Sunday, January 1, 2012

Map Italy

Rome Italy Hotel

I am old customer of CVC, arriving in Italy did all the terrestrial part with Gartour which is the corresponding company of CVC in Italy ... I really enjoyed the services of Gartour, all great, starting with the services of theguide, which is a Peruvian named Veronica.

But I must complain about the Beverly Hills Hotel in Rome. ( was in a room inthe refrigerator does not work, the air conditioner did not, the download did not complete and the hotel does not offer free internet, had to pay 13 Euros per day, that would be absurd! but it was much worse than this,that the internet does not work ..... therefore, is critical for me lived in three days I was there staying, in late 2011.

Eve in Rome - Italy (Capodanno)

I spent the years 2011 to 2012 in Romewas warned by taxi drivers when it passes midnight the crowddrinks and the bar is very heavy. As a precaution I went to a restaurant, but today, as in Paris, reading thenewspapers of Rome, I see that two people died and 561 were injured, it is a pity, but alcohol is it!

Otherwisein Romea man of 31 years died in a house by the explosion of fireworks, which also injured fourchildren, who are in serious condition. The incident was caused by "an improper use of a relevant quantity of fireworks," testified to the police.

Friday, December 30, 2011

An authentic Italian cantina in Rome

Checchino since 1887
Via di Monte Testaccio, 30 00153 Rome
tel 0039 065743816 - 0039 065746318
Reservations by SMS +393335855055

Open for lunch and dinner from 12:30 to 15:00 last orders at 14:45
from 20:00 to 24:00 hours last orders 23:45
closed Sunday and Monday
closed in August and one week between Christmas and New Year's Eve

Checchino since 1887 represents 122 years of Romanism expressed through the kitchen of the best of the neighborhood or district, the district of Testaccio. This district owes its development to the presence of the Slaughterhouse (1890-1975) or more of the "Plant Mattazione" as reads the sign above the front of the building just opened in 1890. As early as 1870, the trio ran a grandparent of the current owners' inn for the resale of wine and only administered to customers not only cooked dishes such as cheese, olives, dried meat, famous couples, pieces of meat left to dry with lots of pepper and chili so hot as to require rivers of wine to be adequately damped. Today would call a marketing then it was a "tricksy" host. As the years pass, and the inn is said Lorenzo and Clorinda, the founders, decided to apply for a license to cook. 'S obtained in 1887 and began to cook for the workers who are building the factory. So when the slaughterhouse was opened in 1890, begin to arrive in the kitchen of a local meat but especially the entrails of animals slaughtered in the slaughterhouse facing. The result was the kitchen of the 5 th quarter, an absurd mathematical (quarters of an animal is 4) to indicate that portion that weighs more like a fourth noble and which is constituted by the head, tail, feet, and entrails of animals, sheep , pigs or cattle to be. The fifth quarter was given as additional wage for workers of the slaughterhouse were more humble, or so-called Scortichino vaccinara those butchers who flayed, skinning animals, divided them in half (half of a beast) and moved to shoulder. These took the workers' habit of bringing this payment in kind, in the taverns near the slaughterhouse, to make it cook. Born and grew well, dishes such as oxtail and Rigatoni with pajata (calf intestine of fasting). The oxtail Marina, Elio and Francesco Mariani, still suggest the original recipe, slightly lightened than coded according to the inspiration of the great-grandmother Fermina, daughter of the founders. Over the years the club has been updated by integrating the proposal with dishes prepared on the basis of all the wonderful Romanesque second season vegetables: artichokes, chicory, chicory, broccoli. Widening the choice of soups, adding to the classic pasta and chickpeas and beans and pasta, the soup of farro and artichokes, and that of barley and chicory. The proposed menu includes traditional Roman dishes such as saltimbocca, the garofolato, breast of veal to Fornara, rabbit, chicken, or lamb cacciatore. The family was always very careful matching with the wines offering the best of Latium, and the main Italian winemaking regions worldwide (in the 50's list of Checchino boasted the presence of at least 5 types of French wines, exceptional fact for a restaurant in those days). Ample space has always been dedicated by Elio and Francesco, both professional sommeliers, to Italian and foreign spirits. Back in the '70s, Elio brought an encyclopedic cart grappa. But there's more, today we also find the wonderful Checchino cheese trolley with a proposal that ranges from the classics, such as Parmigiano Reggiano large reserves in the form of 4 years, Pecorino Romano DOP Bagos from the Brescia to Piacenza Siculus of Enna with black pepper and saffron from the Roman countryside Caciofiore made with vegetable rennet derived from 'drying of wild purple thistle, Spanish Cabrales blue and still many others, seasonally, real rarities like the very old or the Bettelmat Valformazza. To finish the construction of sweets is curated by Marina that fully exploits the cellar Checchino by matching dessert wines, served by the glass, to desserts such as pear and walnut cake flavored with cinnamon, served warm with chocolate sauce or as The ricotta cake with almonds and chocolate chips or a number of orange or hazelnut semifreddo and others. Speaking of Checchino you can not forget that part of the good restaurants I remember, association of restaurateurs, founded in 1964 with the intent to spread the Italian regional cuisine, conveying their message through the dish I remember a good plate of decorated ceramic art Hand made crafts from Salerno. In every restaurant, part of this union, and customers who choose to partake of a specific menu of local specialties, receive a complimentary dish that tasted the dish reminds graphics; Checchino from the specialty is "Meat rolls Roman-trimmed" . For some years Checchino since 1887 has been awarded, with a lot of managerial determination, the title of Bottega Historical protected by the City of Rome. We must not forget that thanks to its location within a historic monument which the Italian Archaeological Monte Testaccio, Monte dei Cocci said, Checchino was able to join the Association of Historical Places Italy and Europe. The Monte Testaccio is precisely why and said shards of pottery made with pieces of amphorae Imperial and Republican era of ancient Rome, stacked here by the merchants of the time. Using the jars as a means of transport for many goods, mainly foodstuffs such as olive oil, wine and wheat, once emptied the contents can not throw them in bulk because they could no reuse for reasons related to the cost of duty, the merchants were forced to break and to pile up in this place in an orderly fashion, piece by piece, building up as well, from 75 BC to 456 AD, a hill about 50 meters high and 1 km perimeter of the base, 15 million cubic meters of amphorae known as the "Monte of Cocci. " This hill is very important because it gave its name to the neighborhood. The etymology of the word comes from the Latin head, which means testae vase, terracotta amphora, from this the testaceum fact, the mountain made of testae, popularized in the Roman dialect, in Testaccio. As evidence of this is also the fact that the neighborhood has as its symbol the amphora. Checchino is fortunate to have the cellar dug into the Monte Testaccio, which means an exceptional environment for the storage of wines and the chance to show the customer a unique tourist in the world. If you go to Checchino do not forget to ask Marian to show you this little treasure of Rome, full of atmosphere and culture, will be a pleasure for them to accompany you. Finally something new, the Mariani are so proud of their Roman world, which this year joined with enthusiasm to a project organized by Confcommercio in collaboration with the Province of Rome. This project aims at the promotion of local food and wine capital of the province. It is called "Taste and Buy" on an experimental basis, in the Capitoline 5 restaurants, including Checchino, and was made a "corner-shop", in which the customers can buy, even in small packages, such as specialty 'Sabina PDO extra virgin olive oil, organic honey Park of Veii, Sambuca Romana, the Roman Castles of strawberry liqueur, some pate and more. True delicacies, which once tasted by Checchino, you can take with you, to renew, at home, with friends and family, try some of the flavors in this "Temple" of Gastronomy Capitolina.

Ferrari Enzo 2012 (458), the first spy photos at the Fiorano track

Recently it has been seen the example of a heavily camouflaged Ferrari Fiorano track that ran on for some tests. This is the heir of the Enzo, which will be presented at the end of 2012.
These spy photos show a Ferrari 458 Italy mainly thanks to the camouflage and made unrecognizable now has a longer snout and lower than the 458 series. The rear has been redesigned making it sound like a Shooting Brake Modena Berlinetta. Though we have no confirmation if this prototype is the replacement for the Enzo or less, in a recent interview with the CEO Amedeo Felisa said the new Ferrari will be officially presented to the extreme end of the year to come. The basis for a future series will be made out of carbon fiber and will be powered by a V12 centrally located rear. It is thought that the next generation of Ferrari will use hybrid technology. According to Felisa, Ferrari hybrid systems used on the road "will improve the efficiency and dynamic performance not only focus on the real." For the time was not disclosed the name of the V12 that will take the place of the Enzo.
While McLaren and Lamborghini have made much of the carbon fiber structure of their respective supercars, Ferrari has chosen a different path. Felisa says that "for a small car production such as the next Enzo, the carbon fiber frame is the best solution." As for the Ferrari production more widespread. however, such as Italy 458, 599 and FF, the carbon structure does not seem the best. "The benefits of carbon over aluminum with regard to the large car production are minimal while the costs turn out to be far superior. In case of accident, with a carbon structure is very difficult to identify whether the body has been damaged or not. " All these advances make us understand that the heir of the Enzo will deal a hard time to his opponents.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Suggested Itinerary Travel to Italy

Day 1 - Brazil / Milan
Presentation at the airport for flight to Milan (not including airfare).

Day 2 - Milan
Arrival in Milan and transfer to hotel (daily in the hotel starts at 14h). Rest of day free. Enjoy visiting the Gothic cathedral, the Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele II, the Sforza Castle and La Scala Theatre. Milan known as the center of fashion, business and finance. Hosting. The meeting with the tour escort will be from 20.30 at the hotel.

Day 3 - Milano / Sirmione / Verona / Venice
Breakfast at hotel. Scenic Lake Garda in Sirmione and stop to visit this charming people. Departure to Verona, where the sweet curves of the Adige River and the hills that surround the north side, determine the harmony and beauty of the landscape of the city of Romeo and Juliet. Free time. Then you travel to Venice.Accommodation in Venice Mestre.

Day 4 - Venice
Breakfast at hotel. Departure by boat to the nearby San Marcos. Panoramic tour of the city of canals, with the typical ride glass factory. Free time and return to the hotel by boat and bus. Accommodation in Venice Mestre.

Day 5 - Venice / Padua / Ferrara / Florence
Breakfast at hotel. Output to the Tuscan capital. Stop in Padua, where you can admire the city from great artists such as Dante Petrarca, Giotto and Donatello. The site experienced a great flowering time of the Renaissance, which can still be enjoyed through its buildings, monuments and squares. Continue to the medieval town Ferrara. Free time for lunch and sightseeing in this magnificent city (not included). It is suggested to try the Tortellini. Soon after, exit to Florence, free time and overnight.

Day 6 - Florence
Breakfast at hotel. Walk to the historic site. Guided visit of the complex on the outside of the cathedral, Giotto's Tower, the Baptistery with the famous Gate of Paradise, and the cathedral, with the spectacular Brunelleschi's Dome. Afternoon free with possibility of optional tours such as visiting Pisa, visiting the Main Square of Miracles, the Leaning Tower and Baptistery. Another possibility for optional tour to visit Chianti is known worldwide for its wines and beautiful scenery. Hosting.

Day 7 - Florence / Perugia / Assisi / Rome
Early departure with destination to Perugia, the ancient town of Etruscan origin built on a mountain. Free time to visit the center with the incredible Duomo. Definitely worth checking out the sweets of the region.Continue to Assisi to visit the Basilica of St. Francis and the people of this charming city. Free time and continue to Rome. Arrival and possibility of optional tours. Hosting.

Day 8 - Rome
Breakfast at hotel. Morning departure for sightseeing tour of the city by highlighting the Republic Square and the Coliseum. Pass also by Venice Square, Castel S. Angelo, the outside of the Square and the Basilica of St. Peter (depending on the religious ceremonies). In the afternoon, possibility of optional excursions, such as the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. At set times, there will be transfer to a traditional neighborhood of Trastevere (does not include return transfer to the hotel).Hosting.

Day 9 - Rome
Breakfast at hotel and free day. Ability to perform full-day optional tour to Naples and Pompeii. Knowing the neighborhood of Naples and the famous Basilica of S. Francisco de Paula Pompeii and going through to do a walk through ancient archaeological city. Return to hotel and overnight.

Day 10 - Rome / Brazil
Breakfast at hotel (daily in the hotel closed at 11). Enjoy the final moments to the latest photos of Rome.Depending on the flight schedule may be interesting to (optional) an extra day to enjoy more comfortably the city of Milan Transfer to the airport with a minimum of 3 hours for flight to Brazil (not including airfare).
Hotels in Rome, Florence and Venice charge a fee to stay, to be paid in cash upon check in (entrance to the hotel). This rate varies from 2 to 5 euros per night / person under the category of hotel.

Tips Veneza

A major problem faced by the tourists who are staying in the city of Venice Master is not many options for dinner ... it is .... your problems are solved! rsssss

Following the tip from our guide Veronica Gartour the relevant company, we were in Befed ( can ensure that it is worthwhile, a relaxed atmosphere, very reminiscent of the Oc Back, lively music, beautiful people and a delicious little chicken which is served with fries and a craft beer ... the good taste, I'll bet that the owners were based in very Barsil to prepare the company shape ... just amazing!