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Wine Tours Around The Amalfi Coast and The Vesuvius

The Italian region of Campania is filled to the brim with incredible locations to visit, places to discover, local delicacies to taste and activities to engage in if you want to have a comprehensive, well-rounded, immersive travel experience. Discover many beautiful towns and cities on your way from Naples to Salerno, and once you’re there, tour the Amalfi Coast for a stunning, breath-taking visit of some of Italy’s most beautiful beaches and landscapes. But the fun doesn’t end here, because the area is also known for its production of wines. If you’re staying near Naples, remember to discover Mount Vesuvius and while you’re touring those parts don’t forget that excellent wines are produced there as well, and nothing says “Italy” quite like a wine tasting tour of Southern Italy. Let’s discover two wine tours along the Amalfi Coast and the Vesuvius.

Coastal Tour to the Tenuta San Francesco Winery.

Positano, Amalfi Coast, Italy

This coast tour will bring you from stunning Positano to the town of Tramonti in little under an hour of travel. In the town you’ll be able to see, along quaint streets and squares, many churches and chapels as well as castles and monasteries. The area is known for its vineyards and you’ll be able to visit the Tenuta San Francesco, a small family-run winery built in an 18th century farm and located in the regional park of the Lattari Mountains, the backbone of the Amalfi Coast. Here, halfway between sea and mountain, you’ll tour the estate and vineyards, discovering the production process and the features of the grapes used to achieve the local DOC wines. The immersive experience will include a wine tasting and a lunch, where the Tramonti wines will be paired with excellent traditional dishes typical of the region.
The Tenuta San Francesco winery also has a joint “B&B Tenuta San Francesco” with a few cozy rooms and, with a distance of 10 minutes by car from the sea, it would be a great location for your stay near the Amalfi Coast. While you’re in Tramonti, enjoying the wines produced by the winery (the most praised by visitors are the “Per Eva” and “E’ Iss” varieties), the Tenuta also offers cooking classes where you can learn local recipes from the cuisine of Campania, so be on the lookout for those!

Tour Around the Vesuvius to the Cantine del Vesuvio.

The Vesuvius is definitely a place to visit, as are the nearby towns and cities. The area is also known for its production of DOC wines. With this tour, you’ll be brought along the volcanic slopes of the Vesuvius to the Cantine del Vesuvio. Founded in 1948, the winery supplied local merchants and its wines found their way on the tables of homes and restaurants throughout the countryside. But 18 years ago, the founder’s son Maurizio Russo decided to make the winery take a different turn, transforming the establishment into a place that could provide an exclusive, unique experience. The quality of wines was improved and the production was limited, to ensure quality and achieve a precious wine. The winery’s doors were opened to welcome visitors seeking to tour the facility and taste the excellent wines produces by the Russo family. Now, the Cantine del Vesuvio sells directly from its own shop and through their online store, and offers tastings and other immersive experience to visitors. At the winery, you’ll find the unique Lacryma Christi wine in red, white and rosato varieties, as well as many other products such as other wines, spirits and even extra virgin olive oil. Stop by for a tasting experience, and the wines will be paired with local produce and dishes such as cured meats, cheeses, bread and bruschetta prepared according to Neapolitan recipes as the appetizer; spaghetti of durum wheat flour with a sauce made with heirloom Piennolo tomatoes as the main course; Pastiera Napoletana, a traditional local dessert made with ricotta cheese, candied fruit and wheat berries, will close the meal along with the Acquavite di Albicocche del Vesuvio, an apricot distillate. With this tasting menu, you’ll have a comprehensive immersion in the local cuisine and the possibility to sample every different variety of wine produced at the Cantine del Vesuvio, all made with local grapes.
The winery also offers cooking classes where you’ll learn how to make several local dishes by yourself: ravioli, eggplant parmesan, almond cake with Sorrento lemons. The winery hosts two cooking classes per day and they last for 3-4 hours. The shop is open every day of the week and tastings will take place from 11am to 4pm (Monday to Friday) and from 11am to 3pm (Saturday and Sunday). Check out the winery’s website to know more about the excellent experiences the Cantine del Vesuvio has to offer.

Going to Agrigento? Here Are the Best Tours to Do!

So you’re in stunning Sicily, having the time of your life enjoying the landscape, culture and foods the region has to offer. But why not expand on your Italian holiday by exploring the area surrounding Agrigento, in the southern coast of Sicily, with some immersive tours? You’ll learn more about the history, lore, religion and customs of ancient civilizations, and you’ll get in touch with local culture and breathtaking panoramas and sights as you explore the coastline, the rocky inner hillside and archaeological sites. Don’t forget to try the local cuisine on your way, and stock up on unique handcrafted keepsakes from Agrigento.
Here are three ideas of tours you can do during your stay in Sicily and Agrigento, but there are many other options to fit every globetrotter’s needs.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you want to organised a guided tour of Agrigento in your language.

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Raffadali and Sant’Angelo Muxaro.

This tour will bring you to the innermost part of the province of Agrigento, to the rocky hillside towns of Raffadali and Sant’Angelo Muxaro. The two towns differ from other surrounding villages for their deep agricultural roots and history. In Sant’Angelo Muxaro, you’ll find ancient remains and ruins of archeological relevance, such as a necropolis, churches and tombs nestles in caves and caverns. The town of Raffadali has a rich history, with items and artefacts from Prehistory stored in local archaeological and natural history museums, all the way to the area’s Greek, Roman and Byzantine roots, visible in the temples and archaeological sites there. Arab influence is also visible in the town of Raffadali in the crops grown and farming techniques employed here, and overall it makes for an incredible melting pot of cultures and customs ready to be discovered. Many churches dot the town and its surroundings and several palaces and monuments decorate the thick network of narrow streets of the city center, lined with traditional stone and plaster houses that make for a remarkable sight. Enjoy the hillside panoramas of the area, known for its agricultural specialties as well as for the production of olive oil and wine. Don’t forget to sample locale produce and dishes as you explore the rich history and tradition centuries upon centuries of ancient civilizations have gifted to this extraordinary piece of land.

Valle dei Templi

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An archaeological site near Agrigento, the Valley of the Temples is the most outstanding and stunning example of Greater Greece art and architecture. The area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it’s the park and landscape of the Valley are the largest archaeological site in the world. It’s truly a sight to behold and as you discover the ruins and temples and their history, you’ll be brought back to ancient times. In the Valley, which is actually located on a mountainous ridge near Agrigento, there are seven temples in the Doric style dedicated to Greek deities. Dating back to the 5th century BC, the best preserved example is the Temple of Concordia, but don’t forget about the Temples of Hera, of Olympian Zeus, of Heracles and Juno, as well as other temples and shrines erected to other Greek mythology figures. They all stand in different conditions of preservation, due to the highly seismic nature of the region damaging the ruins, and because most temples still bear the signs of a fire set by the Carthaginians in 406 BC. Other archaeological features and remains can be discovered in the Valley and it will make for a memorable tour, where you’ll learn about history, art and architecture.

Coastline and Mediterranean Sea

Discover the coastal landscapes of Sicily by travelling North-West from Agrigento. This tour will guide you through various immersive experiences: you’ll find archaeological sites, beaches, rocky treks, castles, quaint villages that bear old traditions and customs and much more. Historically, the most relevant stop of this tour for its archaeological relevance will be Eraclea Minoa – with cliffs overlooking the sea and ancient walls, here you’ll see the ruins of theaters, homes and roads; nearby there’s a beach with fine sand and a thick pine grove. Next you’ll visit Sciacca, a town with medieval and Baroque monuments, churches and castles, as well as ancient hot springs; from Sciacca you can take off for hikes and treks towards the inside of the region to the towns of Caltabellotta, with its Norman castle and breathtaking sights, and Sambuca di Sicilia, of Arabian origins with its castles, fortresses and other ancient ruins. Near the town of Realmonte you’ll find more remains of archaeological relevance for an immersive experience that will bring you back many centuries, to the 1st century BC. The whole area is dotted with thermal baths and hot springs, so you can relax in one of the facilities that were established here at the end of a day spent touring the Agrigento region.

Docking In Livorno? Fun Tours To Do In One Day

You’re travelling to beautiful Tuscany and there’s plenty to see and do for an immersive experience, and since you’ve docked in Livorno – or Leghorn – why not take part to some of the fun tours that can be done during the day in and around the city? Livorno has a rich history and has a lot of interesting and beautiful sights to offer. Let’s take a look at some of the options for those looking to do a one-day tour around Livorno.

Boat Tours Around Livorno

Livorno, Toscana, Italia

Discover Livorno by gliding over its canals with these fantastic, exciting boat tours that will teach you and show you all there is to know about the history and sights of the city.
During a 50 minute tour you’ll see the network of canals of the Quartiere Venezia, with its picturesque, unique 18th century architecture, moving underneath the walls of the Old Fortress and of the New Fortress. The tour will take you under Piazza delle Repubbliche, the largest suspended square in Europe with its 220-meter width.
A 1 h 45 minutes tour will take you from the 16th century Old Fortress to the harbor, but there’s also a 35 minutes tour on a venetian punt boat through the Venezia Nuova district.
Themed boat tours are available if you want to have a different experience: “The traditions of the Palio Marinaro”, a tour that showcases the history of the city’s rowing competition; “Pirates, Corsairs and Smugglers” a tour that will teach you about pirates of the Mediterranean; “The City of Nations” a tour that showcases the cultures and foreign communities that contributed to the creation of the cosmopolitan city of Livorno. Boat tours with cocktails and appetizers can also be booked, or you can ask about a boat tour with a wine tasting experience package.
The boats can seat 50 people and in case of bad weather conditions the tour can be replaced by a visit of the city by foot.

Secrets of Livorno

This tour will take you through the history of the many fortresses in and around Livorno. You’ll have a taste of the rich tradition of Tuscan noble families, conflicts and wars as you visit towers, citadels, and strongholds that made history.
Livorno, known for being a cosmopolitan city, a free port and a stronghold citadel is one of few cities in Italy that still has remains in good conditions of the architectural elements of its medieval features: with moats filled with seawater, towers (one dates back to the year 1000), two Renaissance fortresses and six bastions from the 1600-1700s, they can all be visited with a tour by foot through the evolution of the city’s fortifications. The tour will take about 3 hours, but can be shortened or extended based on your needs and interests.
What you’ll see during this tour has been a cornerstone for medieval defenses and the architecture was an inspiration for all of Europe. Measurements for the architectural elements of towers and strongholds were made with the advent of firearms and gunpowder in mind and it reflects in how these structures are organized. The art of war is tangible in the locations you’ll visit during this tour and it will evoke memories of spies, soldiers and ancient wars…

Visit Bolgheri

Olive trees - View from Bolgheri, Tuscany

Nestled between Tuscany’s picturesque rolling hills, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, you’ll find the town of Bolgheri and that of Castagneto Carducci. Surrounded by rich history you’ll be immersed in the atmosphere of these borghi, medieval villages of Lombard origins. An excellent culinary tradition will accompany you as you visit the sights and landscapes of the area, and you’ll have the chance to try local, traditional dishes and produce of the region.
A visit to Bolgheri won’t be just about seeing beautiful places, but it represents a part of Italian history, and will make for a unique, memorable visit. In Bolgheri you’ll find the Viale dei Cipressi and the Castle of the della Gherardesca family. The town overlooks an expanse of vineyards and olive groves, which produce some of Tuscany’s unique and prized wines and olive oils. You can stop by some of the local wineries and oil mills to try out these local productions, such as the world-famous Bolgheri Sassicaia, Ornellaia and Bolgheri Superiore DOC wines. Nearby, you’ll find Castagneto Carducci, with another della Gherardesca Castle, dating back to the year 1000. You can learn more about the noble family while you stroll through the streets of the town and enjoy the breeze over the valleys. A tour of the area normally lasts about 2 h 30 minutes (but can be shortened or extended to fit your needs and preference) and you can look into local wineries to book a tasting/dining experience as well, to get the most out of your visit to the area.

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

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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

prosciutteria
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 www.peccianti.com/contatti/.

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 www.pruneti.it/contatti.aspx.

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 www.gonnelli1585.it/it/contatti. 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 www.frantoiodipalma.it.

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 www.olioderchie.com/contatti.

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 www.galantino.it/visits/?lang=en.

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 www.frantoiobitetti.it/Contatti.aspx.

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:

Pignoletto
Frizzante DOCG

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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

Folesano
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 info@folesano.it.

Tizzano

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

white ostuni
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.