Rome is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It’s also known as the Eternal City – maybe because it’d take an eternity to see all the art, masterpieces and architecture that overflows within it. Rome’s treasures are also the reason it’s packed with visitors every year. I’ve been a few times and during my visits I’ve picked up some tips to help make the most of limited time in the city. There are also some tourist traps that you need to know about. I wish someone had enlightened me before my first visit. Read on for some practical advice and tips for visiting Rome to help you get the most from your trip.
Regular readers will know that a good food tour is one of my favourite ways to explore a city. Rome was no exception. A culinary encounter with The Roman Food Tour took my taste buds on an adventure around the city on the best Rome food tour ever. We devoured over twenty food and drink tastings during our mouth-watering tour. They’re not joking when they say ‘bring a healthy appetite and high expectations’.
Imagine an Italian wine-maker, two chefs and five suitcases bulging with Italy’s finest produce all packed into a Fiat Panda. Now add two dozen eggs, copious amounts of virgin olive oil and the mother of all pasta pots. This was the cosy scene as the Palazzo Tronconi trio travelled to Rome airport, en-route to the UK, to host an Italian culinary masterclass.
Bookings for You director, Jo Mackay, invited me along for a taste of unrestrained Italian hospitality and to learn about a new addition to her villa portfolio. For a taste of Palazzo Tronconi Italian food and wine holidays read on…
Battle, East Sussex is the heart of 1066 country and every year in October there’s one hell of a fight. We’re invaded by Normans and there’s a big hoo-ha on the battleground behind the Abbey. This year the invasion is going to be even bigger because it’s the 950th anniversary of The Battle of Hastings.
Despite the name, the clash between the Saxons and the Normans didn’t actually happen in Hastings. It took place six miles away in Battle. Yes, our town ended up being named after the famous spat that took place there in 1066. Battle Abbey was built by William the Conqueror after the conflict as penance for the blood spilled on the battlefield. It dominates the High Street and the grounds are the meeting point for the annual re-enactment clash of the Saxons versus the Normans.
Rathfinny Wine Estate and Sussex Sparkling. If you’ve not heard of them yet you soon will because Sussex is the future of English wine production. With award-winning wines spilling out of the county it won’t be long before you’ll be toasting your celebrations with a glass or two of Sussex Sparkling. Rathfinny, near Alfriston in East Sussex, is the state-of-the-art vineyard that’s on course to become England’s largest single-site vineyard. I dropped by to find out what all the fizz and the fuss is about.
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Congratulations to winner Lucy Dodsworth. If you didn’t win and you’d like to buy a copy here’s the link: Flavours of Sicily
It’s giveaway time on The Travelbunny this week. I’ve teamed up with publishers Ryland, Peters and Small to offer one lucky reader a copy of Flavours of Sicily by Ursula Ferrigno. Dipping into this colourful book has had me drooling over the fresh and vibrant recipes from Sicily, the little Mediterranean island which has a long-standing love affair with food.
Rye, in East Sussex, is one of those pretty little market towns that time seems to have passed by. Nestled between green rolling hills and the English Channel the Cinque Port town is one of the best-preserved medieval towns in England. Higgledy-piggledy half-timbered houses line a muddle of steep cobbled lanes, beach walks and ancient inns make Rye the perfect place for a chilled weekend break.
Amsterdam has more than its fair share of culture, art and history. The Van Gogh museum and Rijksmuseum are filled with 800 years of dutch art and history whereas Anne Frank’s House tells a dark, more recent story. The city has a risque reputation with it’s Red Light District, coffee shops and a faint waft of cannabis hanging in the air. A UNESCO ancient canal system lined with leafy trees and pretty gabled houses is perfect for a wander with plenty of cafes and bars to stop at along the way. But what if you’re cultured out, coffee shop weary and can’t face another Stroopwafel? I’ve put together a list of six cool and quirky things to do in Amsterdam.