ITALY

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 and comes with its own etiquettes and customs. Let’s get to grips with the ground rules…

The Leaning Tower of Pisa

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is the campanile, or free-standing bell tower, of the cathedral of the Italian city of Pisa, famous worldwide for its tipsy tilt to one side.

Catania Cafe Culture

Catania’s cafes and bars are the perfect place to indulge in a cup of coffee and a cannolo when the sightseeing begins to take its toll. There are some gems when it comes to Catania’s cafes; chock full of character, charm and full of dazzling displays of the best Sicilian patisserie.

Catania – the City in one Day

The Port city of Catania, Sicily’s second largest city, is situated on the east coast of the island, just south of where Italy puts the boot in. Mount Etna looms on the horizon, swathed in haze, huffing a near constant stream of smoke and an occasional dribble of red-hot lava.

Sicilian Cuisine – Savouring the Flavours

The cool, calm, quiet of the Consoli kitchen is in complete contrast to the clamour of Catania’s colourful market which we’d just explored as part of our Sicilian Gastronomic Adventure. The next part of the tour was to immerse ourselves into the flavours, cooking customs and rich history of Sicilian cuisine.