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An extraordinary archeological museum has been inaugurated; the Villa of the Mosaics of Spello is an exceptional treasure in the heart of Umbria.

posted by Home In Italy on April 17th, 2018

Spello, a small village famous for its narrow streets and for a wonderful chapel frescoed by Pinturicchio is the main character of a beautiful story with an happy ending. In 2005, while doing the excavations for a parking lot, some mosaics in perfect conditions came out. It turned to be a well preserved villa of the second century with incredible artistic mosaics.
500 square meters, 20 rooms brought to light, 10 mosaic floors of great beauty, with geometric and figurative motifs. The mosaics – in red, white, black, gray – are in the rooms around the courtyard that surrounded the inner garden: there are birds, stylized amphorae, a radiant sun, crescent-shaped shields. The central theme is the one of the harvesting and wine: did the villa belong to a winemaker? This is absolutely possible, given the ancient tradition of the area. Today, the Sagrantino, which enriches the landscape around Spello, is one of the most celebrated wines of Umbria and of Italy as a whole.

INFORMATION
Villa of the mosaics of Spello
Variable openings depending on the months of the year: from April to September, Tue-Sun and holidays 10.30am-1pm and 2.30pm-5pm.
Admission 6 euros, reduced to 4 and 2 euros.
Info: www.villadeimosaicidispello.it

5 delicatessen to try this summer in Sardinia

posted by Home In Italy on April 11th, 2018

You still haven’t booked our holiday in Sardinia? after reading this post, you will probably change your mind. If you already have, you have made the perfect decision.
Here below the top five dishes you should try while being in one of our luxury villas in Sardinia.
If you are a food lover you will be happy to know that Sardinia presents a large opportunities to taste so many types choice: from classic Italian recipes to traditional farming recipes, ready to adorn your dinner plate during your trip.

Each city, town and village will have their own take over on some the island’s traditional dishes, but with a specialties that will make them originals and different from the one of another cities and always present a truly memorable and rewarding flavor of Sardinia.
In order to help you choose which dishes to try first, we’ve prepared small selection of dishes to try this summer during your holiday in Sardinia.

1. Culurgiones


They are the classic ravioli of Sardinia, also known as angiulottus, ie agnolotti. The filling is usually a combination of potatoes, pecorino cheese, onions and mint. typical culinary specialty of the Ogliastra barbaricina area, while in the rest of the island there are different recipes, like that of Gallura, which aromatizes the product with lemon or orange peel.
Since 2015 the “Culurgionis d’Ogliastra” have been recognized as an IGP product.

2. Caprese Salad


There’s no tastier or more refreshing lunchtime bite than a fresh and aromatic tomato and mozzarella salad. The combination of the sweet and juicy Sardinian tomatoes with the creamy buffalo mozzarella is an unbeatable hit, while a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and some basil leaves, add another kick to the overall flavour.

3. Pecorino Sardo with honey


Nothing represents the Sardinian agri-food culture better than Pecorino, the sheep’s cheese that is the symbol of Sardinia in the world. Moreover, the region has been indissolubly associated with sheep breeding since ancient times. This cheese is a very versatile product that can be enjoyed in many different courses: one of the best ways to enjoy the unique flavour of this sheep’s milk cheese is to drizzle it in honey, with the sharp and sweet flavour contrasting to prove a delicious afternoon snack.

4. Su Porcheddu


Porchetta or porcetto, in Sardinian procheddu or porcheddu, the suckling pig of about 4 – 5 kg or twenty days, cooked slowly on a spit, on grills and flavored after cooking with myrtle or rosemary. This roast is a classic of Sardinian pastoral cuisine.
The result is a crispy yet succulent piece of meat that goes beautifully with a plate of fresh vegetables.

5. Spezzatino di Vitello con Piselli

This dish is another of Sardinia’s meaty treats and a prominent fixture on the Sardinian countryside menu. The main components of this dish are wonderfully tender veal and sweet peas served in a hearty stew. Though the dish may appear simple, the complexity and strength of its flavour is unmatched by any other dish on the island.

Tempted by these irresistible flavours of Sardinia? Make your Sardinia holiday extra special by adding a dose of luxury to your trip.