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Recipe of Ciambellone

posted by on March 23rd, 2018

CIAMBELLONE: INGREDIENTS FOR A 24 CM DIAMETER CAKE MOLD
flour 00 350 g
butter at room temperature 200 g
medium eggs 5
granulated sugar 210 g
baking powder for cakes 16 g
lemons the grated rind of 1
salt 2 g

DECORATION
Powdered sugar

CIAMBELLONE: HOW TO PROCEED
Making the donut is really easy. Start by putting the butter at room temperature with the sugar in a planetary equipped with a whisk. Keep the planetary in action for at least 10 minutes. In case you do not own it, you can also use normal electric whips, working the dough for the same time. Add whole eggs now: I recommend that they should be at room temperature and incorporated one at a time . It will take around 15 minutes for this phase. Add the grated lemon peel and the pinch of salt. Continue manually, adding the baking powder and the sieved flour together. You will get a nice full-bodied mixture. Use butter and flour to prepare the pan, pour the mixture into it and cook in a preheated oven at 170 ° for 40 minutes. The ciambellone is ready: let it cool before turning it out, then serve it whole or sliced.

Verona city of love, city of lovers

posted by on February 14th, 2018

Verona, a UNESCO heritage city and always a meeting point for culture and traditions, is transformed and dressed in lights, sounds and colors during this time of the year. The center of the city will be illuminated by hundreds of lights in the shape of a heart. Verona celebrates love, a universal feeling.
From 14 to 18 February 2018, the city of Verona hosts the Verona in Love festival: admissions to museums at reduced rates, treasure hunts, guided tours and much more. All around the city center there is the event “Dolcemente in Love”: local and traditional local markets, master chocolatiers, confectioners, music, dances and much more … .
Place: Piazza dei Signori, Old Market Courtyard, Ponte Pietra and LoveVerona points (scattered around the city and beyond)
Opening hours: from 10.00 to 21.00

5 Great Places To Spend Christmas In Italy

posted by on December 19th, 2017

Visiting Italy during the Christmas season offers two bonuses: you’ll avoid the high summer season tourist crowds and you’ll get to see the country decked out in all its holiday finery. You’ll find a festive atmosphere in every corner of the country. There are a few areas, however, that seem to take the holidays to another level. Here are a few suggestions for the best places to spend Christmas in Italy.

Rome & Vatican City

Heading for Rome over Christmas is probably the most best choice: in addition to the festivities in Rome itself, you also have Vatican City‘s celebrations. It’s like getting two cities’ worth of holiday in one spot.
At the Vatican, the Pope delivers a Christmas Eve midnight mass (book tickets well in advance if you want to sit in St. Peter’s), there’s a huge Christmas tree in St. Peter’s Square and a life-sized Nativity scene in front of the basilica.

Venice

Even if you’re not lucky enough to witness snow falling on the canals and gondolas, Venetians know how to ward off the chill with hot spiced wine and other holiday treats, sold in the Christmas markets. No matter your age, you’re bound to be charmed by the figure of Santa Claus arriving by gondola to distribute goodies, and Christmas Eve mass held in St. Mark’s Basilica is enough to make any trip to Venice worth it.

Naples

Naples is home to a street that can rightfully be called “Christmas Alley” year-round. This city is the epicenter of Italy’s Nativity scene tradition, and the shops along Via San Gregorio Armeno that make both the detailed structures and the myriad figurines that inhabit them work (and sell) all year long.
The figurines range from the expected (holy family and shepherds) to the regional (pizza makers) to the topical (current political or sports personalities).

Sicily

For a location with loads of Italian Christmas traditions but with much milder weather, head south to Sicily. Second only to the Neapolitans in terms of their affection for the Nativity scene, Sicilians erect elaborate Nativities everywhere (from public squares to churches to private homes), including a living Nativity in a cave near Trapani. In other words, locals dress up and re-enact the Nativity daily from Christmas Eve through the Epiphany.

Trentino-Alto Adige

Spend Christmas in the Trentino-Alto Adige and you’ll have snowy winter scenery straight out of a postcard while you sip mulled wine in the market squares.
This area is also a good base if you want to take day-trips into Venice or Verona.

An insider travel guide: travelling with children

posted by on November 24th, 2017

Be it a child-friendly city or a well equipped seaside destination, Italy spoils families with its rich mix of historical sights, wide portfolio of outdoor activities and amazing natural landscapes. An insider suggestion: to get the most out of exploring as a family, do plan ahead!

Best regions for kids:

Rome
: ancient Roman ruins and world-class museums make Rome an interesting destination for older children.

Amalfi coast
: a winning choice for every age. Subterranean ruins in Naples, gladiator battlefields in Pompeii and Herculaneum, and natural jewels like volcanoes, thermal pools and coastal caves.

Puglia
: beautiful seaside towns and an unembellished cuisine most kids love.

Sicily
: volcano climbing for sporty teens and beachside fun for sand-loving tots, alongside ancient ruins, hilltop castles and traditional 18th-century puppet theatre to inspire and entertain all ages.

Sardinia
: alfresco paradise overflowing with dazzling beaches, water-sports action, horse riding and scenic hikes suitable for all ages and abilities.

Italy for Kids

Family travellers can be divided into urban and rural. Cities in Italy are second to none in extraordinary sights and experiences, and with the aid of smart-phone apps and some inventive guided tours, parents can find kid-appeal in almost every museum and monument.

Away from urban areas, families can enjoy sandcastles, sea swimming and easy beachside ambles in the coastal destinations (beach-rich Puglia, the Amalfi Coast, Sardinia and Sicily sizzle with family fun on and off the sand), while interesting farm tours and outdoor activities will make the countryside an appealing family location (Tuscany and Umbria do offer many options for travellers willing to entertain children).

Villa Ada, a child friendly luxury villa in Umbria can be booked through Home in Italy

Accommodation

Staying in a private countryside villa is perfect for families: think self-catering facilities, mountains of green space to play around in and stacks of outdoor activities (swimming, tennis, horse-riding and mountain biking). In southern Italy, kids enjoy accommodation in circular, whitewashed trulli and quiet and luxurious masserias.

When to Go

Travelling in Italy with children involves little extra pre-departure planning. Your most important decisions will be about which region to pick and when to visit (perhaps timing your Italian holiday with one of the country’s vibrant kid-appealing festivals such as Siena’s famous Palio carnival in Venice or Florence’s Easter-time Scoppio del Carro. Beware July and August when the country broils and gets super crowded!