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 feet or...

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 to make my...

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

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 pizza and peaches in red wine

On my final full day in Rome last month (where does the time go!) I spent a delightful morning exploring the Campo de Fiori market plus a local bakers, a butchers and two restaurants. We tasted a variety of olive oils, balsamic vinegars, pizza bianca, cheeses and...

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 authentic taste of Rome!

From aphrodisiac salami to 50-year-old balsamic vinegar, exploring the Campo de Fiori market, nearby bakery and delis - what better way to spend a morning in Rome! A food tour of Rome After two days of overcast, rainy weather I woke up to a beautiful, sunny Saturday...

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!

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...

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

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

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 not any of...

Discovering Emilia-Romagna with the ‘BlogVille’ project

Last Saturday saw the end of an amazing couple of months for bloggers in Emilia-Romagna, northern Italy. Home to the medieval town of Bologna, the food capital of the country, and Rimini, a seaside party town, this region was completely unknown to me despite the fact...

Stalagmites and stalactites and things that go bump in the night!

Today I would like to take you back to Italy to wander with me through the stunning cave system, Grotte di Castellana in Puglia, Southern Italy. Once all that could be seen of the system was a large hole in the ground that the locals thought the devil lived in but...

Sculptures in light and the art of making ice-cream

While staying at the Borgobianco Resort and Spa in Puglia last month, Laure, from the hotel, was kind enough to show me around the nearby town of Polignano a Mare - first stop - the workshop of Peppino Campanella. On Via Conversano, perched on the cliff tops...

5 star luxury in Puglia, Southern Italy

When I was invited to come on a press visit by Borgobianco Resort & Spa, a luxurious hotel in Puglia, I couldn't believe my luck. While I'd been on numerous photographic assignments this would be my first freelance trip. What a treat! And so when the day came I...

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!

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 heaps of spaghetti with pesto

Portovenere, a delightful medieval town lies on the Golf dei Poeti, to the east of the Liguria region and was once a favourite haunt of the poets Byron and Shelley. It is well worth a visit if you are in the area although it can get very busy, especially at weekends....

Gospel@Valenza 2011, with the London Community Gospel Choir

Wow! I just had the most amazing weekend in Valenza,  Italy - 2 days of workshops with the London Community Gospel Choir culminating in a concert on Sunday night. It was a real privilege to be a part of this wonderful weekend. Friday evening was club night and we all...

Advertisements

Pin It on Pinterest