Albana DOCG was the first white wine to gain this important Italian appellation – because not only is it very good but it has also been grown and been revered in Romagna for thousands of years. The Empress Galla Placidia is said to have been given a drink of Albana in an earthenware beaker. She said “This wine is so good it should be drunk in gold!” thus giving the name to one of Romagna’s most important vineyard cities ‘Bert in Oro’. It comes as a delicious dry wine and a sublime sweet dessert wine – ideal for dipping your biscuit in!
Pagadebit (‘Pays the Bills’) is another local wine, always good value, that comes in sparkling and flat always dry always fruity, spicy and delicious.
Sant Agata Feltria becomes Christmas Village - There is an enchanting atmosphere as the streets of the mediaeval village are filled with the traditional sounds of (Romagnolo) bagpipes and there are handcrafted cribs on display on the ancient street. Father Christmas and his elves have games for old and young kids on the market square. And there are reindeers and naturally great Christmas food and naturally an enormous Christmas market and naturally a beautiful 1000-year old fairytale castle.
Cesenatico is the historic Leonardo da Vinci - designed sea harbour of Cesenatico, you’ll see ancient ships with Nativity Scenes on each with a background of Christmas music and lovely lights, naturally there is a Christmas market and a wonderful stroll by the port past the ships each with its nativity scene is something really different.
San Marino’s Christmas of Marvels: The Republic of San Marino creates possibly the most magical Christmastime event in the world. Naturally there is an ice-skating rink; naturally Santa Claus sets up his village (with lots of Elf helpers) to help lots of kiddies - of all ages - make Christmas delicacies and wrap presents; naturally there is a beautiful Nativity scene, naturally there are traditional carol concerts in the atmospheric churches, naturally there is a vast array of duty-free and branded outlet shopping in the pretty boutiques; naturally there are Christmas shops with a vast array of Christmas goods from decorations to cuckoo clocks to electronic Santas - everything… and naturally there is a fabulous local Christmas Market.
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