Tuesday, 30 April 2013

the prosecco road, film II. from Conegliano to Feletto

our journey on the prosecco road continued heading to San Pietro di Feletto.
from the quite elegant town center of Conegliano, we moved into a quiet rural area. this itinerary is loved by cyclist and cycling tourists, too. 

the road goes up to the hills, the landscape is a color palette of greens, dotted with farmhouses and agriturismi. the small church steeples stand out against the sky, as landmarks. 

arrived in San Pietro di Feletto, the best stop you can make is the Pievein the Middle Ages, a pieve was a rural church with a baptistery, upon which other churches without baptisteries depended.

this is a perfect place to admire the scenic lookout, you almost have a 360' view over the hills.
the Feletto's Pieve dates back to the VIII century, and it probably was a pagan roman altar before that.

{nikon em + ilford 125}

Pieve di San Pietro di Feletto - opening hours
sat 9.00-10.00/ 15.00-20.00
sun 9.00-11.30/ 14.30-19.00

Friday, 26 April 2013

the prosecco road, film I. Conegliano

"…et però credo che molta felicità sia agli homini che nascono dove si trovano i vini buoni"
 leonardo da vinci

“but I believe that there is a lot of happiness for those who were born where good wines are”, says this leonardo's quote. do you agree?
i don't know if that's true, but i'm glad i was born in a land with a long wine tradition, longer that the recent rise of prosecco as a trend, that brought this sparkling nectar to be drunk all over italy and in the world. 
this was the first official wine road of the country.

i put into the map, as landmarks, some places outside the main prosecco road itinerary, that i mentioned here in the blog pages or that i'm going to mention soon.
i'd like to start from Conegliano, a place where art and wine belong.

the reinassance painter Giambattista Cima {1459-1519} was born and died here, and even if he lived and worked in Venice, the landscapes of his birthplace are recurrent in the background of his compositions: the gentle hills, the castle.. that gives us a pretty clear image of how Conegliano looked like ages ago.
both the castle and the hills are still there, though.

an art gem, located in Conegliano's heart via XX settembre, is the frescoed façade of the cathedral and the adjacent Sala dei Battuti. this last one is a stunning, large room, with the frescoes wrapped in mysticism of silence and shadows. the cathedral dates back to 1345. 
while we were taking pictures, there was the mass going on. i think that the sight of the young altar boys brings back memories of whispers, muffled chuckles and scent of incense to most of italian guys of my age and older.

via XX settembre, where the cathedral is located, is an avenue lined with elegant houses and porticoed buildings. this avenue and the square piazza cima are the right places to have a coffee, a glass of wine or a spritz {very popular wine-based aperitif}, in one of the little taverns and bars. 

however, the passion of conegliano for wine is not proved just by its many osterias or by the orderly vineyard rows. conegliano is the home of the first oenological school of italy, founded in 1876. 
marco has spent here his high school years, and he's still very fond of the place. the school also hosts a farm, a winery and an enoteca restaurant, for tasting the finest local products. 

a cottage in a messy garden near one of the classrooms building, is in my opinion the most charming corner of the school campus. it's the bottega del vino {wine shop}, built in 1927 on the occasion of the 50' anniversary of the school foundation, as a model for wine shops and osterias. it's still used by the school alumni and official dinners. 

{nikon em + ilford 125, except for the cathedral collage and next one, which are digital}

info and tips
Sala dei Battuti (at the Cathedral) - open on sundays
via XX Settembre 44, 31015 Conegliano

Oenological School G.B. Cerletti
via XXVIII Aprile 20, 31015 Conegliano

wine, local taste, relaxed atmosphere:
Osteria Cima
via XX Settembre 106, 30105 Conegliano

Osteria Due Spade
via Beato Marco Ongaro 69, 31015 Conegliano

all the venues mentioned on this blog are saved on "i diari della lambretta" foursquare list

easter monday. April, Monday 1st

how do you like to spend easter monday?
we usually love to gather with our friends, outdoor if the weather makes it possible (this year, it does not), and have a hours-long lunch.

love angelina's cozy home & bunny pin and bobi's mini burgers!

{nikon em + ilford 125}

Sunday, 14 April 2013

le déjeuner sur l'herbe. April, Saturday 13th

blue sky and shining, warm sun. this is how spring should be! i've been waiting weeks for this, but it has finally come.

to enjoy the wonderful morning, we packed a towel and some apricot jam made by grandma, and  stopped by the bakery to get some fresh bread, then we drove toward Susegana.
there, we went to Borgoluce's farm shop, for some buffalo yogurt and panna cotta. 
Borgoluce is located inside the beautiful Collalto estate, that includes two castles. the first one is the castello di San Salvatore, and the other one is Collalto Castle, in ruins. between these two, there is a dirt road called strada di Collalto, that winds through the hill across woods and vineyards. a perfect countryside road, beautiful for a walk or a ride. (there were bicycles and horses, too)
green, yellow, and blue all around. 

we decided to stop in a vineyard, although i'd have loved to find and set under a cherry tree in bloom to have a sort of hanami  {the japanese tradition of sitting under blooming trees -especially cherry- to contemplate them or have a picnic}. but there were flowers anyway. the bright yellow dandelions.

despite the quick preparation, we were very pleased with our breakfast picnic. it was delicious: handmade jam, freshly baked bread, yogurt and panna cotta made in that very estate, with buffalo milk.

i took two readings i had carefully saved for a moment like this. my kinfolk spring issue, and a literaly magazine called nuovi argomenti.
our dear friend ginevra, blogger, anectodes queen and talented writer, published a short story inside this nuovi argomenti issue, and we are sooooo proud! her written words are always a flawless mixture of laugh and melancholic irony.

besides the stunning pictures, i particularly love two essays on this kinfolk issue. the *spring traditions* described by danica van de velde and illustrated by sarah burwash {among others: early morning breakfast dates, impromptu bicycle rides, afternoon tea, picnics in the park...} encounter the concept of perfect spring i have on my mind. 

then, i was impressed by a fictional story of austin sailsbury, who describes a journey in italy with inspiring, warm words. 
here, in this blog, i'm trying to talk about the place i live in, or the places i visit, and i write in english cause i don't want to exclude anyone for this conversation. but sometimes i don't know how to calibrate my descriptions of things which are so peculiarly italian, not knowing how much foreigners know about them. so, essays like the sailsbury's one really help me write better. 
i want to mention the words that he uses to describe the italian concept of agriturismo:

"an agriturismo, in very general terms, is a working farm that takes in travelers as guests. no two are the same. each has its own charming idiosyncrasies: rustic architecture, livestock roaming freely about, and always the smell of something fresh being baked. mix in the uncertinty that your hosts will speak english, treacherous mountain roads to get there, and the relative lack of other tourists in sight, and an agriturismo becomes about as real of an italian experience as a traveler could hope for"

i could not said it better myself. 
happy sunday, happy spring, happy readings.

Thursday, 11 April 2013

invasioni digitali. co-creation of cultural value

i want to talk to you about a super cool project, called digital invasions {invasioni digitali}.
the idea involves the organization of several mini-events (invasions) at museums or art venues outside the mainstream, in italy during the week from 20 to 28 of april.

it's aimed to bloggers, instagramers, photography lovers and anyone active on social media who wants to be ambassador of the local cultural heritage.
the goal is to spread the culture, the local beauty and history, using the power of internet and social media.

i thought it fits me, so i organized a digital invasion, too!
we are going to invade the Tipoteca Museum, a 2,000 square meters space dedicated to letterpress and book art, in a small town called Cornuda (Treviso), near Montello, on april, saturday 27th.

photo source tipoteca.it
Tipoteca houses not only an extraordinary collection of metal and hand-cut wood typefaces, but also maintains an archive, a printing museum, a functioning print studio, and an extensive library—all in one efficiently designed, multipurpose building.

it will be a combination of two kinds of communication, old and new. a contamination between digital culture and local heritage, between the web and the place where we live in.

for one day, this little corner of treviso province will become a place for storytelling, where virtual and real are interwined. 

see you on saturday 27th!

info and registration:



Wednesday, 10 April 2013

polaroids from vinitaly. April, Tuesday 9th

do you remember the street food recipe i did for Quota 101? 
they decided print a small cookbook, with it and other 17 recipes invented by very talented food bloggers. the book was presented during Vinitaly, the biggest italian wine fair, held in Verona. 

for the occasion, i visited the fair with Marco, and a polaroid 600 extreme. i thought it would be plenty of professional cameras to properly capture bottles and labels, so why do not bring some instant fun?
it really was fun, my first time with an instant camera. you can see i'm a newbie!

we toasted at the Quota 101 stand, tasting the street food that won the contest: Neroncini by Briciole in Cucina.
then my uncle Paolo (grazie !), who works in wine sector, show us the fair, so we had the chance to visit the stands of some heavenly good wineries.

we started at Cantina Villa, which produces some divine Franciacorta we learned to know through time. we tasted Satèn, Emozione, Solomille, and the sublime Selezione 2004 Brut.
luckily, there were two special cheeses {slow food ark of taste products} to taste with the wines:  a 25 months old Bagòss, and Fatulì, made in Val Camonica with goat milk, smoked with juniper.

Marco fell in love with the Mason Pinot Nero from Manincor, a biodynamic winery in  Alto Adige, a couple of years ago. so, we said hello to them, too, and tasted their Moscato Giallo and Sauvignon. we'd love to have the chance to visit their wonderful organic wine estate, someday.

then, it was the time of Sicilia, another italian region that i particulary love, for some sweet memories. the Destro winery has its vineyards on Mount Etna, an active volcano. their red Sciarakè has a lava flow drawn on the label. the white Nausìca, so rich of scents, and the sweet Anuar were my favourite Destro wines.

from the very south, back to the north: Trentino Alto Adige, again. D'Isera winery's Trentodoc was already a friend of mine, i have a soft spot for its bubbles. i was very happy to visit the D'Isera stand, and to get the chance to try another of their wines: the aromatic Müller Thurgau.

Toscana is the most famous italian wine region, i suppose. we saved a classic for the finale: Chianti! we tasted three of Dievole's red Chianti, a winery near Siena. too bad we didn't have a steak to eat with them.

{polaroid 600 extreme + px 680 color protection}
for more detailed pics of the wines, visit my twitter profile.

all the details about these special wineries:

Villa Franciacorta
25040 Motnicelli Brusati (BS)
www.villafranciacorta.it @cantinavilla

39052 Kaltern | Caldaro
St Josef am See 4

Destro - Azienda Vitivinicola
Montelaguardia - Randazzo (CT)

via al Ponte, 1 3860 Isera (Trento)

Loc. Vagliagli
53019 Castelnuovo Berardenga (Siena)

Quota 101
via Malterreno 12 Torreglia (PD)

Monday, 8 April 2013

time for spring buds. bruscandoli risotto.

 many species of our wild herbs are edible. this is the best season to harvest some spring buds to prepare traditional tasty dishes.
my grandma taught me to recognize, clean and cook some of the most common wild herbs. among them, bruscandoli {or bruscandoi} are my favorites. it's a veneto dialect word , and it identifies the humulus lupulus wild buds {wild hop}.

in northen italy, they grow spontaneously in the countryside: among thorns, under the hedges and along ditches. you have to harvest the last 15 cm, the softest, green-reddish part. 

used to cook a  risotto or an omelette {frittata}, they give their best. 

this time, me and Marco used them for risotto. after cleaning and chopping (not too short), cook over a low heat in a saucepan, with a finely chopped white onion. add the rice after about ten minutes, then cook it like a regular risotto, with broth. 

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