As part of the #MiaOnTheGo Experiential Ambassadorship, we present the "Oh The Places You Should Go" Travel Blog Series: Tales of Italy - a media coverage trip that included amazing sights, food, wine, stories, new faces, real life meetups, adventures and connection. Big shout of thanks to the amazing Brand Sponsors Winerist. Pio Dal Cin and Casa Chiesi Next Up: VeniceEven in bad weather, Venice is a sight to behold. My Italian Ambassador, Pio Dal Cin continued the Veneto region tour with a full day of fabulous! Venezia is a city of 117 islands that is steeped in a turbulent & fabulous history. Even in rainy weather, it’s fantastic! Located in the region of Veneto, the entire city (including the lagoon) is listed as a World Heritage Site. What does that mean in real time? As a tourist, it means that every single thing you see, touch and walk on is of historical importance. I mean, come on, this is the birthplace of Vivaldi – talk about historical. Favorite Spots: #Burano - When it comes to this little island, I can't do better than the description from Pio, a local Local!
"Burano is the real essence of a Venetian experience. In this part of the Venetian Lagoon is where it all started.Call it "Native Venice" call it (like I love to do) a photographers' and painters' Paradise. As you walk around in this wonder, you'll smell the fresh seafood, the freshly baked bread and pastry. You'll see older women knitting in an old fashioned way that is taught from generation to generation on a mother-daughter way that is not written anywhere for it is an island's secret. Next time you'll visit Venice, make the effort of taking a water bus (vaporetto) and plan to spend a whole day here. Quiet and silence broken only by the daily noises of the fishermen and the people doing their trades. The light will change the contrast and the warmth of colours as the day grows older and if you did not bring that extra battery for your camera you'll realize how much you are going to need it, for you'll have a thousand and more in less that two hours. Every corner here is a story, a shade, a colour, a situation worth the capture. At the end of the day visit #Venissa from #Bisol just across the bridge on the Island of Mazzorbo"Speaking of Mazzorbo! We were able to tour my new favorite place in the world: Venissa, the brainchild of winemaker Gialuca Bisol (yes, that same Bisol that I visited in Valdobbiadene) Mateo of Bisol was so gracious to tour us through this hidden gem. The island has a 13th Century monastery, vineyard that produces the amazing Dorona, derived from the Golden Grape from the age of the Venetian Doges. This grape variety almost became extinct and after centuries of history, only a few of the vines were left and reclaimed by the Bisol family. The vineyard, hotel & restaurant that celebrates every part of the island. We had lunch at the Venissa restaurant which was unbelievable! The fish and seafood are of the highest quality, combined with fantastic seasonal vegetables that are mostly grown in Venissa's own organic garden, or on farms on nearby Sant'Erasmo island. And then there is this... Venissa is Zombie Proof Now, back to the Venice that everyone knows: Grand Canal – What a water drive! On all sides, there is nothing but architectural eye candy. Even normal homes appear to be a museum. Since this is a massive historical sight everything is old and cool as shit. How’s that for a verbal explanation of one of the most amazing cities in Italy and Europe. As an American in Italy, it really was an overwhelmingly beautiful place to behold. St. Marks – The most touristy of tourist spots yet I still felt like I was in my own little world of history. Fueled by stories from Pio and Lisa (an art major from the area, how lucky to have her along) as well as the tales told in the documentary I watched prior to my trip, this is one crazy ass place to visit. The Jewel of Western Civilization hides a scary past of violence. The Bridge of Sighs always held a draw for me ever since seeing A Little Romance back when I was a teenager. And then you hear the story of why it’s called that; the last view for prisoners on their way to the on his way to execution. Coined by Lord Byron as a translation from the Italian "Ponte dei sospiri" in the 19th century, comes from the suggestion that prisoners would sigh at their final view of beautiful Venice. St. Marks Basilica itself and the surrounding area was a sight to behold! My cats Bob & Lily decided they wanted to hang out here in the Astral Cat Plane at the Bridge of Sighs Once you venture away from the canals, the city itself is a maze of side streets, shops and restaurants that is beyond comprehension. Winding our way back to our drop off spot, you almost forget you are in Venice until you happen upon a canal. Seriously, this city is as authentic as it looks in photos, movies & ancient lore. NEXT UP.... ROME!
As part of the #MiaOnTheGo Experiential Ambassadorship, we present the "Oh The Places You Should Go" Travel Blog Series: Tales of Italy - a media coverage trip that included amazing sights, food, wine, stories, new faces, real life meetups, adventures and connection. Big shout of thanks to the amazing Brand Sponsors Casa Chiesi and Winerist Next Up: Treviso & Veneto!After touching ground in Milan and digging in for a few days, I ventured west to the region of Veneto in Prosecco Country! This 2nd leg of my journey was the busiest part of the journey, all thanks to my Italian Ambassador, Pio Dal Cin. I met Pio on Google Plus two years ago and we’ve been plotting my trip to Italy since then so this venture into his home region was beyond exciting! Thanks to Pio, I had thorough tour of the Veneto Region. Geographically, here's the breakdown for Italy: Cities are located in Provinces which are located in Regions, in the country of Italy. For Americans, it equates to a city, in a county, in a state in the US. Simple, right?!
The region of Veneto is situated in Italy's northeast and extends from the Dolomites to the Adriatic Sea, by way of an expansive range of hills and a valley furrowed by rivers, canals and the Po River Delta. The Province of Treviso is still called by its ancient name “Marca,” a Medieval term used to indicate the borderlands that during the First World War were the backdrop for heroic events. The area is marked by the waters of the Piave, Sile and Livenza Rivers, charming fluvial landscapes that intermingle with pretty hills and thriving fields that are dotted with elegant and stately homes.Hotels: Ca Del Poggio in Conegliano – Ooooo, an amazing hotel, resort AND restaurant – all in one spot and placed atop a hill with the most amazing views. After traveling from Denver to New York City to Milan, the Treviso region, and Ca del Poggio in particular, was quite a welcome treat. The hotel itself was spectacular – classic design with new interior finishes. The lobby and breakfast room and patio are amazing – EVERY spot in the hotel has a fantastic vista view. We had the privilege of to spend time with the restaurant staff which included a kitchen tour – the most amazing behind the scenes view followed by a fantastic fresh seafood lunch. This is where I realized that every dish consumed in Italy has a story and a purpose. Each chef I met put such care into the food. Luckily, the fat pants were not needed.. YET! Villa Toderini – Codognè - a delightful 18th Century Villa that’s been turned into the most lovely bed & breakfast tucked right in the middle of town! Pier Luca and his wife Viviana are warm & welcoming – the ultimate hosts! The daily breakfast was waaay beyond the usual B&B fare – the fat pants were sitting on the side waiting. In case you are Agriturismo - a combination of the words for "agriculture" and "tourism" in Italian - is a style of vacationing in farm house resorts codified into Italian law in 1985. An agriturismo vacation is suitable for the whole family and some places even be very romantic or luxurious. Wineries & Restaurants Winery Andrea Da Ponte – a family owned Prosecco & Grappa business. You MUST visit this distillery! Ella Fabris is the sister force behind Daponte. Her passion for grappa & prosecco is contagious! OH, and here’s another treat – DaPonte is one of first one to pioneer environmental sustainability in its production processes, starting from the installation, in 1983, of biomass boilers;. I’m excited to see them again in October during the harvest season. Bisol – Prosecco in the heart of Valdobbiadene in the hills of Cartizze (some of the highest price vine acres you’ll find in Europe). Michaela and Valentino were our guides for the day and I got to tour the entire facility which really put a fun spin on “How It’s Actually Made” – makes you appreciate everything from the bottle to the label to that little wire cage that goes over the cork! Our guide Valentino shared an amazing amount of information during the tour - suffice it say, the company and land are steeped in rich history. The land has been in their family for 21 generations – amazing! And Valentino has a wicked sense of humor which really made the tour so fun. Bisol is one of the leading producers of #ProseccoSuperioreDOCG a "niche" Prosecco that is exported in 70 Countries around the world with over one million bottles a year and for the first time this year has surpassed champagne in export. And, of course, we had a wine tasting at the end including a fabulous organic wine. DELIGHTFUL! Da Lino – A hotel/restaurant famous for the copper pans hanging from the ceiling! A charming spot where many Italiantheater actors visted, this spot in the town of Solighetto. The area feels like it’s set back in time.. in a good way! I went regional and had the fegato alla veneziana aka liver venetian style. So glad I did! Incredibly tasty. But nothing topped the tour of the wine cellar –it was a wine mecca. #Heaven Ristorante Mela Cotogne – Codogne: A charming little unassuming restaurant that bases their menu on the local herbs. Since I’m from Colorado (but don’t imbibe), I of course had to translate that meaning! I loved how the wait staff explained each dish and the herb components. Codognè Latteria di Roverbasso – wow, they sure know how to cut the cheese at the local "Latteria" aka Cheese Factory of Roverbasso where eleven million liters of milk are processed every year. The production of the cheese translates into 196K rounds of cheese every year or 600 rounds per day. Other Sights to See: Teatro Accedemia Theater – Giorgio Fabris, brother of Ella, owns two amazing theaters in Conegliano –one is a new state of the art theater and the other is a classic theatrical center that is breathtaking. Both are the heartbeat of the town! Special thanks to the Mayor of Codognè, Roberto Bet. He and his amazing wife Lisa welcomed me to the town with a city flag, a lovely ceramic apple (that doubles as a fabulous whistle!) and books on the town history. I’m brainstorming to figure out a way to find a sister city for Codogne here in Colorado! Up next … Venice!
As part of the #MiaOnTheGo Experiential Ambassadorship, we present the "Oh The Places You Should Go" Travel Blog Series: Tales of Italy - a media coverage trip that included amazing sights, food, wine, stories, new faces, real life meetups, adventures and connection. Big shout of thanks to the amazing Brand Sponsors Casa Chiesi and Winerist First up in the series: Milan!What a fun way to start the trip. Milan is an incredibly exciting city that's on the verge of an exciting 2015 as the city will be hosting the Expo Milano, a 5 month long event beginning in late April, showcasing businesses & innovators with the focus on "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life". My Milan Ambassadors were the amazing Nazim Beltran and Elisabetta Chiesi of Casa Chiesi - a kick ass husband & wife team! Nazim is a US expat who's been in Italy for 25 years with his lovely wife Betti (and daughter Zoe). Their lifestyle blog, Casa Chiesi, is an amazing compilation of photos, blogposts and YouTube programming that showcases Milan and Camogli in the Liguria region. What better hosts than this family! Check out the moments & the Oh The Places You Should Go spots in Milan: Duomo Milano - One of the largest cathedrals in the world, this iconic masterpiece took over 600 years to complete. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II - considered to be one of the first most luxurious, shopping malls in the world. And check out the spinning on the Bull's Balls - a "good luck tradition" Dinner at Biliardo Osterio - an amazing restaurant & pool hall. Fantastic Milanese fare, family atmosphere and, of course, billiards. I loved how various tables were playing cards and backgammon. And of course, the bar was packed too. Such a great place to celebrate my last day of 49! Corey's Soul Chicken: you read it right - fabulous fried chicken in the heart of Milan! #MiaOnTheGo YouTube Makeover Show with Betti (who is a high fashion makeup artist) and her talented hair styled friend Karine gave me an age appropriate live makeover! Now on to the next leg!
Big shout out to Debi Davis for producing this show!
With her 8 arms, she made everything come together for this on-location show!