Food in Italy

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 […]

Scuola del Cuoio – A Hidden Treasure in Florence

Scuola del Cuoio

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 […]

Hidden Tuscany: Pistoia – An Insider’s Perspective.

View from Pistoia's Bell Tower

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 […]

Festa della Repubblica 2014 – Republic Day in Italy

Flag of Italy

Festa della Repubblica – The Celebration of Republic Day in Italy: Festa della Repubblica (Republic Day) is the celebration of the founding of the Republic of Italy. On June 2nd each year, Italians around the world commemorate the 1946 referendum in which the citizens voted for Italy to become a republic. June 2nd is a […]

Roman Nights at the Teatro di Marcello – Summer 2014

Teatro di Marcello

Classical Concerts at the Teatro di Marcello or Theatre of Marcellus in Rome: Teatro di Marcello is an ancient theatre in Rome that was the work of Julius Caesar who planned the theatre and Emperor Augustus who completed it in 13BC. This magnificent ancient edifice is the venue of “Notti Romane al Teatro di Marcello” […]

Bologna Festival 2014 – Bologna

Bologna Classical Concert

BOLOGNA FESTIVAL – AN ANNUAL CLASSICAL MUSIC FESTIVAL IN BOLOGNA: Bologna hosts quite a number of festivals throughout the year and one of the classical music festivals this city hosts is the Bologna Festival. Now in its 33rd edition, the Festival offers a selection of concerts that highlight the diversity of classical music in this […]

A Pizza Experience at Pizzeria da Baffetto

Baffetto Roma Pizzeria

WHEN IN ROME, EAT PIZZAS THE WAY THE ROMANS DO: Baffetto is our favourite pizza restaurant in Rome. This long-established pizzeria makes pizzas the true Italian way, with really thin crust and a very tasty sauce. In spite of being a no-frills pizzeria, Baffetto is nevertheless legendary and there’s usually a long queue of people […]

Arena di Verona – World Famous for its Spectacular Operas

Verona Arena

Verona Arena – the Third Largest Roman Amphitheatre is Famous for its Opera Festivals: Although many tourists are drawn to Verona by the love story of Romeo and Juliet, one other Verona attraction that has had visitors flocking to it since Roman times is the Arena di Verona (Verona Arena). As you can see from […]

Verona Arena Celebrates 100 Years of Opera with Aida

Verona Arena

Arena di Verona Celebrates 100 Years of Opera with an Anniversary Production of Aida: 2013 marks the 100th anniversary of opera at the Arena di Verona. When operatic production was first staged at the Arena in 1913, Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpiece Aida was staged to mark the 100th birthday anniversary of this master composer. Up to […]

Chiesa Evangelica Valdese – Classical Concert

Chiesa Evangelica Valdese

Chiesa Evangelica Valdese – A Venue for Classical Music: Singing is an important part of the Waldensian church service, so it is natural that Chiesa Evangelica Valdese is a venue for classical music in Rome. At the Great Opera meets Ballet in Rome you can enjoy wonderful lyrical singers, a couple of classical dancers and […]

Portofino – A Shopper’s Paradise?

Portofino Shopping

Shopping in Portofino – Portofino Has Plenty of Designer Shops: Most tourists don’t go to Portofino to shop, for the simple reason that this picturesque harbour resort town has a reputation for being expensive. Yet, around the small crowded harbour, there are so many Italian and international luxury brand names and other shops that you […]