So we arrive in the North of Italy leaving behind the sunny shores of Sicily and Calabria. Our trip among beaches and vineyards ends here, along the coast of the Northern Adriatic and the Ligurian Sea. Let’s start with that area of Italy that borders Croatia and the countries of Eastern Europe, where the beauty of nature lies a few steps from the city centres.
Friuli Venezia Giulia – Canovella De ‘Zoppoli – Ribolla Gialla Doc: Away from the chaos of Lignano Sabbiadoro, a small rocky cove stretches along the Adriatic coast of Trieste. Canovella De ‘Zoppoli beach, in the Municipality of Duino Aurisina, is really one of the most beautiful and less crowded beaches, the ideal destination for those who want to rediscover pure and unspoiled nature. The whole bay is surrounded by vineyards. Here is where some of the most noble Italian white wine is produced, including Friuli Colli Orientali Ribolla Gialla, a harmonious wine, with 700 years’ history.
Veneto – Isola Albarella – Soave DOC: Two provinces that come together to give us the perfect wine and beach pairing: Verona, with its Soave white wine, and Venice, with Albarella Island, ideal for families and those who are looking for a relaxing break. The 500-hectare island, stretching for a kilometre and a half south of Venice can be reached by bridge from the mainland. Its wide beaches and shallow coasts, like on all Venetian beaches, are children friendly. Here is where adults can enjoy a nice glass of Soave, with its savoury, round, dry and slightly bitter flavour, ideal if paired with traditional local dishes such as risotto or fish soup.
Liguria – Monterosso Beach – Cinque Terre Doc: A strip of land surrounded by sea, mountains and forests. Liguria is one of the most beautiful regions of Italy. Even though the soil is not perfect for grape growing, this is where the famous Cinque Terre Doc wine is produced, in the town of Levante. A wine with characteristic nuances of white berry and citrus, with a lingering finish and pale yellow colour, it is an ideal companion for our trip to Monterosso, a hidden pearl of the region, in the heart of Cinque Terre and with turquoise sea waters and golden beaches.