The Sip: June’s Newsletter Roundup


Cappuccino is Select Italy’s monthly newsletter, it’s written by contributors from the company itself who are specialized in Italian travel and have personal experiences with Italy. With 32,000 loyal readers from around the globe, Cappuccino is a reliable source of information for all-things Italy.

Here you have a roundup of June’s release, buona lettura!

Experience Elba’s Laid-back Mediterranean Lifestyle

The third largest island of the Italian peninsula, Elba is a wonderful gem surrounded by the deep blue Tyrrhenian Sea. Elba belongs to the Tuscan region and despite its relatively small dimensions it is a perfect combination of history, mountains and, of course, beautiful beaches. No matter what your holiday preferences are, you will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy your time in this unique stretch of land. Dive, hike, learn about Napoleon and his time here, enjoy seafood by the water, cross the island on a rented scooter while enjoying the smells of nature… You can have it all, and much more, in Elba.

Elba is a Mediterranean island in Tuscany

Elba is a Mediterranean island in Tuscany

Interview with Chef Chris Marchino

The Italian cuisine is certainly among the most celebrated in the world. What makes it so amazing and hard to replicate at the same time? Its simplicity and its freshness, as well as how it is consumed. This was clearly well understood by the young successful Chef Chris Marchino. Marchino’s passion and dedication to authentic Italian food allow him to recreate the unforgettable Italian food experience  daily. Chef Marchino is currently pleasing the palates of Spiaggia‘s guests, running the kitchen of one of the top Italian restaurants in the country. In this newsletter, you will learn more about the Italian food wonders he is creating in his Chicago-based kitchen and about his ventures in some of the best Italian restaurants he was lucky enough to try during his travels to the Bel Paese.

Ancient Scandals at Villa Borghese

Galleria Borghese is not only a one-of-a-kind art gallery. Instead, it is a place where masterpieces tell the visitors captivating stories about myths and characters from the society where they originated. Some of the best artists of all times portrayed inspiring men and women and made them vivid, real, incredibly human. The most intrepid ones did not hesitate to create provocative works of art that strongly challenged the public decency customs of the time and instigated scandals. At the Galleria Borghese you will travel back in time and uncover intriguing tales that did the rounds of high society many centuries ago.

The Galleria Borghese includes 20 rooms across two floors.

The Galleria Borghese includes 20 rooms across two floors.

Spotlight on Port of Call Tours

I am sure if you had just one day to visit places like Rome, Florence or Le Cinque Terre, you would love spending it in the most efficient and pleasant way possible. Unfortunately, most of the times, visitors end up walking around in big groups, following their guide many meters ahead of them and listening to the same song and dance. With Select Italy’s Port of Call Tours, you will enjoy the comfort of private transfers, expert, passionate and personal guides, and a truly customized experience! Walk to your favorite masterpieces and expect a real personal interaction with your guide: your day created for you by Select Italy will overshadow standardized tours by catering to your specific needs and interests.

Soft Polenta, Mixed Mushrooms and Gremolata

Northern vegetarian flavors: polenta, mushrooms, and gremolata. Chef Marchino knows what he is talking about with this incredible recipe that will undoubtedly make everyone’s mouth water. And even if you have used a stove just a couple of times in your life (or maybe not even that), do not panic: by following this recipe step by step, your guests will keep wondering where the trick is. No need to thank Select Italy: after all, it all came out of your own hands! Enjoy!

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