Roaming Rome: sights & signs of this great city!

This photo is a little cheesy.

Whether it be getting gloriously lost amongst the cobbled streets, stopping for a glass of wine, shopping, visiting the must-see sights, going to the Vatican, or just taking in the atmosphere, walking around Rome is delightful. We wanted you to share in this delight with some of the more unusual happy snaps we took this […]

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Shopping in Italy: the fashion for fine food, friends and fun

Shopping in Italy: the fashion for food, friends and fun

Italians generally don’t shop in mega shopping complexes*. Rather, shopping is done by visiting farmers markets and small stores run specialists in their trade. If you want bread, visit the baker. For meat, see the butcher. In the interest of ensuring top quality, it makes perfect sense. And loaf by loaf, slice by slice, storeowners […]

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WTM World Responsible Tourism Day

WTM World Responsible Tourism Day

7th November, 2012 is WTM World Responsible Tourism Day, a global initiative being celebrated with special events, communications and consumer promotions, demonstrating the tourism industry’s determination to make a real difference. Since its introduction five years ago, WTM World Responsible Tourism Day, in association with the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), has captured the hearts […]

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Mona Lisa’s Bones – the search continues…

Mona Lisa's identity is taken _very_ seriously

Subject of songs (lots & lots of songs!) and several films, the alluring smile of the Mona Lisa has captivated people’s hearts, minds and immagination since Leonardo da Vinci put paint to poplar panel in the 1500s. Whilst the Musèe du Lourve has labelled the Mona Lisa as ‘Portrait of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco […]

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Art by Women in Florence, Italy

Judith Slaying Holofernes (1620)

Historically around the world generally, the majority of best-known artists have been men. However, two local women here in Florence are doing their darndest to promote female artists, at least here in the Renaissance city. A new book has been written by Jane Fortune and Linda Falcone titled Art by Women in Florence: A Guide […]

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Real Italian Dish: Risotto con Zucchine recipe

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We were recently invited by Alberto, author of a fabulous home Italian cookery blog, to share his receipes, and with typical Italian recipes as delicious as the below (with step-by-step pictures to match!), how could we refuse?! RISOTTO (RICE) WITH COURGETTES risotto con zucchine Hi guys!!! You are ready for a new dish!?! Today we cooking […]

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Sweet Tastes of Tuscany: GIUGGIOLE

Sweet Tastes of Tuscany: GIUGGIOLE

These strange delicacies go by the name of giuggiole*. In season for the shortest while, they look like olives but the inside is more like a super-sweet crunchy green apple! So sweet are giuggiole, that there is even a saying to describe a saccharine, ‘cheesy’ ending for something –  ‘è finito in un brodo di […]

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