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»» Best Time To Visit Pompeii and Naples

The best time to visit the archaeological site of Pompeii could be late April and early May. The weather is enjoyable and you will find no crowds.

Also this season offers a couple of interesting events taking place in the surroundings.
From April 15 through May 29, you can enjoy guided tours to museums and monuments all over Naples. It is an event, “May of Monuments“, promoting historical and cultural sites in Naples.
When: April 15 through May 29;
Where: Naples.

From April 1 through 25, a food festival, “Sapori & Saperi“, celebrates the best of regional and local food specialties of Italy. A chance to taste the most famous Italian regional food, prized culinary delicacies such as, for example, buffalo mozzarella and to sample excellent local wines.
The venue for this food festival is the Pompei’s Santuario delle Beata Vergine.
When: April 1 through 25 (annual);
Where: Pompei’s Santuario delle Beata Vergine.


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»» Tasting Black Truffle and Norcineria in Norcia

For those who want to taste black truffle, the mountain town of Norcia offers a big chance late February.

This historic town located at the foothills of the Apennines mountains, in Umbria, hosts its National Exhibition of Black Truffle in the two last week-ends of February.

The event is much more than only black truffle, it offers the chance to taste very unique local produces and delicacies.
Norcineria, the pork processing technique through which Prosciutti, Salami and other pork delicacies well known worldwide are obtained, originates from this town.
And just to name a couple more unique produces and delicacies Norcia has to offer, the lentils from Castelluccio, grown within the National Park of Monti Sibillini and the cheeses of Norcia, obtained with the traditional ancient production techniques.

A trip to Norcia — just 180 km from Rome — , offers the chance to experience unique flavors and ancient culinary traditions, while enjoying one of the most gorgeous mountain landscapes and areas of natural beauty in Italy.

When: last two week-ends of February (annual)
Where: Norcia (Umbria).
Program and detailed info are available at www.neronorcia.it .


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»» Chocolate Tastings in Turin: CioccolaTO’

Turin hosts its annual chocolate festival, CioccolaTO’, from March 2 through 11.
Ten days of tastings, classes, competitions and many more chocolate themed events.

The historic square Piazza Vittorio Veneto is the main venue for CioccolaTO’, but many shops and cafés located in the historic district of Turin will offer tastings and the chance to experience something linked to chocolate.
Even many restaurants will offer a chocolate themed menu and the chance to taste recipes based on chocolate.

When: March 2 through 11, 2012
Where: Turin (Piazza Vittorio Veneto).
Festival program and detailed info are available at www.cioccola-to.it .


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»» Where To Buy White Truffle in Umbria and The Marches

Those who are looking to buy white truffle while visiting Italy, should not miss some major truffle events taking place between late October and November.
A number of truffle festivals and fairs, held in October and November in the most important areas of the country for truffle hunting, offer the best chance to buy the most valuable of the tubers.

This piece of advice is for people who are visiting Rome or tourist areas in Umbria and Marche — those who are visiting Piedmont or surrounding areas in Northern Italy can visit the Alba International White Truffle Fair and the many more minor festivals taking places in the area (here you can find out more about it).

In Umbria, just a day trip away from Rome, you have a major truffle fair in Gubbio, worldwide well known travel destination because is one of the historic centers most visited in Umbria.
The annual fair, “Mostra Mercato Nazionale del Tartufo Bianco e dei prodotti agro-alimentari“, starts late October (2011 edition goes from Oct. 28 to Nov 1st). The program for the 2011 Gubbio’s truffle fair is here.

Just a few km from Gubbio, you have “Il tartufo bianco“, another major truffle fair, taking place in the Renaissance town of Città di Castello. The fair, featuring an important white truffle market, is held early November (2011 edition goes from Nov. 4 through 6. Here you find the 2011 program).

If you cross the Apennines mountain chain, around 50 km away from Città di Castello, in the Marches, you have “Fiera Nazionale del Tartufo Bianco Pregiato di Acqualagna” — the National Acqualagna White Truffle Fair — held in the town of Acqualagna.
Located at the heart of one of the most important areas for truffle-hunting in Italy, Acqualagna hosts one of the two most important truffle fairs held in the country.
The fair starts the last week of October and goes on the first two week-ends of November. You can find the program for the 2011 fair here.


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»» The Best Time To Visit Capri, Ischia and Procida – Islands of Naples Festival

The spectacular Neapolitan islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida will be hosting “Islands of Naples sea of wonders” festival from May 23 to 29. A festival dedicated to exploring the dual theme of theatre and food & wine.

Isle of Ischia

Visitors will enjoy a week of theatrical performances and the chance to taste fabulous dishes created by restaurants for the event. A variety of “Stage Menus”, featuring dishes created in honour of famous theatrical works, will be available in selected restaurant in the three islands at special festival prices.

Visitors will be able to experience a unique atmosphere created by great Neapolitan food and unforgettable theatrical memories in the breath-taking surroundings of Bay of Naples.

“Islands of Naples sea of wonders” adds one more attraction for visitors to enjoy a visit to Capri, Ischia and Procida in May.
More information on the “Islands of Naples sea of wonders” festival is available at http://www.isoledinapoli.com/2011/en/index.html .


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