Anytime. Ski in winter, sunbathe in summer, Italy welcomes visitors all year.
Average August (summer) maximums are 28 degrees Celsius in Milan in the north; in Rome 28C; and in Palermo, Sicily, 29C.
Average January (winter) minimums in Milan are -4C; Rome 4C; Palermo 11C. January maximums average 7C, Milan; 13C, Rome; 15C, Palermo.
HERE are a few to pencil in to your itinerary:
Italy seems to have an excess of palaces and castle and other luxurious places just begging to be turned into glamorous hotels.
Fortunately many have been exquisitely refurbished and are waiting for your arrival.
FOR OTHER LUXURY PLACES TO STAY
Weird and Wacky
Surely one of the strangest towns in the world, Alberobello in Puglia, southern Italy, is full of weird little cone-shaped huts built from local limestone, roofs and all.
Late in the 16th-century the aristocracy allowed peasant workers to build houses that could be swiftly dismantled if there was a royal inspection. It was a tax-dodge really as it allowed them to avoid paying the levy for a village.
It was no way for the workers to live, so in 1797, they got together and petitioned the king and received the right to live freely in their trulli.
The unusual shape insulates the interior, and you can see for yourself. Alberobello has several that may be rented. It's a charming step back into history - a little like sleeping in a time warp.
Did You Know?
Italian weather conditions: http://weather.yahoo.com/italy
Currency converter: http://www.xe.com/ucc/
Language translator: http://babelfish.yahoo.com/translate_txt
English-Italian Dictionary: http://www.wordreference.com/enit/
Speak Italian: http://www.speakitalian.com/
Italian-English/English-Italian Dictionary: http://dictionary.reverso.net/english-italian/
World clock: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/
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Amore and Amaretti, a tale of love and food in Tuscany, Victoria Cosford, Wakefield Press, 2010, paperback, rrp A$24.95.
An Umbrian Love Story, Marlena de Blasi, hardcover.
Dolce e Salata, Marlena de Blasi, hardcover, Food and Travel review
Buon Ricordo - how to make your home a great restaurant, Armando Percuoco & David Dale, Allen & Unwin, hardcover, 2009, rrp. A$65.
Lucio�s Ligurian Kitchen, Lucio Galletto & David Dale, photography by Paul Green, Allen & Unwin, 2008, www.allenandunwin.com Hardcover, richly illustrated, 330 pages.
Christ stopped at Eboli, Carlo Levi, FSG Classics, 1947, paperback
Old Calabria, Norman Douglas, Google Book online
Just a Little Italian, Sally Hammond, paperback, New Holland Publishers, rrp A$25
Delizia! the Epic History of the Italians and their Food , John Dickie, Sceptre, 2007, hardcover, 400 pages, ISBN: 978 0 340 89639 6
Gourmet Pilgrim Italy, Gourmet Pilgrim, November, 2010, rrp A$69.95.
On Jessica Theroux's journey through Italy she found the soul of the Slow Food movement In the hearts of twelve Italian Grandmothers. Dishes from this book will be featured at an array of great (and mostly Italian) restaurants across North America, from October 11-17, 2010.
Each restaurant will host a special dinner celebrating local food and the publication of an extraordinary new book
is an unprecedented photographic personal journey into the heart of Italy, steeped in a culinary tradition that celebrates the principles that define the Slow Food movement. From the dramatic winter shores of Ustica to the blooming hills of Tuscany in spring, readers will journey through Italy's most diverse regions and seasons, to discover the country's most delectable dishes, from the traditional to the unexpected, and meet the storied grandmothers who make them.
Eat, Pray Love - Columbia Pictures, October, 2010.
It's no accident that the 'eat' part of this movie centres around Italy!
Julia Roberts makes the ideal Elizabeth Gilbert, and the succulent dishes, the generous hospitality and general enjoyment of dining and sharing food with others, typifies the ideal Italian meal.
In cinemas from mid-October.
Buon Ricordo (best restaurant association),
Italian migration to Australia began in the second-half of the 1800s. It is estimated there are now almost a million people in Australia who claim Italian heritage.
Italian food is extremely popular in Australia - as it is in many countries around the world.
Most cities in Australia have a range of Italian restaurants - from cheap-n-cheerful trattorias and pizzerie to high-end establishments serving elegant Italian menus. Many have been run by families for decades.
Here are some to try if you are in these cities:
Perth: Divido, Il Lido Italian Canteen (08 9286 1111)
The Sydney Seafood School hosts Gusto, a CIRA's celebration of regional Italian cuisine, every August.
There are many parts where Italian migrants chose to settle. There is a vibrant Italian community around Ingham in North Queensland, which is sometimes referred to as 'Little Italy'. The Riverina, especially Griffith in New South Wales has many Italian links, including trattorias and pasticcerias in the town and a fine wine-making tradition. There are families with Italian roots in the Stanthorpe region also, as well as the Swan Valley east of Perth.
New Italy, on the NSW north coast, near Woodburn, is a poignant reminder of the difficulties of early migrants. In the 1880s a shipload of Italians were duped into believing they could settle in a new land of promise in the Pacific. It turned out to be non-existent and they ended up being accepted into Australia and relocated to northern NSW where they built their own community, turning a potential tragedy into an inspiring story. http://www.new-italy.com/
Penola in South Australia's Coonawarra region, south of Adelaide, has become of interest recently as this was where Blessed Mary MacKillop taught and ministered. There is an interpretative centre in the town as well as the school where she taught. In a canonisation ceremony in Rome on October 17th, 2010, Mary MacKillop became Roman Catholicism's first Australian saint.
An old superstition dictated that all loaves of bread must be marked with a sign of the cross before baking. Some say it is to prevent the devil from sitting on the loaf and spoiling it; others that it lets out evil.
In Umbria it is considered bad luck to stiir polenta in an anticlockwise direction.
It is considered disrespectful to lay a loaf of bread upside down as bread is considered the body of Christ by Roman Catholics; for the same reason never plunge a knife into a loaf of bread and leave it there.
It's bad luck in a group to cross arms when toasting, and never raise a toast with a glass of water.
If you spill wine at the dinner table, dabbing a little of the spilled wine behind each ear for good luck.
Al contadino non far sapere quanto - buono il formaggio con le pere.?Don't let the farmer know how good cheese is with pears.
Alla frutta. You're in the fruit (Fed up and can't take any more).
aver le mani in pasta, to have your hands in pasta (to be in the midst of doing something).
Avere la botte piena e la moglie ubriaca. To have the wine cask full and the wife drunk (have your cake and eat it, too).
Avere le mani in pasta.?To have a finger in the pie.
Baccali, dried cod (Italian name for someone uptight)
Botte piccola fa vino buono. A small cask makes good wine ( friendly compliment to a short person).
Buono come il pane. As good as bread (I thought it was reliable).
Butta la pasta! throw in the pasta! (coming home for lunch).
Cosa bolle in pentola? What's boiling in the pot, or cooking? (what's going on?)
Cotto, cooked (Have a crush on someone).
Cucinare qualcuno, to cook someone (treating him as he deserves)
essere una buona pasta, to be good pie (to be a good egg)
fare una spaghettata, to eat spaghetti (dine with friends or company)
farti i cavoli tuoi, making your cabbage (mind your own business).
Fatto una frittata. Made an omelette (got in a mess).
fritta e rifritta, fried and refried (a story told over and over).
la spaghettata di mezzanotte, midnight pasta(a meal shared by friends after an event)
Mangiabambini, baby-eater (someone terrible-looking, a bogey man).
Mangiacarte, a paper eater (a mediocre, ineffective lawyer).
Mangiacristiani, eater of Christians (a blustering ugly bore)
mangiapane a tradimento, a treacherous bread-eater (a scrounger).
mangiapane, bread-eater (a lazy person)
mangiapreti, a priest-eater (a rabid anticleric).
Mangiauomini, men-eater (a seductive, man-eating woman).
Ne ammazza pia la gola che la spada.?Gluttony kills more than the sword.
Non si puo avere la botte piena - la moglie ubriaca.?You can't have your cake and eat it too.
Non si vive di solo pane.?One does not live by bread alone.
O mangiar questa minestra o saltar questa finestra.?Either eat this soup or jump out this window.?(Take it or leave it).
Pane al pane, vino al vino.?To call bread bread and wine wine (To call a spade a spade).
pizza (Italian name for a bore)
Polpettone, a big meat ball (when something is slapped together roughly making it hard to digest).
prendersi uno spaghetto, become like spaghetti (to have a fright).
Prezzemolo, parsley (Italian name for a busybody).
salame, salami (Italian name for a silly fool)
Si pigliano pia mosche in una gocciola di miele che in un barile d'aceto.?You can catch more flies with honey than a barrel of vinegar.
Troppi cuochi guastano la cucina.?Too many cooks spoil the broth.
Tutto fumo e niente arrosto. All smoke and no roast (something that's all sizzle and no steak).
Una mela al giorno leva il medico di torno.?An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
uomo di pasta frolla, shortbread man (morally weak man)
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