Siena is the Panforte Capital of Italy

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Enjoying Panforte in Siena – the Panforte Capital of Italy: For our visit of Siena, one of the things on my to-do list was to buy some Panforte from the city where this cake originated. Siena panforte is a dense fruit cake with candied fruits and nuts. But what makes it different from other fruit […]

Limoncello – A Popular Italian Liqueur

Limoncello

Limoncello is the Second Most Popular Liqueur in Italy: On any travel to the south of Italy, a common sight is attractive yellow bottles of limoncello, many with eye-catching labels and gift packaging.  Limoncello is a traditional Italian lemon liqueur that is produced anywhere from Naples to Sorrento, Capri, the Amalfi Coast and even in […]

The Innkeeper, The Voyeur and The Tortellini Pasta

Tortellini Festival - Castelfranco Emilia

Sagra di San Nicola – A Tortellino Festival Held in Castelfranco Emilia: In Castelfranco Emilia, a town in the province of Modena, the Feast of St Nicholas is celebrated on the second week of September. The Sagra di San Nicola is actually a Tortellino Festival where the creation of tortellini is re-enacted every year. Legend […]

Wine Tasting in Tuscany

Wine Tours in Tuscany

Wine Tasting in Tuscany is One of the Pleasurable Pursuits of the Region: Tuscany is universally famous for its good food, classic wines and natural beauty so naturally food and wine tasting in Tuscany are part of the reasons why many visitors come to this region of Italy. Some may be the interested in the […]

Genovese Pesto Recipe – Liguria

Pesto from Cinque Terre

Genoa is the birthplace of Pesto: The Ligurian region is the birthplace of the Pesto sauce.  More precisely, it was in Genoa, on the north Ligurian coast, that Pesto originated. Basil, a main ingredient of pesto sauce, grows well in the Ligurian temperate climate. Travelling around Liguria, you’ll see that this sauce is used extensively […]

Baia Saracena – Vernazza

Baia Saracena Bar - Vernazza

The Location is Fantastic but the Food Quality is Wanting : This bar on the breakwater enjoys a splendid location. For parched, sunbathers this is a convenient place to get a drink. Baia Saracena is the first café/bar that visitors will see when they come off their boat from one of the other villages.  It […]

Trattoria da Sandro – Vernazza

Cozze at Trattoria da Sandro

Even the Slow Food Movement would Baulk at the Slow Service here: Maria, our landlady recommended this place and said that she and the locals would dine here. This trattoria is on the right-hand side of via Roma as you walk towards the train station. There is an inside restaurant, but even without any views, […]

Ristorante Al Castello – Vernazza

Seafood in Vernazza

Ristorante Al Castello – a Restaurant with Incredible Views: For our final dinner in Vernazza we dine at Ristorante al Castello which is high above Vernazza’s main square, just below the castle. To ensure we got a cliff-side table overlooking the sea, we hiked up here earlier in the day to make a booking.   […]

Trattoria Gianni Franzi – Vernazza

Trattoria Gianni - Spaghetti Vongole

At Trattoria Gianni Franzi you’ll find typical Cuisine of the Cinque Terre: For standard of food, service and price of meals, Trattoria Gianni gets our vote for the best trattoria/restaurant in Piazza Marconi. This trattoria enjoys a full house most evenings, leaving the other restaurants salivating over its success. We also notice that when Trattoria […]

Dining Out in Vernazza – Cinque Terre

Restaurant Dining - Cinque Terre

Restaurant Dining in Vernazza: Vernazza has a nice square by the harbour that is filled with a range of restaurants, trattorias and cafés.  Along the main street, via Roma, there are more eateries. If you’re staying in this town during your Cinque Terre holidays, there are enough restaurants and trattorias here to keep you nicely […]