Food in Rome

The best insalata caprese is made with mozzarella bufala

Food in Rome and around: a brief gastronomical tour! Rome and Lazio Rome; Tuscania; Viterbo; Tarquinia; Cerveteri; Ostia Antica; Frascati; Monte Cassino Perhaps the most savoury of all Italian regional cuisines, and perhaps due to its central location, the food in Rome and the surrounding district of Lazio offers an incredible variety of dishes and […]

Food in Northeast Italy

Canederli are a speciality of Trentino-Adige

Food in North-east Italy: a brief gastronomical tour! Trentino-Alto Adige; the Veneto and Friuli Padua; Bassano del Grappa; Vicenza; Verona; Lake Garda; Trento; Bolzano; Cortina d’Ampezzo; Misurina; Trieste; Venice Food in Northeast Italy often comprises dishes rich with creamy and meaty sauces, and risotto and polenta are often eaten instead of pasta. Trentino-Alto Adige stretches […]

Food in Southern Italy

Pizza is a speciality of Southern Italy

Food in Southern Italy: a brief gastronomical tour! Naples and Campania; Abruzzo, Molise and Puglia; Basilicata and Calabria; Sicily and Sardinia Pompeii; Sorrento; Capri; Positano (Amalfi Coast); Bari; Matera; Castellana; Alberobello; Lecce; Taranto; Calabrian Mountains; Taormina; Syracuse; Ortygia Island; Piazza Armerina; Enna; Selinunte; Agrigento; Mondello; Palermo; Naples The south of Italy, especially the far south, […]

Food in Northwest Italy

Food in Northwest Italy: a brief gastronomical tour! Liguria; Valle D’Aosta and Piedmont; Lombardy Portofino (Cinque Terre); Genoa; Asti; Turin; Aosta; Vercelli; Milan; Cremona; Mantua; Stresa (Lake Maggiore); Como It may be on the Italian side of the border, but the cuisine of Valle d’Aosta and Piedmont is strongly influenced by neighbouring France, as is […]

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 […]

Italian Weights and Measures

Italian Weights and Measures and their equivalents Units legally used in business in Italy How to convert the metric system of weights and measures into their Imperial equivalents and vice versa In general, weights & measures in Italy are metric, as in France. Units legally used in business in Italy Kilometre 1000 metres Metre   […]

Useful facts for travel to Italy

Useful facts to help you plan your visit to Italy Festivals Public Holidays Visas Health Time Electricity Weights & Measures Money, Banks etc. Useful Telephone Numbers Festivals One important factor may be the festival calendar. Like Spain, Italy has a lot of festivals and saint’s days etc. and you may wish to co-ordinate your Italy […]

Italy Travel

Italy Travel

An Italy Tour is more than a Roman Holiday… I love Italy. Travel in Italy should mean swanning round in a red Ferrari convertible between legendary hotels in legendary places like the Hotel Cipriani in Venice, the Hassler in Rome and Corbusier’s Punta Tragara in Capri. Not just a dream… Unfortunately this kind of Europe […]

Tour Routes in Italy

Map of Italy with major cities

Suggested Tour Routes to make the best of your holiday in Italy A Suggested Route around Italy A comprehensive tour of Italy would take a long time, and if limited to the usually visited sights would omit many interesting experiences. However, here is my offering, and I’d say this was a 24 day minimum (excluding […]

The Mall – Florence Designer Outlets

Direction to The Mall

More than one outlet to spend your money at: Florence, city of art and culture has another treasure at its door steps – Designer Outlets.   To the north you have the McArthur Glen’s Barberino Designer Outlet and to the South there is The Mall. Apart from these two large groups, some of the prestigious […]