From the 7th until 10th April
Vinitaly is coming soon! The biggest exhibition of wine in Italy held every year in Verona. People gather from all over the world to sample Italian wines. Each region has its own pavilion, if you want to visit all of them you will need days! It is a good idea to have a programme otherwise you will find yourself just wondering around! This is what has happened to me few years ago…I am now organised and ready to go for three days….I will go to guided wine tasting one in particularly I look forward to attending: From New Zealand to the Volcanic slopes of Etna – From Pinot Noir to Nerello Mascalese. Etna wines are extraordinary: white and red. It is “the island inside the island” because what comes from the Etna cannot be compared with anything else in Sicily!
They call it “La Rocca” the big rock
The town of Orvieto, once named by the Etruscans as Velzna, is a hidden gem in Umbria. Chosen by the pope for his summer residency, from the XIV century to the XIX century and ruled by the Vatican empire. The pope chose Orvieto because of the strategic position of the city, located on a volcanic rock at 320m above sea level. During the popes domination, Orvieto produced wine and olive oil. The Orvieto Classico white wine was well-known and much appreciated, artists such as Luca Signorelli asked to be paid in wine after the frescos made in Saint Brizio Chapel in the main Cathedral! Today visitors can admire the perfectly preserved medieval town, together with an underground area www.orvietounderground.it once used as a working and storing zone. The Saint Patrick Well, a masterpiece of Renaissance time engineering by Antonio da San Gallo il Giovane, the Archaeological Museum and an Etruscan Necropolis.