Friuli-Venezia Giulia – The land of contrasts (la terra dei contrasti)

Friuli-Venezia Giulia (English name same, pronunciation freeOOlee vehnETZyah JOOLyah) stretches on the map up and to the right from the rest of Italy.  It is in fact the farthest northeastern region, with part of it is almost entirely surrounded by the country of Slovenia, and …

Winter – The coldest season

Italy has a famed Mediterranean climate, with warm dry summers and mild winters overall. But Italy is also a country of microclimates, with winter ranging from truly cold weather and extensive snowfall in the northernmost reaches of the country to much warmer weather and mild …

Piedmont – “At the foot of the mountains” 

The Piemonte, or Piedmont region, borders France and part of Switzerland in northwestern Italy. Known for world-class wines (Piedmont has no less than 18 DOCG wines, including Barolo and Barbaresco, both made from the Nebbiolo grape) and fall truffles, mountains with ski resorts—Monte Rosa is …

Puglia

Puglia (pronounced “pool-ya,” Apulia in Italian)  is located in the southeastern portion of Italy, including the ‘heel’ of the ‘boot,’ along the Adriatic Sea, the Bay of Taranto, and with the Ionian Sea stretching to the south.    With its warm Mediterranean climate, ancient city centers, …

Umbria – The Green Heart of Italy

Umbria is an Italian region bordering Tuscany, Lazio and Le Marche. Often called the country’s green heart, it’s known for its medieval hill towns, dense forests and local cuisine, particularly foraged truffles and wines. Hilltop Perugia, the regional capital, is the site of medieval Palazzo …

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