Caffè Marocchino

Italian Coffee Culture

Coffee culture is an essential part of Italian life, akin to an art-form and nigh on a religion. There’s a myriad of coffees on the menu from Espresso to Caffé Shakerato – then there’s the two, three or four different ways they’re served. Coffee is a serious past-time in Italy …

Aperol Spritz

Aperol Spritz – Sunshine in a Glass!

A toast on the blog this week. Say hello to Aperol Spritz a cheeky little Italian apéritif.   I first noticed it in Venice as the sun started to dip – everywhere I looked people were sipping fluorescent-orange cocktails – in the piazzas and canal-side cafés, in bars, terraces and trattorias. …

The River Arno, Pisa at Sunset

Pisa – Much More than a Leaning Tower

If you plan to see The Leaning Tower of Pisa, before flying out from Italy’s Galilei Airport or before taking the train to Florence from Pisa Centrale Station I’d recommend you don’t hop straight on a bus.  There’s much more to Pisa than the campanile so take time to wander …

Cathedral and Leaning Tower at Pisa

The Leaning Tower of Pisa

The Leaning Tower of Pisa stands, or should I say leans, in the Piazza dei Miracoli in the medieval part of Pisa.  …

Caffe del Duomo in Catania

Catania’s Cafe Culture

  Catania’s cafes and bars are the perfect place to indulge in a cup of coffee and a cannolo when the sightseeing …

Cattedrale di Sant'Agata

A Day Discovering Catania

The Port city of Catania, Sicily’s second largest city, is situated on the east coast of the island, just south of where …

Catania's Food Market

Catania Market and a Foodie Stroll

We could hear the Pescheria, Catania’s open-air fish market, before we could see it.  The yelling of fishmongers shouting their best price …

Fritte Misto with Farro salad and Primo Sale cheese

Food from the Tuscan Table

Tuscan cuisine is food for the soul; intense fresh flavours from a few choice ingredients which have been freshly picked or pulled …

Still Life at Badia a Passignano

The Hidden Treasures of Tuscany

The Chianti region of Tuscany is renowned for its beautiful rolling landscapes, Tuscan cuisine and Chianti Classico wines but the area has …