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Ten Facts About Gelato That You Ought To Know

On a hot summer day in Italy, nothing tastes quite as divine as a cold, sweet scoop of gelato. As one of the Italian food inventions that are loved all over the world, gelato actually has a history as diverse as the colors and flavors that it comes in. Here are just ten facts about gelato that you ought to know! The word “gelato” means “frozen” or “to freeze” in Italian. A gelato vendor is known as a “gelatai”. Gelato is made from fruit, sugar, and milk, and traditionally hails from Northern Italy. When you remove the milk and use water instead, you end up with a sorbetto which is a southern product. Gelato isn’t actually frozen as we normally know it, and compared to normal ice cream which is stored at 0 to 5 degrees Fahrenheit, is actually required to be kept at a slightly warmer temperature of 10-15 [...]

The Top 10 Things You Shouldn’t Miss in Rome

The Italian capital of Rome is one of the world’s premiere tourist destinations for good reason: it’s full of ancient ruins, baroque treasure and a world-renowned brand of cuisine that will satisfy even the most discerning of tastes. It’s not called the Eternal City for nothing, too. Rome offers the perfect blend of Western civilization’s storied past and the modern world’s celebrated comforts. With everything there is to do in this city, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and use up all your vacation time without getting a taste of everything Rome has to offer. We’re here to help you set your Italian touring priorities right and with our list of the 10 things you shouldn’t miss while you’re in Rome. Here we go: 1. The Coliseum This ancient structure is one of the most recognized landmarks in the world. Also known as the Flavian Amphitheater, the Coliseum was built over [...]

How to Tour Italy Without Overspending

In today’s tough economic climate on both sides of the Atlantic, making sure you get the most out of your travel dollars is a must. Knowing exactly how much to spend and where to spend it in Italy can spell the difference between realizing the vacation of your dreams and going home worrying about your next credit card statement

What is Italian Food?

  What is Italian Food? To answer that question, let me start with a story.  An American was visiting Rome recently and  ordered a plate of spaghetti alle vongole, a dish he thought he was familiar with. It’s spaghetti in clam sauce, right?.  His food arrived and he started to dig in, but he felt like something was missing, so he called the waitress back and asked for some parmesan cheese.  Her face fell and she snapped “no” at the bewildered American and she headed back towards the kitchen. What happened here?  This American, one that had grown up with an with an Italian grandmother even, had broken a very important Italian food rule. No cheese with fish. So what is Italian food?  Chicken Parm?  Spaghetti & Meatballs? The answer starts with that there really isn’t something called “Italian Food.” Italy did not become a unified country until 1861. What [...]

How to Order Food in Italy

Italy is all about food.  It is one of the greatest pleasures during a trip to Italy.  There are a few things that are a little bit different in a restaurant than what you might be used to.  Here are our tips for how to order food in Italy. Where to Go Bar: Go to the bar for your morning cappuccino and cornetto (pastry)  At lunch or snack time you can get readymade sandwiches. At the bar you pay for purchases before you eat and the prices are often different of you sit at a table or eat standing at the bar.  Remember: panino – one sandwich, panini – more than one sandwich Tavolo Caldo Casual, inexpensive places that serve prepared food, often cafeteria style. These are great because you can see exactly what is on offer and just point to what you want.  Perfect for kids who have had [...]

The Best Gelato in Italy

How do you find the best gelato in Italy?  Come with us and see!. The writings of Pliny the Elder from over 2,000 years ago talk about a sweet dessert made from snow collected from the mountains, brought to Rome and mixed with crushed fruit for a sweet, cold dessert… The name gelato is  derived from the Italian word, gelare, which means to freeze. In Italy an ice cream shop is known as a gelateria. While the two words gelato and ice cream are sometimes used interchangeably they are not quite the same thing. Italian gelato is denser with less air incorporated into it and it has a lower fat content. Gelato is also served at a higher temperature than ice cream. Italians take their gelato pretty seriously.  There is even a Gelato University in the town of Anzola dell’Emilia, near Bologna where you can take courses on how to [...]

Italian Inventions

A real Neapolitan pizza is made with San Marzano tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella cooked in a wood burning oven. Have you ever wondered what kinds of everyday things you use did Italians invent? The list of Italian inventions is a long one.  Here are Tour Italy Now’s picks for the top 10 Italian inventions. Wireless Communication.   You are reading this online right?  You can thank Guglielmo Marconi for that. In 1909 he and Karl Ferdinand Braun won the Nobel Prize in Physics for contributions to the development of wireless telegraphy.  In 1902 Marconi successfully sent the first transatlantic transmission from Canada to the United Kingdom.  This revolutionary technology was critical when the luxury ocean liner the Titanic sank and wireless communications were maintained for 72 hours during the rescue operations. Barometer and Thermometer Knowing what the weather will be like and what the temperature is on your Italian vacation [...]

Gelato University, Outside Bologna, Teaches the World to Make Gelato!

No, this is not a picture of Gelato University, this is one of the many gelateri in Italy and around the world. Wherever you live, in the U.S. or abroad, you may have noticed an uptick in new gelateria opening up. There is a boom in this Italian treat, and the enrollment figures at Gelato University in Anzola dell’Emilia, outside Bologna, prove it. This year, 12,000 students have come from around the world to learn the craft of gelato making, from places as far as as Madagascar and Japan. That’s up from 9,000 students last year! Also, for the first time ever, more than half the students this year are foreign, that is, non-Italian. Talk about the perfect excuse for travel to Italy! The school is run by Carpigiana, one of Italy’s leading gelato-machine makers. For just under $1,200 a week, you can enroll at Gelato University and learn how [...]

Italy Fun Fact: Italians Invented the Ice Cream Cone!

Given the epic heat wave scorching much of the U.S. this week, we at Tour Italy now thought it would be fun to bring you this Italy Fun Fact: Did you know that in Italians invented the ice cream cone? As with much culinary history, there is some debate as to the precise origins of the iconic and delicious ice cream cone, but the consensus among culinary historians is that Italian immigrants living in England in the 19th century were the first to make a rolled waffle exclusively for ice cream. Thus was born the ice cream cone! You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream! In a cone! In their early years, in the mid-1800s, ice cream cones were referred to ice cream wafers, ice cream shells, ice cream cups, according to the website What’s Cooking In America. From the same source, we learn that the first [...]

Italian Gelato Festival in Florence Next Week!

Love gelato? Who doesn’t! Every year towards the end of May the beautiful Renaissance city of Florence hosts a Gelato Festival. This successful event has been has been going from strength to strength since 2010 and is now one of the most anticipated dates in Italian food lovers diaries.  For 2013 there is the additional exciting news that Firenze Gelato Tour is going to travel throughout the country, to spread the word about artisan gelato culture. Stands are set up in some of the prettiest squares in the historic center of Florence. Both small artisan and larger commercial producers will be in attendance so you can test your favorite classic flavors and some new exciting ones. The way the festival works is like this; You purchase a card that entitles you five tastings a various sites throughout the festival. Also included is a Gelato guide, a totebag and free entrance [...]