Considering buying something special to take home from your trip to Italy? John F Matta, IWSC Italian Winemaker of the year reveals how
Firstly, do not buy a 75cl bottle of wine costing less than €10. It's not possible for a bottle to cost less than this and still be produced with the minimum standards of quality.
Opt for a DOC (Denominazione Di Origine Controllata), DOCG (Denominazione Di Origine Controllata E Garantita) or IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica).
These quality-assurance labels tells you where the grapes come from, the production methods used and, normally for the DOCs and DOCGs, it means the quality of the fruit is slightly higher.
Look for stores that have either organised wine tastings or have wine available by the glass. What better way to know if you like a wine before buying it than to taste it? Don't be afraid to ask for a recommendation - usually anyone working in the store will share your enthusiasm.
That's right - front and back. All bottles must show the producer, brand, alcohol content, net content and sulfite declaration. Many include helpful extras such as origin information, special colour or flavour designations and even food-pairing suggestions.
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Experience the Italian icons you’ve always wanted to see. With an à la carte touring style of Cosmos Lite, you see and do only what you want each day of your escorted tour of Italy. With Cosmos Lite, you can set out with the activities and pace just perfect for you to explore the eternal city of Rome, picturesque Tuscany, spectacular Cinque Terre, intriguing Genoa, and the fashionable mecca of Milan. With two nights in the “eternal city” of Rome, there are unending possibilities to explore this ancient yet modern city. Your Tour Director can point you in the right direction to discover the best eateries, sights, and museums. Reserve your excursions in advance on MyCosmos, or tap your CosmosGO mobile app for a wealth of information in Rome. You’ll travel to the lovely Tuscan countryside to Grosseto to stroll through its charming piazza and indulge in pizza and gelato. Spend time in the village of Bolgheri for traditional Italian fare and wine before staying the night in the charming seaside town of Marina di Cecina. Discover the stunning seaside villages of Cinque Terre by train and ask your Tour Director for suggestions on shopping and culinary treats. Next stop is the colourful seaport of Genoa. Take an optional tour to explore its narrow streets for a Genovese lunch before heading for the fashion mecca of Milan. Your CosmosGO app will guide you to the boutiques and bars along the Navigli canals, and your Tour Director will recommend the best eateries and sights to enjoy. The day is yours to plan—perhaps an optional culinary walking tour. The possibilities are endless on your Cosmos Lite Italy holiday. With seamless travel and accommodation arrangements taken care of, you’ll love the freedom of planning each day to do as much or as little as you like. This tour is from our new Cosmos Lite range, which offers all the hassle-free features of a Cosmos holiday while leaving the itinerary, pace and budget up to you. Learn more
based on 16th Jun 2019
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You’ve dreamed about Italy—its magnificent architecture, majestic cathedrals, ancient ruins, world-class art, sumptuous cuisine and wine, and relaxing cafés—and now it is your time to experience it. On this affordable Italy tour, explore its most famous cities and discover its unique sights as you overnight in Rome, Siena, Montecatini, and the Venice area. This affordable Italy tour offers you the opportunity to step back in time -- to imagine what life was like 2,000 years ago –– the political, social, and commercial centre during the Roman Empire. Imagine life during the Middle Ages as you explore San Gimignano’s medieval squares, town walls, streets, alleyways, and 14 towers still standing from the Middle Ages. Visit Florence -- the Renaissance gem – with a walking tour featuring the beautiful Piazza Signoria, the centre of Florence’s social and political life since the 14th century. On this affordable tour of Italy, you’ll discover some of its magnificent cathedrals. In Vatican City, wonder at the masterful St. Peters Basilica and square. In Orvieto, the Cathedral is a great example of Gothic architecture in Italy. In Assisi, where St. Francis was born, visit the world-famous Romanesque and gothic Basilica, where the saint is buried. See Pisa’s Square of Miracles – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – with its three structures (Leaning Tower, Cathedral, and Baptistry) that have historically been central to religious life. You’ll also experience a wine tasting in Greve, the capital of Chianti, and a visit to Venice, including a boat ride to St. Mark’s Square. Witness Venetian glassblowers create works of art just as they did centuries ago, and spend some free time admiring the crisscrossing canals, the legendary gondolas passing under the arched bridges, the palaces, and the quaint piazzas. All of this and more—including views of the most scenic Italian landscapes—are included on this fabulous Italy holiday designed for the value-minded traveller!
based on 17th Nov 2019
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On this affordable Italian tour package, the town of Montecatini serves as your home base from which to venture out daily to explore the surrounding landscapes of breathtaking Tuscany. You’ll indulge in picturesque scenery, world-class local wines, traditional cuisine, and cultural discoveries via eight days of regional excursions. From the rolling hills of Montalbano to Vinci and beyond, you’ll make daily excursions through bountiful vineyards, olive groves, and chestnut trees. You’ll even visit the birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci to experience the Renaissance master’s life and art. Travelling through some of the most stunning and lush natural landscapes in Italy, you’ll embark each day to visit idyllic spots, including the gorgeous Chianti Valley and the Etruscan Coast. As you visit quaint wine shops, cafes, historic estates, and museums, you’ll feel immersed in the history and traditions of each daily destination. In addition to sampling the local gourmet Tuscan fare, you’ll also be treated to an Italian cooking lesson. You’ll prepare an authentic Italian dish inside a rustic Tuscan farmhouse where you and your travel companions will enjoy your culinary creations – complete with master-chef prizes. You’ll also learn the art of Italian dessert-making at your hotel. You’ll revel in the beauty of becoming familiar with a single destination of Montecatini while making priceless daily discoveries of locales that are off the beaten path – perfect for the smart, creative, and budget-minded traveller.
based on 16th Jun 2019
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