Trofie al Pesto – a Ligurian Specialty

Trofie al Pesto - Ligurian specialty

A Typical Ligurian Pesto Pasta Dish: Trofie pasta is a Ligurian specialty and this is one dish that you’ll find on most restaurant menus. Trofie is often served with pesto (Trofie al Pesto) which is also a specialty of the Ligurian region. In fact, Liguria is the birthplace of pesto which uses basil as its […]

La Reggia Designer Outlet – Naples

Designer Outlet shopping

Naples has its own designer outlet: La Reggia Designer Outlet, the fifth of McArthurGlen’s Italian designer discount outlet malls opened in February 2010. This is Phase I, with Phase II to follow. The new Naples designer outlet is close to historic city of Caserta and the Amalfi Coast and is within easy reach of the A1 between […]

In Search of Montalbano – Ragusa, Sicily

Police Commissioner's Office - Inspector Montalbano

Tracing the footsteps of “Il Commissario Montalbano” – A Sicilian Adventure: A repeat of the Inspector Montalbano drama series brings back lots of great memories of our holiday in Sicily. After the first series of Inspector Montalbano, we became huge fans of this Sicilian detective drama as it is so different to NYPD Blue or […]

Find A Phone Number In Italy

phonebuttons

Italian phone numbers, phone codes and telephone directories Phone numbers and phone codes in Italy are pretty easy to find online – and for free, mobile (cell) phones too (mobile phone numbers start with a 3, not zero). The telephone country calling code for Italy is 39. When calling abroad from Italy, the international call […]

Catacombs of Rome

Catacombs of San Sebastiano

ROME’S CATACOMBS TELL OF LIFE AND MARTYRDOM: The catacombs of Rome are a very important part of the history of the early Christians and the Roman church in Ancient Rome.  These ancient underground burial places provide clues of the life of saints, martyrs, ordinary Christians and the Roman church during the early centuries. In Italy, […]

Pigging out on Porcini – Eating out in Rome

Porcini Arrosto at La Carbonara

In pursuit of Funghi Porcini: Porcini Arrosto at La Carbonara On our first night in Rome, we race off to our favourite restaurant on Campo dei Fiori.  After a few weeks on the road, a fix of good Italian food is much needed and at La Carbonara, we know that we’ll have a good meal. […]

Getting Around the Cinque Terre

Trenitalia Cinque Terre tickets

Getting Around Cinque Terre is relatively easy: By Train: The regional train that serves the five villages runs between La Spezia Centrale and Sestri Levanti or Genoa.  Fares are cheap at Euro 1.80 one-way, and the difference between a 5 km trip and a 10 km trip is only Euro 20 cents. The tickets are […]

Cinque Terre Card – Walking Holidays

Cinque Terre Card

Walking holidays in Cinque Terre: The Cinque Terre is famous for its scenic coastal walking trails and if like many visitors you intend to do some walking on your holidays, you’ll need to buy the Cinque Terre Card. There are three types of Cinque Terre cards: Cinque Terre Card Cinque Terre Card Treno (includes train) […]

Pedal Power takes off in the Eternal City

Bike Sharing in Rome

Bikesharing – an environmental way to get around Rome: We’re having a late lunch break at Caffè dell’Arte next to our hotel in Campo dei Fiori when we notice this smart row of green bikes lined up in a bike rack. Ah, this must be one of the bikesharing schemes that are sprouting up all […]

Dar Filettaro a Santa Barbara – Eating out in Rome

Filetti di Baccala - Fried Codfish

Dining out on Filetti di Baccalà near Campo dei Fiori: This eatery next to Campo dei Fiori seems to get more popular each time we visit, with long queues of locals and visitors trying to get a table each night. As there are a lot of people wanting to dine here tonight, the guy organizing […]