It's no secret that Italy is one of the most popular tourist destinations. This country offers something interesting for every visitor. Some people come to admire architecture or to fetch trendy clothes, others are tempted by seaside vacation, and there are some who comes for mushrooms!
Italian town of San Miniato came to be known as the City of White Truffles. Each Autumn it hosts the Festival of the White Truffle devoted to rare and high-priced mushrooms. Festivities are held on weekends, starting from the second Saturday of the month.
Gourmets all over the world come there to taste dainties. It is the spot where in 1954 a record-breaking white truffle was found. It weighed 2,5 kg! The Italians bestowed it to the US President Harry Truman – a great admirer of fine food. Along with being huge, local mushrooms are also incredibly popular as they are welcomed in the world best restaurants. Perhaps that is why festival parties are attended by both devotees and average tourists. Almost a third of visitors are buyers, purchasing agents and restaurateurs.
Experts believe that even well-known black truffles from France are not so valuable in quality. Besides, they cost less. The average price of Italian ones may exceed 2 thousand euros per kilo! It is widely accepted that owing to the Apennines mushrooms women become more gentle and men – more passionate. All thanks to such important vitamins as B1, B2, C. More importantly, white truffles are powerful antioxidants.
It is noteworthy that white truffles are almost always served raw. They are usually thinly sliced over various dishes: whether scrambled eggs or pasta. But most chefs love cooking truffle-based sauces. They say that it makes dished taste very delicate.
Homeland of those gastronomically precious fungi, San Miniato, is thoroughly prepared for the festival. As in all similar cities, thanks to the tourists it is an important money-raising event. The city arranges numberless tastings and master classes where experts explain how to select and cook mushrooms. Surely enough, in the course of festival you can try other specialities of Italian cuisine. But the point is that almost all the goodies are enriched with the local star of festival, that significantly rockets up the price. Contests and traditional auction are very popular. The main lot, of course, is white truffle. Sometimes its price goes up to 300 thousand euros, but buyers are hardly embarrassed. They have very few regrets emptying their wallets for Italian delicacy.
The second most popular event after the auction is mushroom hunting. Experienced trifalau (that is how truffle hunters are called there) instruct guests how to collect mushrooms. By the way, you surely will be accompanied by either trained dogs or pigs. But do not protest against animals as only they are able to sniff out truffles in 20 metres. And do not forget to put muzzle on your co-hunter! Otherwise trophies will be eaten before they hit your hands.
If now you are looking through the schedule of flights to Italy, this is the right thing. Delay is no way, because white truffle have short shelf-life. Even at perfectly recreated natural conditions mushroom preserves its flavour no more than 10 days. Well, there is obviously nothing of familiar champignons about them…
Outlook often tells about the kitchens of the peoples around the world, but when it comes to Italy, writing about the country should be a crime. Each of its twenty regions has its own culinary world with the subtleties and specialties. Let the title of gastronomic capital of Italy be Bologna, its official capital - Rome, too, has something to boast about. We are telling you what is remarkable about Roman cuisine and what dishes are worth trying in the Eternal City.
Ancient Rome, full of beauty and attractions, welcomes more than 30 million tourists annually. To see with your own eyes the Coliseum, to put your hand in the Mouth of Truth and throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain is the dream of any traveler. But few people know that just 30 kilometers from the capital there is not less attractive and not yet occupied by tourists Ostia...
More than fifteen hundred years ago Romans were awe struck when they caught the very first sight of the Sistine Chapel. After that masters of painting were born and dead as well as whole pictural art styles. And contemporaries of you and me gape on the distinguished temple. However, while admiring another line intricacy and allusive painting theme, bear in mind that beneath the plot of glossy surface, as per usual, stand painfully familiar disputes with an impatient client, unpleasant surprises from nature and damaged health of painters-executants.
When planning a trip to Ligurian coast, even do not hope that within several days you will manage to explore the length and breadth of it. So you would only irritate your craving for travelling. Each ingredient of Liguria coast can only be savoured forgetting about the existence of the rest of the world. The port city of Genoa (Italian: Genova) is the chief city of the Liguria region.
The old village, which was once located in the territory of modern Alberobello has been destroyed and re-built at least a hundred times. And it's not about conquests and raids of warlike aliens. No, it was deliberately destroyed by its inhabitants. Do you know the reason?
Except for Russian-speaking countries, nowhere else a round metal attraction is called a devil’s wheel. Named after its creator, Ferris wheel first opened panorama of Chicago city from 80-meter height in 1893. Since then rotating upright wheels with multiple passenger cabins began to spring up almost in every big city. OUTLOOK offers you to learn about the most impressive observation wheels.
Today Outlook travels along the cities and countries that are considered as the most interesting from the point of view of geography and administrative management. Moreover, they are enclaves as they are located within the territories of other states.
Restaurateur Olga Korkunda shares with readers OUTLOOK Interesting facts about one of the Italian city, the area on the shores of Lake Garda. What to try, where to visit and how to have fun - in our new material!
Try to guess name of this city and its location: the Croats and the Slovenes are scurrying here and there, they drink beer no worse than regular customers of the best Austrian breweries and combine it with snack of pasta and local seafood. You are unlikely to grasp immediately what it is all about, but we unveil it for you as our today story is about the Italian city of Trieste.
Incredible in its texture, orange-red medieval architecture, majestic gallery-streets instead of usual pavements that allow having pedestrian walks in any weather and also a title of culinary capital of Italy – aren’t these reasons alone enough to have a trip to Bologna? Outlook believes that they are so we tell how and on what to spend your hypothetical 10 dollars in this cozy city.
Human history remembers Dresden, Hiroshima, Nagasaki. The list goes on and it includes Pompeii where residents turned into stoned monuments against their will. Located near modern Naples, the city with views of Mount Vesuvius was one of the most developed cities not only in the Roman Empire, but also in Europe. Once thriving community it flourished in many spheres: painting...
He shall never again be wholly unhappy, for he has seen Italy and especially Rome, Goethe said. Our reader and photographer Roman Matkov fully agrees with this opinion. Today he is sharing his impressions of the eternal city with our readers.
Sometimes it happens that you look at a postcard with a picture of a city and instantly realize that this is Kyiv, or Moscow, or Rome or your native village. And it isn’t courtesy of your geography teacher but back-breaking efforts of artisans with whose hands commonly familiar architecture masterpieces were created. Today we recall Italian conqueror of marble Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
There are so many things that Italy mixes in its cauldron: gondolas that travel along olive-green rivers, scorching sun that, like a juice, flows into the bottle of Pisa Tower, entwined spagetti of streets and crusts of squares covered in a mixture of Italian herbs and dialects. Also, it has ducks in its teasury. Oh yes, it is these creatures that allow you feel a flavor of genine national distinctive. And this ducktale is over thirty years old.
In alleys of Naples all distinctives of South Italian life are wonderfully felt: lack of any kind of rush in narrow streets: locals in own shops, salons, pizzerias, cafés and pubs on ground levels of own houses were, it seemed to me, having carefree time.
Sylvan freshness, diversity of vegetable kingdom, captivating news instead of overcrowded hotels and fussy restaurants – this is the juice of true ecotourism fans. Ironically, this kind of leisure originated in Europe, embraced with technology-related progress.
When moving to a new country, more often than not people tend to get settled nearby emigrants like themselves. It is pretty convenient: accommodation isn’t expensive, job can be found right on the location and there is no need to study a new language – everyone around understands you. This is how national ghettos appear. First one in our sequence will be The Little Italy – one of the most picturesque neighborhoods of New York.
Italy’s Florence is a place where it is a must that one walk with the head thrown back. And it isn’t just about architecture – for the sake of cosmic violet sunset it is worth to see skies of Tuscany at least once in a lifetime. But that’s not all. Annually on September 6-7 fabulous Paper Lantern Festival or Festa della Rificolona takes place there.