Taste Wine with Pino In a renovated 700-year-old well

‘Pozzo Divino’ is a witty play on words: literally meaning ‘divine well’, it also translates as ‘wine well’ when read as ‘Pozzo di Vino’. The ancient well is now the cellar that hosts Pozzo Divino’s wine tours. Dating back to 1312, the well was built to supply water through a vast system of underground tunnels …

The ‘Italian’ Dishes that Don’t Actually Exist in Italy

Tourists who travel Italy, and more generally foreigners, have misconceptions about authentic Italian food. They are often surprised to find that common Italian-American dishes such as penne alfredo, garlic bread, spaghetti with meatballs and pepperoni pizza are nowhere to be found in Italy. They quickly discover that America’s favorite Italian foods are not actually at …

Galleria dell’Accademia Presents Dal Ponte Exhibit runs until March 12, 2017

The Galleria dell’Accademia is hosting the first monographic event ever dedicated to the painter Giovanni dal Ponte (1385–1437/8). Curated by Angelo Tartuferi and Lorenzo Sbaraglio, the exhibit showcases around 50 artworks. Dal Ponte’s style betrayed an acute awareness of the work being done by the most important artists active in Florence in the first three …

Divine Beauty: Discovering Siena

The city of Siena hosts Divine Beauty: Discovering Siena from July 24 to September 30, a sensory experience in five acts that traces the history of the city and its famous cathedral. Designed to offer visitors a deeper understanding of the city’s history and people, the project uses video-mapping to bring Siena’s Duomo and its …

The Customer is Always Wrong?

Christie Ann Barakat When in Florence or, more generally, in Italy, ignore any faint echoes of the American mantra, “the customer is always right.” Fail to and you’ll find yourself disgruntled by what most Americans would consider obvious breaches of sales etiquette. If you implore, “But what about customer service?” expect a long pause and …

Understanding Chianti Oil and Wine

Bottles simply labeled as Chianti (as in the photo) are made from a mix grapes from several regions in the Chianti region. The main difference with generic Chianti and the rest, is that the minimum percentage of Sangiovese allowed is 75%, with the rules permitting white grapes to be blended in. Adding white grapes to …