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c.1
04-07-2016, 08:11 PM
After seeing Meshpig's "what to do in London...." post I thought I would submit another country.
The wife an I are heading to Italy this summer and I as hoping to get a few suggestions on some good beer to drink while there.
Being a Pacific Norh West boy I am all over the IPA beers but I have yet to see an Italian version (all I see is "Peroni" ,ok in a pinch but not up to our PacNorWest craft beer standards, no offense intended)
Any help would be much appreciated as man can not survive on wine alone

CaptainMarlowe
04-07-2016, 11:01 PM
You have also Moreti. I'm not sure that Italy is the greatest beer producer. In Europe, you may want to try Belgian beers. As for Wine, as you mentionned, there are awesome ones. A good Chianti or Lambrusco can bring happiness for a whole day. But my opinion is biased. As a French man, I do prefer wine over beer.... :)

Sensei
04-07-2016, 11:59 PM
Italy != Beer.....

Anyway, you can see here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beer_in_Italy

JonW
04-08-2016, 12:25 AM
This photo was while in France but we were in Italy a few weeks earlier & it's basically the same. Wine & beer are cheap, & good enough from supermarkets. Wine for 5 - 7 a bottle is all you need to spend.

Take a compact corkscrew & bottle opener, they don't use screw top wine or beer bottles.
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alexos
04-08-2016, 12:46 AM
It depends on where you're staying, really; you'll find that (especially in the North) there's been an explosion of small-ish brewers, who often make pretty great stuff. IPA beers are not exactly common, but there are a few (like these guys (http://www.birradelborgo.it/en/)) and you'll also find some good ones at Eataly (http://www.eataly.net/it_en/drinks/beers-and-ciders) shops around the country.
And then there's the whole variety of european beers, of course. It's not as widespread as wine, but the cult of beer is rather strong nonetheless.

ADP.

bobakabob
04-08-2016, 01:14 AM
Do what the Romans do and drink their fabulous red wine or white with seafood :) I gladly survived on it alone, that is accompanied by fizzy mineral water. Otherwise you'll find a good range of Italian and European lager beers to be very refreshing.

JonW
04-08-2016, 01:58 AM
Forgot to mention get away from the tourist areas, even 100m does the trick in most cases. You will find small corner delicatessens with the best food, best service, and cheap prices, just buy a bit of this and that, you can't go wrong. It just makes all our food taste like rubbish.

If you want a coffee, tourists are in one area, look for the locals. Coffee is half the price. Also, if you need a toilet buy an espresso for 1 (legal price) & use their toilet!

If you come across markets, especially in villages, they are everywhere, buy a few bits & pieces for a day or 2.

Typical small town/village stall/market with fruit, bread, olives etc. Top quality, very friendly & cheap!
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The most amazing thing is that while in Italy or France I try everything, eat what I want. Somehow you don't eat as much because the quality is so good. Every time I'm back from the holiday I have lost a few kilos without a hint of trying while enjoying every meal.

BokadCastle
04-08-2016, 03:06 AM
I discovered blood-orange drinks in Italy - not beer or wine or even alcoholic but beautiful as a refresher.
Tuscany and blood-orange on a warm afternoon, brilliant.
I also loved Assisi.

Danner
04-08-2016, 04:15 AM
In italy you should drink the traditional aperitif, Aperol Spritz.

luciano
04-08-2016, 04:51 AM
I live in italy if you go in the south near naples call me. I show you beautifull place and drink the good red wine...and naturaly ancient ruin similar a colosseum anfiteater build before the colosseum... where have play the film spartacus... https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spartacus_%28serie_televisiva%29

UnCommonGrafx
04-08-2016, 05:06 AM
Italy is a beautiful place.
My wife, daughter and I drank a shot of lemoncello at each stop [5] on a train trip.
I learned about grappa: grape alcohol. Eww good.
There is some really nasty bitter drink that takes two to say it is a great drink. hehe
As I like stouts, can't say I found many beers. Didn't like wine at the time so no idea.

A great trip. Especially if a local drives you about. Absolutely a bash.
I found the populace quite nice, too.
Robert

m.d.
04-08-2016, 07:33 AM
Good tips, my wife and I are hitting the amalfi coast, Rome and Tuscanny, 2 weeks from now

c.1
04-08-2016, 09:40 AM
THANKS EVERYONE!!!!!

Awesome tips from everybody, we intend to drink the local/regional (all three major cities we are staying in Venice,Florence , and Rome) wines and try all of the regional dishes (me more than the wife, she don't eat seafood) no McDonaldos for us.

Staying away from the touristy areas is exactly what we are doing, not too far away but just on the edges.

I love blood oranges, we have a great Italian market here and I have been sampling the blood orange drinks they carry (also one of my favourite breweries in Maui makes a blood orange IPA)

Birra del Borgo looks freakin' awesome, their beer selection looks great (cool bottles too) hopefully Eataly will carry these beers.

Limoncello is a must for the wife, so is Sambuca (black) and coffee.

I can't wait to experience the authentic Italian food, I'm getting hungry just thinking about it.

This is looking like it is going to be a fantastic trip for us.

Thanks again everyone, you guys rock!!!

c.1
04-08-2016, 10:31 AM
The Poretti 9 Luppoli IPA may be worth a go as well.

I have a feeling this will not be our last trip to Italy, Naples,Cinque Terre and Lake Como are all on the list for a future visit(s)

JonW
04-08-2016, 10:33 PM
Lake Como is nice. From what I have heard when you get really nice weather there the next day will be raining. We were there for 5 days & the last day was really nice, then it rained!
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We walked around the back streets of Naples & bought various food, much better than any tourist area in every single respect. Go to the museum in Naples before visiting Pompeii. Then you can visualise better what Pompeii looked like originally. We actually enjoyed Herculaneum more so, it's far more compact. But better set up. (half way down walking from the train station to Herculaneum, on the right is a local's cafe, we remembered this so on the way back to the train we could get a coffee! We got a very good flat white after a bit of translation. Only €1! Keep your eyes peeled for the locals! Tourists are on the other side.

If I was going again & short on time Herculaneum is the go! If doing both go to Pompeii first, but the museum in Naples before either. The trains run all the time, they are tired but they work well.

If doing Como & it's not too difficult spend a night in Bergamo.

By the way, we had no mobile phone, no GPS & did not use a computer for 4 months. It is so nice to get away from all that rubbish. We just asked people if we could not find things on our map. On the few times we needed help, people could not have been nicer (map, second half of our trip working our way north, about 6 weeks in Italy then onto Germany)
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ianr
04-09-2016, 08:51 AM
Well, When I used take the family to Venice on a monthly

for Sunday Lunch Bash when lived in Croatia..... BELLINI's !!!

PEACH SAP (juice) Shaved Ice & PROSECCO

p.s. Grappa is boot-polish.... stayaway

c.1
04-09-2016, 10:17 AM
Bellinis sound perfect, we will be in Venice late August so I think temp may be in the mid 30's C, and a bellini would just hit the spot. I can only assume the real authentic bellinis are far better than the slushie machine variety most places serve.
We wanted to go to Croatia for a few days (looks beautiful) but time would not allow.

bazsa73
04-09-2016, 12:17 PM
In Toscana we just went into local supermarkets and tasted local stuff, good bread, salted ham in all variety, sausages, wine, sundried tomato etc. You can't go wrong with that diet.
In Toscana don't miss Siena nor Orvieto between Firenze and Roma.

c.1
04-09-2016, 02:28 PM
We always try to eat local where ever we go, and Italian food is a favourite. I will try anything once......ok well except maybe tripe or some of the other internal organs, eating "black pudding" as a kid was bad enough.

meshpig
04-09-2016, 03:48 PM
Just left Italy now in Paris. Spritz and Mohito is what you want. Spritz are either made with Asperol or Campari and then as you go regional Vodka and Gin come into the mix.

Good and bad food like everywhere but Buffalo Mozzarella is something you won't find elsewhere.

c.1
04-09-2016, 08:46 PM
Typical small town/village stall/market with fruit, bread, olives etc. Top quality, very friendly & cheap!
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The wife got all giddy when she saw this picture, cheers!

c.1
04-09-2016, 08:50 PM
Just left Italy now in Paris.

Good and bad food like everywhere but Buffalo Mozzarella is something you won't find elsewhere.

We have Paris planned for 2018 (25 th anniversary and all)

Mmmmmmmozzella, I can't wait to dig in to the real deal (buffalo)

Sensei
04-09-2016, 09:01 PM
We have Paris planned for 2018 (25 th anniversary and all)

Mmmmmmmozzella, I can't wait to dig in to the real deal (buffalo)

Congratulations. I wish you everything the best for anniversary.
In the western world, it's marvelous achievement.

c.1
04-09-2016, 09:11 PM
Congratulations. I wish you everything the best for anniversary.
In the western world, it's marvelous achievement.

Thanks, Sensei! Yeah she's all right....I guess.(we've been together 31 years just married for 25 in 2018)

ianr
04-11-2016, 09:18 AM
Bellinis sound perfect, we will be in Venice late August so I think temp may be in the mid 30's C, and a bellini would just hit the spot. I can only assume the real authentic bellinis are far better than the slushie machine variety most places serve.
We wanted to go to Croatia for a few days (looks beautiful) but time would not allow.

GOTO.>Harry's Bar in Serenissima ( Venice) Fav's of Ernest Hemingway, Sinclair Lewis, Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles & Alan Whicker - See more at:

http://www.livinglanguage.com/blog/2013/06/28/the-bellini-the-most-celebrated-italian-summer-cocktail/#sthash.8BBMqRU8.dpuf

Christ, I feel i'm morphing into a Centurion Am-Ex Concierge Service.lol.

If you get a Vertu mobile you will get such global service Concierge on tap.

OnlineRender
04-11-2016, 12:42 PM
Rome on the 15th :rock:

c.1
04-12-2016, 12:43 AM
133390In Vegas right not as we speak, staying at the Palazzo/Venetian as a warm up for Italy later this year.

All this talk of Bellinis and the place the wife want to go for her b-day dinner (Emeril La Gasse's 'Table 10') doesn't seem to have one, they do have a blood orange margarita, that may translate into a nice Italian drink.

ianr
04-12-2016, 06:16 AM
133390In Vegas right not as we speak, staying at the Palazzo/Venetian as a warm up for Italy later this year.

All this talk of Bellinis and the place the wife want to go for her b-day dinner (Emeril La Gasse's 'Table 10') doesn't seem to have one, they do have a blood orange margarita, that may translate into a nice Italian drink.


PRINT OUT make into a paper dart & throw it at your Vegas Barman>>>>

2/3 cup white peach puree (yellow peaches work if white not available)
1 teaspoon raspberry puree (adds to the pink color)
1 bottle chilled Good Prosecco - BOOOOM!

P.S. happy birthday!

or D.I.Y. from the SuperMarket/Mall for Her?

c.1
04-12-2016, 09:38 AM
Vegas is such a bizzare place, everything is just so fakey fake but cool at the same time. They bring you any FREE drink as long as you are gambling (won a grand yesterday) but if you want a beer at the bar it's $10 (or more)

I am looking forward to seeing the real deal stuff in Italy (fountains, churches, museums, food, people.......) and a true bellini in Venice at Henrys Bar (Cheers ianr!)

Mike_T
04-14-2016, 11:13 AM
Limoncello , give it a shot

c.1
04-14-2016, 01:41 PM
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I am on it Mike_T, the wife picked up a bottle of a 'small batch' in Vegas

OnlineRender
04-21-2016, 12:55 AM
Rome Holiday snaps , probably seen them already ...shown them to everybody :D

some nice earthporn shots and bad grammar

http://imgur.com/a/m8q2L

JonW
04-21-2016, 03:07 AM
Dolomites in 2014
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I need to go back!

c.1
04-21-2016, 08:51 PM
Rome Holiday snaps , probably seen them already ...shown them to everybody :D

some nice earthporn shots and bad grammar

http://imgur.com/a/m8q2L


Cheers, pictures look aweome!

We are now contemplating taking a local food tour just to get away from the touristy places...you know the saying
....."when in Rome......"

c.1
04-21-2016, 08:55 PM
Dolomites in 2014
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I need to go back!


This trip will "pop our cherry" for crossing the Atlantic, but I have the feeling we will feel the same and will be back a number of times.

bazsa73
04-23-2016, 08:17 AM
throw rocks into cow poop, that's fun!

c.1
04-23-2016, 08:54 AM
throw rocks into cow poop, that's fun!


It's only fun if the poop is fresh.

SPLAT!