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Palazzo Farnese and Vico Lake VIDEO

posted Dec 14, 2014, 6:23 PM by Booking NoleggioRadio.it   [ updated Dec 14, 2014, 6:25 PM ]

FILM The Trip to Italy: You'll Laugh, Until You Cry

posted Dec 13, 2014, 7:04 PM by Booking NoleggioRadio.it   [ updated Dec 13, 2014, 7:10 PM ]

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon reunite for a perfectly bittersweet Labor Day comedy

Roman Artichoke Recipe

posted Dec 10, 2014, 8:30 AM by Booking NoleggioRadio.it   [ updated Dec 10, 2014, 7:41 PM ]

Roman Artichokes

I can not have a Roman holiday without Roman Artichokes. In fact, every single time I go back to Rome, I have my first dinner, at Gigetto, in the Jewish ghetto. The Roman-Jewish community is well known for making the best artichokes in town. There are two distinctly different recipes:

“Alla Giudea”—Jewish-style artichokes that are deliciously fried, the other is “Alla Romana”—Roman-style artichokes, which are steamed in wine. This recipe is “Alla Romana” which is very simple to execute. If you are an artichoke lover and have been to Rome, you know the flavor that you will never forget. These are usually served as an appetizer, but can also be a side dish for meat. Once again, a few simple ingredients like garlic, mint and wine, Italians take a simple vegetable and make it famous. If it is your first time working with fresh artichokes, don’t be afraid! It is very simple and it’s essentially just trimming and removing some leaves and then steaming. I hope you enjoy this authentic recipe from my favorite city in the world.
Buon Appetito!


Serves 8

Prep Time 10 min

2 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
1 lemon
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt,
1 tablespoon-plus 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
8 artichokes cleaned and trimmed as shown in the pictures
1/2 cup dry white wine
1-1/2 cup water

Halve lemon and squeeze the juice into a large bowl of cold water.
Add squeezed lemon halves to bowl.
Peel the tough outer leaves of the artichokes (one at the time),and trim 1 inch from top.(like shown in the pictures).
In a medium bowl combine garlic, parsley, mint, salt and 1 tablespoon olive oil.
Place 1 tablespoon of the herb mixture in the cavity of each artichoke.
Arrange all chokes in a deep pan that keeps them close together,
Add the wine, water, remaining oil and salt.
Take to a light boil then turn to low heat cover and simmer for 50 to 60 minutes or until tender.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

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Do you know what the "Remuage" is?

posted Dec 5, 2014, 1:49 PM by Booking NoleggioRadio.it   [ updated Dec 5, 2014, 2:10 PM ]

Towards the end of their long resting period, the bottles must be moved and rotated to loosen the sediment (a mixture of dead yeasts and riddling aids) thrown off by second fermentation.

Known as ‘remuage’ (ridding), this process causes the sediment to collect in the neck of the bottle in preparation for disgorgement: the ejecting of the sediment under pressure that then leaves the wine perfectly clear.

Riddling involves the gradual tilting of the bottle neck-down (‘ sur pointe’), meanwhile rotating it by small increments, clockwise and anti-clockwise. As the angle of tilt increases, the forces of gravity draw the sediment into the neck.

Remuage is still sometimes done manually, using a shaking and twisting technique practised over the centuries by skilled cellar masters. A good ‘remueur’ (bottle turner) can handle roughly 40,000 bottles a day, with the bottles placed neck down in a wooden ‘pupitre’ (A-frame-shaped riddling rack).

The bottles are rotated by stages, 1/8 or 1/4 of a turn at a time, to the right or left, with a chalk mark on the bottom of the bottle for reference. The objective is to consolidate the sediments and leave the wine crystal clear. Manual remuage takes 4-6 weeks and involves on average 25 turns per bottle.

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We The Italians features InItalyNow's tour in the USA

posted Dec 2, 2014, 4:56 PM by Booking NoleggioRadio.it   [ updated Dec 4, 2014, 3:30 PM ]

The anglo-italian association We The Italian proposes an interview with Stefano Capoccioni, owner and managing director of InItalyNow, these days in the USA to present the company and its travel philosophy. Here you can read more... http://wetheitalians.com/index.php/component/content/article/315-usa/12408-initalynow-in-the-united-states-a-way-to-discover-the-true-soul-and-beauty-of-belpaese

InItalyNow in the United States, a Way to Discover the True Soul and Beauty of Belpaese

 There is an Italy which consists of small villages, hidden corners, local traditions, ancient crafts, old practices and, of course, fabulous culinary recipes. The majority of Italians still live in these little “Italys,” representing the true soul of our Country.  To promote the survival of these “Italys,” an innovative tour operator proposes “direct experience” tours for travelers who want to discover more of the real Country. The company is now touring the USA to present its travel philosophy.

 “InItalyNow is a window on everyday Italy, something capable of  generating emotions and ties with  places, colors, smells and its people,” says Stefano Capoccioni, one of the founders.  “Our approach comes from the exploration of the territory and its typicalities and belongs to a wider recent phenomenon attributing great significance to the little dimension: here is the richness of our nation, its profound culture and ways of life.”  InItalyNow’s activities cannot be purely tagged as tourism as our experiences entail economic and social implications as well.  “At InItalyNow,” continues Stefano, “we believe that the value of such a formula is twofold: it not only enriches the traveler with authentic memories and feelings, but it also creates opportunities at the local level and raises awareness of non-stereotyped images of Italy.”

Next year, Italy will host the Universal Exposition – EXPO2015 - whose theme is “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.”  This big event is expected to welcome over 20 million visitors from all over the world.  With the Belpaese in the spotlight, InItalyNow is ready to divert a share of such an audience through its original itineraries into those little “Italys” that don’t make the statistics or the news.  On our adventures, it is possible to live as a local, to perform the tasks of a local: making cheese, picking olives, and cooking traditional recipes.  “Only by getting your hands dirty are you able to grasp the true sense of  being an Italian and start belonging to our Italy,” adds Stefano.

From the 1st to the 16 th of December, the team of InItalyNow is in New York and Philadephia area to meet businesses, societies, foundations and people with interest in Italy. They can be contacted at info@initalynow.com, through the web site www.initalynow.com and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/initalynowtours.

Arrivederci InItalyNow!

Stefano Capoccioni


posted Nov 27, 2014, 2:49 PM by Booking NoleggioRadio.it   [ updated Dec 4, 2014, 3:49 PM ]

Expo Milano 2015 is a non-commercial Universal Exposition with some very unique and innovative features. Not only is it an exhibition but also a process, one of active participation among a large number of players around the theme of Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life. It is sustainable, technological, thematic and focused on its visitors. Open from May 1 to October 31, 2015, the Expo will host over 130 participants. Running for 184 days, this giant exhibition site, covering one million square meters, is expected to welcome over 20 million visitors.

A winter with music, museums and nativity scenes, until 28th February in Genoa

posted Nov 27, 2014, 2:14 PM by Booking NoleggioRadio.it   [ updated Nov 27, 2014, 2:18 PM ]

The view towards the sea, the alleys, narrow and framed by tall buildings, the Strade Nuove with the historic buildings rewarded by UNESCO, ensure Genoa is the ideal stage for an art, history and culture stopover.
Music lovers will appreciate the event thatfrom 29th November to 21st December suggests the city’s museum spaces under a new guise: theatres ready to welcome the 15th edition of "Musica nei musei e non solo". A month of completely free appointments, events and performances which will take place in the main exhibition venues such as the Museum of Natural History,Palazzo Rosso and Palazzo Tursi, two of the so-called Rolli of Via Garibaldi, or the Museum Giannettino Luxoro, in the heart of a park overlooking the Gulf of Genoa. 
"Musica nei musei e non solo" lives up to its name and provides an opportunity to enjoy musical moments and to learn about some of the most fascinating and beautiful spots of Genoa.

And since we are close to Christmas, the concerts on the 8th and 21st December are part of the program "Il Tempo dei Presepi” (Time for Nativity scenes), the event which aims to enhance the rich tradition of Genoese nativity cribs; a tradition that dates back to the seventeenth century and that made Genoa, together with Naples, one of the most active Italian centres for the production of crib figures. "Il Tempo dei Presepi" until February 28th, 2015 suggests a series of events which includes the staging of historical and artistic cribs, concerts of sacred music, themed itineraries, guided tours and Christmas markets. The lighting of the Christmas tree on December 8th at 17.00 and the "Ceremony of Confeugo" in front of Palazzo Ducale on the 20th also shouldn’t be missed.

Umbria Jazz Winter in Orvieto

posted Nov 22, 2014, 2:03 AM by Booking NoleggioRadio.it   [ updated Nov 22, 2014, 2:27 AM ]

From December 27th to January 1st: Orvieto to the beat of music

Landscapes immersed in green valleys and hills; medieval villages and evocative places which encapsulate natural treasures such as Lake Trasimeno or the Marmore’s Falls and which recall the history and the main traditions of central Italy. And then music, lots of music. This is what tourists and jazz fans will find once again this year in Umbria between December and January, during the winter edition of Umbria Jazz, one of the most important Italian music festivals.

Orvieto has been the stage of the Umbria Jazz Festival since 1993: a week of shows, high-level exhibitions and events involving a wide audience; all with the common thread of music, every hour of the day and late into the night: jazz, blues, gospel, soul.

Official website www.umbriajazz.com

From December 27th to January 1st, 2015, the calendar offers six days in the company of people such as Joe Lovano, Chris Potter, Anat Cohen, Paolo Fresu, Danilo Rea, Davell Crawford, Jonathan Batiste, gathered in theatres, palaces (Palazzo del Popolo and Palazzo dei Sette), squares and streets of one of the most beautiful cities in the region.
The Mass for Peace to the rhythm of gospel in the Orvieto Cathedral on 1st January shouldn’t be missed, its beautiful facade is one of the symbols of Italian Gothic and inside it houses masterpieces by Luca Signorelli and the relics of a twelfth century Eucharistic miracle.


posted Nov 16, 2014, 12:04 PM by Booking NoleggioRadio.it   [ updated Nov 16, 2014, 12:04 PM ]

The Canticle of Creatures and other Franciscan manuscripts from the 13th century.
A unique exhibition in the United States.
For the first time at the United Nations and the Brooklyn Borough Hall.

"Friar Francis: Traces, Words and Images." This is the title of an exhibition that will be held in New York, first at the United Nations (November 17-28) and then at the Brooklyn Borough Hall (December 2, 2014-January 14, 2015).

It is the first time that manuscripts of the 13th and 14th centuries and Papal Bulls relating to the Saint of Assisi will be on show in the U. S.

The exhibition consists of 19 artifacts from the Ancient Fund of the City Library of Assisi, partof the library of the Sacred Convent in Assisi.

The exclusive and unique exhibition dedicated to St. Francis will be opened on Monday, November 17 at 6:30 p.m. by authorities anddignitaries from Italy, the United States and  elsewhere.

The heart of the exhibition is the Codex 338, a collection of the first writings and documents relating to St. Francis and the order of the Friars Minor, containing The Canticle of Creatures, considered the starting point of Italian literature. Each year some six million people visit the Basilica of St. Francis, about 40 percent of them Americans. This is proof that Franciscan spirituality has again become a reference point and model for many people, thanks, above all, to Pope Francis, who puts the message of the Saint of Assisi into practice. The exhibition allows the visitor to get to better know, appreciate and understand Francis of Assisi, who is known to the world as a man and saint of the people, of peace and fraternity.

The exhibition is divided into three sections.

- The first, "Traces", includes documents which closely illustrate the historic journey of the saint. The cornerstone of this part of the exhibition is the Codex 338, a miscellany that contains the oldest existing copies of the writings of the Saint of Assisi. Deriving from the 13th century, it contains, among other objects, the 12 chapters of the Regula fratrum minorum, o
r, the Rule of the Friors Minor, approved in 1223 by Pope Honorius III, with which Francis gave to the brothers in the community a spiritual direction and a series of practical norms by which to govern their daily lives. Manuscript 338 also contains the Laudes creaturarum, better known as The Canticle of Creatures, considered the first work in the ancient Italian vulgate and which has been recognized since the 18th century as the oldest poetic text of Italian literature. 

The first part of the exhibition also includes several Papal Bulls, including one from the year 1220 where the saint's name appears in an official document for the first time.

- The second section of the exhibition, "Words," includes the oldest biographies of the saint, among them several rare codices and a fragment of the Vita beati Francisci by Tommaso da Celano, the oldest work dedicated to St Francis. 

This section also includes the extremely rare Memoriale in desiderio animae o Vita Seconda from 1247, copies from the early 14th century of the Legenda Maior e la Legenda Minor by Saint Bonaventure of Bagnoregio, and the Fioretti di San Francesco, the celebrated hagiography of Francis in the Italian vulgate, which is characterized by a idealized, popular, portrayal of  the saint which is still used today in many languages.

- The third section, "Images", consists of a selection of miniature illustrated codices depicting the saint of Assisi. Among these is an antiphonary, a Franciscan breviary, a missal and the Bible of Giovanni da Parma.
Starting with words that tell the story of the Franciscan friar, the exhibition continues with images that celebrate sanctity with documents that use language and beauty to simplify and spread the spiritual physiognomy of the saint.

Locations of the exhibition
The United Nations
1st Ave and 46th Street - New York
One B neck
November 17-28, 2014

209 Joralemon Street - Brooklyn, NY 
Brooklyn Borough Hall (open to the public) 
December 2, 2014-January 14, 2015

Free initiatives in all Italian regions and municipalities on 7th December

posted Nov 16, 2014, 10:43 AM by Booking NoleggioRadio.it   [ updated Nov 16, 2014, 10:43 AM ]

Italy possesses an immense and spectacular historical, artistic and archaeological heritage which enriches every corner of its territory with more than 
200 archaeological sites and parks, approximately 5000 museums and innumerable monumental churches.
From Pompeii to Ercolano and Paestum to itineraries in Valcamonica to the Valley of Temples in Agrigento to Sardinian Nuraghi; from Villa d'Este and Villa Adriana to all the traces of Magna Graecia, from the Uffizi Gallery to the Mart in Rovereto, to the MADRE in Naples; archaeological and art lovers can find the ideal Italian location in order to deepen their knowledge and discover new and unexpected scenarios every day.

Precisely in order to pay homage to this enormous wealth, the National day of archaeology, artistic heritage and restoration will be celebrated on 7th December, an event which will ensure citizens and tourists can meet up with the past and with the civilisations which succeeded one another on the national territory thanks to a rich calendar of free suggestions.
The date also coincides with another initiative: “Sunday at the Museum”, which allows everyone to visit State monuments, museums, galleries, archaeological excavations, gardens and parks every first Sunday of the month without paying any entrance fee.

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