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  • Pietro's Italy Shows You Rome, Florence and the Amalfi Coast in an Exclusive Way | Italia Living
    the fourth day you will have private transfer by van from Borgo Egnazia to your hotel in Matera where you will stay 2 nights at Palazzo Gattini an elegant 15th century stone palace hotel in the historic center On the sixth day private transfer by van from your hotel in Matera to your hotel in Sorrento with 3 hours stop in Pompei for a visit Continue on to spending 3 nights stay on a hillside overlooking the Gulf of Naples at Grand Hotel La Favorita a 5 star in Sorrento City Center Enjoy a Capri boat tour and more On the ninth day private transfer by van from your hotel in Sorrento to your hotel in Rome where you will stay 3 nights at the 5 star St Regis Hotel On the twelfth day private transfer by van from your hotel in Rome to your hotel in Florence with stop in Montepulciano and Pienza You will enjoy a 3 nights stay at Hotel Portrait Firenze a 5 star hotel in Florence City Center On the fifteenth day you will have private transfer by van from your hotel in Florence to Florence Airport for departure During the entire itinerary you will have the same English speaking driver with you that will be very knowledgeable in giving you insights into where you will be visiting When you book a vacation with Pietro s Italy they will provide you with an Italian iPhone for the entire duration of your trip so you can interact with their exceptionally accommodating concierge service of team players 24 7 Pietro s Italy wants to give you that extra service and the feeling of living your time in Italy like a local and remain just a phone call away to assist you with your needs There is SO

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  • Celebrity Pleasurecraft of Choice: Riva | Italia Living
    brands heydey came in the 1950s and 60s when Pietro s great grandson Carlo turned Riva boats into luxury icons with his focus on craftsmanship and attention to details Over the years some of the world s most famed individuals and most glamorous of Hollywood royalty have been Riva owners of which have included King Hussein of Jordan Anita Ekberg Elisabeth Taylor Richard Burton Sean Connery Sophia Loren and George Clooney reportedly keeps his current Riva at his home on Lake Como Yacht builder Ferretti bought the company in 2000 bringing it home to Italy after it was owned by a series of foreign firms since the Riva family sold it in 1969 Today the Riva remains a limited series of between 60 to 80 boats a year the smallest involving 1 000 hours of work and clients can ask for customized details to satisfy their every whim One particular model that has been produced in small numbers between 1962 and 1996 is the Aquarama considered the Ferrari of the waters There has been four variations of this model the original Aquarama the Aquarama Lungo the Super Aquarama and the Aquarama Special of which only 277 Specials were ever built In this rare ownership opportunity RM Sotheby s will be auctioning off a 1974 Riva Aquarama Special on May 16 2016 Riva whose main customer base has been the jet sets of Italy France and Monaco representing about 40 percent of sales has begun targeting emerging markets in the Middle East notably the Emirates and Latin America Related Articles 279 Foot Ottantacinque Yacht Concept Makes a Splash in Monaco A Day in the Life of an Italian Wrought Iron Craftsman The Luxurious Perini Navi Fidelis Yacht Bulgari Residences Luxury Living Coming to Dubai Shore Chartering The Panthalassa Luxury Yacht Turn

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  • Exclusive Offer to Enjoy the Beauty and Food of Abruzzo | Italia Living
    Living readers and the dream of many others But sometimes the very best way to see and experience Italy is to blend in like a local Chef Ezio Gentile has made that opportunity available to travelers not only making available his comfortable Bed and Breakfast accommodations but also by being host of his cooking school where he will teach and guide you through everything that makes the Abruzzo region so beautiful and delicious From its diverse landscape of farm and sea you will in fact feel like a local Your stay at Casa di Ezio will include Transfers to and from Rome Fumicino Airport 8 days and 7 nights Bed and Breakfast accommodation Breakfast lunch and dinner daily Service and taxes all included Cooking classes Guided tours of various locales in the Abruzzi Region Visits to pasta confetti and olive oil manufacturing facilities Wine tasting and tour of local winery Seaside dinner at a Trobacchi Dinners at regional specialty restuarants Sovenier A Casa di Ezio Apron and Chef Hat Lots of music and local entertainment A real taste of Italy like a local 2016 dates available are Sunday to Sunday July 3 July 10 July 17 July 24 August 7

    Original URL path: http://www.italialiving.com/articles/food-wine/special-offer-enjoy-scenery-food-abruzzo/ (2016-04-28)
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  • Enjoy a Romantic Evening in NYC with Giada Valenti | Italia Living
    April 30th On Saturday April 30 at 8 00pm singer Giada Valenti takes her audience on a romantic and magical journey as she performs her own interpretations of American and Italian hits from the 60s 70s and 80s Born and raised in Venice Giada has always been influenced by her hometown bringing its magic and passion to her musical style Enjoy a romantic evening of music and since this is New York with countless top rated restaurants to dine book a nice dinner before the show or drinks afterward There still some great seats available Tickets are 25 35 45 depending on where you want to sit There are even some VIP tickets for 100 which include seating in the first 15 rows and a goody bag with Giada s From Venice With Love CD DVD and other merchandise Giada Valenti From Venice With Love Saturday April 30 at 8 00pm The Town Hall 123 43rd Street New York NY Tickets and info 212 997 6661 www thetownhall org For those of you in New Jersey Giada will be performing Tuesday May 3 at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank NJ Related Articles GIADA VALENTI FROM VENICE WITH LOVE

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  • Capolavori: Online Boutique for Italy’s Top Artisans | Italia Living
    Italian artisanship with the convenience of the web Capolavori is becoming the future of bespoke craft The website is divided into home décor lighting art jewelry and accessories Home décor items cover every room of the house and objects like handmade and hand painted ceramics by Ceramica Kamars or refined applications of 24 karat gold in the classic ceramics of Caroline Porcellane With artisans that work with a variety of materials comes Vetreria Artistica DIPI masters in Venetian and Murano glass Capolavori s exquisite jewelry collection features pieces by Alessandro Dari who uses a technique dating back 2 500 years to ancient Etruria or pieces by Arianna Celleno and Sandra Ugolini of Il Carato who use a variety of techniques handed down to them from the XIX century to create their jewelry that features a combination of precious stones like pearls jade amethyst and topaz Purses make up another essential section of the Capolavori website From finely picked calfskin leather to python to suede Capolavori features artisan that truly take pride in their masterpieces For those who can t make the trip to Italy Capolavori brings these handcrafted gifts right to their doorsteps After shoppers have browsed the website chosen the product they want and placed their order their handbag earrings lamp or mirror is uniquely made by the craftsmen a true testament to the idea of made to order The artisan trade is one that finds strong roots in Italy and the mission of Capolavori was born out of the desire to bring Italian craftsmanship abroad They are always on the hunt to recruit not only established craftsmen but also undiscovered masters providing them with an avant garde platform to sell their pieces worldwide In addition to all the sections of the website visitors may even search by craftsman

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  • Montegrappa Opens its First Milan Flagship Store | Italia Living
    the Italian capital of fashion 85 square meters of whispered luxury in a typical Milanese backdrop Subtle exhibition of outstanding collections of writing instruments accessories and timewear gracing the impeccable interior All of this curated with best of dedication by Diana Aquila niece of Gianfranco and daughter of Giuseppe s respectively the company s chairman and the CEO Young and talented Diana is in charge of Montegrappa s artistic direction and is passionate and tenacious just as her dad and grandfather Montegrappa would like to thank all the guests who attended the official opening of their Milan boutique held in via Borgospesso on Friday 18th March including the renowned graphologist Candida Livatino the comedian Raul Cremona socialites fashion bloggers and journalists All attracted by the novelty and by Montegrappa s special guest Mr John Hemingway grandson of Ernest Hemingway who could not possibly miss this Montegrappa event in Milan a city where he lived for over 20 years and who strongly wished to unveil with them the limited edition pens dedicated to the great Ernest The idea had been put on the back burner for more than twenty years due to lack of contacts with the Hemingway family said Giuseppe Aquila CEO of the company meeting his nephew John allowed us to make this dream come true John Hemingway and Gianfranco Aquila Diana and Gianfranco Aquila Since 1912 Montegrappa has been manufacturing high quality writing instruments in the same historic building in Bassano del Grappa North East Italy Elmo Montegrappa Via Ca Erizzo 43 45 36061 Bassano del Grappa VI ITALY Phone 39 0424 522232 Fax 39 0424 523975 Web www montegrappa com E mail email protected Related Articles Luxury Brand Montegrappa Creates New Pen and Inspired Drink Montegrappa Italian Pride Montegrappa Celebrates the Opening of Their Flagship Boutique in

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  • The Need for the Italian Lifestyle in America | Italia Living
    streets are empty At around 2 o clock people start to emerge from their houses and populate the streets again until around 7 30pm when it is time for dinner After dinner the streets come to life again as Italians stroll around the piazza to work off their meal or head off for their evening engagements Yes this does not seem realistic for us here in America we will always have the quick power lunch or even be working right through lunch But we need to slow down a bit We need to adapt a bit of mindset from the Italians for our total wellness of health and happiness America s 1 health problem is the overlooked epidemic of stress and with the hectic lives most of us have here and struggles with the economy there is not a whole lot we can do about it But we need to work on small things to reduce our stress Medical research has proven that stress alone and worrying contributes to many serious health challenges Wealth is much more than just money But for most of us here in America the money part of wealth will continue to be of upmost importance and the number one cause of stress Studies have shown people in Italy have greater longevity are less stressed and show lower levels of heart disease obesity and mental disturbance So what is the Italian lifestyle in Italy Well for starters money is far from everything It s embracing what you have being happy with it and proud of it Counting your blessings Taking the time to enjoy good food good wine and good company Eating fresh healthy foods from a Mediterranean diet Living life with passion serenity and enjoyment And considering your true wealth to be what you already

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  • Fitness Benefits from Olive Oil and Coffee | Italia Living
    topping for your favorite salad by combining olive oil with herbs vinegar or lemon juice Experiment with flavors to find those you like the best Making your own dressings allows you to control how much virgin olive oil is used You can also use virgin olive oil to make marinades sauces and gravy Swallow virgin olive oil to reduce the discomfort from a sore throat A spoonful can soothe a sore dry or scratchy throat when you have the common cold allergies or strep throat Add virgin olive oil to your skin care routine Drizzle some in your bath or rub it into your skin to keep it moist and healthy These benefits also result from eating virgin olive oil but the results from direct contact with your skin are evident right away You can also combine virgin olive with sugar and use the mixture to exfoliate your skin when it is dry and flaky Virgin olive oil can also improve the health and look of your hair and nails when applied directly to them as a moisturizer Coffee Extend Your Workout Physiologically caffeine makes us you feel alert pumps adrenaline to give you energy and changes dopamine production to make you feel good Another espresso anyone Fueling your workout with caffeine will help you lift longer A recent study published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise found that men who drank 2 1 2 cups of coffee a few hours before an exercise test were able to sprint 9 percent longer than when they didn t drink any It s believed the caffeine directly stimulates the muscles Sure there are drinks with added caffeine but in many cases not all the additives are good for you A simple cup of coffee or espresso will do the trick without the unnecessary extras And since sprinting and weight lifting are both anaerobic activities exercises that don t require oxygen a jolt of joe will help you pump out more reps Do not drink it if you have a history of high blood pressure Researchers are studying the possibility that caffeine in coffee has the ability to block the chemicals in the body that cause soreness after a workout and to reduce pain overall These findings potentially offer the idea that coffee can help you to workout harder and longer because you will be less sore as a result The additional benefits of coffee have been well studied and documented Harvard researchers found that coffee drinkers have a 30 percent lower risk of Parkinson s disease than nondrinkers Coffee has also been acknowledged for its high antioxidant content which more than triples that of green tea It s a common misconception that espresso has more caffeine than regularly brewed coffee The average single shot of espresso made with arabica contains between 45 and 70 mg of caffeine One 8 oz cup of brewed coffee can contain between 106 and 200mg of caffeine Normally the stronger tasting and darker the coffee

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