Where and what to eat in Italy

From artisan gelato to fresh homemade pasta, Italian cuisine is renowned the world over, but beyond the pizza, pasta, and ice cream, there’s a never-ending gastronomic journey to discover including superb cheeses, succulent roasts and legendary desserts. Here’s my top ten favourite things to eat in Italy.

Top 5 Tips for Photographing Venice

The weather may be ever-changing, but the beauty of Venice is not. Here are my tips for photographing this iconic city, come rain, fog or sunshine.

An indulgent 48 hours in Venice

From never having been to Venice to never wanting to leave in just 48 hours – my guide to an indulgent weekend in Venice, Italy.

Review: Children of the Mists by Lexa Dudley

When I first visited Sardinia I immediately felt at home there. The towns, the people, their traditions and not least the stunning wild landscapes, they all beguiled me. And it is here on this wonderful island in the heart of the Mediterranean, that author Lexa Dudley...

As dusk falls over Cisternino

I’ve explored many of Puglia’s lovely white-washed towns and villages but the one that had the most impact on me was Cisternino in the Vale D’Itria, Puglia in the south-east of Italy.

Rimini Sunrise

Enjoying the moment – As a blogger whenever I experience something new I can sometimes get a little carried away. It’s all too easy to get wrapped up in getting that stunning photo, not just on my camera but on my phone too for Instagram and Snapchat.

A taste of Sicily

From the sun dried tomatoes of Ispica to the chilli chocolate of Modica, I recently spent a fabulous week discovering new flavours and meeting the wonderful people behind a delicious assortment of food in Sicily.

The romance of Rome by twilight

Walking through the streets of Rome as the sky displays an ever changing colour palette of pastel blues and pinks makes the city seem even more romantic. Having visited on my own, a couple of years ago, I’m so delighted that this time I am sharing this trip to the eternal city with Neill.

Book Review: The Whispering Wind by Lexa Dudley

Anyone who visits the Mediterranean island of Sardinia is almost certain to fall head-over-heels for her charms, just as I did. From the stunning mountain scenery and beautiful beaches to the welcoming people and delicious cuisine, I loved it all. And when asked to...

In pictures, a walking tour of Florence

As well as lots of delicious cooking, and of course eating, during my recent trip to Tuscany, my host Flavours Holidays included not only a wine tasting trip but also a day out in Florence. After all, it would be a crime to visit this part of Tuscany and not see both...

Cooking Tuscany! From perfect pasta to the tastiest tiramisu

What would you look for when thinking of a cooking holiday in Italy? An informal, friendly atmosphere, a little sight-seeing, wine tasting and of course, informative and fun lessons, all in an idyllic setting on a farmhouse in the country. I found all this and more...

Picture Postcard from Florence

Dear all, Having a superb time in Tuscany learning about Florentine home cooking with the dashing, Alessio, our Italian chef. Just 7 others on the course with me and we're really having fun. We've prepared and eaten so many wonderful dishes from tortelli to tiramisu,...

An edible journey around Sardinia

Following on from my recent posts from the lovely island of Sardinia. I'd like to tell you about the amazing Sardinian cuisine I discovered. I don't think I've ever experienced so many wonderful meals in one week before, so please join me on an edible journey,...

Exploring Cagliari, Sardinia’s ancient capital

Cagliari (or Casteddu in Sardu meaning castle) on the south coast of Sardinia, is the island's capital and was once the capital of the Kingdom of Sardinia. It is an ancient city, known to have been inhabited as long ago as the Neolithic period, over 5,000 years ago....

San Pantaleo and the best hot chocolate in the world?

With its rustic stone buildings, hardly any traffic and a backdrop of granite mountains, walking around the pretty Sardinian village of San Pantaleo, is like stepping back in time and it was here that I made a very important discovery. It was coming to the end of...

Sardinia, the heart of the Mediterranean

Life in Sardinia is probably the best a man can wish: twenty-four-thousands kilometers of forests, countryside, shores immersed in a miraculous sea, this corresponds to what I would suggest God to give us as Paradise. Fabrizio De Andrè, 1996 Last September I spent a...

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 as much as possible, then rather regretted not taking things a little slower, allowing some...

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...

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

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...

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