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Known as the Il Cuore Verde d’Italia  (the Green Heart of Italy), Umbria is tucked between Tuscany and Le Marche, north of Lazio. As its name implies, it is a forested and mountainous area, crossed...

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Toscana – Part 1

No other region in Italy has had more impact on the imagination of film-goers and readers around the world, and in particular, the Americans. The evocative medieval hill towns, Renaissance artwork,...

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Italy curves along the northwest coast towards France  where Italian Riviera faces the Ligurian Sea and up to the border with Piemonte. Genoa, the capitol, was one of the powerhouse city states of...

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Piemonte – Part 2

The hills of the Langhe are also known for some of the finest Dolcetto. Dogliani, Alba and Diano d’Alba are the denominations of production. It ripens first of the three grapes of the region and...

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Piemonte – Part 1

Reaching from close to the Matterhorn in Switzerland almost to the Mediterranean, Piemonte (Piedmont) covers a lot of territory. The region lies east of the border with France and west of Milan,...

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Tucked in the arch of the boot, Basilicata straddles the coast of the Ionian Sea between Calabria and Puglia. To the west lies Campania and a little stretch of the Tyrrhenian Sea to the southwest....

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Le Marche

Go a little north of Rome on the map and draw a straight line across Italy. Le Marche is just opposite, nestled between the Adriatic Sea and the Apennine Mountains. It shares a border Emilia Romagna...

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Trentino Alto-Adige

By Joyce Tarantino, Italian Wine Scholar About an hour’s drive north of Verona, just below Austria, Trentino Alto-Adige is surrounded by the soaring peaks of the Dolomites, a UNESCO heritage site....

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Friuli Venezia Giulia

By Joyce Tarantino, Italian Wine Scholar Head northeast from Venice towards the border with Slovenia to arrive in Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy’s most eastern province. Overlooking the Adriatic Sea...

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By Joyce Tarantino, Italian Wine Scholar Anchored by its most famous city, Milan, the north central region of Lombardia (Lombardy) spans an area from the Swiss border in the Alps in the north to the...

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Emilia Romagna

By Joyce Tarantino, Italian Wine Scholar Stretching close to 200 miles across the country from the Adriatic coast in the east almost to the Ligurian Sea in the west, from the fertile Po River valley...

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By Joyce Tarantino, Italian Wine Scholar Home to the historic cities of Verona and Venice, the Veneto lies in the northeast of Italy, from the Dolomites on the border in the north with Austria, west...

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Valle d’Aosta

By Joyce Tarantino, Italian Wine Scholar Tucked into the far northwest corner of Italy on the mountainous border with Switzerland and France, the Valle d’Aosta is Italy’s smallest region, both in...

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The 20 Wine Regions of Italy

By Joyce Tarantino, Italian Wine Scholar From the highest slopes in Europe for vine cultivation under the shadow of Mont Blanc to the windswept volcanic landscape on the island of Pantelleria, there...

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The Sweet Spot

The Sweet Spot In a famous scene from “The Godfather”, Don Corleone’s caporegime, Clemenza, goes out to pick up dessert for his wife. Along the way, he takes care of some family business. He tells...

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