Author: Trevor Jones
The spectacular mountain views and shores of Italy continue to inspire traditional painters and photographers but the landscape may be about to change as Golf fever takes hold. Works of art created by Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player sit proudly amongst Italy’s 249 courses. These exceptional new developments welcome your visit and offer a real treat for Italy’s golf tourists.
Golf in Italy is primarily focused around two Northern regions – Milan and Tuscany.
The Lombardy Lakes District houses some of Italy’s most impressive golfing treasures, with Lake Como being the jewel in the crown. The famous Le Pinetine parkland Golf Club is set amidst 158 acres of beautiful unspoiled Italian countryside near Briana and should not be missed. Close by is one of Italy’s most prestigious golf courses, Golf Club Le Robin. This Jack Nicklaus’s only Italian project and a must for all golf connoisseurs. Prices are not cheap as you would expect but the beauty of the course is worth the green fee alone. The Villa d’Atre Golf Club is another course not to be missed. It sits at almost 1200 feet in sunbathed Briana and is considered one of most enjoyable and entertaining challenges in the whole of Europe. The famous Milano Golf Club completes this impressive list. The fact that this 27-hole beauty frequently hosts the Italian Open should tell you all you need to know about its unquestionable quality. Again prices reflect the status of the course but you will not be disappointed.
Tuscany is known more for its idyllic landscapes and historic architecture than for its golf courses, but don’t be fooled. Tuscany houses some of Italy’s most beautiful and challenging golfing destinations. The mostly mountainous and hilly terrain lends itself perfectly to the creation of naturally spectacular golf courses, and none demonstrates this more so than the Loggia Dei Medici Golf Club which, despite only opening for play in 1995, has been compared in standards to Ireland’s K Club, host of the 2006 Ryder Cup, and The Greenbrier in West Virginia, USA. It came as no surprise that Loggia Dei Medici Golf Club was recently named the best new course in Italy. Finally the Le Pavoniere Golf Club near Prato completes the collection. Set amongst holm-oaks, Cluster pines and Tuscany’s familiar cypresses this parkland course is not for the wayward golfer. Tight fairways and small greens make accuracy and a deft short game a must.
Southern Italy is a bit of an undiscovered gem in terms of golf holidays with its wonderful climate and rural settings. The main destinations for golf tourist in South Italy are in Apulia (or Puglia as it’s known in Italy) which has a number of challenging 9 and 18 hole courses, and Calabria which forms the toe of the boot, and is developing into a prime destination for property investors and golfers alike, despite only have three established 9 hole courses. Although Calabria is not your typical golf destination, major investment in golf is expected over the next few years and a championship course may not be that far away. This expected investment will no doubt increase Calabria’s tourism appeal, and has consequently fuelled a recent surge in the Calabria Property market.
About the author:
Trevor Jones is a golf enthusiast who regularly takes golf holidays to Europe. His favorite destination to-date is the Algarve in Portugal
Lombardia in Cucina: The Flavours of Lombardy
Milan-style risotto, pizzoccheri Valtellinesi, and pumpkin tortelli to start; casoeula, Milan-style cutlets, frogs stewed in tomato to follow, and to send, a slice of sbrisolona cake or panettone.
Lombardy surprises with the richness of its culinary traditions and natural ingredients, which modernity has barely affected.
"Milano in Cucina" captures this kaleidoscope of flavours, with contributions from some of the most celebrated chefs on the culinary scene, who pay homage to their territory, and whose skill is able to present a modern vision in keeping with the region's progressive spirit.
The Italian Academy of Cuisine
La Cucina: The Regional Cooking of Italy
Fifty years ago, a group of Italian scholars gathered to discuss a problem: how to preserve traditional Italian cooking. They formed the Italian Academy of Cuisine to document classic recipes from every region. The academy’s more than seven thousand associates spread out to villages everywhere, interviewing grandmothers and farmers at their stoves, transcribing their recipes—many of which had never been documented before. This is the culmination of that research, an astounding feat—2,000 recipes that represent the patrimony of Italian country cooking. Each recipe is labeled with its region of origin, and it’s not just the ingredients but also the techniques that change with the geography. Sprinkled throughout are historical recipes that provide fascinating views into the folk culture of the past. There are no fancy flourishes here, and no shortcuts; this is true salt-of-the-earth cooking. The book is an excellent everyday source for easily achievable recipes, with such simple dishes as White Bean and Escarole Soup, Polenta with Tomato Sauce, and Chicken with Lemon and Capers. For ease of use there are four different indexes. La Cucina is an essential reference for every cook’s library.
Milano in Cucina: The Flavours of Milan
The famous Risotto Alla Milanese gets its golden hue from the precious spice saffron. Legend has it that the dish came about when a Milanese painter decided to gild the risotto served at his wedding banquet with a harmless gold-colored dye. In Milan, they traditionally serve Risotto Alla Milanese with ossobuco (braised veal shank).
Traditionally made with raisins and candied citron, or with a creamy cream filling, the light, fluffy brioche-like bread called panettone may be tall or short, covered with chocolate or flavored with various liquors, but it’s always a symbol of the Christmas season.
With its hallmark domed shape, panettone graced Christmas tables in Milan since at least the 15th-century. Common knowledge claims its invention is from Milan. It is the most famous Christmas Lombardia food.
The Pax side of the Moon featuring Cesareo
Lombardia (Dicon tutti che sei mia) Quarantine Version - feat. Cesareo (Quarantine Version)