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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TOUR WITH FLIGHTS
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 4th Aug 2019
6 dates available
TOUR WITH FLIGHTS
This is the perfect “off the beaten path” holiday for travellers who want to learn more about the culture, food, and traditions of Northern Italy. You’ll spend two nights in Milan, Parma, Rapallo, and Turin, and an overnight in Lucca. You’ll enjoy guided sightseeing in Milan, Parma, and Turin, and an orientation of Lucca, a quaint medieval town with ramparts. But that’s not all…this Northern Italy & Cinque Terre tour offers much more! Globus has arranged out-of-the-ordinary experiences, so you can truly enjoy some of Italy’s gastronomic delights. You’ll partake in a balsamic vinegar tasting in Modena, a parmesan cheese tasting in Busseto, a risotto lunch at a rice factory in Vercelli, and a wine tasting with lunch in Gabiano. Stop in Maranello, the birthplace of the Ferrari automobile, and visit the Ferrari Museum. A tour highlight is the excursion to Cinque Terre, the name given to five medieval villages on the sea. The area is noted for its natural beauty with terraces built into the rocky cliffs that drop down into the sea and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Delight in the unique charm of the area and take in the breathtaking views. Words cannot describe the magic and spectacular scenery—you must witness it in person. You’re sure to arrive back home from this Northern Italy and Cinque Terre tour with lots of photos and stories—an unforgettable and unique holiday experience!
based on 4th Oct 2019
TOUR WITH FLIGHTS
Spectacular scenery combined with fascinating architectural remains and ancient history—all of this awaits you on this fabulous holiday with guided tours of Sicily and Southern Italy. If you’re interested in Roman history, this tour is certainly for you. You’ll stop in Matera, where you’ll see one of the Sassi Houses—prehistoric cave dwellings built into the rock—thought to be some of the first human settlements in Italy. You’ll also visit Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean, known for its blue skies and rich heritage. Visit the ancient Greek Theater in Taormina, built in the 3rd century BC; the ancient Greek structures that have survived for 2,400 years in Agrigento; and the 12th-century Norman Cathedral in Monreale, famous for its 50,000 square feet of precious Byzantine mosaics. Photos and words cannot adequately capture these sights. History buffs will also enjoy Pompeii, which was completely buried during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Imagine what life was like some 2,000 years ago! This preserved town gives you an amazingly detailed look into life at the peak of the Roman Empire. In Naples, enjoy a guided tour and savor a slice of Neapolitan pizza. A true highlight is a guided visit to the Papal Palace and Barberini Gardens in Castel Gandolfo. This is just another out-of-the-ordinary experience included by Globus. For those desiring amazing scenery, this Italy tour is sure to delight. You’ll visit Sorrento and Capri—both offering breathtaking views of the crystal-clear, blue sea. Spend time gazing at the mesmerizing water, shop at the boutiques, and dine at the fabulous restaurants visited by celebrities. History, amazing scenery, fabulous cuisine, and so much more are waiting for you on this incredible guided Italy tour.
based on 6th Oct 2019
6 dates available
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