Situated on the Tyrrhenian coast, and close enough to Milan, the region acts a beacon for tourists seeking that quintessentially Italian experience. Florence, the region’s capital, is often times the main port of call for many first-time visitors, and while smaller in size than Rome or Milan, packs enough culture and gastronomy to warrant a visit if not the whole trip. Considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, a visit to the Tuscan capital provides ample mix of museum and architecture to satisfy even the most hardened art critic.
Brunelleschi’s Dome, the city’s defining landmark and a marvel of architecture, allows the more athletic traveler to climb the 463 steps necessary to get one of the best views of Florence.
A visit to the city would also not be complete without visiting the Ponte Vecchio, a covered bridge spanning the river Arno. Having been altered and rebuilt numerous times, the bridge stands testament to Florentine history and the strong ties to commerce that have historically made the city a medieval power.
When was the last time you had dinner in an Italian restaurant in Canada and you thought you were dining in Italy? That’s exactly how “Ospitalità Italiana Certified”restaurants want you to feel when you visit their fine dining establishments.
Ospitalità Italiana is an official certification from Unioncamere, Italy’s federation of local Chambers of Commerce and Industry, that tells you that the food you are enjoying is unquestionably Italian: products are authentic, ingredients genuine and recipes true to the thousand year history of Italian cuisine.
Canada is home to some leading Italian Chefs. Passionate and innovative, many have refined their skills and advanced their knowledge directly in Italy. In addition, Montréal boasts a fabulous cooking school ITHQ where young aspiring chefs learn Italian technic and Italian traditional recipes from the masters.
So the next time you make reservations for an Italian dinner in a Montreal restaurant, ask if they’ve received the Ospitalità Italiana seal of approval. You will enjoy the true Italian taste.