no free parking, the apartment is located just minutes from the station, making it easy to get out and about if you don’t have a car.

Residenza Palazzo Pettorelli

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, we’ve got the Residenza Palazzo Pettorelli, an apartment which sleeps 4 guests with 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. The first bedroom has 1 king bed, while the second has 2 single beds. The living area contains a toddler bed making this apartment perfect for all the family.

This luxurious apartment is in one of Parma’s most beautiful palaces, and the interior of is simply stunning. With original features, beautiful ceilings and spacious rooms, you really will feel like royalty staying in this apartment – and it only costs €80 a night. The interior retains traditional 18th century ceilings and walls, and the palace used be occupied by Maria Luigia, the renowned Napoleon’s second wife and Duchess-of-Parma.

When it comes to location, this apartment ticks all the boxes. It’s situated on a quiet residential street, just minutes from the historic center of Parma, as well as Ducal Park, the Baptistery and the Duomo – some of the city’s most beautiful monuments. It’s safe to say you will never be short of places to go – or things to eat and drink! There’s a multitude of wine shops and restaurants on your doorstep to enjoy.

Finally, the hosts are extremely helpful. With recommendations of things to see, do, eat and drink, you’ll be able to enjoy all that Parma has to offer, and feel like royalty as you do so. Previous guests have loved the large shuttered windows, and the gelato shops just meters away. For somewhere totally unique and luxurious, the Residenza-Palazzo Pettorelli is the perfect choice.

Parma Home Food Experience with Market Tour

Parma is one of the symbolic provinces in Italy thanks to its rich traditions and unique cuisine. The enogastronomy of Parma is so extensive, from the herb and potato quiches, mountain bread to the Borgotaro and Albareto mushrooms. It is almost impossible for anyone to comprehend the culinary delight that this province has to offer.

If you are looking for the best Parma home food experience with market tour, Emilia Delizia offers an amazing and detailed culinary tour. This is a culinary company with a travel planner that mainly focuses on gourmet food tours around Italy. No one knows the Parma area like us. Emilia Delizia offers exclusive market tours as well as cooking lessons. Parma’s culinary art is as a result of the interaction between customs from Lombard and the Byzantine ancient traditions. The encounter between the populaces found in these two regions led to the development of flavorful and distinct cuisines. For a more engaging and entertaining experience, below are some of the people who will take our clients to the local market to buy food and take them home for an eye-opening cooking lesson.


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1. Maria Cristina

From Maria’s eyes, Parma is a beautiful and breathtaking provincial city with a fresh breeze of air as well as an amazing culinary experience. Maria’s amazing residence is framed right in Parma. While in her house, clients have the privilege of learning the secrets of various Parma cuisines. There is a cooking guide who has decades of kitchen experience along with a great level of mastery in preparing and serving unique menus.

Main Menu

The basis of the menu that is used here is how you can discover the enchanting soul of Parma’s unique cuisine. Clients are able to learn how to prepare:

• Plum Tart
• Anolini pie
• Strolghino sausage
• Rose of Parma
• Tasting of the finely-aged Parmesan type of cheese
• String beans

2. Paola B.

Paola’s characteristic residence is found in the neighborhoods of Oltretorrente, Parma. It offers visitors the stunning views of the Ducal park and it is just a few meters from the center. Clients have the chance of enjoying the serenity and the environmentally-friendly nature of the nearby park. One thing that people usually learn while at Paola’s home is not only culinary skills but also her fashion skills. Note that she is known by profession as a fashion designer.

Paola’s interest has been well-cultivated since she was a child. She loves to sample and experiment with different types of dishes. From using the old tradition to adding modern flavors, her culinary skills are top-notch. According to her, the warmth of her family is derived from homemade dishes. So what are some of her favorite recipes? Well, they include a greens pie that’s known as Erbazzone, pasta pillows which are stuffed with herbs and sprinkled with butter that has been melted.

The Menu

The main menu that is found here include:

• Hot doughnut in addition to malvasia and zabaglione.
• Parmigiana –Reggiano with ham or salmistrata
• Baked crostini with Italian cheese and sausage.
• Parmagiano –Reggiano flakes & Marsala
• Rustic potatoes
• Savarin di riso plus Borgotaro porcini mushrooms
• ‘Tortelli – d’erbetta’
• Dried plums with pork tenderloin
• Meringues, dark chocolate, and semifreddo.
• Bacon, vinegar, radicchio, and garlic etc.

3. Margherita D.

Margherita’s apartment is found close to the walls of the Parma city. Clients are guaranteed a great time including a market tour and a guide to various type of local flavors. This area of Parma has a rich heritage in terms of culinary traditions. Most of the agricultural products that come from this part of Italy are renowned globally so some people may be already familiar with some of the local dishes. In Margherita’s own words, one thing that holds families together in Emilia Romagna is cooking and it’s the reason she started cooking from a very early age.

The Main Menu

It includes two types of “feast of flavors”. The first one contains:

• The Duchess cake
• A mixture of vegetables and beetroots
• Pumpkin tortelli dipped in tomato sauce
• Homemade bread with a local, well-sliced salami.
• Bollito-misto, preserves, and sauce.

The second “feast of flavors” contains:

• Semi-freddo, amaretti crisp and almond.
• Seasoned salad.
• Parma ham, walnut bread with melon.
• Veal & artichokes

4. Stefania G.

To Stefania, Parma is a great destination that boasts of a rich and unique culinary tradition. The prized local products boast of global fame. Stefania is a Cesarina who offers clients an amazing opportunity to learn the parmesan cuisine and experience its authenticity. Her luxurious culinary skills, as well as the excellent culinary products, help to bring out the mouthwatering taste of Parmesan foods and offers clients a chance to try some of the best dishes.

Main Menu

Stefania’s recipes which are used to prepare dishes in this menu are based on recipes which she learned from her grandmother and handed down to her with love. They include:

• Garden vegetables
• Assorted cold cuts & potato fritter
• Herb-tortelli, Parmigiano-Reggiano with butter.
• Tortelli that is filled with the Zucchella jam
• Roast potatoes with stuffed veal-brisket that’s oven cooked.

For culinary lovers, Emilia Delizia has everything that you need. The guides and the instructors are well versed with the English language and clients are only taken in small groups with an option of semi-private tours. Furthermore, the tour is made more comfortable with air-con Mercedes vans and you get a chance to travel and learn new culinary delights with like-minded individuals. The Parma tour includes a visit to the Parmesan cheese production company with guaranteed tastings. Note that visiting the cheese factory is like going back in time and clients are able to extensively learn about the secrets of making cheese and how its production has evolved over the past decades.

Besides those, clients also have the chance of exploring various farms and get to witness olive or grape harvesting as well as other activities which are related to agriculture and food production. Note that the market tours are very flexible. The above-mentioned Cesarinas are masters in Parma’s culinary delight. Their extensive experience which spans decades means that clients have the chance to learn directly from the hands of the masters.

Mercato Delle Erbe, From Local Market To Gourmet Food in Bologna (video)

Mercato Delle Erbe, from Local Market to Gourmet Food in Bologna

Aromatic cheeses, fresh produce, to-die-for pasta, gorgeous bread & pastries, wine, authentic eateries, and cozy ambiance – welcome to Mercato Delle Erbe, a slice of heaven for gourmet foods and the ultimate local market experience in Bologna.

Mercato Delle Erbe – the What, Where, and When

Mercato Delle Erbe is the largest covered market in Bologna, and is nestled in the historical nerve center of the city. Located at Via Ugo Bassi 23 near the statue of the hominy, it was originally designed in 1910 as a herb market by renowned Italian engineer duo, Luigi Melucci & Arturo Carpi. In 1949, it was revamped and reopened following the tragic bombing of WWII. It’s opened 8 am to midnight, daily except on Sunday.

As soon as you get into the market, you’ll be greeted by a raft of produce stalls teeming with super-fresh veggies and fruits. If you happen to run a cookery class in or around Bologna, this is your one-stop shop to get all your ingredients – tomatoes, spices, berries, shallots, onions, meats ……. the whole shebang!

Deep inside, you’ll find stalls that sell olives, all types of cheeses, wine shops, bread, and pastries. Perhaps the highlight of Mercato Delle Erbe is the magnificent butchery. It’s a fully stocked meat shop with a boatload of myriads of meats, poultry, fish (oh, fresh & delicate fish!), chicken, seafood, and lots more. And that isn’t all.

Besides traditional food & produce stalls, you’ll find cool & retro wine bars, pastry shops, gourmet food (don’t miss out on mouthwatering pasta), sandwich delis, pizzeria, homey coffee shops, finesse cafes, and other eateries that serve the very best of Bologna & Italian dishes, like lasagna, mortadella, tortellini, meatballs, and Gemelli, just to mention a few.

Mercato Delle Erbe is also a fantastic place to meet and hang out with friends, family, colleagues, and other tourists. More specifically, there are dedicated seating areas with 70s style chairs, tables, tableware, and other bells & whistles. You’ll love that retro & cool design style is replicated by nearly all eateries in the market, but southern-style is also featured.

Besides, you can meet, mingle, chat, and whatnot over aperitifs, wine, tea or coffee. With great wines sold in some shops, don’t be afraid to break out the bubbly – drink, eat, talk, mingle, and live like an authentic Italian!

Gourmet Shops at Mercato Delle Erbe

A visit to Mercato Delle Erbe is never complete without sampling its amazing gourmet shops and authentic foods. After all, Bologna is the undisputed superstar of Italian cuisine. Let’s delve right in, shall we?

a) MozzaBella

If your taste buds are hungering for some Bologna-style pizza, MozzaBella is the food shop to check out at Mercato Delle Erbe. It’s a classic Italian pizzeria with a touch of Via del Pratello and an atmosphere that’s cozy and welcoming. The eatery is operated as an eat-in, take-out, and delivery pizzeria, all wrapped into one.

There’s a reason locals and tourists love MozzaBella, and that’s because they are inexpensive and extremely good at what they do: make mouth-watering pizzas. They are authentic, served sizzling hot, and made with only the finest ingredients.

If you are anticipating for an unforgettable experience, try their square pizzas. They are whipped up with sourdough that is well-hydrated and baked lightly. It’s airy and fluffy with bubbles and a crisp, thin crust to boot! What’s even better is that all the toppings for the pizzas are locally sourced, seasonal, and come in a great variety. Whether you fancy cremini mushrooms, intricately sliced shallots or chicken, there’s something for everyone.

Like most stalls in the market, MozzaBella does more than pizza. They also offer a series of Mediterranean-style and Italian dishes, as well as several different vegan and vegetarian-friendly options. They also have a reasonably long wine list, a selection of drinks, and entries. MozzaBella staff comes highly recommended, and friendly.

b) Vineria Alle Erbe

Vineria alle Erbe is small yet cozy bar-cum-bistro where you can enjoy a glass of delicious wines, beers, cocktails, and indulge your palate with plenty of hearty meals. Right from the minute you enter, you’ll get quality service, gourmet food & drinks served with a smile. The modern lighting in the wine bar creates a fantastic ambiance and atmosphere where you can socialize, eat, drink, and feel at ease.

Vineria alle Erbe is indeed a hidden gem in Mercato Delle Erbe. It is often open until late, and they have a selection of meats, cheese, and snacky treats for your indulgence. The wine is sold by the glass or bottle, and overall the place is inexpensive so expect to get great value for your money.

c) Polpette e Crescentine

“Polpette” is Italian for meatballs, and “crescentine” is a type of bread that’s ubiquitous in the Bologna region. As you might guess from the name, Polpette e Crescentine is an excellent restaurant that serves cold cuts, amazing lunch meals, cheeses from the area, meatballs, and baskets of fabulous pastries and bread.

Of course, you want to indulge in a meatball dish here. It is the pivotal dish of home-cooking in Bologna, and no other place does it better than Polpette e Crescentine. Their dishes are so tasty that it’s a favorite lunch spot for market workers and locals. Their meat cuts prosciutto are superb, but they also offer vegetarian-friendly and vegan options. Their wine and drinks selection isn’t shabby too.

d) Vini e Sapuri

Vini e Sapuri is a nicely located wine bar, wine shop, and eatery in the Mercato Delle Erbe. It’s a cozy, nifty place that offers local eats, morsels, and drinks from the region, and well as a variety of delicacies from the north and south of Italy.

You’ll fall in love with its beautiful atmosphere, affordable prices, and comfy chairs. In Vini e Sapuri, you can indulge in taste-tingling meat cuts, local cheeses, savory bread, and wine by the glass (or bottle). Or sip your drink and immerse yourself in the world that’s passing by. And the staff is a godsend – absolutely lovely and friendly.

Wrap-Up

Mercato Delle Erbe is tucked smack right in the heart of historic Bologna center. It’s easy to get to, and around the market. Whether you’re just touring, looking to buy produce/grocery or want to indulge in gourmet food or drinks, Mercato Delle Erbe is no place to miss in Bologna!

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Bologna walking tour youtube Video, here we discover the hidden parts of Bologna.

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In this youtube video we expolre the cave dwellings of Matera, Basilicata south of Italy.

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In this video we explore around Forte dei Marmi and we end up in Colonnata to eat the famous lardo di Colonnata.

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My Best Wilderness Locations in Italy (for Swimming and Bathing) With Video

 

For most travelers, nothing quite beats the thrill of an outdoor adventure. That feeling you get when you step out of the busy urban life is unprecedented. A serene wilderness out there where nature is at its best can be breathtaking.

Factor in a destination with water where you can swim and or bath, and you have more to look forward to. Well, Italy has a fair share of some of the best picks you can consider. You will have many options at your disposal. We have put together four of the best wilderness destination picks for your next trip. If you are planning to enjoy your next getaway, then keep reading to find your perfect next stop.

Golfarone waterfall

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Waterfalls have their own way of making any hike worthy. And this particular one offers an impressive climax to a wilderness adventure. The scenery spot is in a quite remote place in Val d’Asta in Appenninno.

How to get there

This waterfall is about 500 meters off the road; you will need to hike along an isolated path from Civago. The path leading to this waterfall is not marked, but it is rather apparent that you can hardly miss it.

Then wade through Secchiello stream to access the 15-meter high waterfall. Look for the right route so as not to become over exhausted. Below it you will find several hops with shallow but very clear water pools.

What to do once your’e there

Once there, you can have a great time cooling from the heat of the day in the wilderness. The only problem is that since 2017, people cannot swim in these pools. This resulted from numerous injuries as people were jumping off the waterfall and injuring themselves in the shallow pools below. Nevertheless, this small yet fascinating destination offers an ideal stop with its crystal clear water pools.

Only make sure not to go down there with sandals. Trekking down the slope to the waterfall is not as easy as a family walk. Consider bringing with you some ideal hiking boots. If you like being out in the wilderness, then this waterfall is worth a try. It offers all the serenity you would ever ask for in a spot away from the crowds.

Poiano Springs – Fonti di Poiano

These springs offer yet another impressive destination to check out in Italy. They are located in the Villa Minozzo region. The source and the flow itself are quite amazing, with around 600 liters per second flow. The water is highly saline with minerals, both physically and chemically. It has a high level of sodium chloride, which makes it unique and intriguing scenery to visit. The interest in this spot isn’t new; it has been a cause for curiosity since the 1600s. The spot has an even longer history since about 2 million years ago; this area was under the sea. Then the sea evaporated, leaving the salinity in the hills.

It all started with the quest to exploit the area’s salinity. These waters have several therapeutic indications like constipation in the digestive organs, moderate liver dysfunction, and gallbladder disease. Others include diabetes and obesity among others. If you are looking for a relaxing on a picnic day out in the wilderness, then this is it.

How to get there

You can access them off the bridge Gatta in Castelnovo ne’ Monti town, Le Salse locality. Once you leave the town (which is not hard to find once you are in Italy) and proceed down, head for the banks of river Secchia. It only takes about two hours to reach the springs. The sources stand out thanks to their copious and whitish flow. You can take different routes through the woods, or reach it with a car if you so wish. Then enjoy a nice lawn where you can play.

What to do there

Among the things, you can enjoy include the beautiful fish in the flow. The short walk to the scenic destination takes you through paths that let you see the springs from different points. You will find perfect spots to enjoy the sun and relaxing shades under trees. Then there are tables where you can enjoy your lunch.

There’s also a bar and restaurant with impressive services. And yeah, you can take a bath in the end part of the stream as it enters the Secchia River. Among the reasons why these springs are worth a hard look is that they flow all year around. And every time of the year, the scene and the experience is always breathtaking.

Lago Santo Modenese

#lagosanto #cimone #italy #emilaromagna #glaciallake #altitude

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Italy has many exciting destinations to check out, and this lake is one of the top options on the list. The lake is about 1,501 meters above sea level, and formed from partly glacier and partly landslides. At 1250m perimeter, about 20 meters at its deepest point, and around 550 meters it’s the largest natural lake in the Apennines. The lake has three tributaries flowing into it, one flowing from Boccaia, the other from the Serra coast. And the last stream flows from a grassy 150m long, 600m long Borra dei Porci terrace that hangs about 150m above the lake surface.

Accessing this lake is easy from the nearest and largest village – Pievepelago along Brenner road. From here, you can turn to state road that connects to Passo delle Radicci as you head out to the wilderness Then you will find signs for the Tagliole village and Lake Santo. If you are coming from Abetone, you can make use of a recently opened road along the Dogana Nuova region.

Turn to the left, with the Monte Modino massif on your right side, then cross Valle delle Tagliole and several other villages as Ronchi, Rotari, and others. Along the lake’s shores, you can park your car in a large parking lot available. You can reach it easily from a car park in only a few minutes.

What to do there

This makes a scenic destination for anyone seeking to enjoy the Italian wilderness away from the heat of the city. Have an adventurous time and enjoy the cool, clear and fresh waters and fantastic scenery out here. From swimming to bathing, diving and just kicking back and relaxing, the fun is almost endless. There is always a reason to visit this lake; it has a rich history that you can want to relive. But it’s the lovely scene and the fun out there that will blow you away.

Polle di Molbacco

Polle di malbacco #versilia #tuscany #hiking #riverside #italy

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For a place with fresh and cold bathing water, this is where you need to enjoy a hot summer day out in the wilderness. Here, you will find natural pools for an unparalleled experience. It only takes a few minute hike from Versilia. But finding these pools can prove challenging, make sure to have sensible shoes on. Also, be careful with the stepping-stones. You don’t want to bear an excruciating trek back to your villa.

So, how do I get there?

There are many routes to get to these pools. One of these is crossing Pietrasanta, and proceeding right along the riverbank. Head straight to and past Vallecchia, then cross a bridge and take to the right. Another option is approaching from Pietrasanta, head to Querceta, once you reach the second traffic light, proceed to the underpass and take the route to Monti, past Pozzi and Ripa.

Once you get here, the path is mostly the same. When you get past Corvaia, you will find a fork in the river, with an iron bridge to the right, go for the left-side road. This one will take you past Seravezza, Riomago as well as Molbacco. Keep going right ahead, around 1.2 km past Molbacco, you will come to the first pool on your left. There’s also an ample parking space. Proceed for another 2 km, you will find a sign on the left. You can park here and proceed on a footpath that descends about 10 minutes through the woods to Molbacco.

What to do

You can have fun in these pools, bathing and swimming to cool off the hot sun in the wilderness. It’s best to bring with you a packed lunch. And come in the late morning hours for the best experience. Molbacco pools are among the best destinations you can go for, there’s a lot to see and do. The experience is outright unique.

Apparently, Italy has a whole lot to offer for virtually every adventurer. And these four destinations offer some of the best treats by far. You can always step out there and have all the fun in the cool water. Have a scenic view of the virgin wilderness and enjoy the ample environment away from the cities. The fun is ever flowing out there; go and have a share of this bliss.

Where to Taste Balsamic Vinegar in Bologna (Without Going to Modena)

If you want to have a taste of balsamic vinegar, then you need to know where to look. You can always find it in many places around, but in Italy, this is as good as it can get. And one of the ideal places to turn to in Italy is Modena among other places.

But you can still get your taste buds excited without having to go all the way to Modena yet. You can find an even more interesting place to taste this amazing stuff – Bologna. The city has many places where you can go for a once-in-a-lifetime vinegar tasting opportunity.

Better yet, you can make bookings quite easily in some of the options we are going to share with you.  Balsamic Vinegar tasting doesn’t get better than this. Here are a few places you need to look to treat your taste buds in Bologna.

DE NIGRIS shop – Bologna Airport shop

denigris
denigris

When it comes to getting a taste of creativity in virtually any recipe, this (“Masters Acetieri from 1989”) is the place to be. Located in the departures section around Gate 10 of Bologna Airport, DE NIGRIS takes your culinary experience to a completely new level. Here, you can choose from several types of products for your preference.

This shop is dedicated to taking the balsamic vinegar culture to the world. Maybe you are out to get a taste of a traditional cuisine. Maybe all you want is to enjoy a palate or more. Whichever the choice is for you, this shop has your needs and preferences covered with a range of offers. What’s more, the combination of the traditional and elegant touch brings out an unprecedented balsamic experience.

A little about DE NIGRIS

The De Nigris’ is a story stretching back to 1889. For more than three generations, the family has committed to producing balsamic vinegar to offer the best there is on the market. What makes this particular option outstanding is the creativity that goes into the production of every recipe and dish. This also encompasses the ingredients used in the production of their incredible stuff.

What you can have there

Perhaps the best thing about this shop is the wide range of products that they offer. First, balsamic vinegar is as good as it gets. They will also take you on a tour for food and wine for an outstanding experience and taste. Not forgetting, they also have 100% Modena 8 Travasi, salt with Aceto balsamico and more.

Le Terre Del Balsamico @ Fico Bologna

balsamic vinegar tastings

Among the best places to come up close, and have a taste of balsamic vinegar is Le Terre Del Balsamico. You can always find Modena Balsamic vinegar as well as the traditional balsamic vinegar here. This vinegar is not only popular the world over. It’s also rich in history as well as the tradition that you may have yet to come across. Get to know the materials and even the way this vinegar is processed.

The staff there is ready to take you every step of the way. This can be your best chance of exploring different tastes of the top vinegar around. You may also want to get a customized tasting session with pro tasters. Not forgetting, you will have several books and publications at your disposal too.

Where to find them

Well, you can always find le Terre balsamico at FICO food park in Bologna . But to be more specific, you will find this wonderful place  along Paolo Canali street. The destination is strategic in that you don’t have to struggle to find it. A cab should be a great way if you are not sure on how to get there by yourself.

If you stay in Bologna you Can get to FICO by using the FICO bus from central Bologna, the shuttle bus will take you there and back, please see this page for more info.

What they offer

In this specialty food shop, there is always a lot to taste and enjoy. You will get an array of PGI as well as PDO Balsamic vinegar of Modena among other treats.

Bologna Herb Market – Mercato delle Erbe.

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Another place you don’t want to miss is the Bologna herb market. Its design was developed over a century ago, around 1910, thanks to Arturo Carpi and Luigi Melluci. During the Second World War, the market took a bit of beating. Nevertheless, it made a significant comeback, reopening in 1949. The good thing about this market is that it doesn’t bind you to any particular shop.

You can always shop around the many foodstuff stalls on the herb market and satisfy your curiosity. It has seen a fair share of tourist in the recent years. And it stands out as one of the top places in Bologna where you can enjoy vinegar tasting. If you are setting out to quench your curiosity about this type of vinegar, then this market is definitely worth a stop by, or isn’t it?

Nothing quite beats the thrill of getting to the very root of balsamic tradition and history. You not only get to enjoy an outstanding taste. You will also have the opportunity to share an age-old tradition. You can always feed your curiosity with any of these destinations. And although Bologna has a good number of places to go, these are some of the best destinations.

You can now step right into the impressive taste of balsamic vinegar with a difference. The range of experiences there are to explore is extensive. Above all, you will get an outstanding reception from a committed and friendly staff that is ready to take you all the way.

And to top up the list, you can have the chance to taste vinegar along with some of the most seasoned pros out there. Now you know where to turn for your next vinegar tasting tour. Don’t take it for our word, you need to get out there and experience it for yourself.

My Best Luxury Airbnb in Bologna.

1. City center luxury apartment.

best airbnb bologna
best airbnb bologna

This luxurious apartment is located in a prime area in the center of Bologna. It is bordered by the best restaurants in the city, therefore, clients can enjoy the prerogatives of the best cuisines with no traveling hustle. Those who love history get a chance to tour the Historical Buildings and museums which are located in the vicinity.

The neighborhood also provides thrilling nightlife where people can hang out and enjoy the cool entertainment availed by various joints. The interior of the apartment is furnished with spectacular décor while the windows give a clear view of the outside environment. Accommodation is available for couples, families and business travelers.

Amenities provided include WIFI, indoor fireplace, hot tub, elevator, air conditioning and other interesting features. The average cost per night is $490. Different customers say that this is by far the best of Airbnb places. They praise the perfect location of the apartment- in the center of Bologna. The host was very helpful in making reservations.

Clients also gave credit to the quality of customer care. Their concerns were addressed in time and also given extra suggestions on the surrounding area. Apart from the good hospitality, the place is also serene giving the visitors the best atmosphere to relax and enjoy a holiday.

2. Prestigioso attico su due piani.

This is an elegantly furnished accommodation with 4 parking spaces. It is located in a peculiar area where Piazza Maggiore can be accessed in 5 minutes’ walk. It is one of the few homes in the area where people enjoy free parking on premises.

Social amenities provided include TV, Iron, bathtub, air conditioning, central heating, room darkening shades, spacious kitchen where guests can cook their meals and many other interesting services.

Customers get to enjoy all these services at a cost of $420 per night. The apartment allows three sleeping arrangements; 1 king bed, 1 queen bed and 1 queen bed. The following rules are outlined

i. No events or parties.

ii. No smoking allowed.

iii. No pets allowed.

iv. Check-in time is past 5 PM while check-out is by 11 AM.

If Cancellation of booking is done 7 days before check-in, the customer gets a full refund, while a 50% refund is offered if cancellation is done within 7 days of booking.

Customers who have toured the place have displayed nothing short of satisfaction from the positive reviews they leave behind. Clients have overtime complimented the spacious apartment and its proximity to the city center. Also, many have recognized the off-street parking benefit. The quiet environment provides many visitors with a good environment to relax after a busy day.

Most of the customers have praised Laura for the excellent support and help she gave them during their stay in the apartment.

3. Funtanìr rooms, Bologna center.

This is an ex-plumbing warehouse located in the center of Bologna that has been refurbished to create an extremely comfortable dwelling. The apartment houses quality rooms that are equipped with state-of-the-art amenities to provide ultimate contentment to customers.

It encompasses a quiet space of 260mq with home cinema, 6 ensuite rooms, a bright patio and luxurious little terrace. Unlike many other apartments, guests enjoy the advantage of holding events. Guests also share the kitchen and spacious living room equipped with a projector.

The hosts of the apartment are available on a daily basis to provide support to guests. Visitors are also given the right of privacy by having keys to the rooms. They can also get in and out at any time they desire.

Guests can book this elegant apartment with for affordable cost of $434 per night. The amazing amenities that come with such a small amount include; Wi-Fi, hair dryer, hangers, kitchen, air conditioning, laptop workspace, paid parking premises among other amazing services.

If a booking is canceled before 30 days of check-in, a customer can get a full refund. However, cancellations done within 30 days of check-in allows for 50% refund.

Many customers who have toured Funtanìr equate it to a home away from home. Guests commented the apartments because they were clean and suited their needs. The extreme proximity to everything is a great attraction for many guests.

4. Garisenda

This is a comfortable 3 bedroom apartment located in the heart of Bologna. It is on the first floor suited with an elevator in Palazzo Banchi. Placed beside San Petronio Basilica, Garisenda is a world-class apartment going for $876 a night.

Services provided include; Elevator, kitchen, WI-FI, hairdryer, Air conditioning, TV and other remarkable amenities. Guests are also provided with rules to abide with;

i. No smoking

ii. Check-in is between 3 PM and 7 PM

iii. Check-out is by 12 noon

iv. Pets are not allowed.

If a cancellation is done 7 days before check-in, a full refund is given. However, cancellation done within 7 days of check-in offers 50% refund. Cancellation during the trip ends up to a partial refund.

Customers have lauded the apartment for its location in the heart of the city. The apartment is large and clean meeting the requirements of every guest. Some guests have even recommended the place for group visits and for couples to tour the place. The amazing Piazza Maggiore can be clearly seen via the windows.
The apartment’s host representative is always ready to assist visitors in any way possible. Customer support is, therefore, a priority for the apartment’s management.

5. Uguzzoni.

This apartment is located in the heart of Bologna city to the east of side of Piazza Maggiore. It is found on the fourth floor suited with an elevator from Mezzanine beside San Petronio Basilica. The building was put up in 1412 but was fully renovated in 2010. By August 2014 the building had been refurbished to match a 5-start apartment.

Uguzzoni gives a memorable experience to everyone who pays a visit to this apartment. All the rooms are fitted with large windows for a clear view of the Piazza Maggiore. The floors are furnished with a precious oak parquet.

The apartment has incredible services like air conditioning, sound-proofed walls, independent heating and insulated windows and doors. Guests enjoy full kitchen access. Keys are given to visitors upon arrival and remain under their custody until their end of stay.

Visitors are also required to abide by several rules to maintain order in the apartment;

i. No smoking

ii. Pets are not allowed.

iii. Check-in time is between 3 PM and 7 PM

iv. Checkout is by 12 noon

v. Events or parties are not allowed.

Guests who have toured this apartment witnessed to love the quality of service offered. Most of the visitors love its prime location and reasonably serene environment which is perfect for a holiday. The spectacular view from the windows makes this the only place you wish to be away from home. Customers were also amused by the assistant offered by the hosts whenever they experienced any challenges.

Best Parma Ham Factories That You Can Visit (On your Own)

Italy has always been on the list of a lot of people’s bucket list. Aside from the architectural attractions of this place, another must try in this beautiful country is their food. Aside from pizza and pasta, what a lot of people do not know is that Italy has already perfected the art of curing ham. And one of the best places in Italy to get ham is in Parma. Parma ham is one of the best meats in the world. And a lot of ham shops in Italy offer educational tours in shops where you get to see how hams are made, from slicing it to curing and even up until ageing. So if you happen to be around the area, never miss a chance to have a tour of the best ham stores there.
Below are some of the best places to go for a tour and learn all about prosciutto.

Salumificio La Perla

Parma ham tour
Parma ham tour

Address: Localita Quinzano Sotto, 3, Parma, Italy
Opening Hours: Call ahead
Why Visit this place? :
La Perla is a family-owned business where members of the family will personally take you through the process of the tour. Here, you will be able to see how hams are prepared firsthand! And since the whole family manages it, you will surely feel the passion they have for the business. Which means that all their products are made meticulously and with deep love. Plus, the best part of the tour is knowing that this store can produce about 60,000 hams annually! After the visit, their guests will be given a hearty meal offering their best meats plus cheese and wine! And if you like to buy some food souvenirs in the area, there are small shops around the place which you can visit.

Prosciutto Bar Rosa dell’Angelo

prosciutto bar
prosciutto bar

Address: Via Per Parma 6, 43029, Traversetolo, Italy
Opening Hours: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Why visit this place?
Prosciutto Bar is one of the unique places in the area since they have their own Biodiversity Park farm where they take their products from. They raise their pigs for the ham and cows for the cheese. And one might think that it’s typical to have pigs and cows, but what makes this place unique are their black pigs and heirloom cow species which they are trying to save.
Aside from meeting the owners personally, you will also get to see how their products are made such as their 24 months Parma ham and their black pig ham. And of course, after the tour, you get to taste their delicious food paired with the best wines!

Salumificio Conti

conti
conti

Address: Strada Fontana 2/A, 43013, Langhirano, Italy
Opening Hours: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Why Visit this place?
Conti is another family-owned business where family members show you the process of preparing their ham. Since it is family owned, you will feel the passion and warmth that they have for what they do. Just like other tours, here, you will see the process of how they prepare the ham from slicing the meat, salting it and until ageing. What makes this place stand out is their process of ageing the meats. What people are not aware of is that meats taste different throughout time. A ham aged for 12 months would feel different than a 24 month aged meat. And after the tour, guests will have the opportunity to have a taste and compare the feelings of hams that are aged differently.

Salumeria Gardoni

gardoni
gardoni

Address: Piazza Luigi Leoni 5, 43013 Torrechiara, Langhirano, Italy
Opening Hours: 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM, 3:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Why Visit this place? :
In this charcuterie store , you will get to have firsthand experience with a ham expert who is also the owner of the place. Everything you need to know about the preparation of Parma ham will be taught to you. And after learning all about ham, you get to have a lovely meal and taste the best ham this store has to offer.

These are the best prosciutto Places to Visit in Parma. If you happen to be around the area for a visit, make sure to reserve a tour around these stores so you would be able to see the beauty of preparing ham and would also get to taste the different kinds of meat!