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I Love Italian Wine and Food – The Latium Region

Latium is located in the central western part of Italy on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea. It includes the Apennines mountains, fertile foothills and valleys. There are four groups of ancient volcanoes, each with crater lakes. This area was once the center of the world, and remains an international center of art, politics, religion, and trade. Its population is 5.2 million, making it the third most populous region of Italy.

Latium, also called Lazio, was settled by Indo-European tribes during the 2nd millennium B. C. Later it became Etruscran. When the Etruscans were driven out by the Romans, the area became impoverished and remained so for centuries.

Food abounds, you name it and it’s probably grown in the region. The region’s most special vegetable is the artichoke. It may surprise you to learn that Latium is a center of kiwi production. It is also known for seafood, fish, and shark. Meat raised here includes beef, lamb, pork, and veal. The regions most famous cheese is Mozzarella di Bufala Campana, Mozzarella made from the milk of water buffalo. According to the popular local legend, Julius Caesar sent Marc Anthony to Egypt, where he fell in love with Cleopatra and this cheese. He sent water buffalo back home and local residents have been enjoying this Mozzarella ever since. Whether or not this legend is true, Mozzarella di Bufala Campana cheese has been popular for centuries. Latium once produced Falernian, which was considered the best wine in the Classical World.

Latium’s major city is Rome, the capital of Italy. As the Italian writer Silvio Negro said, “Roma, non basta una vita,” Rome, a lifetime is not enough. Ancient Rome was a center of wine production and of amprhorae, clay wine jugs. The area still produces wine. A short Internet search revealed an 18th Century villa for rent 35 minutes from the heart of Rome, surrounded by 30 acres of vineyards and olive groves.

Latium devotes three hundred thousand acres to grapevines, it ranks 7th among the 20 Italian regions. Its total annual wine production is about 78 million gallons, also giving it a 7th place. About 16% of the wine production is red or rosé, leaving 84% for white. The region produces 25 DOC wines. DOC stands for Denominazione di Origine Controllata, which may be translated as Denomination of Controlled Origin, presumably a high-quality wine. Only 6.5% of Latium wine carries the DOC designation. Latium is home to three dozen major and secondary grape varieties, half white and half red.

Widely grown international white grape varieties include Malvasia, Chardonnay, Trebbiano, and. Sauvignon Blanc. The best known strictly Italian white varieties are subvarieties of Trebbiano, the yellow Trebbiano Giallo, the green Trebbiano Verde, and Trebbiano Toscano.

Widely grown international red grape varieties include Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. and Merlot. The best known strictly Italian red variety is Cesane. Also popular is Sangiovese, an Italian grape now found elsewhere including in California.

Before we reviewing the Latium wine and cheese that we were lucky enough to purchase at a local wine store and a local Italian food store, here are a few suggestions of what to eat with indigenous wines when touring this beautiful region.
Start with Spaghetti alla Carbonara, Spaghetti with Cream, Pancetta (Italian bacon), and Egg.
Then try Luccio Brodettato alla Romana, Pike in an Egg-Lemon Sauce.
For dessert indulge yourself with Pizza di Polenta e Ricotta, not a pizza, but Sweet Polenta Ricotta Cake.

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Wine Reviewed
Tenuta Gasperini’ Vigneti VillaFranca ‘Castelli Romani Rosso DOC 2002 13.5% alcohol about $13

This wine was produced about 20 kilometers south of Rome. It is a 50/50 blend of Sangiovese and Montepulciano, two popular Italian red varieties. I found it a bit acidic and relatively tasteless at first. I tried it with kube also called kibbe, a Middle-Eastern specialty, balls of ground rice filled with ground meat. They were cooked overnight with potatoes in a somewhat spicy tomato sauce. The wine tasted a bit of cherries and tobacco. In a meal of chicken burgers and zucchini in a bland tomato and onion sauce, the tobacco taste was stronger than previously. The marketing materials for this wine mentioned raspberry, plum jam, leather, sweet spice, and tomato leaf. When looking for them I found plum jam and leather, but not the other elements. The distributor recommends this wine with baked pasta or veal medallions in a red wine sauce. Maybe.

Pecorino Toscano is a sheep’s milk cheese made in Tuscany and neighboring Umbria for thousands of years. It is also produced in Latium. Soft Pecorino Toscano is white with a tinge of yellow, while semi-hard Pecorino Toscano is pale yellow. This cheese is moderately strong smelling and has a complex nutty flavor. I tried this wine with sliced soft Pecorino Toscano on toast with a somewhat spicy Moroccan tomato and pimento based dip. The flavors blended well, and the wine wasn’t thin. However, in the final analysis I would not buy this wine again. It seems overpriced and cannot compete with many other wines that I have tasted in this series.

The role of the augur in Ancient Rome – Part 1

The augur in Ancient Rome was an elected priest and official. The main task performed by the augur involved the interpretation of the will of the gods. The method of divination used by was by observing the behavior of birds and determining what that behavior symbolized. Such readings were taken as a part of any significant decision-making in the society, whether military, economic, or religious.

Things looked for by the augur included all aspects of flight behavior such as direction of flight, solitary flight, flocking, noises made by the birds during flight, and the type of birds being observed. Anything observed could be interpreted as an omen of some description.

The ceremony during which bird behavior was interpreted was known as taking the auspices’. This is where we get our modern English terms auspicious and inauspicious terms from. A problem with the process was that augurs were able to manipulate the results of the readings for their own ends, engineering a bad reading to delay an election, for example.

Unknown Parts Of Rome Worth Seeing When Coming From Rome Airports

The second phase of EUR’s development occured after the war from 1951 to 1960. In 1955, Calza Bini developed a concept for transforming the exhibition complex into an urban district at the edge of an expanding Rome. This project was realized in subsequent years and concluded with the new building of important sport facilities for the 1960 Olympics. The most famous museum to see in this district that is close to the airports of Rome is the Museum of the Roman Civilization that contains the scale reproduction of the main monuments of ancient Rome,like the famous cast of the Colosseum, and its breathtaking rooms are worth seeing because people coming to Rome can have a good historical background of the progress and development of the roman civilization.

Rome Tours Discovering Rome With Limousine And Personal Driver

This important port of the central part of Italy is becoming a hub with more ships arriving at its docks carrying around 6.000 passengers all at once early in the morning.
Because of these changes in the way of approaching to the eternal city, it’s very difficult to make a choice of the places to see.
At the beginning of 2007 the Vatican started to make difficulties for the individuals to enter the Sistine chapel, because its management prefers to give priority to the organized groups first from 8.00 to 10.00 in the morning. This decision would have never been a problem if the most important museum of Rome would have opened for more hours, but unfortunately the opening hours of the Vatican museums are still the same with a closing time that is at 3.30 pm from Monday to Friday.For example, a deep and comprehensive tour of ancient Rome during the summer time with a minibus is a marvelous way to understand the origins of the western civilization. In fact driving across the Seven Hills of Rome, from the Aventine hill, people can understand how Romulus became the first king of Rome and the importance of the Palatine hill in which he saw the 12 eagles sent to him from Jupiter. But between the Palatine Hill and the Aventine the Etruscan kings of Rome built the biggest stadium in the ancient world with a capacity of spectators five times more than the Colosseum: the circus maximus, used to perform the chariot races competitions.

The Benefits to Reserve an Accommodation in Central Rome

Rome has a vast number of pensioni and hotels, but it is always best to book in advance. This article has the purpose to explain where I suggest to reserve hotels in Rome and the benefits to reserve an accommodation (hotel or apartment) in this area.

The area from Piazza del Popolo to Piazza Venezia and from the Spanish Steps to the Tiber is the medieval centre of Rome, the Centro Storico. It also comprises the Reinassance Quarter, a dense, wedge-shaped area past Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, but that area – somewhat different in character – is described below. Here, however, is mixture of tourists and Romans in an area

Lively and exuberant, crowded day and night, yet retaining its historic charm; the financial and political centre of the modern capital; and large modernised apartments in centuries-old palazzo that make it a convenient and exciting area in which to live.

Centro Storico refers to an area that included the Campus Martius in ancient Rome. This district dominated Rome in the middle ages, and does so today. Here are Piazza del Popolo, the entrance to Rome for medieval pilgrims from the ancient Via Flaminia; beautiful Piazza di Spagna, dominated from above by the 16th century Trinità dei Monti and from below by 20th century tourists; Piazza della Rotonda, home to the Pantheon and ending point for a warren of narrow medieval streets; and Piazza Navona, begun as a stadium about AD 86 by Emperor Domitian, but from the middle ages to the last century the city’s main market square.

Modernised throughout the millennia, but somehow escaping the periodic frenzies of destructive development, the piazzas and side streets of the Centro Storico are much as they have been for centuries, and today’s modern shops and restaurants merely take the place of many that came before.

Avoid the people at the Termini train station who claim to be tourism officials and offer you a room. They usually lead you to pretty seedy Rome accommodation for which you end up paying more than the official rate.

You can find a cheap and yet clean and comfortable hotel in the city centre of Rome. You don’t need to spend a fortune to stay in Rome because cheap hotels are just there, waiting to accommodate you! For this reason it is essential to buy a good Guide to Rome or visit an online guide just like RomaClick.com.

6 Places to Visit in Rome

They say there are as many attractions in Rome as there are people. That is even more amazing taking into account the fact that the historical center of Rome is comparatively small: it occupies the space between the Tiber in the East and Termini railway station in the West. Here one can see the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Trevi fountain, the Spanish Steps, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican.

What should one visit in Rome? That’s quite a question! But one thing is for sure: the following six attractions are an absolute must!

Begin with the Roman Forum, which used to be the political and religious center of the ancient Rome. The Forum is crossed by the sacred road (via Sakra), going up the Capitoline Hill. This is the breathtaking group of buildings including the ruins of the Vespasian Temple, the Agreement Temple, St Joseph Church, the Temple Of Saturn, columns of the Castor and Pollux Temple, etc. Via Sakra ends in Arch Of Titus, which was erected to commemorate the Emperor’s victory over rebellious Jerusalem.

The Pantheon is worth visiting too. Built by Mark Agrippa in 27 BC, this is one of the most famous monuments of Ancient Rome. The name “Pantheon” means “devoted to all gods”. In the Christian epoch it was turned into a church. The bodies of many prominent people lie here.

Another attraction of the Eternal city, the Coloisseum, is the symbol of Rome. Designed for 50, 000 spectators, the Coloisseum is the biggest amphitheatre in the world. Here took place bloody shows with wild animals and gladiators, to perform sea battles the arena was filled with water. To emphasize the grandeur of the happening, during the fights Emperor Commodus was wearing a lion skin.

In its original look the Colosseum existed up to VIII century when Pope Pavel III allowed his nephew to take the Colosseum stones for the building of his own palace. According to the permission, the Cardinal could take as many stones as he could but only within 12 hours. That helped to save the building for the future generations.

All the tourists certainly visit the Trevi Fountain. Perhaps, it is not the most beautiful, but for certain it is the most famous. It is the masterpiece by Nicola Salvi who had been working over it for 19 years. The small Trevi Square reminds of an ancient amphitheatre and the fountain itself is like a magnificent stage, in the center of which resides Neptune, god of the sea. He is riding a shell-shaped chariot, pulled by two sea-horses. Tritons on each side show the way between the rocks. One of the sea-horses is calm while the other is unruly. They symbolize the changeable moods of the sea. Two statues in the background represent Abundance and Salubrity. Above the sculptures are graceful bas-reliefs.

Probably the most romantic place in Rome is the Spanish Steps. It was built to connect Via del Babuino to Via Felice in 1721-1725. It acquired its name due to the embassy situated nearby. Here one can always meet couples strolling hand in hand and kissing every here and there.

These are only some of the Rome attractions. In fact, one can hardly visit all the sights of the miraculous Italian capital.