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Parma, Verdi’s City and Festival Town

ParmaParma, ancient city of Etruscan origin is not only famous for the Parmesan cheese, prosciutto ham and pumpkin ravioli, but  for its university, theaters, unique looking churches and the composers who once  frequented it. 

The city of Parma, the final residence of Marie Louise of Austria, Duchess of Austria and Empress of France as former wife  of Napoleon was once celebrated by Giuseppe Verdi, written about by Giovannino Guareschi and appeared in films directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. It is a small town that mostly attracts art and music devotees and Pilgrimes to Toscanini’s birthplace. But it is also a popular steeping point for nature lover to its closeness the nearby mountains. The city spreads from the plains to the Appennines mountains offering nearby excursions for hiker in all seasons.

Parma is easy to visit all year round. with each season offering something unique.

In the winter it resembles the capitals of Northern Europe with typical fogs embracing it from November to February. In the mountains, the ski resorts at Schia and Prato Spilla are a favourite destination for all snow lovers.

In the spring the small town’s vicinity to the country side makes it cheerful and tranquil with garden-fresh air, while at the same time offering numerous cultural events theater festivals and street fair events where you can taste the city’s specialty, the  Tortellata di San Giovanni’ on 23

Parmesan from Parma
In the summer the humid climate is eased by soothing breezes coming from the Apennines. Summer evenings are colorful and lively with the numerous village feasts where delicious typical products are offered and and everyone joins the dance.

Verdi festival Pacakges Parma
The fall season is magical, the time for grape harvesting to produce local sparkling Lambrusco in the hills and Fortana in the Emilia region. The climate is cooler, village feasts are ending replaced by more serious more important theater events culminating with the World renowned Verdi Festival in October.

Ten Italian drinks ….. a new photo quiz

Most are easy, some more difficult but how many of these Italian drinks can you identify? A clue is given with each picture.

Answers at the bottom of the page but NO CHEATING!

capuc

What type of coffee is this?

strega

What is the meaning of this herbal liqueur’s name?

limoncello1

The traditional lemon liqueur from the Naples area?

nocino

Nocino, another liqueur, is made from’?

Prosecco_sparkling_wine

The most well-known quality Italian champagne alternative and definitely not Asti?

bellini

Hemingway’s favourite cocktail, the Bellini, was invented where?

martini

Which is the most ‘bitter’ vermouth, Martini or Cinzano?

Flaming-Sambuca

Served with floating coffee beans and set alight?

Nastro_Azzurro

Nastro Azzurro is a Peroni lager. The name “Blue Ribbon” originated?

nebbiolo

Barolo, one of the very best red wines, is made from what grape?

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Answers:

Cappuccino/Strega(the witch)/Limoncello/walnuts/Prosecco/Harry’s Bar, Venice/Cinzano/Sambuca/ the Blue Riband prize won by Italian ocean liner SS Rex in 1933/Nebbiolo

Ten beautiful Italian islands ….. a new photo quiz.

Most are easy, some a little more difficult but how many of these Italian islands can you identify? A clue is given with each picture. Answers at the bottom of the page but NO CHEATING!

Elba-Italy

It didn’t hold Napoleon long

sardinia

Sophisticated and the second largest Mediterranean island

ischia21

Site of the Aragon Castle in the Bay of Naples

capri

Italy’s most glamorous island, famous for the Grotta Azzurra

sicily-island

The largest Mediterranean island with Europe’s highest volcano

Lampedusa-Italy

Which is nearer, Africa or Europe?

Stromboli-sicily-italy-05082011

Black lava beaches and an active volcano

procida

The film setting for “The Talented Mr. Ripley” and “Il Postino”

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The beautiful island off Sicily, not its Lake Maggiore namesake

La_maddalena_Port

A ‘Caribbean’ style jewel just north Sardinia

 

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Answers:

Elba/Sardinia/Ischia/Capri/Sicily/Lampedusa/Stromboli/Procida/Isola Bella/La Maddalena

A photo quiz : Twelve of the best, Italian food and drink.

Another in our light-hearted series of photo quizzes. A clue is given with each photo. Some are easy some more difficult. Let’s see how well you know Italy and its wonderful gastronomy!

Answers at the bottom of the page.

 tira

“Pick me up” with loads of delicious marscapone cheese

chian
Traditionally sold in squat bottle enclosed in a straw base called a ‘fiasco’

putt
The smell of it cooking used to attract clients looking for more than a meal

foc
Bread, similar in style to pizza dough often topped with with onion, cheese or meat

salt

Roman specialty, veal lined or topped with prosciutto and fresh sage

bruschetta-slice1

 Toasted bread rubbed with garlic, topped with tomatoes, olive oil, salt, pepper etc.

panna

 ‘Cooked cream’ dessert

strega
The ‘witch’ with approximately 70 herbal ingredients

Gnocchi10035
Light potato ‘dumplings’ made with potato, egg yolks and flour

Parma-Ham-Landscape-Lres
The very best ‘prosciutto crudo’, personally nothing like as good as wonderful Spanish ‘jabugo’….

parmigiano-reggiano
A hard, salty cow’s milk cheese, personally much better than insipid Spanish copies……

cannoli 3

A ‘little tube’ from Sicily, fried with a sweet, creamy filling usually made with ricotta.

 

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Answers:
Tiramisu/Chianti/Spaghetti Puttanesca/Focaccia/Saltimbocca/Bruschetta/Panna Cotta/Strega/Gnocchi/Parma Ham/ Parmigiano Reggiano/Cannoli

Rome…….an autumn travel photo quiz

Another in our light-hearted series of photo quizzes. A clue is given with each photo. Some are easy some more difficult. Let’s see how well you know Rome! Answers at the bottom of the page.

Pantheon

Don’t stand in the middle when it’s raining

trevi-fountain
Throw in a coin and you’ll return to Rome

Roman-forum
Once a market, meeting place and court, now home to many stray cats!

Piazza-Navona
A beautiful square, full of restaurants. Move 100 metres away and eat better and cheaper

victor
The ‘wedding cake’, love it or hate it

cap
A statue of Marcus Aurelius dominates the centre

span
Made even more famous in the film ‘Roman holiday’

const
Honouring the first Christian emperor

swiss
They are not Romans

salt
Veal scallops cooked with white wine, sage and prosciutto, the best of Roman food
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Answers:
The Pantheon/Trevi Fountain/Roman Forum/Piazza Navona/Victor Emmanuel Monument/The Capitol/Spanish Steps/Constantine Arch/Swiss Guard/ Saltimbocca alla Romana

More Italian icons……… another photo quiz

A lighthearted quiz to test your knowledge of some of the Italy’s best known ‘icons’. Answers at the bottom of the page.

 

Jed LeceisterAudi Q3 Whiteblue

Now a luxury marque, the cars logo comes from Spanish fighting bulls?

margherita

What are the three toppings of an authentic pizza margherita?

Vespa 125 u sidecar

How did the Vespa get its name?

Da-Vinci_Last-Supper

Who is sitting to the right of Jesus in da Vinci’s ‘Last Supper’?

chianti

Often bottled in raffia, the classic Tuscan wine?

gucci

The biggest-selling Italian fashion brand?

anthem

What is the “Il Canto degli Italiani”?

plague

Often used as a mask in the Venice carnival, what was this originally?

CAPPUCCINO-COFFEE

From where did caffe cappuccino get its name?

marconi

At Bedford School in England he did not do well in school but was the ‘father’ of modern radio?

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Answers:
Lamborghini/ Basil, tomato and mozzarella cheese/The name means wasp in Italian…..the noise/Ask Dan Brown, possibly Mary Magdalene!/ Chianti/Gucci/The Italian National Anthem/A mask used by plague doctors/the colour of Capuchin friars’habits/Marconi

Italian icons……… a photo quiz

A lighthearted quiz to test your knowledge of some of the Italy’s best known ‘icons’. Answers at the bottom of the page.

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Michelangelo’s famous sculpture in the Vatican?

SONY DSC

A currant biscuit is named after this Nationalist leader?

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The ‘gentleman’s’ Ferrari?

Salami

Salami, what does the word mean?

capit

Who are the infants that the Capitoline wolf is feeding?

Pinocchio

A puppet that comes to life?

fiat-topolino-500

The “Topolino” literally as “little mouse” in Italian was made by?

lollobrigida-gina-11-g

Once ‘The Most Beautiful Woman in the World’?

Parma Ham

It rivals the best Serrano ham from Spain?

good-the-bad-and-the-ugly

He wrote the music for the original ‘spaghetti’ westerns?

 

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Answers:
La Pieta/Garibaldi/Maserati/ the word sale (salt),terminated with ‘ame’ (collective plural), all kinds of salted meats/Romulus (founder of Rome and his brother Remus/Pinocchio/Fiat, the cinquecento/Gina Lollobrigida/Parma/Ennio Morricone

A photo quiz of Italy, Sicily and unusual things Italian…….

Answers at the bottom of the page but NO CHEATING

a)Who’s my ultimate boss (on Earth)?

b)What am I celebrating dressed like this?

c)Who brought tomatoes to Italy?

d)I’m a Greek temple but don’t live in Greece. Where am I?

e)I’m one of the Cinque Terre villages. What does Cinque Terre mean?

f)The symbol of Rome but what are the names of the babies?

g)What will happen if you throw a coin in my water?

h)You probably know me as Mickey Mouse, what’s my name in Italy?

i)I’m beautiful and a make of Italian sports car, whats the name of my marque?

j)I was put in prison for claiming the Earth revolves around the Sun, What’s my name?

k)I’m a type of house resembling a beehive, what’s my name?

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Answers: The Pope/the Venice carnival/ the Spanish/ Valley of the Temples, Sicily/ Five lands/ Romulus and Remus/ You’ll revisit Rome/ Topolino/ Maserati/ Galileo/ Trulli

Italy……an autumn photo quiz

Try our latest photo quiz on Italy and all things Italian. It’s pretty lighthearted and not too difficult. Answers are at the bottom of the page.

Palio di Siena

The ‘Palio’ horserace takes place in?
a) Florence
b) Padua
c) Siena
d) The Circus Maximus

galileo

Aristotle’s theory of gravity was tested by Galileo where?
a) Bologna
b) Trieste
c) Milan
d) Pisa

ivrea

The Battle of the Oranges takes place where?
a) Ivrea
b) Sanguigne
c) Arancione
d) Valencia

lake_garda_italy5

Which Italian lake is the biggest?
a) Garda
b) Maggiore
c) Como
d) Windermere

border

Italy has borders with how many countries?
a) 4
b) 5
c) 6
d) 7

vespucci

From which Italian explorer does the country name ‘America’ derive?
a) Polo
b) Vespucci
c) Columbus
d) da Gama

Colosseum

Which emperor built the Colisseum?
a) Nero
b) Caligula
c) Vespasian
d) Augustus

last supper

Which city houses ‘The last supper’ by da Vinci?
a) Milan
b) Turin
c) Vatican
d) Osteria

andrew

Where do the majority of St Andrew’s bones reside?
a) St Andrews
b) Amalfi
c) Andropolis
d) Bari

anacapri-capri-italy

Which Roman emperor put Capri firmly on the tourist map?
a) Julius Caesar
b) Claudius
c) Tiberius
d) Gracie

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Answers:
Siena/Pisa/Ivrea/Garda/6 (maybe you forgot the Vatican and San Marino…..)/Amerigo Vespucci/Vespasian/Milan/Amalfi/Tiberius

Italian ‘sights or sites’…… a new photo quiz

Most are easy, some a little more difficult but how many of the following well known Italian travel destinations can you identify? A clue is given with each picture. Answers at the bottom of the page but NO CHEATING!

 The-Colosseum-(Rome,-Italy)

Originally the Flavian Amphitheatre, capable of seating 50,000 spectators.

pantheon_rome

The oldest important building in the world with its original roof intact, albeit with a large hole!

doge

Once the home of some rather ‘dodgy’ dukes……

agrig

A bit of Greece in Sicily.

trevi

Drop in a coin and you’ll always return.

isola

An extremely pretty island.

pisa

Miracles happen in this place.

victor

The ‘wedding cake’.

porto

Fine wine from Portugal.

Venice_Italy8

Go to work by boat.

Cine, Italy

A group of five towns.

Lake Como Italy 08

How do you pronounce the name of this lake?

Possibly the most beautiful country in the world, certainly the richest in art and culture, Italy is a superstar destination. Have a look at the great range of tours on offer from THE specialists http://www.italytraveltours.biz./

Answers: Colosseum, Rome/Pantheon, Rome/Ducal Palace, Venice/Agrigento, Sicily/Treve Fountain, Rome/Isola Bella, Sicily/Piazza dei Miracoli, Pisa/Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II,Rome/Portofino/Venice/Cinque Terre/Lake Como

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