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The necessary lightness (food) of those traveling by car – Italian Cuisine

The necessary lightness (food) of those traveling by car

To be attentive to driving, you must absolutely avoid alcohol and eat intelligently from breakfast to stops. Especially on long summer trips. Our advice

Summer is the time of travel. Often long. And never as in 2020, Italians are using (and will use) cars and campers for the holiday. Driving is synonymous with attention, aspect that proper nutrition improves considerably. Moreover, if lightness and digestibility are worth every day to feel good, they are even more so when you have to face a trip by car that certainly does not help digestion as much as a good walk. Without forgetting that in some cases we must also think of those who suffer from nausea (children in the first place) or people who are already in an ideal form and who in any case cannot stay at home. Without undergoing special diets, some foresight does not hurt starting from the elimination of heavy things par excellence: fried, sauces too seasoned, sandwiches too stuffed. An idea to alleviate the problem is the food to take with you: if you organize well you can save time (no one loves queues in service stations, it being understood that Autogrill has just launched an App for its take away in 45 stores) and earn healthy.

Low sugars

On the day of departure, you have to take care of breakfast more than you usually do: no croissants and coffee at the bar, which will please but are not ideal. Better satiate yourself in a healthy way with bread with jam or honey, or with shortbread or cereals, preferably wholemeal, or even a ham toast, all accompanied by a little fruit. So you ingest few sugars but enough minerals and vitamins to cope with the heat. For those who suffer from nausea, we do not recommend drinking before getting into the car: it is better to sip a little water on board, but do not puff up your stomach with tea, coffee, cappuccino before traveling. On the street, an (we emphasize one) energy bar will not hurt while it is better to leave snacks, chips, biscuits.

Lots of water and fruit

On board it is right to bring thermos and coolers – not all cars have refrigerated compartments – with a nice supply of water (better smooth so it does not swell) while sugary drinks that stimulate the desire for sweet and induce to eat continuously are to be avoided. For the classic lunch break, it is better to ban the 'trays' with the inevitable parmigiana or lasagna, the fries, the desserts. When traveling, seasonal salads should be preferred that can be prepared comfortably at home: rice, chicken, vegetables is an ideal mix. Or a caprese with mozzarella and tomatoes, or even a pasta salad, with perhaps tuna or other white fish: the important thing is that it is accompanied by many vegetables and a minimum of extra virgin olive oil. Also never forget a good supply of fruit. Because on long journeys where water retention accumulates due to poor mobility, it is important to fill up with water, potassium and mineral salts that come precisely from vegetables and fruit.

Greedy choice or not

Bringing food from home doesn't mean you should never stop: on the contrary, a stop would be needed every two hours to stretch your legs. Today on many car models, the fatigue detector makes a cup or similar symbols appear on the display. The classic solution is a service area that in some cases aligns a rich and articulated offer, based on street food and signature pizzas, which is hard to resist … Free to give in but if we put it from a nutritional point of view , we should limit ourselves to a plate of bresaola, a salad and a fruit salad. And the slalom between the legendary walnuts of ham with pepper and traditional three kg breads has been a 'must' for generations but the purchase should be destined for the pantry at home and not for 'live' consumption. The best solution for those who are not in a hurry – or are passionate about gourmet – is instead to leave the highway and stop in one of the many places near the toll booth, often with good experiences. Obviously, if there is no way to rest, whoever takes the wheel you must not have drunk alcoholi (and also not having exaggerated with food) to feel in full form and to leave serenely. Beyond the rules, it is always a matter of common sense.

Traveling around Italy: by car, motorbike, bicycle (or armchair) – Italian Cuisine

Traveling around Italy: by car, motorbike, bicycle (or armchair)

Amazon.it, in collaboration with Lonely Planet, launches #VacanzeInItalia, a program to explore our country at 360 degrees

The one that has just started will certainly be an all-Italian summer. After the months of forced enclosure, but still struggling with masks, distances and uncertain foreign horizons, the safest and most reassuring solution is to focus on some of the countless wonders offered by the seas, mountains and art cities of our home. An unmissable opportunity to get to know or rediscover incomparable natural beauty, welcoming environments and excellent products made in Italy.

But how to choose goals, programs, paths? To help us make decisions, Amazon.it has launched, in collaboration with Lonely Planet #Holidays in Italy. A journey to discover and rediscover the boot in an all-Italian tour: 20 itineraries, one per region, (also available on www.amazon.it/vacanzeinitalia) to reach and appreciate the hidden gems of the Peninsula, its lesser known destinations and the most suggestive destinations. From the castles of the Aosta Valley to the Palladian villas, from the wild Cilento to the Sicilian Baroque: a "catalog" of different locations in terms of characteristics, setting and history, but all able to offer experiences, flavors, aromas that can be explored directly or, if you prefer, from the armchair at home. In addition to the travel proposals, Amazon.it offers a very rich showcase dedicated to the excellence of Made in Italy: an effective shortcut to find the style and tradition of Italian craftsmanship in an instant, but also an opportunity to support over 750 small and medium-sized enterprises and the artisans on the showcase.

If you want to make the most of each proposed route, the guide made available by Amazon includes a selection of Made in Italy products, including food and wine delicacies from every region, handmade products by local artisans, hi-tech innovations developed by our local startups and products suitable for every type of holiday, including those with pets. And if you are parents and motorists, you can protect the safety of children with the seat bonus for the purchase of anti-abandonment devices on Amazon.it.

But there is more. Prime customers will be able to receive everything they need at home (or already on vacation) thanks to unlimited shipments and without additional costs in a single day, choosing from over 2 million products.

And finally: if you wish to receive sunscreen directly in the holiday resort, if you have forgotten the charger at home or if you want to travel light and find the holiday products already at your destination, Amazon.it offers its collection points throughout Italy: over 10,000 Amazon Counter (post offices, bookstores Point, bars, newsagents, tobacconists and other points of sale) and Amazon Locker, where it is possible to have the ordered products delivered.

Starry streets: the excitement of a journey by car – Italian Cuisine

Starry streets: the excitement of a journey by car

We stayed at Villa de Winckels, among the hills of the Val D'illasi, curves and stellar cuisine

This is the era of travel with a click: from the sofa we can go around the world. With very few euros, we can fly hundreds of miles and spend 24 hours stolen from our everyday life in another city.
And yet, the car remains an incredible way to travel: think of tackling an itinerary among vineyards and trees full of cherries, to climb higher and higher on the hills, alternating your gaze with forests in vardi valleys, to then descend, make a last curve and find yourself a surprise villa of the sixteenth century, immersed in jasmine, and in a moment a glass of Soave and a slice of abolished in hand.
Exceptional right?
This, besides being a simple example of what all of us in Italy can enjoy a few minutes away by car, is nothing more than the perfect recipe of the Alfa Romeo “Strade Stellate” format: a team of Giulia and Stelvio in training, a tour of the most beautiful landscapes, discovering the territory and the Italian starred cuisine.

The first stop: Villa De Winckels

The risotto by Roberto Merzari, chef of Villa De Winckels, also won an award during Expo Milano. A cuisine of research, refined, strictly seasonal typical of the Venetian cuisine – about risotto to taste the Vialone Nano of these areas – with a strong passion for the product, both by self producing in large quantities, from cold cuts to fresh pasta up to the pastry shop.
Villa De Winckels has a very ancient history, stones on leaning stones from the 1100s and 1400s, now for several years a place of good food and good drink: a unique welcome.
From here we started, a tour of the excellences that will run throughout Italy.

To take part in the next stages: Strade Stellate

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