Advertisements

Winter in Rome with The Beehive

Tags

, , , , , ,

“Winter in Rome” is an annual Blogger Retreat and an excellent project by Linda and Steve of The Beehive, Rome. Bloggers come together and visit Rome in Winter with The Beehive. There are different activities and experiences planned by several local operators throughout the 4 day event.

So when Linda offered me to visit Rome in Winter, I jumped to the opportunity! I mean how often do we really go to see Rome in Winter??! Not only is this a fun way of seeing the city sans the crowds (if you compare to the summer) but also a great chance to see the rest of Italy for cheap! This year The Beehive along with Personalized Italy have brought together a great list of Collaborators and Bloggers for the event.

If you are on any of the social media platforms – Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, follow along and enjoy my #WinterinRome with The Beehive from January 18 – January 22. Here are some shots from #WinterInRome. Stay tuned for more!

Disclosure: There are “ affiliate links” on my blog. If you click on a picture, it will take you to Amazon.in. and if you happen to purchase something through these links, I will receive a small commission (at no cost to you). Thanks for supporting Italophilia.

Advertisements

Most Instagram-able Spots in Rome

Tags

, , , , , , , ,

This post is part of the monthly #DolceVitaBloggers series hosted by my lovely friends Italian at Heart, Questa Dolce Vita and MammaPrada. Every month, any blogger/vlogger who loves Italy or is Italian or simply wants to share their memories of Italy, writes on a particular topic as part of the linkup. This month’s topic is “Favorite Italian City” and needless to say mine is Rome. So here I am sharing about my favorite Instagram-able spots in the eternal city!

People on Instagram will agree how we are almost always obsessed to click a picture with the sole intention of posting it on Instagram. We want it to be perfect- the look, the dimensions, the presentation. I too am obsessed with Instagram (not as much as I used to be before because of the darn algorithm!) so a post like this was bound to happen. Enjoy Rome from the eyes of an Instagrammer and do give a follow if you are on Instagram!

IMG_20170529_204340-01

ANYWHERE IN TRASTEVERE: Just walk around in the neighborhood of Trastevere and every alley has to be photographed for the app. Take a turn anywhere, you will be gaping at the raw beauty of this side of Rome. Don’t confuse yourself to be on a movie set….It’s only Trastevere! Every corner is imperfectly perfect and ready to be Instagramm’d.

Aperitivo hour 🍹 #LetsGetSocial

A post shared by Ishita. Italy. India. (@italophilia) on

#CurrentlyPlaying The Best of The Doors. What's on your playlist??

A post shared by Ishita. Italy. India. (@italophilia) on

Buongiorno!! I haven't posted doors in a long time 😄 #DoorsofItaly

A post shared by Ishita. Italy. India. (@italophilia) on

ANY PLACE WITH COLOSSEUM IN VIEW : This will never ever go wrong. Even if the picture was upside down and you were wearing the weirdest outfit, even if the picture was blurred or wrongly placed….. But as long as you have the Colosseum as your background, I’d guarantee that you’d get double the likes than you usually do! 😉 It is the best backdrop in Rome for just about anything!

There's nothing quite like standing here..Is there??

A post shared by Ishita. Italy. India. (@italophilia) on

~All roads lead to Rome~

A post shared by Ishita. Italy. India. (@italophilia) on

STREETS FROM ALTARE DELLA PATRIA TO CAMPO DE’ FIORI: Get a city map of Rome and the next time you visit, reach Altare della Patria and take a hundred shots of the area and Roman Forum. Then move towards Campo de’ Fiori- a leisurely 20 minute walk filled with hidden backstreets that have never been discovered (on Instagram I mean). Sheer delight! You will find yourself surrounded by artists and music players and will end up photographing them and the most unusual store fronts.

Finding inspiration in incredible Rome 😍🇮🇹 #TravelerinItaly

A post shared by Ishita. Italy. India. (@italophilia) on

-I recently read an article on travel jealously/envy and how social media is responsible for it. -While I agree with it to some extent, I think most of it is self made and is born out of insecurities. Everyone came to the world for themselves and we are all trying to do our own thing. So why so much jealousy in the first place? Figure your calling. Did you ever think to notice jealousy and comparisons lead nowhere. Also, what's stopping you from doing it?? Probably you.. yourself. Social media for me is about telling my best moments to the world because that's what I choose to. And even though there are lot of things that happen on the road, everything doesn't make a part of what I want to share. Remember that travel isn't just sitting on the beach, drinking cocktails and clicking Instagrammable pics 😉 neither is any other part of social media. There is much more to it! Just widen your mind and focus on yourself🍫🍷 (Sorry for the super long caption) 🙈🙈

A post shared by Ishita. Italy. India. (@italophilia) on

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication". 🚲

A post shared by Ishita. Italy. India. (@italophilia) on

VIA MARGUTTA: Remember Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck’s movie The Roman Holiday?? Of course you do! That made you want to ride in Rome on a vespa too, didn’t it?? Well parts of the movie are shot on the historic street called “Via Margutta”. Not only is it a photographer’s dream but it is not as crowded as the rest of the city!

There is a surprise at every corner of Rome🙃 #NGTIndia

A post shared by Ishita. Italy. India. (@italophilia) on

#StylingTheSeasons in Roma 🇮🇹🍃

A post shared by Ishita. Italy. India. (@italophilia) on

Ivy laden street and vintage interiors- I'm sold! 😎🍃

A post shared by Ishita. Italy. India. (@italophilia) on

EVERY PLACE IN ROME IS INSTAGRAM-ABLE: In my opinion, the whole of Rome is “Instagram-able”. Visit the famous sites early morning when the city is asleep and you will find not one but plenty of great Instagram-able spots. My favorites include The Pantheon and Castel Sant’Angelo. Then of course there is Trevi fountain where you have to get a picture clicked with yourself throwing a coin!

Love the enchanting Castle Sant'Angelo 😍 #RomeAndYou

A post shared by Ishita. Italy. India. (@italophilia) on

Meraviglioso! Marvelous!

A post shared by Ishita. Italy. India. (@italophilia) on

YOU ARE WELCOME!

dolce-vita-2

Disclosure: There are “ affiliate links” on my blog. If you click on a picture, it will take you to Amazon.in. and if you happen to purchase something through these links, I will receive a small commission (at no cost to you). Thanks for supporting Italophilia.

Five Things to do in Turin (for free)

Tags

, , , , , , ,

I know I know, I have been raving about Turin. This city really has my heart. But wouldn’t you agree?? There is so much you can see and do here without the crazy crowds that I am almost okay to see that Turin is Italy’s underrated gem.

If you are on a budget and want to admire Turin without spending a Euro, here are some things to do in the city for FREE:

  • Go back in Time: Visit Piazza Castello in the heart of Turin which is the living room of the city. Piazza Castello houses the two of the most important palaces of Reale and Madama. Visiting this piazza is like going back to the 15th century Turin. Get a gelato from La Romana and sit on any of the benches at the piazza. La Dolce Vita!
DSC08358

Free Things to do in Turin: Piazza Castello

DSC08363

Free Things to do in Turin: Piazza Castello

  • Admire the Valentino Park: Make a stop at Valentino Park (Parco del Valentino) and marvel at the architecture of the Borgo Medievale along with the Castle of Valentino (Castello del Valentino). The former is a “newly constructed medieval village” in the park while the latter is a French styled castle turned university that hosts events and exhibition for education.
DSC08514

Free Things to do in Turin: Castello del Valentino

DSC08528

Free Things to do in Turin: Valentino Park

  • Visit Grand Balôn : If you are a fan of all things vintage and antique, visit the Grand Balôn. This antique market has been around for years and takes place every second Saturday of the month. I timed my visit around a lot of events and Grand Balôn was one of them. It was so worth visiting although I suggest you to keep a few snacks handy to pass time.
DSC08342

Free Things to do in Turin: Grand Balôn

DSC08312

Free Things to do in Turin: Grand Balôn

  • See the city from Monte dei Cappuccini: If you are a sucker for views, you won’t regret this short walk from Turin’s Via Po to reach Monte dei Cappuccini. At this hill, visit Santa Maria del Monte – a church from the 16th century and then gawk at Turin’s ever stunning skyline. I hear it is unbelievable on a clear day because you can see the Alps!
IMG_20170518_205852

Free Things to do in Turin: Monte dei Cappuccini

IMG_20170518_211406

Free Things to do in Turin: Monte dei Cappuccini

  • Stop at a Historic Shop: It doesn’t cost a penny to go to a historic shop and look around. Learn more about Turin’s historic shops (and there are plenty) whether it is one of the oldest crystal maker – Prochet or Menietti- the oldest suppliers of brewing and wine making. It is fascinating to see these stores preserve the same method and process since decades.
DSC08206

Free Things to do in Turin: Stop at a Historic Shop

DSC08567

Free Things to do in Turin: Stop at a Historic Shop

Hope you enjoyed this post. If you plan to visit Turin and the region, I suggest you to read these books below:

Disclosure: There are “ affiliate links” on my blog. If you click on a picture, it will take you to Amazon.in. and if you make a purchase through these links, I will receive a small commission (at no cost to you). Thanks for supporting my blog as always. Keep Reading!

Where to Eat and Drink in Turin

Tags

, , , , , , , , , , , ,

Turin (Torino) is heaven for all the food enthusiasts and coffee lovers. There are several eating options available in the city right from quick cheap eats of pizza by the slice, focaccia or ciabatta to a more sophisticated dining experience of family run food joints, ornate coffee houses and high end expensive restaurants. Here’s a handy list of everything you would possibly need for your first few days in Turin.

IMG_20170513_184236-01 (1)

Where to Eat and Drink in Turin: Food Guide

Where to Eat and Drink in Turin:

Osteria in Vino Veritas: If you are looking for a range of Piemontese wines, cozy atmosphere and fresh agnolotti (typical pasta from the Piemonte region), head to Osteria In Vino Veritas (in wine there is truth). It not only stays true to its name but also has the most homely atmosphere just a little south of the famous landmarks of Mole Antonelliana.

Via Giulia di Barolo, 50/A.

IMG_20170512_202618

Where to Eat and Drink in Turin: In Vino Veritas

Caffeteria Reale: Thanks to Lucia’s blog I found out about this Caffeteria which seems to be popular among locals. It was in a small alley next to the Reale Palace and had a great selection of coffees not to forget the range of china all across the room and embellished linen.

Piazzetta Reale, 1

DSC08275

Where to Eat and Drink in Turin: Caffeteria Reale

Baratti & Milano: Another great find thanks to Lisa from ItalianKiwi who not only recommended me some great places to visit but also sent an itinerary to see Turin. Baratti & Milano is one of those places that you should spend more time in. Their range of fancy wrapped chocolates and candies is amazing and is great to pick for gifts.

Piazza Castello, 27

In Turin, time has really stopped🌟☕

A post shared by Ishita. Italy. India. (@italophilia) on

Pastificio de Filippis: I went here just for a quick lunch but ended up staying longer. Bang in the middle of the busiest street, Pastificio de Filippis serves the yummiest gnocchetti that I paired it with a glass of Barolo and fresh salad.

Via Giuseppe Luigi Lagrange, 39

IMG_20170518_141913

Where to Eat and Drink in Turin: Pastificio de Filippis

Arsenico e Vecchi Merletti: Another great spot away is Arsenico e Vecchi Merletti-a  quaint place from the crowds. Arsenico’s service is quick and the food is delicious. Try their gnocchi and fresh breads like I did. (Also, Arsenico e Vecchi Merletti is a movie name too)

Via Sant’Agostino, 30/a

Turin has by far some of the best food I've tasted in all of Italy! I ate the gnocchi with parmesan cream, mint and poppy seeds and on the other side was the Focaccia which was enjoyed by @turinepi 😍🍽️ The wine was Bonarda Piemontese. If you haven't read my love letter to Turin yet, do head to @turinepi 😎😊 #Italophilia . . . . . #gnocchi #foodiesofinstagram #italianfood #italygram #turinheart #torinodigitale #igerstorino #iloveitalianfood #italiansdoitbetter #cucina #cibobuono #cucinare #mangiare #onthetable #placesofturin #italyfood #dudeandthefood #pastalover #pastatime #iloveitaly #lovelettertoitaly #thekitchen #foodtalkindia #ilovepasta #piemonte #igerspiemonte #bonarda #focaccia #parmesan

A post shared by Ishita. Italy. India. (@italophilia) on

Pasticceria Gertosio: Another favorite because I went here thrice and tried a different pastry every time. The man behind the counter started recognizing me and every time I went he would say something like, “Dovrebbe provare qualcosa di nuova!” (You should try something new!) Pick anything!

Via Giuseppe Luigi Lagrange, 34

IMG_20170518_145849

Where to Eat and Drink in Turin: Pasticceria Gertosio

Bar Abrate: Looking for a cool place to hang out?? Possibly with a street view of old trams and hustle of the city?? Consider going to Bar Abrate for a fabulous aperitivo experience. Love their elegant vibe and pastry selection too.

Via Po, 10

Caffè Fiorio: One of those “must try” family run places that is 3 centuries old. You should visit Fiorio only for its marble top tables and impeccably dressed waiters! Try their own selection of ice creams and bicerin. There is a Fiorio in the town of Alba as well.

Via Po, 8

Delper: Looking for fresh bread, pastries, focaccia, pizza, grissini?? Visit Delper, just around the corner at Via Garibaldi. It is packed with locals and why wouldn’t it be…. Delper has been serving since over 75 years. A great place for a quick bite.

Via Tolmino, 50

Apart from the places above, I recommend visiting any of the Gelaterie in the city. My favorites are La Romana and Gelateria Pepino.

Web Hosting

Hope you enjoyed this post. If you plan to visit Turin and the region, I suggest you to read these great books:

Disclosure: There are “ affiliate links” on my blog. If you click on a picture, it will take you to Amazon.in. and if you make a purchase through these links, I will receive a small commission (at no cost to you). Thanks for supporting my blog as always. Keep Reading!

Day Trips from Turin

Tags

, , , , , , , , ,

Do you love day trips where you can see major sights of a town/city and cross things off your bucket list??? I love them!

From Turin I made three such day trips that I recommend for a great respite from city life:

  • LAGO DI ORTA (Lake Orta): This was my favorite and most comfortable day trip from Turin. I drove with a friend to Orta- a lesser known lake of Italy. With exceptional restaurants and views, Orta is simply magical! Imagine yourself in idyllic medieval lane ways among baroque churches and ancient shops that make you stop for a picture every 5 seconds. If you are looking for a unique day trip in and around Turin, Orta should be on the top.
DSC08391

#Vespalover

DSC08397

Bronze statue of an artist in love with Orta

DSC08420

The island of Orta San Giulio

Orta can be reached by car or public transport. Although the train station is a little far from the lake, one can hire a taxi or take a bus to get to the lake. There is another option of walking for about 25 minutes to reach to the lake too. Orta is close to Lake Maggiore- another great lake of Piemonte which also forms part of the region of Lombardy and parts of Switzerland.

  • ALBA: Another great day trip from Turin is to visit the town of Alba. Globally known for truffles, Alba is also famous for wine, cheese and it’s medieval historic centre. Every year the town hosts the White Truffle Fair in October- November which is the biggest global fair of it’s kind. There are markets of local products such as cheese, wine, chocolate, porcini, hazelnuts etc which makes it high on my list of events to visit.
DSC08589

Energy fix!

DSC08599

No tourists at 1 p.m.

DSC08608

Everyone’s gone for lunch

Reach Alba in the morning when the Bars were filled with locals and take a short walk in the centre. You will basically have it covered it in about 30 minutes flat. Finish off your day with a hearty lunch of local tajarin and be back in Turin for dinner. Trains run every hour.

  • BARBARESCO: Do you know the King of Wines comes from the region of Piemonte?? (Turin is the capital of Piemonte) Wouldn’t you love to see it?? Piemonte’s area of langhe is a great wine making commune and another great day trip from Turin. I was in Barbaresco for a short day trip.
DSC08646

Not a soul in sight

DSC08654

Winery visit ✔

DSC08641

A drive through Piemonte

🍷🍷I was shown around Piemonte by the lovely @valeriekq who, along with her husband, takes wine and food tours in the region. We went to the winery of @cadelbaio -a family run business that is situated on a beautiful slope overlooking small hilltop towns. After trying 5 different types of wines this is the best picture I could manage 🤣🤣 @foodieandwinelover @constantwining @yogawinetravel @casamiaitalyfoodandwine @winefolly @vinotravels21 @italian_wines @italianwinelover . . – . . #italophilia #winestagram #wineoclock #winerytour #vineyardlife #whatiate #whatidrink #whatitalyis #ilovewine #italianwine #vinorosso #redredwine #amarone #barolo #langhe #suitcasetravels #ig_piemonte #ig_turin #turinheart #volgopiemonte #prettylittletrips #prettylittleitaly #italygram #framesofitaly #girlsgottadrink #girlsborntotravel #travellingthroughtheworld #trottermag

A post shared by Ishita. Italy. India. (@italophilia) on

Valerie Quintanilla, along with her husband, takes wine and food tours in the region and kindly showed me around the winery of Ca’ del BaioThe winery is a family run business situated on a beautiful slope overlooking the hills of Piemonte. After tasting 5 different types of wines I can safely say I am glad Valerie dropped me back to Alba!

For further reading on day trips, check out these Piemonte based blogs:

Villa della Regina by TexasMominTorino

5 Day trips from Turin by Turinepi

How to do a Barolo day trip from Turin by Valerie Quintanilla

Hope you enjoyed this post. If you plan to visit Turin and the region, I suggest you to read these great books:

Disclosure: There are “ affiliate links” on my blog. If you click on a picture, it will take you to Amazon.in. and if you make a purchase through these links, I will receive a small commission (at no cost to you). Thanks for supporting my blog as always. Keep Reading!

Caffè al Bicerin dal 1763

Tags

, , , , , ,

Want a little slice of heaven in Turin?? Consider having “Bicerin” from Caffè al Bicerin.

DSC08213

What is Bicerin??

Bicerin is quite simply a drink of espresso, chocolate and cream. This sinful drink topped with a secret ingredient from Caffè al Bicerin is what makes it so special!

This drink was invented by Caffè al Bicerin centuries ago and has since then retained it’s recipe, style and production. The legacy is astounding!

DSC08227

On my visit, I was transported to the old times inside an old cafe filled with wood panels, dimly lit candles and white marble table tops. I found myself on the same seat that years ago Italy’s first Prime Minister sat in. It was such a treat!

Accompanying me was Lucia of TurinEPI, a local from Turin who hosts weekend tours and Epicurean events in the city. Ever since she told me that the place is run by women since centuries, I feel that that is probably the secret of it being the best place for Bicerin in the world. What do you think?? 😉

Don’t miss visiting Caffè al Bicerin when you are in Turin and also check their specialty store next door where everything is filled with chocolate! Bicerin comes at a whooping €6 but it is really is worth every penny once in your life (okay more than once!).

Piazza della Consolata, 5

Turin

Disclosure: There are “ affiliate links” on my blog. If you click on a picture, it will take you to Amazon.in. and if you happen to purchase something through these links, I will receive a small commission (at no cost to you). Thanks for supporting Italophilia! 🙂

10 Reasons to Add Turin to Your Italy List

Tags

, , , , , , , ,

There’s more to Italy than just the big cities. Don’t me wrong, I love the modern side of Milan and the bohemian quarters of Rome but a traveler visiting just these cities in Italy is missing a lot. One needs to re-consider and explore the unconventional choices as well and maybe add a few days to make it to Turin (an hour from Milan)

While searching for new places to visit in Italy I found Turin (Torino in Italian) many years ago. However, I couldn’t visit it until this year when I found really cheap deals from Delhi to Rome and Milan via Kuwait Airways. I think that was what pushed me to book my tickets and start my love affair with Italy’s first capital Turin.

Here are my top 10 reasons to add Turin to your Italian Bucket List:

1–>NOT AS CROWDED AS THE BIG 3: Would you like a holiday away from the crowds and for a change not be pushed and shoved at?? Turin is your choice then! It is less crowded and quieter compared to the big 3 (Rome, Venice and Florence) and also more pleasant. I was in Turin in the peak season and could eat, drink and walk around without being shoved at. Exactly how a vacation should be! So visit Turin before the city gets run down by mass tourism.

DSC08462

2–>BICERIN BICERIN BICERIN: I cannot stress this fact enough….Turin=Bicerin and Bicerin=Turin. I refuse to have it anywhere else even if I am offered money! Until you haven’t had this heavenly drink, you won’t know what I’m saying… So go to Turin! And FYI Bicerin is a sinful combination of chocolate, espresso and milk with a touch of Turin magic!

DSC08212

3–>CINEMA MUSEUM, EYGPTIAN MUSEUM AND …A FIAT MUSEUM: Museum and history lovers rejoice! Turin is a haven for all of you. There is so much to see and do in Turin, that you might find time to be short. Apart from the amazing Cinema and Fiat museums, there are also stunning palaces of the Savoy Kings and Queens to be visited.

DSC08490

4–>EATALY: If you ever curious about an Italian food museum, don’t be now. There is one! And in my humble opinion, it’s called Eataly! You will find everything “Italian” under one roof. So imagine those tasty holiday treats that your Italian friends share or those vintage looking candy bars that you always wanted… Hunt no more… Consider going here with an empty stomach and a full credit limit! Don’t say I didn’t tell you.

Excuse me while I sit errr…. have a hot cup of Illy 😉☕

A post shared by Ishita. Italy. India. (@italophilia) on

DSC08753

5–>RIVER PO: Before visiting Turin, I thought the only thing missing in the city was the water…. I was wrong. The river Po flows through the city and makes everything look scenic and romantic as it divides Turin in two. In the evening when the city lights are up, the river gives a misty element and almost make a lovely painting.

DSC08301

“Senza l’Italia, Torino sarebbe più o meno la stessa. Ma senza Torino, l’Italia sarebbe molto diversa”- Umberto Eco

“Without Italy, Torino would be more or less the same, but without Torino, Italy would be very different”- Umberto Eco

6–>HISTORIC SHOPS AND APERITIVO: Vienna and Rome have been my top choices for cities with historic coffee shops. But now there’s one more to the list! Turin not only has excellent historic shops but also has the old fashioned vibe. Imagine furniture from the retro era and waiters serving in old bow ties….. In Turin time really stands still. The city is also the birthplace of Aperitivo. I’m not complaining. Are you??!

7–>GETAWAY TO THE COUNTRYSIDE: In about 30 minutes you can cross Turin’s elegant city life and head to the nearest vineyard or the prettiest side of the country! In about an hour’s drive you can reach the lakes of Maggiore and Orta that make for two stunning day trips. There’s a long list of historic towns such as Alba and Bra famous for truffles, wine and cheese. Mamma mia!

DSC08420

8–>PIAZZE AND PORTICOES: The piazze (public squares) in Turin don’t call for attention…They are elegant, chic and effortless. Add a little drama of art nouveau and baroque and that’s Turin for you. Since the city happens to be very spacious, you can possibly be the only one at a piazza even at 8-9 in the morning.

Oh Turin, you are so royal!😍

A post shared by Ishita. Italy. India. (@italophilia) on

DSC08284

9–>LITERARY LOVE: There is literature surrounding the whole city as writers such as Umberto Eco, Mark Twain, Primo Levi, Italo Calvino, Friedrich Nietzsche have visited and admired the city. It is a celebration of Italian literature to walk the same streets as the writers of the bygone eras. Additionally, Turin has some amazing bookshops. Being an avid reader and bookish traveler, I could not “not” visit Turin’s bookshops. There are plenty on Via Po. And oh did I mention the book fair Salone del Libro?? It happens in May every year!

DSC08740

10–>TRAMS: If historic stores and old world cafés aren’t enough for you, the city is also filled with vintage trams. There is a healthy mix of old and modern as a metro line connects the newer parts of the city. I, born an old soul, avoided the metro and loved hopping in different trams….Sometimes even without a reason.

So are you sold to visit Turin??

Web Hosting

Hope you enjoyed this post. If you plan to visit Turin and the region, I suggest you to read these great books:

Disclosure: There are “ affiliate links” on my blog. If you click on a picture, it will take you to Amazon.in. and if you make a purchase through these links, I will receive a small commission (at no cost to you). Thanks for supporting my blog as always. Keep Reading!

From Murano to India with Ikroop

Tags

, , , , , , , ,

Do you believe we are meant to meet people for a reason?? So far, in my life, many people have come and gone but there are some for whom I can vouch they came for a very solid reason. Today I will share this story about how I met Ikroop Dhillon -owner and curator of the Glass Art Jewellery brand Ikroop.

While browsing my Instagram feed one day, I came across an article that read how travels to Murano in Italy was a “life changing” event. This was an interview where Ikroop was talking about her glassware business for the Verve magazine. I was immediately enticed and soon contacted her.

Ikroop warmly asked to meet up for a cup of coffee and we chatted about her glass art jewellery and my love for all things Italian. Her story was so dreamy as most of her business inspiration comes from the island of Murano-renowed globally for its glassware.

IMG_20171202_140219-01

I picked this for myself.

The best part is that her inspiration got the better of her when she decided to turn her love for glassware to a business! Most of her collection is inspired from her Murano travel where she saw beautiful art created from blown glass. She started the brand “Ikroop” after working with the famous glass artist Atul Bakshi. Once she gained knowledge of the process, she realized her forte and started making minimalist glass art jewellery. Her collection is versatile and classy, making it every woman’s dream!

There are various colours fused together to create every type of pendants, rings, earrings and neck pieces. I felt that there is something for everyone on her website and I myself picked up a beautiful pendant that can be worn for both any kind of event whether a party or a business meeting.

red pendent

Image Credits: Ikroop Dhillon

blue2

Image Credits: Ikroop Dhillon

greenretro

The lovely Ikroop

Owning a glass jewellery isn’t common in India as opposed to Italy and many other European countries. However, I hope that with brands such as Ikroop it becomes part of every woman’s wardrobe. I would have never imagined I’d meet a fellow Italophilie living only 7 kms from my house and inspired from travels to Italy as I am!

Thank You Italy for another fabulous connection.

Follow Ikroop’s stunning collection on her Instagram or Facebook page. Also check these great books on Italy and Venice.

Wine Tasting Inside Piscine Romane

Tags

, , , , , , , ,

The Piscine Romane or the Roman cisterns are located in the city of Fermo and form a huge underground archaeological complex. They are close to the main piazza and are built with mind blowing engineering details that makes it possible to use them even today. Thanks to the Mayor of Fermo, DiscoverMarche and the lovely hosts from Vigneti Santa Liberata, I was able not only to see the historic site but also have a specially curated wine tasting inside it.

IMG_20170522_120511

IMG_20170522_120522

IMG_20170522_121456

IMG_20170522_121501

With our wines in hind inside the cisterns, we walked inside the dimly lit area which is believed to be built around 1 century A.D. It is a commendable feat that these cisterns made thousands of years ago work even today! Can you imagine that even now they are in working condition and almost perfectly preserved??! I am unable to fathom the time, resources and brains gone into making them and having an underground method to provide water to the city till today.

IMG_20170522_121530

IMG_20170522_121542

IMG_20170522_123502

IMG_20170522_121722

What an experience!

Important Info:

-The entry to the Piscine Romane costs a mere € 6,50 which includes a guided tour along with entries to parts of Palazzo dei Priori, Teatro dell’Aquila and Scientific Museums of Villa Vitali.

-A jacket is highly recommended when visiting the complex as the underground is extremely cold.

-The Piscine Romane are one of the most intriguing places in Le Marche and one that should not be missed if you are crossing by or in Marche.

-For more information visit the town’s official page.

The Literary Town of Recanati

Tags

, , , , , ,

Recanati in Le Marche is a literary town of/for/by the Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi. I say that not only because Leopardi was born here but also because he spent a majority part of his life writing poems inspired by the town. Even though Leopardi had a conflicting relationship with Recanati, one of his most famous poems L’Infinito” (The Infinite) was written from a solitary hill of his town where he used to walk to. Now, a famous vantage point, the hill is called “Hill of the Infinite” and has views that go as far as the Sibillini Mountains.

Web Hosting

DSC08992

Hill of the Infinte

DSC08955

Piazza Leopardi

DSC08958

Palazzo Communale

DSC08960

Leopardi’s statue in the piazza

Giacomo Leopardi wrote many poems in his short lifetime of 38 years but there are a few that stand out. “A Silvia”, published in 1828, shows his sad and tumultuous life state as he describes a girl he is in love with. The girl lives opposite the piazza where Leopardi’s house is but he cannot win her as she is below his stature. Another popular poem “Il Sabato del Villaggio” (Saturday in the Village) describes the same piazza opposite his house and tells the tales of people who come and go.

DSC08990

Silvia’s house (Was her name really Silvia?)

IMG_20170520_170109

Leopardi’s House a.k.a Palazzo Leopardi

DSC08991

The piazza dividing the two places

DSC08973

Leopardi’s Recanati

DSC08984

The town evoked more sadness on a grey day

DSC08982

If this corner could talk….

IMG_20170520_164008

and this one too..

IMG_20170520_163844

Chiesa di San Vito

Recanati is a fascinating town that evoked a sense of sadness in me. Even as I write I remember the feeling of walking through the streets and thinking of the story of Leopardi.

In 2014, the popular film “Il Giovane Favoloso” (Leopardi) captured the essence of the town and of the poet. Ever since then, the town has been revamped and the streets are decorated by the poems of Leopardi at every bend. It gives Recanati a real picture of being called a literary city.

DSC08972

I found the Italian of that era extremely difficult. The translations online helped but I don’t know what is really correct.

Giacomo Leopardi: 1798-1837

Disclosure: There are “ affiliate links” on my blog. If you click on a picture, it will take you to Amazon.in. and if you purchase something through these links, I will receive a small commission (at no cost to you). Thanks for supporting my blog and keep reading Italophilia! 🙂