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 […]
Dan Morey braves hunger and the wrath of Florence’s waiters to find somewhere, and something, his mother will eat: Bistecca alla Fiorentina, anyone?
In Borgomale, Italy, a small village near Alba, Silvio Pistone makes Langhe sheep’s milk cheese the old-fashioned way – and these days, not many do.
Dan Morey is impressed by the Baths of Caracalla in Rome and two American college girls; a French vagabond, not so much…
CANTINA DEL BRUNELLO IS THE PLACE FOR BRUNELLO AND OTHER FINE TUSCAN WINES: It’s been two years since we first discovered Federico’s Cantina del Brunello when we were visiting the nearby Basilica Cateriniana San Domenico in Siena. Visiting Federico’s enoteca was a welcomed change after seeing the morbid mummified head and thumb of Saint Catherine […]
FRESH TRUFFLES AND PORCINI ARE SOME OF THE FOOD WE LOVE AT TAVERNA DI SAN GIUSEPPE: When searching for a place to eat in Siena, it’s tempting to just pick one of the many restaurants on Piazza del Campo for the pleasant atmosphere around Siena’s famous “square”. But as we are looking for a restaurant […]
No trip to Tuscany is complete without seeing Siena, Florence’s historical rival According to legend, the city was founded by Senius and Aschius, the sons of Remus and nephews of Romulus, boys saved from the Tiber river by a she-wolf, who were the main characters of Rome’s foundation myth. Senius and Aschius fled from Rome […]
Castel Romano Shuttle Bus Services: Over the years we have visited the Castel Romano designer outlet in Rome on many occasions and as can be seen from the comments and queries we’ve received, there’s been many questions asked about how to get to Castel Romano from Rome city centre. Castel Romano Shuttle from Rome Termini […]
Is Ravenna the best place to live in Italy? Despite being recently voted “Best Place to Live in Italy” by a leading newspaper Il Sole 24 ore, proud possessor of 8 UNESCO sites, burial place of Dante and home to Byron for a couple of years, Ravenna is strangely neglected by tourists. Distinctive leaning towers, […]
THE FLORENCE LEATHER SCHOOL HAS UNIQUE PIECES OF ARTISAN LEATHER GOODS: Florence overflows with leather shops and showrooms that first time visitors to the City of David would find irresistible. Peruzzi, near the Piazza Santa Croce, is where most group visitors get taken to, but if you want to see fine leather work, hand-made by […]
Local resident Sarah Humphreys gives you the inside story on this Tuscan gem: In the words of Cristina Taddei, local archaeologist and historian, “ Pistoia is one of the few towns in Tuscany that still belongs to the past.” Largely overlooked by tourists, Pistoia is a well-preserved medieval city brimming with artistic treasures, emitting a […]