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  • Expat Spotlight: Diana's Top 3 Tips for Parma

    Published March 16th, 2015 by ErinAbroad
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    Originally from the UK, we have been living in Italy for over three and a half years. We consider ourselves very fortunate as this is the second time we can do the ‘Expat experience’. Just over 25 years ago we embarked on our first adventure when we moved to Portugal, our home, for nearly nine years. This time, using lessons learnt from our first experience; older and maybe wiser, we have tried to embrace the opportunity to discover, learn about and appreciate another culture, language and country in Parma.

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  • Warm and Fuzzy? Not!

    Published March 11th, 2015 by Susie White
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    One of the things you’ll probably remember fondly after a visit to central Italy are the beautiful stone pine trees, also known as umbrella pines, that make so many landscapes unforgettable. Sadly, this beautiful tree has a very shallow root system and during high winds they often fall victim, sometimes causing victims themselves. Last week’s exceptionally high winds caused hundreds of trees to fall, all over the central regions. Consequently, many towns are going to have to rethink what type of trees to plant in urban areas, as surely these trees can be as dangerous as they are beautiful.

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  • Gusto Wine Tours – Grand Prize Draw! Raising money and awareness for “Paws To Help”.

    Published February 23rd, 2015 by Giselle Stafford
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    UPDATE!! UPDATE!! UPDATE!!
    We have a fabulous announcement to make!
    We have a SECOND prize from our gorgeous talented friend Nikki Donovan aka The Artful Chocolatier ….
    A beautiful assortment of handmade, bespoke chocolates with the PAWS TO HELP logo on them.

    The Grand Prize is a fabulous Gusto Wine Tour for TWO people. The prize will be valid until the end of 2015.

    The cause is to raise money for the various furry/feathered friends that Lisa May (AKA Santa Francesca) & her other half Gio (Dr Doolittle – He talks to the animals!) have rescued/found or they have found them! Lisa has just started a Facebook community page called Paws To Help to show what they have done over the years and continue to do!

    Each raffle ticket is €5 (Five Euros) and you can buy as many as you like! Each €5 will be randomly assigned a number & (not randomly) your name.

    We need at least 100 tickets sold by midday April 3rd 2015 . If that total isn’t reached – the money raised by that stage will go to Paws To Help without the prize draw. Once 100 or more numbers are sold, I will use a random number generator to pick a number out the hat! The winner will be notified on the Gusto – Umbrian Wine Tours Facebook page! Then the money will be presented to Lisa & Gio for Paws To Help.

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  • Locorotondo and its amazing white wine

    Published February 19th, 2015 by Antonio
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    Locorotondo is located on top of a hill, between Ionian and Adriatic seas.

    It is included in the Province of Bari, capital of the Apulian region.

    The village is white and elegant. The Touring Club has acknowledged it as one of the most beautiful in Italy.

    Locorotondo comes from the Latin Locus Rotundus (round place).

    The inner city is just amazing. The prevalent colors is white and blue. White because of the buildings and churches. Blue because of the sky.

    The atmosphere here is very relaxing, ideal for those travelers who look for peace and cultural events.

    In summer time, the entire village turns to a stage due to the Locus festival, a music festival which celebrates this year the 10th anniversa...

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  • Vignanotica, the magic of Gargano

    Published February 19th, 2015 by Antonio
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    Vignanotica is a place in the hearth of Gargano, spur of the Italian boot..

    Gargano is considered the “Holy Mountain” due to its high degree of spirituality.

    Vignanotica is within the Gargano National Park.

    This park is famous for so many reasons, one of them is that it is the richest area in Italy in terms of biodiversity.

    Today I went there to spend an entire day.

    Firstly, I decided to walk along one of the several nature trails available.

    It took me a couple of hours to complete one of around 5 miles long.

    The place is quiet, ideal for those who look for peace.

    The environment there is just so beautiful. The air is reinvigorating. In other words, I am just surrounded b...

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  • Visit The City of Ancient Rome

    Published January 25th, 2015 by Maria Mcquire
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    There is a street where Gladiators and Emperors ruled the town. The trip to see the ancient Rome takes about 4 hours. The trip begins at Capitoline Hill, Michelangelo’s Renaissance piazza, then to the Roman Forum, the busy marketplace ruins are found – shops palace temples and the Senate are found. It gives the tourist a sample of daily life of ancient Rome.

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  • Pluses of Hiring/Renting a car

    Published January 25th, 2015 by Marilyn Wane
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    Renting a car is a widely known term to mass audience. Today nearly 60% of businessmen, corporates, families, etc. prefer car on rent whenever out on some meeting or trips.

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  • A Memorable Tour of Italy!

    Published January 25th, 2015 by Pietro Carlo
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    If you haven’t been to Italy before, do read the above article for basic know how before visiting.

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  • Befana Buona 2014

    Published December 22nd, 2014 by Stephen Mark
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    In Italian folklore Befana is portrayed as an old lady riding a broomstick. She visits children all over the world on the eve of the Feast of the Epiphany to fill their socks with a sweet (dolce) if they have behaved well (buona figura) or good piece of onion if they have been bad (brutta figura). Befana enters each house through the chimney and, being a good housekeeper, uses her broom to sweep up a bit before she leaves. Many of the past year’s problems are swept away during this cleaning. Children who are wise (furbi) leave a glass of wine (vino) and a bite to eat (it is said she loves cardoons) to nibble on just to make sure she does not fly over without stopping in.

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  • Missing Home for the Holidays (or not)

    Published December 21st, 2014 by ErinAbroad
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    We asked our insiders to share with us one thing they love about the holidays abroad (or miss from “home”).

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