Top 10 things to do in Rome

Top 10 things to do in Rome

Rome has to be one of Europe's most popular city breaks and on my first visit, I was mesmerised by her history and splendour. I spent an exhausting few days trying to cram in seeing as many places in Rome as I possibly could, then rather regretted not taking things a...

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 Modena D.O.P. where the knowledge...

Finding tranquility at Santo Stefano, the Seven Churches of Bologna

Finding tranquility at Santo Stefano, the Seven Churches of Bologna

One day last summer, while wandering along the lovely porticoes of Bologna, I found myself in the Piazza Santo Stefano and saw the Basilica of the same name, peeping through the pillars. This was a church I'd been meaning to visit so I stepped inside and I am so glad...

The exquisite Ravenna mosaics

The exquisite Ravenna mosaics

Photographs and map (including GPS guided walking tour) of the Ravenna mosaics by travel photographer, Kathryn Burrington

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 in...

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 - that's 318...

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 mini guide to the street food of Florence

A mini guide to the street food of Florence

Following on from a couple of other great street food guides I have featured on Travel With Kat here, Debra Kokkla, who lives and blogs from Bagni de Lucca in Tuscany, shares her thoughts on street food in the lovely city of Florence. Italians take their food very...

Roman style pizza recipe

Roman style pizza recipe

On the final full day of my first visit to Rome, I spent a delightful morning exploring the Campo de Fiori market plus a local baker's, a butcher's and two restaurants. We tasted a variety of olive oils, balsamic vinegars, pizza bianca, cheeses and salami with the...

Going solo in Rome

Going solo in Rome

Rome is a great city to explore whether with others or own your own. I felt perfectly safe as a woman alone in Rome. Here are my solo travel tips from my experience of travelling to Rome alone.

The best food walking tour in Rome

The best food walking tour in Rome

From aphrodisiac salami to 50-year-old balsamic vinegar, exploring the Campo de Fiori farmers' market is one of my favourite, things to do in Rome. A visit here is included in this fabulous Rome food tour with my favourite Rome walking tour specialists, Walks of...

Pairing Italian Wine and Food

Pairing Italian Wine and Food

When Vino Roma invited me as their guest to one of their wine tours in Rome I thought it would be rude to say no and promptly almost bite their hand of saying... Yes please! I opted for their wine and cheese lunch as I was fascinated to learn about pairing food and...

On a mission to discover Rome’s food and wine!

On a mission to discover Rome’s food and wine!

Less than two week's ago I received the nod from Expedia that I would be going to Rome as one of their guinea pigs for a new blogging initiative. Three bloggers would be looking at Rome from three different angles - Rachel, art and culture, Laura, shopping and...

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

Bologna in Emilia-Romagna is a fabulous option for your next city break. Here you can easily pass the time exploring the picturesque streets, popping in and out of historic churches, people watching from pavement cafes and tucking into its world-famous cuisine not to...

Puglian cuisine: hearty, rustic, delicious and bad for my waistline!

Puglian cuisine: hearty, rustic, delicious and bad for my waistline!

Earlier this Spring I spent a few days in Puglia (Apulia), southern Italy among other things learning about the wonderful cuisine of the area. As Leonardo Di Bari, head chef at the Borgobianco Resort and Spa where I was staying explained, essentially Puglian cuisine...

Polignano a Mare

Having just got back today from a wonderful press trip as the guest of Borgobianco Resort and Spa this week's travel snap is a sneak peek of some forthcoming posts. I'd like to share with you all that I've discovered about Puglia, a lesser known region of Italy,...

Monticatini Alto, an Italian hill-top treasure and a tasty treat!

Monticatini Alto, an Italian hill-top treasure and a tasty treat!

While rummaging around in some boxes in the attic, I recently discovered some old postcards, photographs, notes and recipes that I had collected while working in Italy photographing holiday homes. As I sat there reminiscing, memories came flooding back of breathtaking...

Portovenere, the Cinque Terre and my spaghetti with pesto recipe

Portovenere, the Cinque Terre and my spaghetti with pesto recipe

Tall pastel-coloured houses, seven or more floors high, edge the picturesque harbour of Portovenere overlooking the Golfo dei Poeti where Byron and Percy Shelley once swam. It's also the home of my favourite pasta sauce, pesto! Portovenere, Liguria, Italy Portovenere...