where to stay, dine and taste wines in italy

Planning a trip to Italy and want to visit and tour some wineries and dine at wine-friendly restaurants? Here are some ideas on where to stay, dine and taste wines in Italy:


Overlooked Gems in Rome Worth a Visit When Next in the Eternal City

Rome is a tourist’s delight and millions of tourists a year visit Rome’s marquee-name sites like the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and St. Peter’s, to name a few. But there’s also another Rome of less-well known monuments and historic treasures that flies under most tourists’ radar screens. This article describes four of these less well known but no-less-significant sites and includes Church of St. Louis of the French, Basilica of St. Peter in Chains, Basilica of San Clemente and Villa Farnesina. Since visitors may find themselves in need of sustenance after touring, a few near-by wine-friendly restaurants are listed with each of the four sites...read the article»

Five Tips to Enhance Your Wine Tour of Tuscany’s Chianti Classico Region

The Chianti Classico wine region in central Tuscany is probably Italy's most popular wine destination. The area’s rolling hills are dotted with numerous wineries surrounded by sweeping vineyards. Visiting these wineries and tasting their wines can be interesting and informative as well as a lot of fun.

But to get the most out of your time in Chianti Classico country it’s worthwhile following some simple rules. This article discusses five simple guidelines that will make your wine tour of the Chianti Classico region more enjoyable as well as informative...read the article»

A Wine Tasting Road Trip Through Tuscany’s Chianti Classico Region: Siena to Castellina and Greve

With its numerous wineries, wine bars (enoteche in Italian) and wine shops the Chianti Classico region in central Tuscany is a paradise for wine enthusiasts whether they be novices or wine savants.

The first of a two-part series, this article presents a proposed wine-tasting road trip through the Chianti Classico region, exploring the enoteche, wine-friendly restaurants and famous wineries in and around the cities of Siena, Castellina and Greve...read the article»

A Wine Tasting Road Trip Through Tuscany’s Chianti Classico Region: Panzano to Radda and Gaiole

This article is the second installment of a two part series on a self-guided wine-tasting road trip through Tuscany’s famed Chianti Classico wine region. The first installment explored the wine-destination cities of Siena, Castellina and Greve in in the Chianti Classico region. This article resumes where the previous article left off - in the city of Greve-in-Chianti - and explores the enoteche, wine-friendly restaurants and wineries in and around the cities of Panzano, Radda and Gaiole-in-Chianti...read the article»

My Favorite Piedmont Restaurants Worth a Visit When Touring the Wine Roads of Northern Italy

Traditionally, where you find good wine in Italy you also find good food and restaurants. The Piedmont region is no exception to this rule. Its array of world-class wines is matched by the quality of its food and restaurants - it's a foodies' paradise. Listed are ten of my favorite, must-visit restaurants in the Piedmont...read the article»

A Self-guided Wine Tour of Southern Tuscany: Where to Dine, Sip and Buy Wine in Montepulciano and Montalcino

Montalcino and Montepulciano are two engaging hill towns in southern Tuscany (i.e., Tuscany south of Siena) with distinguished pasts and embellished with historic architecture and Renaissance art. But Montalcino and Montepulciano are also prominently known for their wines - Vino Nobile for Montepulciano and Brunello for Montalcino - and both cities and their environs are filled with cantine, enoteche (wine bars), world-famous wineries and wine-friendly restaurants.

This article provides a self-guided tour of wineries in the Montepulciano and Montalcino areas that welcome visitors for tours and tastings. Also presented are listings of local wine shops that have wines available for tasting by the glass and wine-friendly restaurants...read the article»

Prosecco, Figs and Serendipity

It was serendipity that escorted us to the cantina, er, farm last year while traveling in the Veneto. It was early afternoon on a brilliantly hot day in early summer and we were leisurely driving in our rented Fiat to Asolo after visiting Villa Barbaro, the magnificent 17th century Palladian estate in Maser.

In addition to me, our small group consisted of my wife and intrepid traveling companion, Julie, our son Douglas and wife Heather, and we were ready for a rest break. With the exception of some figs that we had helped ourselves to earlier...read the article»

An Eclectic Guide to Rome’s Best Wine Bars

To be honest, I don’t know if these are the best wine bars in Rome. There are a lot of wine bars (or enoteche) in Rome and I haven’t the time or financial resources to sample all of them. Rather, these are simply the ones I have enjoyed the most during my several trips to Rome in recent years and that best meet my criteria for a really quality wine bar experience...read the article»

Travel Itinerary for Matera: Three Days Exploring Southern Italy's Hidden Gem

Matera is one of the most unusual, interesting and singular tourist destinations in Italy. While located in the off-the-beaten-track region of Basilicata in southern Italy, Matera is internationally famous for its extensive and ancient cave dwellings, known as sassi, that were inhabited as far back as...read the article»

Interesting and Informative New Travel Guide for Sardinia

I want to call your attention to a recently-published guide and travel overview for the island of Sardinia (Sardegna). The travel guide is called simply “Sardinia” and is written by local travel writer Eliot Stein. If your Italian travel plans include a visit to Sardinia or if you’re simply an armchair traveler that just wants to learn more about this interesting island, you may want to consider buying a copy of this informative and interesting travel guide...read the article»

Northeastern Veneto ItineraryTreviso to Marostica and Return

After spending several days in Venice, most tourists that want to further sample the charms of the Veneto typically head west to Padua and Verona and bypass some of the Veneto’s most interesting but small, off-the-beaten-track towns. Well, they’re not entirely undiscovered...read the article»

The Insiders’ Guide to Tasting Wines in the Piedmont: Wineries, Wine Bars and Wine Shops in the Piedmont

The area around Alba in the Piedmont region of northern Italy is a delightful area to visit, especially if you’re into wines. The hills surrounding Alba are home to some of the Piedmont's – and Italy's – biggest flavored and most famous red wines and some of its best white wines.  This is where the legendary Barolo and Barbaresco...read the article»



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