Umbria

Umbria

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 by two valleys, the Vallee Umbra and the Val Tiberina. The...
Toscana – Part 1

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, the winding strade bianche lined with cypress trees, lazy lunches on...
Liguria

Liguria

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 the Middle Ages, along with Venice, mobilizing its commercial and...
Piemonte – Part 2

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 Dolcetto can be grown on slightly cooler sites where Barbera and...
Piemonte – Part 1

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, taking up a large portion of northwest Italy. Known in the wine world for...
Basilicata

Basilicata

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. It is a mountainous region of the southern Appennines, known as...