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SlowItaly

our favourite slow holiday hacks, better for us and our environment

Welcome to Dolcevia.com. We started this website in 2008 in Dutch for people who love Italy, however since then our interests have developed and our tastes have diversified. I guess we also needed a change and a chance to explore more of the world. This part of Dolcevia.com is therefore dedicated to slow travelling the world, the same travel principles just a larger scope and involving so many more people in our quest to take the mass tourism out of  vacations. 

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  • When people think of Umbria, they usually think of Assisi or tiny Todi as a destination, but there is actually much much more to see and do than meets the eye. To first get your bearings, it's good to know about Umbria's famed (and some lesser known) hill towns. All accessible by train, but some less so...

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  • A true spectacle of nature in the beautiful Valbelluna along the San Boldo Pass, "the road of 100 days" .

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  • The beautiful wine estate Tenuta Madonnina in Sicily has been transformed by Carla and Tom Boelen into a small-scale vacation resort with luxury vacation homes. On the northern slope of Mount Etna and overlooking the beautiful village of Castiglione di Sicilia there are 8 luxury lifestyle houses ranging from 2 to 8 persons.

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  • When I asked our Italian trainee, Arriana,  to tell me about Christmas dinner at her house, how her mother prepares it and what dishes she puts on the table, she wrote me this little essay, which I thought was too nice not to share with everyone. Enjoy, and a merry Christmas to all!

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  • Ever wanted to participate in the Mille Miglia without owning a vintage car? The Outlierman, makers of the world’s finest driving accessories, today announces the launch of its all-new classic car rental platform – ‘Rent & Drive’. Offering passionate classic car enthusiasts the opportunity to drive some of the world’s most desirable cars, ‘Rent & Drive’ provides a made-to-measure, high quality rental service like no other.

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  • The W.H.O. ranked Italy as the 2nd best country in the world for overall healthcare in 2020. On paper, it looks pretty good. Here’s some reflections after living here.

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  • It's been a long time since we associated popping corks and sparkling wines only with weddings, New Year's Eveparties or the launching of a new ship. And When even the French are turning to Prosecco instead of Champagne, it's maybe time to pay some attention to it.

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  • It is almost impossible to ignore the big blue and red boxes in the supermarket during the holidays. The Italian Panettone has nestled itself forever on the shelves. If you've ever been tempted to take a Panettone home, you'll most likely, like me, have been a little disappointed.

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  • On Saturday, more or less at the same time as the government announced new Covid-19 measures, I was on the boat from Camogli to San Fruttuoso. The sea was pretty rough and the few passengers who used the FAI's Open Monument Day had to shield themselves from unexpected wet showers poured over them.

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  • November is a good time to visit Dolceacqua. The water of the river Nervia babbles with a little more zest than in the high heat of summer. The woods around create a colourful contrast with the dark walls of the village called Dolceacqua Terre, the part on the other side of the Ponte Vecchio, the famous bridge painted by Monet.

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  • (update 4 November 2020) The new measures are intended to prevent a complete national lockdown, including a 50% reduction in public transport capacity, the closure of shopping centres at weekends, the complete closure of museums and the move to distance learning in all secondary schools.

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  • Photography Drones are going to be on top of many a Christmas wish list this year and of course we’re going to have our heart set on trying it out on our next holiday. We know Italy is every drone pilots dream, a mixed soup of landscapes, every angle offering you stunning villages, historical sites and sea scapes. It will be like taking your tourist snapshots to another level entirely, so how high can you go and where can you go? This article intends to answer a few of these questions.  

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  • This will help answer some questions you may have about Covid-19 guidelines in Italy; precautions you may want to take or know more about. Please understand that by following the strictest health guidelines, has made it possible for Italy to safely open up to tourists at a tremendous cost. The most important steps visitors can take is to respect the given guidelines. A restaurant or hotel owner can be heavily fined and risk closure for 14 days.

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  • Italy has literally hundreds of historic buildings in every medieval town or village and Most may be used for ceremonies, receptions, weddings and parties. For religious services you can use beautiful Protestant or Catholic churches and chapels. There are venues available for other religions as well.

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  • Italy is in lockdown and because of the coronavirusand we are advised to stay at home. Anyone who wants to visit the cultural heritage of italy, without leaving home, we have launched a series of monuments and exhibitions you can visit virtually. Or maybe you had no opportunity to visit all the museums you wanted to see during your holiday? We present more than 30, which we think are a ´must see´: from the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence to the Capodimonte museum in Naples, take this opportunity to see them all (thanks to the Culture & Arts Initiative by Google).

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  • An exceptional series with drone recordings of numerous Italian regions and cities, unimaginable images, each outdoing the other. I cannot make a choice which one I like best, but if I had to, the Matera cave dwellings would be somewhere in the top of my personal list. Don't miss the video of a completely empty Florence during the Corona lockdown and the emotional images of an abandoned Rome with the Tricolore flying over it. Those who love Sardinia can enjoy the beautiful beach images, and if you think about your ski holiday, how about a bird's eye view around the Matterhorn.

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Check out our latest recipes

  • Tarte de Mougins with olives

    This recipe is originally from Robert Vergier, the most famous chef from the Provence, who sadly passed away in 2017. His Michelin star restaurant in Mougins still exists but this aromatic savory pie is unfortunately no more on the menu. Delicious as an appetizer with an aperitif or as an antipasto, I make it at least once a year. When i recently made it for a group of Italian women, they kept asking me for the recipe, so it must be good. If possible use greek olives, which usually only sell with pits, so that's an extra quarter of an hour's work. Since I can't find Greek olives in Italy I use the spicy Taggia olives from LIguria.  .

  • Sweet and sour rabbit stew with polenta and pomegranate

    This dish with wild rabbit or hare is simple, incredibly tasty and very festive but it takes some patience. The polenta needs time to firm up so you can easily cut it into slices later.

  • Risotto Vernazzolana with basil and king prawns

    This dish is inspired upon a basil infused green risotto I once ate at a seaside restaurant in Genoa called Santa Monica. I had a bunch of fresh spinach and a few prawns left in the fridge plus a beautiful bunch of freshly picked basil from the nearby town of Pra.  I was afraid that the spinach may over power the basil, so I put some aside to decorate.  The combination of fresh sweet basil with fresh spinach was actually much better than I had expected however adding the torn fresh basil leaves on top of the dish is an absolutely improved culinary experience. In fact, I think this may be one of my favourite risotto's ever with its bright green colour contrasted by bright pink prawns, I could even imagine this topped with a piece of salmon.  Be sure to clean  your prawns, remove the shell but leave the tail.

  • Torta di Nocciole by Azienda Agricole Tastelanghe

    Some recipes are handed down through generations, this is a perfect example a scrumptious cake that brings out the true flavour of the IGP Piedmont Hazelnut,  Made without using any flour at all. also Available to buy at TASTËLANGHE Azienda Agricole in Piemonte. 

  • The Original Tiramisu recipe

    The story about the origin of the famous Italian dessert Tiramisu was first told to me by chef Celestino Giacomello of the famous hotel  Gritti Palace  in Venice. He also assured me that this dish is at least as authentic Venetian as a gondolier. 

  • Panettone pudding

    your Leftover panettone or pandoro can easily be used in an upgraded bread pudding. Although you can choose from a whole range of recipes for leftovers of Christmas, this budino is one of the best. A recipe from Anna del Conte. This delicious dessert is perfect after two or three days of intensive gourmet eating.