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Cafè and Vino

Vino or wine in Italy is special. Most Italians drink cafè and vino. They are universal drinks in Italy. Cafè is pretty much the same all over Italy. Coffee beans are fresh and roasted to perfection. The people making the cafè are highly trained individuals. You go to a bar to get your cafè and maybe something sweet to eat with it.

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Vino is different in different parts of Italy. Italy  has many world-class wines like Brunello and Chianti. Their Brunello stands up to the top wines in France or California. It is expensive even in Italy so it is not consumed by most people at the dinner table. Italy has local wines by region. You can find both red and white, dry and sweet varieties. Some are bottled and others are only available in bulk to consumers. Bulk wines are poured from a large cask into what ever vessels the consumer has. They range from water bottles to glass or ceramic pitchers.

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Going to restaurants in Italy yields a large selection of wines in bottles and local wines that are served in 1 liter and 1/2 liter pitchers. These wines are usually very good. Italians pride themselves on their wines. The next time in Italy try a 1/2 liter of a local wine. These will vary greatly by region and city within Italy. You could spend a life time sampling all the different local wines throughout Italy. Enjoy …



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Italian Coffee

We have all heard of espresso, even had in the USA. Most major metropolitan areas and restaurants serve it here. It is good but not what you get in Italy. How did Italy become such a nation of coffee Aficionados. Italy is a nation of coffee lovers. From the major cities to the smallest mountain towns, you find bars at every corner. Bars do serve alcohol but they serve a much more important purpose … coffee! Many Italians will not order a coffee at a restaurant only to go to their favorite bar and have one. The bars have wonderful machines like La Pavoni.

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These bars are crowded in morning and at lunch. Coffee is always in the forefront of Italian life.

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Italian Bar

George had a business meeting in Italy many years ago. The meeting started as setting an agenda for the week. After the Director said, “Let’s go to the bar!”. George wondered because it was just 9am. But a trip to the bar was for coffee. Really great tasting coffee.

When we closed on our home in Italy, after it was finished, we all went to the bar for coffees. It is a tradition in Italy. Life seems to revolve around bars and coffees. We typically go to a local bar at the beach in Marina Casal Velino. It is directly across the street from the beach and Palm Trees. We have a pastry and coffee each morning. They have free WiFi so we can stay connected to the outside world.

Coffee came from Africa to Venice where it was introduced to Europeans. It quickly became popular. It was originally a luxury item and very expensive. When you visit Italy, order an espresso or a doppio (double). There is a Cafè Americano but it is stronger (but flavorful) than most American coffees. It is basically an espresso with extra water. Stay away from the Starbucks and be an Italian.

George & Jo Anne


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How to Park your Car in Italy

OK you have rented a car and now you enter a city. What are the parking rules? Many cities have free parking. Resorts and big cities require you to pay for parking. There are signs, like here, that give the hours (remember Europe is on military time so 1 means 1 am not pm. 1 pm is 13:00). Usually there are meters near where you park. They are easy to read and operate. They will say, for example, 1 E per ora (1 Euro per hour). Put in an amount and press the button (usually green) that says Biglietti or ticket). A ticket is printed that you put on your dashboard. Most of these cities have police that monitor the cars so don’t be late.

Some cities have parking garages without toll booths. In these cases there is usually a Tabacchi store (tobacco) or Bar near by that sells Parking Tickets (Posteggio Biglietti). You pay the person in the bar or store and get a ticket to display in your window. Some require you to fill-in information like start time and date. Once parked remember where your car is. Most smartphones have apps that remember where your car is but you have to set them at the car before leaving. You can also use your favorite map program to set a favorite location at the car. Then when you are on the other side of the city and lost, you can simply plot a walking course to the car. Remember to use walk mode not drive mode. Many Italian cities have one way streets and restricted driving zones. It may take a lot longer to walk the drive course than the walking one. Once back to your car you can delete the favorite from the map app. When we were in Rome we had this problem. I set the map to the place we wanted to go but forgot to press the walk button. The result was 5 miles. The route went out of old Rome and back in at another location. When I changed it to Walk mode, it was less than a mile.

Driving is a means of getting around. Use it to get to these wonderful small towns and then park the car and walk. Walking allows you to see everything and be part of the experience. Stop at a bar and enjoy something to eat and a coffee or a glass of wine. Enjoy it!

George & Jo Anne



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That’s the Life!

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The above picture is me sitting at a bar/cafe in Marina Casal Velino Italy (Campania). This is in Italy’s National Park, Cilento.

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Italiano: Un tratto pedonale del lungomare di Casal Velino Marina. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Across the street is the beach and the mighty sea. This bar has free WiFi so it is a great place to rest, catch up on emails and Facebook while having a gelato (ice cream), Panini (sandwich) or a drink. The Coffee called Cafe´(espresso) is fantastic. The machines produce such a great cup of coffee that Italians always go to these bars in the morning for a cup.

Imagine relaxing with a glass of wine after a day of walking around, you are on WiFi but you keep looking out at the sea. Palm trees are everywhere. This is our beach. Life is to be enjoyed! So what are you waiting for? Romance and adventure await you.

George & Jo Anne

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