Artisan balsamic vinegar, grape juice, time and passion

Artisan balsamic vinegar, grape juice, time and passion

“Grape juice, time and passion and nothing else” explains Roberto “There is no sugar in genuine balsamic vinegar.” I’m at Casa del Balsamico Modenese di Giuseppe Cattani, producers of the first organic traditional balsamic vinegar of...
The exquisite Ravenna mosaics

The exquisite Ravenna mosaics

While I had heard of the Ravenna mosaics, I had no idea just what an amazing experience visiting them would be. They are among the most beautiful things I have ever seen and it is no wonder that these unique early Christian monuments are all listed as UNESCO World...
How to make fresh pasta

How to make fresh pasta

I love pasta! Spaghetti, lasagna, tagliatelle… I love it all and although the dried pasta you can buy in any supermarket across Britain is very nice, there is nothing quite like fresh pasta. I recently spent a fun afternoon at the culinary school of Casa Artusi...
Overcoming my fear of heights in  Bologna

Overcoming my fear of heights in Bologna

I have so many wonderful things I want to share with you from my recent stay in Bologna and thousands of photographs that it was hard to know where to start. So let’s start from the top! The top of the tallest tower in Bologna, the Asinelli Tower –...
Instagramming Emilia Romagna

Instagramming Emilia Romagna

Yesterday, my week in the blogville apartment in Bologna, Italy came to an end. I’ve had a superb time, made great new friends, seen, tasted and learnt about many wonderful things, from visiting the breathtakingly beautiful Ravenna mosaics to learning how...
The deliciously stinky cheeses of Rimini

The deliciously stinky cheeses of Rimini

Rimini, on the coast of Emilia Romagna in Italy, is best known for its beaches and nightlife but it is all too often overlooked that the region is an area of great natural beauty with a rich rural heritage and a cuisine to rival that of its better known gourmet...
A gastronomic feast of festivals this September!

A gastronomic feast of festivals this September!

When I was in Italy in July with Blogville, we all took every opportunity to try out different gelatos and being a big fan of chocolate I tried every variation I could find including white chocolate, milk chocolate but best of all the darkest of dark chocolate! Later...
Piadina recipe: Cooking piadina and crescione in Rimini

Piadina recipe: Cooking piadina and crescione in Rimini

Last month I had the chance to spend a day exploring the countryside (and cuisine) of the Rimini hinterland, thanks to the Emilia-Romagna tourist board. I had never been to this part of Italy before and it was fantastic to discover such beautiful scenery. It is a...
Uncovering the secrets of Bologna

Uncovering the secrets of Bologna

When I first started researching ‘Things to do in Bologna’ I was very aware that I would only have a couple of days to explore this beautiful medieval city. One thing jumped out at me as something I simply had to see and photograph above all else. It was...

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