Cooking classes

Cooking classes

Cooking classes

How to learn to cook some of the famous local dishes with the most important Italian chefs? We start in the morning with a trip to one of the main and biggest market in Rome, where we will talk about the history of the market and the different food available.

Food and Wine Tours • Delicious Italy

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Rome and Italy Tourism for persons with disabilities

Rome and Italy Tourism for persons with disabilities – short business presentation

Rome and Italy Tourism for persons with disabilities – short business presentation

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Tomb of the Scipios - Rome

Tomb of the Scipios – Rome

Tomb of the Scipios – Rome

Tomb of the Scipios Tour, 18.12.14 Schaefer Group

On the Via Appia Antica, a few hundred meters away from the door of San Sebastian, one of the greatest archaeological findings of the Roman Republic is located: the Tomb of the Scipios.

Tour of underground Rome: Tomb of the Scipios – Italy

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Exclusive visit to Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

Exclusive visit to Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

 

After closing time, the Sistine Chapel will reopen only for you. In this way, you will have the privilege to do your visit without other 17.000 visitors, which visit it every day. You will enjoy the after-hours….

Exclusive visit to Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Tours

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Ferrari ride

Ferrari ride! Only emotion!!!

Ferrari ride! Only emotion!!!

The tour offers a unique emotion for lovers of luxury cars and high speed, but not only for them. Besides the classic back on track and the circuit, it is possible to choose between the latest model Ferrari, to arrange a tour on the road, in the times and ways that suit you, along with the discovery of an Italian city.

 

Tour of Rome Ferrari Ride – Italy

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Castel Sant’Angelo Rome

Accessible Tour – Castel Sant’Angelo

Acessible Tour – Castel Sant’Angelo

Accessible Rome – Castel Sant’Angelo – Jasmine M. and Wheely Trekky accompany us to the discovery of Castel Sant’Angelo! ‪#rometours#accessibletour#rome

Castel Sant’Angelo Tours

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dance Italy

Dance Tidbits: Dances of Italy

Dance Tidbits: Dances of Italy

dance Italy

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When I think of Italy, I think of all the fabulous food that comes out of that country. Most Americans are hooked on Italian cooking, i.e. pizza, pasta and focaccia bread, etc. We have embraced Italian cuisine for centuries in this country. Just like their wonderful cooking, I find the people warm, friendly and full of grand gestures.  I like how they combine their food, singing and merriment with their own authentic dances.

Italian dancing dates back to Medieval times. Italians in the 12 th to 14th centuries invented a circle dance where they not only danced but sang too. Now, you would think that singing with dancing is festive and an occasion for happiness. Although still very social, it seems that back in those days, people also sang and danced to tell tales of woe, i.e. hardship and death.

In the Renaissance period of dance (15th century) in Italy, it seems the popular forms of folk dances depicted towns and countryside and were done by nobility. The courts of nobility elevated dance to an art form. Even though people still danced in circles or did round dancing, the new forms of dance involved people dancing as couples. Soon choreography occurred and it spread throughout Italy.

In the 15th century, the Italians divided their dances into two types, the bassadanza and the ballo. The bassadanza is a slow dignified dance without leaps or hops. The ballo is a livelier dance often displaying pantomime elements. Both of these dances are for couples, holding hands or in lines. It seems that in the late 16th and 17th century, many social dances developed slower in nature and for single couples and even trios or five dancers. These dances were for both men and women. It seems like they kind of invented some kind of ballroom dancing without even realizing it, because the dances were designed to keep the upper body erect, the arms quiet without any movement above the waist.  Some forms of ballroom dance require this kind of form.

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The dances of Italy combine historical, cultural and colonial influences. Yet the people of Italy are proud of their folk dances and have continually kept them alive throughout the centuries. For example, Monferrina is a lively folk dance from Montferrat, Piedmont and is danced by several couples. The La Lachera is a weapons dance. It is derived from a revolt against a medieval tyrant from a town called Rocca Grimalda in Piedmont. An interesting dance done by an engaged couple and accompanied by an escort of two masked dancers, who do a characteristic dance with high leaps. Also present are three armed figures. Ballu Tundu is a traditional Sardinian folk dance. It is typically danced in a closed or open circle. In northern and central Sardinia, the dance is lively and animated with leaps with agile movements. The Saltarello is a musical dance done in a fast triple meter. It originated in Tuscany and combines leaping and jumping steps. An interesting dance is the Furlana, dating back as far as 1583, it is a fast dance with underlying Slavonic ties with Poland or Croatia. Originally it was a courtship dance done by a couple. Then it became popular as a theatre and social dance. And was danced by the famous Casanova in 1775.

Probably one of the most famous dances in all of Europe was developed in Italy in the 18th century. This dance is called the Tarantella. The Tarantella is a group of folk dances that usually have upbeat tempos and accompany a tambourine. Tarantella is especially popular at Italian weddings and celebrations, complete with rhythmic song and dance. Interestingly enough, the Tarantella (song) is the most popular of all Italian songs and is described as “the song of Italy.” The dance embraces light and quick steps that are lively and filled with passionate gestures.

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Tarantella.” Between the 15th and 17th centuries there was an epidemic that swept through the town of Taranto in southern Italy. People (mostly women), were being bit by the poisonous tarantula spider. Once you were bitten, you would fall into a trance that could only be cured by frenzied dancing. People would surround the victim while musicians would play mandolins, guitars and tambourines. Supposedly, the musicians were in search for the right rhythm that would cure the victim. The other version of the legend is that there was this woman who was depressed and frustrated with her life. She would fall into a trance that could only be cured by music and dance. This display of despair would be the center of attention in the town. It usually took three days of music and dance to allegedly cure the woman of frustration and depression. Personally, it sounds like she was just trying to get attention and succeeded.

So as you can see, Italian dances are very much like the Italian people themselves.  There are many dances from many regions. All dances are lively and filled with grand gestures that tell stories. And as popular as Italy is for its renowned food and fine art, it probably is no comparison to the rich, historic culture of song and dance that originated from that country. I could go on forever and list many more dances of the Italian peninsula, but I think I’ll stop now. I’ve made myself hungry for some pizza!