If you think that the word Palio is only associated to the well-known Siena horserace, you will learn that it is not the case after reading this article. According to its Latin origins, the word Palio (from Pallium) refers to the banner or the cloth awarded to the winner of a competition. According to the tradition the winners’ district will keep this Palio until the next competition, usually one year later. Continue reading “Get your Donkey and Frog Ready for Competition”→
Have you ever climbed up and down a thousand steps in a narrow staircase? Have you ever been to the place where some of the world’s finest violins come from? Have you ever tasted sweet and delicious nougat? If you can answer yes to at least at one of these questions then you know this is Cremona; a beautiful little jewel of a city right on the left bank of the Po river on the border between Lombardy and the Emilia Romagna regions of northern Italy. Continue reading “Cremona: a Musical City with a Very Sweet Tooth”→
As some may know, the delicious and exclusive white truffle can be found and savored not only in the Alba and Piedmont region, but also in the municipality of Acqualagna in Italy’s central region of Marche. Although Acqualagna’s population is only less than 5000, it is renowned throughout Europe for its centuries-old tradition of truffle gathering, production and marketing due to its climatic conditions which make it possible to harvest truffles year round. Continue reading “Marche Region: an Alternative Itinerary for Nature, Art and White Truffle”→
Although winter arrived late to most of Europe, this past winter, Italy and especially the Apennine region have experienced an exceptional snowfall that temporarily buried some towns and small villages under an incredible amount of fresh snow.