Food in Italy: a brief gastronomical tour! "The main characteristic of Italian cooking," according to the Italian Tourist Board website, "is its healthy balance, the excellent basic ingredients being simply cooked and retaining their original goodness and freshness. Simple and yet with such a variety of flavours and rich inventiveness in preparation, that even the […]
It’s Autumn in Tuscany, and time to harvest the olives! It’s autumn in Tuscany and, once again, time to get the nets out and prepare for La Raccolta – the olive harvest. La Raccolta in Tuscany normally takes place between October and December, before the olives fall from the trees, but it is vital to […]
Food, Glorious Food. A quick guide to eating in Italy. Italian food is an institution: read this and don’t let its unwritten rules catch you out!
Rome’s Noonday Gun goes off with a bang – it’s a Piazza Garibaldi party! “We’re here in Rome’s Piazza Garibaldi, on top of the Gianicolo Hill, and we’re just about to go down to see the gun being fired at midday. It’s a Sunday, so there are a lot of people here, and a lot […]
Amazing display of history-making Ferrari racing cars from 1948 to 2009 At the Ferrari Museum (Museo Ferrari) was an amazing display of Ferrari racing cars from the 166 F2 in 1948 (the first true single-seater which Ferrari put on the track) through to Michael Schumacher‘s last car, the 248 F1, of 2006. Added to this […]
A photo gallery of Ferrari racing drivers A photo gallery of Ferrari racing drivers from Alberto Ascari in 1950 right through to Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen in 2015 (I think there are 82 in all). You can find a complete listing of Formula One drivers who have raced for the Italian team Scuderia Ferrari […]
The Maranello Museo Ferrari is a Car-Lover’s Heaven: I love the sight of Ferrari cars but I don’t usually get overly-excited about them. Their price tags put them totally out of range of any toys that I may want so I don’t think about them at all. However, a visit to the Museo Ferrari in […]
Teatro Farnese was based on the design of Palladio’s Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza: An article I read recently about Vincenza and its impressive Palladio palaces and monuments reminded me of our visit to the Teatro Farnese in Parma. The Farnese Theatre is one of the breathtaking sites in Parma today. It was designed by Giovan […]
Vicenza, called “Pearl of the Renaissance“, is home to the oldest roofed theatre in the world, Palladio’s majestic buildings, and a charming old town area.
The New OTELLO System Aims to Ease Procedures for VAT Refund at Rome Fiumicino: Getting the VAT refund at Rome Fiumicino Airport has not always been an easy or stress-free experience for many travellers. With long queues at Customs and at the VAT refund desks, along with confusion about the procedures, trying to get your […]
Dan Morey braves hunger and the wrath of Florence’s waiters to find somewhere, and something, his mother will eat: Bistecca alla Fiorentina, anyone?