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ITALY: AN ESCAPADE THROUGH HERITAGE & CULTURE

Updated: Sep 7, 2023

Italy is a country that has captivated travelers & even dreamers for centuries. In this blog, we are taking you on a journey through its food, drinks, and arts and crafts heritage & culture.


woman holding italy's flag

Italy: Past & Present

From its rich history and culture to its delicious cuisine, Italy offers a unique experience that is both memorable and truly exciting. As magnificent as this country is, Italy has a long history, dating back to the Roman Empire, which ruled the Mediterranean world for thousands of years. Italy has been home to many great civilizations and empires, including the Greeks, Romans, and Renaissance eras, each of which has left a lasting impact on Italian culture.


Italian culture is known for its passion, elegance, beatific views, and romance. From colorful festivals and carnivals to breathtaking art and architecture, Italy offers a feast for the senses. Food, drinks, arts & crafts, even fashion, music, and cinema, you can name it, Italy is famous for all of them. Thus, contributing to global influence. Anything Italian Food is Che Buono!

Another significant aspect of its cultural heritage is Italy's cuisine. Italian cuisine is renowned for its regional diversity, with each region having its own unique dishes and ingredients. Each cuisine is a reflection of the country's history, geography, and culture. Italian food is famous for its simplicity and use of fresh ingredients.


1. Pizza

margherita pizza
Margherita Pizza

The Margherita pizza is a simple and classic pizza that is made with just a few ingredients: tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella cheese, basil, and olive oil, all on top of a thin, crispy crust. The pizza was first created in Naples in honor of Queen Margherita of Savoy in 1889, and it quickly became popular throughout Italy and around the world.


2. Pasta

spaghetti bolognese
Spaghetti Alla Bolognese

It is a popular Italian dish made with spaghetti pasta, a meat-based sauce called Bolognese sauce, and grated Parmesan cheese. The sauce is typically made with ground beef or pork, onions, garlic, tomatoes, and a variety of herbs and spices such as basil, oregano, and bay leaves. No wonder why it’s one of the most popular and best pasta dishes in the world most loved by all ages!


3. Gelato

italian gelato

Traditional Italian gelato is a frozen dessert that is made with high-quality ingredients and has a smoother and denser texture than ice cream. Gelato is typically made with a base of milk, cream, sugar, and sometimes egg yolks, which are then flavored with various ingredients, such as fruit, nuts, chocolate, or coffee.


Saluti, Italia!

Italy's drinking culture is deeply rooted in its history and social customs. Italians have a long-standing tradition of enjoying alcoholic beverages, particularly wine, as part of their meals and social gatherings. Italians also enjoy other alcoholic beverages, such as beer, spirits, and liqueurs. Let’s not forget about coffee as it is famous in Italy and is an important part of Italian culture. Italy is known for its coffee culture, and Italian-style coffee is popular all over the world.


1. Wine

italian red wine

Wine is an integral part of Italian culture and is produced in almost every region of the country. Italy is the largest wine producer in the world and has a wide variety of wine types, from sparkling Prosecco to full-bodied Chianti. Wine is not only enjoyed during meals but is also commonly consumed during “aperitivo,” or the Italian version of happy hour.


2. Cocktail

negroni cocktail

Negroni is an Italian classic cocktail with equal parts gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth. It is typically garnished with an orange peel and served over ice.


3. Coffee

cappuccino coffee

Coffee is an essential part of the Italian lifestyle, and Italians take their coffee very seriously. They usually drink it standing up at a coffee bar, and it's common for them to have several cups of coffee throughout the day. Coffee breaks, or "pausa caffè," are also an essential part of the workday in Italy, and many businesses close for a few hours during the afternoon to allow their employees to take a break and enjoy a coffee.


Magnifico!

Italian art is renowned worldwide for its beauty, sophistication, and technical skill, and the country's museums and galleries are home to some of the world's most significant art collections. Apart from that, Italy is also known for its craftsmanship. The country has a rich tradition of producing fine art, ceramics, and textiles.


1. The Italian Renaissance

The Italian Renaissance was a period of cultural, artistic, and intellectual rebirth that took place in Italy from the 14th to the 16th century. The Renaissance was characterized by a renewed interest in classical antiquity, humanism, and the individual. The era had a profound impact on the development of Western art, culture, and society, and it is widely regarded as one of the most important periods in human history.


2. Glassblowing
glassblowing

Italian glassblowing is a traditional craft that has been practiced for centuries in Italy. It involves creating glass objects by blowing air into a molten glass that has been shaped on the end of a blowpipe. The glass is heated to a high temperature and then blown and shaped into the desired form. Murano Glass is known for its vibrant colors and intricate designs, and the techniques used by Murano glass blowers have been passed down through generations.


3. Italian Leatherwork
italian leatherwork

Italian leatherwork is a traditional craft that has been passed down through generations in Italy. Italian leather is known for its high quality, fine craftsmanship, and attention to detail. The leather is carefully selected and tanned using traditional techniques, resulting in a soft, supple, and durable material. Some of the most famous Italian leather brands include Gucci, Prada, Fendi, and Salvatore Ferragamo.



La Dolce Vita: Italy

Italy is a country that offers something for everyone. And that is why as a culturally-driven team, we wanted to explore and share the experience with our community of crafters, and the world. We are starting the experience with Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar Tasting– two of Italy’s outstanding flavors that have changed the world since the start.


olive oil & traditional balsamic vinegar

Both of these condiments are staples in Italian cuisine, diet, and culture. They are considered one of the most important ingredients apart from their distinct flavors. They are also hailed for their health benefits such as helping reduce the risk of heart failure and some chronic diseases.



But the experience doesn’t stop there, our aim is to traverse you to Italy’s history & culture. Meet our instructor, Deanna as she shares her Italian heritage– making the experience more personal, authentic, and true to its value. It is an experience we want for us, an experience we want you to have. So why not plan a virtual trip to Italy and experience its magic for yourself?




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