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Apulia Inspiration

APULIA

4 Maggio 2022

A land of sea, hills and endless plains, the Apulia region attracts visitors for its amazing coastline (more than 800 kilometers across Adriatic and Ionian Sea), but also for its art cities and picturesque historical villages, where old religious traditions still live untouched, its countryside masserie immersed in olive groves, and its plenty of farm products that tell of unique ancient flavors.

Puglia can surely now take its place in the first rank of Italy’s famous regions. Clearly, everything the Italophile craves is there in abundance: ancient towns heavy with the tangible past; extravagant churches dreamt up by Europe’s finest architects; the footprints of an endless procession of conquerors and cultures, stamped in stone, gold and marble; seas of olives; olive – green seas; and food the equal of any in Italy.

Travellers bored or worn down by the crowds of Campania and Tuscany can find still release in the baroque splendour of Lecce, ‘Florence of the South’, or one of many lesser (but no less beautiful) Pugliese towns.

Food Inspiration ITALIAN DELICATESSEN Italy to visit

ITALIAN REGIONAL SPECIALTIES pt.2

6 Aprile 2022

Hi everyone,

Let’s continue our gastronomic journey towards the tip of the boot of the Italian Peninsula.

Many of Italy’s most famous pasta dishes, including spaghetti alla carbonara, cacio e pepe, and pasta alla gricia originated in LAZIO, home to Rome.

Spaghetti alla Carbonara

This region is mainly famous for long strand noodles like spaghetti and fettuccine rather than short-cut pasta.

Another extremely popular dish is saltimbocca, imitated all over the world, and the pasta sauce arrabbiata.

Saltimbocca alla Romana

For many, PUGLIA is their first stop on any Italian gastronomy tour.

Orecchiette is the pasta of choice here, which translates into “little ears” and are made with just flour and water. Typically served with cime di rapa (turnip greens), or aged ricotta and fresh tomatoes, orecchiette is ideally shaped for soaking up and enjoying sauces.

Orecchiette alle cime di rapa

Puglia is also where much of Italy’s olive oil is produced and we highly recommend tastings. 

The food of CAMPANIA is more commonly known as Neapolitan, and the region is responsible for two of Italy’s most appetizing exports, spaghetti and pizza. You’ll have no trouble finding spaghetti alla Puttanesca (a seafood pasta featuring anchovies, capers, olives, tomatoes, chili peppers, and garlic) and the most authentic pizza in almost any restaurant or pizzeria.

Spaghetti alla Puttanesca

But the most appreciated treat of Campania is for sure mozzarella di bufala, a buffalo soft cheese with very ancient origins that you cannot miss.

Mozzarella di bufala

As a region, SICILY is amazingly fertile, and the variety of crops that can grow here (from oranges to eggplants, tomatoes to pistachios) is nearly unparalleled. Combine this with a wealth of seafood found just off the coast, and you have the recipe for a fantastic gastronomy scene.

Among Sicilian delicacies there is sfincione, a rectangular, thick, and doughy crust, actually quite similar to focaccia. As for toppings, you’ll find the traditional tomatoes, onions, anchovies, and herbs for seasoning, as well as local cheese, like caciocavallo, a stretched-out curd cheese made of goat’s milk. 

When it comes to Sicilian snacks, we cannot speak about arancine, which consist of fried risotto croquettes stuffed with meat and mozzarella cheese.

Sicilian arancine

And for dessert, don’t forget cannoli, the signature deep-fried pastry tube of Sicily.

Sicilian cannoli

Hope this guide helped you understand which dishes you definitely don’t want to miss! 

See you soon and have a good day!

Elisa

Food Inspiration ITALIAN DELICATESSEN Italy to visit

ITALIAN REGIONAL SPECIALTIES pt.1

30 Marzo 2022

Hi everyone,

today we’ll talk about food, again.

Yes, because we all know that if you choose to tie the knot in Italy, you must be a foodie 🙂

Joking aside, the gastronomic part of a wedding is extremely important, and for an Italian destination wedding, it is even more central. 

If you look for tasty, well-prepared and high quality food, no matter the region you choose, you know you won’t be disappointed.

But, menus should also suit your personal tastes and the variety of Italian dishes really is endless.

That’s why we want to give a brief description of a few regions’ main specialties, so you can grasp some of the different gastronomic styles and cultures.

Let’s start with our beloved VENETO, a region steeped in dramatic shifts: from the mountains down to the shores of the Adriatic.

Venetian food varies greatly, both from Italy as a whole and even within the seven provinces that make up the region.

Tortellini, polenta, bigoli and risotto are very common dishes.

Tortellini di Valeggio

On the shores of the Adriatic, seafood risotto is popular, but the further inland you travel, you’ll find plenty of variations including pumpkin, radicchio, and Amarone wine.

Risotto all’Amarone

Talking about desserts, the world-famous Tiramisù was born here.

Nestled between the mountains and the sea in Northwest Italy, LIGURIA is synonymous with the Italian Riviera. And being a coastal region, it also has a close association with fresh seafood, particularly fish, mussels, and squid.

But, pesto is the most appreciated ingredient in Liguria cooking: you can trace its origin back to Genoa, Liguria’s capital city. It is usually paired with trofie (typical Ligurian pasta), potatoes and green beans.

Trofie al pesto, with potatoes and green beans

Hearty, simple, and seasonal, a trip through TUSCANY is like a trip through Italy’s culinary heart.

You’ll quickly notice almost all meals in Tuscany are served with a simple loaf of unsalted bread. This tradition dates back to the 16th century when a tax placed on salt forced local bakers to get creative with their baking. The salt tax is long gone, but the tradition has carried on and in many ways is the signature element of Tuscan bread. Initially, this bread may seem a little flavorless, but you’re missing its main purpose, to soak up leftover sauce and juices on your plate after the meal is done. 

Tuscan fettunta

Bread shows up throughout Tuscan meals, from fettunta (a traditional bruschetta) to ribollita (a twice boiled soup). You’ll even find bread salad, better known as panzanella, which is day-old bread mixed with a medley of sun-ripened vegetables, drizzled with olive oil and vinegar.

Tuscan panzanella

Pasta is also (unsurprisingly) popular, particularly pappardelle alla lepre, which is an egg noodle dish served in a wild hare sauce. For many, this is the signature Tuscan meal. Other meat dishes include cinghiale in umido (a wild boar stew) and bistecca alla Fiorentina—a Tuscan steak that comes from the Chianina breed of cow. 

Fiorentina

In UMBRIA, it feels as if everything good to eat comes from the woods. Game such as cinghiale (wild boar) works its way into every course — except dessert, of course. Then there’s tartufo. The black truffle grows just below ground level in deciduous forests all over the region.

Tagliolini al tartufo

Still more prized is the tartufo bianco (white truffle) that appears around Gubbio in late autumn. The dish itself could hardly be simpler. Simply toss fresh, handmade pasta strands with a little butter and some grated Parmigiano to taste, and as much truffle as you’re allowed.

That’s enough mouthwatering recipes for today, let’s leave it there.

See you next week for the second part!

Love,

Elisa

Amalfi coast Inspiration

AMALFI COAST

15 Febbraio 2022

Magically suspended between the blue sky and the iridescent colored sea, the Amalfi Coast seems to be born from the palette of a painter who wanted to use the warmer color gradients for creating a landscape that enchants the visitor at the first shot, giving thrilling experience and such evocative view to doubt, for a moment, it is real. It is the land where the sweet scents of lemon blossoms harmonizes itself with the most aromatic one of the Mediterranean vegetation and the acrid aroma of saltiness; where the brilliant colors of the majolica domes, bougainvillea and carnations pergolas give an evident colored touch to the typical whitewashed houses, clinging to the last offshoots of the Lattari Mounts that plunge dramatically into the sea. A vertical landscape, in short, characterized by a picturesque labyrinth of stairways and narrow alleys, connecting the two main elements of this landscape: the mountains and the sea.

If you are looking for a very romantic and exclusive location, a blend of Italian history and culture and unique nature, you can stop searching. You only have to decide which is your dreamy location. The Amalfi Coast offers lots of awesome ancient or modern villas, elegant hotels and amazing reception halls where you can definitely celebrate your wedding in the most romantic way.

Choosing to get married on the Amalfi Coast will surely give your wedding a very peculiar charm.

The Amalfi Coast for your wedding can offer many different moods, you can choose to get married in the gorgeous and ancient Amalfi, on a hill in Ravello in one of its historical villas, or maybe you can have a colorful Positano wedding among its hundreds of stairs.

So if you’re searching for the best wedding venues of the Amalfi Coast for a symbolic or religious ceremony, from private villas for intimate weddings to luxury venues for sumptuous parties , stay tuned for the next posts, you’ll surely find the Amalfi Coast wedding venue that will leave you breathless.

If you need information and tips on how to arrange the best wedding on the Amalfi Coast, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Have a good day!

Como Lake Inspiration

Lake Como

18 Gennaio 2022

Lake Como, the third largest Italian lake. 

It is famous all over the world for its wonderful and romantic landscapes, the perfect destination for a luxury wedding in Italy. On its shores you can find many picturesque villages, like Bellagio, Menaggio, Lenno, Tremezzo and Varenna, with their beautiful villas and gorgeous gardens.

Many movie directors chose it as a set of their masterpieces for its uncommon beauty.
Lake Como is actually one of the favorite destinations for foreign couples who want to marry in a magical Italian location. Thanks to its geographical setting and its mild climate, weddings can be planned from March up to October-November.

Venues like Villa del Balbianello speak for themselves: an amazing villa on a rock on the water shores. 
Legal civil ceremonies can be held directly here.

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There are many other venues that could be chosen for your wedding reception and ceremonies: churches overlooking the lake or villas or luxury hotels such as Villa d’Este. 

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During their stay, brides and grooms and their guests can easily discover the lovely lake surroundings or visit some of the most important, interesting cities of northern Italy such as Milan, Verona and Venice.

Moreover, all Milan airports are very close to Lake Como: Malpensa, Linate and Orio al Serio are more or less 45 minutes drive from the lake.
The refined and elegant atmosphere of these places offers couples a romantic and touching setting for their ceremony: both catholic or civil services. 
Charming venues and delicious food will be a perfect mix for gorgeous wedding receptions.

In the next posts we’ll be showing you some of the most unique locations of Lake Como.

Stay tuned!

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Christmas Holidays in Italy

27 Dicembre 2021

This week we want to stop one moment and dedicate a post to Christmas holidays, and to the endless, secular, heartwarming Christmas traditions in Italy.

Here in Italy, Christmas celebration lasts about one month, starting on December 8th, the day of the “Immacolata”, on which traditionally the “presepe” (Nativity scene) and the Christmas tree are set up, and lasting until the Epiphany, celebrating the visit of the Magi to the infant Jesus, on January 6th.

On December 24, 1223 St. Francis of Assisi commissioned Giovanni Vellita, a villager of Greccio, in the province of Lazio, to create what was to be the first Nativity scene in the world. It was created in one of the caves of the local monastery. A layer of straw had been spread on the stone floor and a primitive crib had been placed in a corner. Around it were a donkey, an ox and a dozen of peasants. From that moment on, the Italian tradition of the “presepe” was born.

Today, the Presepe consists of small, hand-carved figurines, usually made in the region of Naples, set in scenes representing Jesus’ birth. However, the Italian presepe often consists of more than just a traditional nativity crib with the Holy Family and baby Jesus in the stable. Italian families usually build an entire scene or village consisting of hand-made houses, bridges and shops, using cork to create mountains, to which electrically powered wells and lights are added. Baby Jesus is only added to the scene on Christmas night. 

It is one of the most beloved and enduring symbols and activities of the Christmas season.

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Besides the “presepe” and the Christmas tree, there are many other traditional decorations that you will find in Italian houses during the Christmas period. We’re talking about garlands, lights, candles, centerpieces and all types of greenery that are typically used to enhance the Christmas atmosphere and make the house joyful, colorful and warm. 

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In Italy, Christmas Eve is usually a family gathering. Traditionally, the “cenone” (Christmas supper) is served at home and the menu varies from region to region, but traditionally it excludes meat items and is based mainly on fish. 

Family parties continue until almost midnight when everyone attends church services and worships.

The Christmas Day dinner is the most important Christmas family tradition in Italy. Usually It is a large meal complete with appetizers, starters, first and main course, and desserts. 

The main course can be stuffed cappone (capon) or tacchino, mixed roast, roast beef or cotechino.

For dessert, there are all kinds of fancy holiday breads, such as panettone, filled with candied fruits, and such sweets as cannoli, a cheese-filled pastry, and many other delicacies. Another famous Christmas bread is pandoro which originated from Verona. The Torrone (nougat), with honey or chocolate almonds or pistachios, is the most typical of the Christmas sweets. 

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Saint Stephen’s Day, the day after Christmas and the Feast of the first Christian martyr, is a public holiday in Italy.

It is not uncommon that couples decide to marry during Christmas, to enjoy the magical atmosphere of traditions and holidays that surrounds wintertime in Italy.

If you wish to explore this possibility too, our advice for the best locations during Christmas are for sure the Alps, Dolomites and Apennines but also Sicily and Apulia are becoming more and more popular in winter.

We wish you a joyful, serene Christmas holidays and to spend some beautiful holidays.

See you next time!

Inspiration Tuscany

Wedding in Tuscany: what to expect

11 Dicembre 2021

Cypress alleys, patchwork fields and crumbling castellos. Everyone can picture Tuscany, but it’s not always easy to capture the immensity of the endless waves of green you see with the naked eye, or the timeless quality of ancient stone streets.

The region’s idyllic, lush country terrain, dedication to seasonal food and love of high culture have made it one of the most sought-after wedding destinations in Europe. 

With Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Siena, Versilia, Maremma and Chianti all within a short driving distance of each other, Tuscany offers the appeal of city to country living, in style.

Tuscany is located more or less in the center of Italy. Renowned for its beautiful coast line towards the Tyrrhenian sea, it has a multifaceted landscape consisting of flat coastal plains, soft rolling hills, oak and Mediterranean pine forested mountains, and long dormant volcanoes.

Tuscany is one of the most loved and adored places in the world due to the fact that it is rich in art, culture, history, amazing nature, and well-preserved traditions. There is plenty to inspire an artist, a historian or a photographer as well as a tourist hungry for art, culture, adventure and food and wine.

Tying the knot here truly is an experience of a lifetime.

If you’ve chosen Tuscany already or are curious about the best tuscan wedding locations (there are plenty!), we’ll get back to you next week with some venues’ presentations.

Have a great weekend!

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Wedding in Italy: what about Liguria?

13 Novembre 2021
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LIGURIA, the Italian Riviera

The region of Liguria is also known as the Italian Riviera and is well marked as a major tourist spot with famous resort towns sprinkled among fishing villages and rocky coastline.

This unique geography of mountains and sea has produced a climate and landscape that you would expect much further south in Italy. Palm trees, citrus fruits and olives share the terraced growing space with Liguria’s famous flower industry and more common northern species like chestnuts.

The Ligurian coast has always been very famous and much appreciated, for its typical small towns overlooking the sea, but also for its steep promontories and the inland full of real jewels.

It is a breathless place, where it is possible to admire the sunset sinking in the sea from the top of the cliffs.

Portofino is an ancient small fishing village located close to Genoa, and is one of the most romantic places in Italy. It is known all over the world for its secluded picturesque harbour, the beautiful beach area, the exclusive restaurants and hotels, and its historical association with celebrity and artistic visitors.

Another wonderful coastal area that is famous all over the world is Cinque Terre.

It is a district that is home to a National Park and a Marine Reserve, and encompasses 5 glorious and ancient towns.

The Cinque Terre offers beautiful panoramic footpaths with churches, oratories and old castles, diving, food and wines of first quality.

What do you think of a Ligurian wedding which features amazing views, small charming villages directly on the sea, colorful towns and unspoiled nature?

If this prospect appeals to you, stay tuned!

Next week we’ll show you one of the many lovely venues located in this area.

That’s all for now, have a good weekend!

Elisa

Wedding theme & Moodboards

You are engaged!What are the next steps for your Wedding in Italy?

29 Ottobre 2021

You are engaged.. What are the next steps for your Wedding in Italy?First of all, congratulations for your engagement and for choosing Italy for your Destination Wedding!The Italian “I dos” make for memorable destination weddings, rich with history, quality and unique food, fine wines and spectacular venues, from the Tuscan countryside to the charming Venetian Villas, to the beaches of the Italian Riviera or to the Apulian Masserias.But we’re sure you already know this!Now, it’s time to start planning your dream wedding, let’s talk about the most important steps.

  1. You and your partner should talk and decide the location, the “mood” and the style of your wedding. What are the locations that you like and reflect your style the most?  As mentioned before, in Italy there is enough to go around: mountains, sandy and rocky beaches, countryside, glamorous towns, historical villages, etc. Regarding the style, do you prefer a rustic and country mood or an elegant decor? Or maybe a fairy-tale atmosphere or a boho chic style? It is important to stop and reflect on which one most appeals to you.
  2. Your next step is to set the budget and decide how many guests you want to invite. The 2 factors are obviously strictly correlated –  the more guests you have the more costs you have to bear
  1. Now it’s time to choose the wedding planner, who will help you pick the best places and venues based on your mood board. It is also important to consider: where International Airports are located, to save you and your guests lengthy trips, and transportation service, for your guests that would like to avoid driving.
  2. The wedding planner will then help you choose the theme of the RSPV (abbreviation of the French phrase “Repondez, still vous plait” that means “Respond, please”) that are the cards that will be sent to the guests to know if they will come to the wedding.
  1. Once you’ll be sure of the number of guests, you can send the invitation. This step is important because the theme and the customization of the RSVP and invitations will carry through the whole event and will influence the details, decorations and the stationery of your wedding. This is obviously not mandatory, but is certainly one of the not-so-little things that gives the idea of a well-planned and cared for in detail event.
  2. At this point, the wedding planner will start to search for the perfect catering company, a fundamental part of an Italian wedding.All the points previously mentioned such as the budget, the theme and the number of guests will be taken into account to choose the best offer

We know it could be overwhelming to start thinking about planning a wedding in another country.. that’s why we wanted to give you some information to sort things out! And don’t worry, it’s much less complicated than it seems, just start following these steps and the wedding of your dreams will easily take shape.We hope we have made some clarity and if you have any other doubts, please do not hesitate to contact us!

Have a great weekend!

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Christmas table: an idea for your winter wedding in Italy 2021

25 Dicembre 2020

Dear lovely readers!

First of all:

Merry Christmas! My favourite time of the year has come:) A bit strange but more intimate this year. We have to find a way to enjoy it anyway and we did it! So today I would like to show you an idea for your Christmas table! Probably most of you has already ideas but just because we can not go out maybe this is a way to do something creative and different with your family waiting Christmas lunch or dinner!

Having the idea of ​​setting up a Christmas table is having a Christmas spirit that moves many personal emotions
 It is incredible how the base colors accompany the season of the year in each place.
 Earth colors with a rustic mix where the floral design cannot be missing and the flowers always show us what time of year we are.
 The elegance of winter colors are always the ideal ones to accompany them with a strong color that enhances your table together with light dishes that give brightness and contrast.
 Setting up a Christmas table is the reflection of our culture of our tastes of our personality. Do you agree with me?

And my last question is: would you choose Christmas time to schedule your wedding? Maybe here in Italy? Let us know 🙂

Please send us your creations if you like the idea; i would be very glad to have a look at them! Spend time your beloved ones and stay helathy and safe! Lots of Love Paola

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