|Naturally the locally caught fresh-water fish feature strongly – but there are also the regional influences of Piedmont/Lombardy for Lake Maggiore, Lombardy for Lake Como and Lombardy/Veneto with a Germanic twist for Lake Garda. Minestra di frittata (pancake soup) is a must, or zuppa pavese – a clear soup with egg and bread. Risotto is a real favourite, or Canederli gnocchi with a sauce or in a broth. And agnolotti e ravioli stuffed with truffles or spinach is delicious. Try the local fish ’in carpione’ – marinated in herbs and fried. For carnivores, Austrian-style sausages and smoked hams (speck) or crauti (sauerkraut and gulasch). Piatto elefante is a substantial meat and vegetable dish. And the classic osso buco – knuckle of veal with marrowbone. Polenta is another popular food – maize semolina – and is the staple addition to many dishes – potato and polenta based pies, braised beef in red Barolo wine, pollo alla Marengo (chicken in white wine, mushrooms, tomatoes and garlic). For dessert, try the gianduia chocolate pudding or sweet omelettes with berry fruit filling. The local cheeses – fontina, tomini del talucco from Pinado; paglierino and pannerone – a white gorgonzola. || ||The local outdoor markets sell fresh produce on specific days – check with your owner where the nearest ones are. Exclusive label shops can be found in the more stylish resorts and of course, Milan, the Italian center of fashion, is never far from any of our villas in the Italian Lakes. || ||The region surrounding Trento, north of Lake Garda, produces abundant Cabernets, Merlots and Pinots but the robust Teroldego is the main red. Near the Swiss/Italian border in Lombardy’s valtellina, the wines from the Inferno, Grumello and Sassella vineyards are much esteemed. Francia Corta is a fragrant, mellow red. There are very good wines, are from the AHO Adidge valley – Sylvaner, Riesling, Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio, Müllr-Thurgau, Sauvignon and Chardonnay. || |
The largest region of Italy offers up a veritable banquet of art and architectural treasures. The lakes of Garda, Maggiore and Como are home to some of the most elegant and beautiful stately homes and villas dotted amidst the mountains and lakeside. To walk through the streets of its capital city of Milan is an architectural journey in itself. Amongst others worth of note, the La Scala Opera House must be seen and of course the extraordinary white marble Duomo, both inside and out, was built and dedicated to the birth of the Virgin Mary. A must see is the Church of Santa Marie delle Grazie or at least what it holds; the renowned fresco of Da Vinci’s Last Supper.
Monza home to the Autodromo is a state of the art motor racing track, an architectural feat on another level! Sabbioneta is the defining ideal city of the Renaissance, Pavia is the city of ‘Hundred Towers’, the Visconti Castle and Bergamo the medieval walled city offers up many castles and monasteries to admire and explore.