Merano Wine Festival to Return Next Month

Italy’s top wine event Merano Wine Festival is returning for its 24th edition from Nov. 5 to 10 in the northern Italian city of Merano. The event showcases the best of Italian and international foods and wines. As last year, the Festival will open in the elegant Pavillon des Fleurs in the Merano Kurhaus with …

Discover Greve in Chianti

By Yena Lee         As grape-harvesting season is in the full swing of things, the Chianti wine district comes to mind when in Tuscany. Although there are many notable small and large towns in Tuscany that create flavorful and notable wines, they are also enjoyable beyond the wines they produce.         One particular city, named …

La Buchetta: Named from the Source

Located in the upper part of Via de’ Benci near Ponte alle Grazie, wine bar and restaurant La Buchetta derives its name from a longstanding local tradition of wine tabernacles, which in Florentine dialect were called “buchette.” Too small for people, too low to be used as windows, and with a consistent architectural style: a …

Drawing From the Wine Well

Take a wine-tasting tour alongside Pozzo Divino’s 700-year-old well Ivana Scatola and James Taylor For a wine-tasting tour with a difference, look no further than Pozzo Divino on Via Ghibellina just north of Santa Croce. Owned by Pino, well-known among students as a famous local identity, ‘Pozzo Divino’ is a witty play on words: literally …

From Gallo Nero to DOCG: the Story of Chianti Classico

Lucy David According to Tuscan native Galileo Galilei (1564–1642), “Wine is sunlight, held together by water”. He may well have been speaking of Chianti Classico, the veritable original of the Chianti clan, which carves out its territory between Florence and Siena. Since 1924, this production zone covering 14 municipalities has been protected by the Chianti …

Eating Healthy and Vegetarian in Florence

An Italian diet is completely different from that of an American’s. There is a small breakfast, which usually consists of coffee and a pastry, whereas their other meals include fruits and vegetables, beans, lean meats, and small portions. Combined with a “passeggiata” (stroll through town), keeps most Italians active and healthy. Due to the impressive …

Remembering Pellegrino Artusi

Italian food is arguably one of the most popular cuisines in the world. It’s hard to find a major city which doesn’t boast at least a few “Italian” restaurants, featuring quality pizzas, pastas and lasagnas. However, when actually visiting Italy, you’ll soon discover that the country’s culinary diversity is much more complex. Before the final …