Why you should NOT skip Bologna

By Fabiolla Loureiro – www.fabiollaloureiro.com Italy is famous for its great cities, exquisite architecture, arts, culture, fantastic food, wine and outstanding landscapes. Venice is my favourite, but I will share with you my impression about a city that surprised me, la belissima Bologna. It’s not easy to pick a city in Italy as a favourite, as many…

Spoleto – Crown of Umbria

Perugia may be the regional capital of Umbria, Assisi its spiritual centre but after one month of roaming the region, we must conclude that Spoleto is its crowning piece. As it sits enthroned above the Umbrian valley with its back to the hills of the south, it looks to the north, to the beautiful towns…

Vernaccia di San Gimignano – ancient wine rediscovered

“A white island of wine in a sea of red,” some describe the Vernaccia white wine of San Gimignano, surrounded as it is by red Chianti vineyards. When young, it’s fresh, floral and pleasant – a cool kiss on a warm summer’s day. When older, its mineral notes mature and become more complex without losing…

Ba-Rock-ing Lecce

Lecce is often called “Florence of the South”, but this Baroque pearl is so much more than a southern version of the capital of the Renaissance up north. It’s an attraction in it own right and its wonderful Baroque architecture, bright buildings, airy plazas and relaxed ambiance makes it one of our favourite cities in…

Palermo City Guide

While Palermo has been named Italian Capital of Culture in 2018, this interesting metropolis might prove to be one of your more rowdy Italian encounters. Ruled in turn by the Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans, Germans, French and Spanish before finally becoming part of the Kingdom of Italy in 1861, Palermo is a melting pot of…

In the Footsteps of the Romans – Rome

Europe is full of relics from its Roman past, whether it’s the imposing Porta Nigra in Trier, Germany, the well-preserved amphitheatre in Nîmes, France or the intimate Palace of Diocletian in Split, Croatia. The Romans practically occupied everything in Western Europe and the Mediterranean and were the rulers of Europe for more than 500 years.…

The Peculiar Trulli of Puglia

A trullo rarely stands alone. Most of the time, you find them bundled together, their small cone-shaped roofs pointing to the sky. One is kitchen, another bedroom, a third may be bathroom. And so on. That’s why the world only knows them by their plural pronoun: The Trulli. Discover the magical trulli of Alberobello and Puglia: More…

Wine Touring in Tuscany – Chianti

To enjoy a wine tour on your own, bring along a lot of time and a little sense of adventure. In a world full of deadlines and schedules, enjoy the freedom of not having an itinerary. Now and then, take some small diversions from the main road to some minor ones. Just do what you…

The Most Beautiful Libraries of Tuscany

What a cathedral is for the religious, so is the library for the cultivated. A place where you can find peace, quiet and insights into earthly and otherworldly questions. The accumulated knowledge of millions of people through thousands of years are lined on the bookshelves, ready to enlighten you on whatever subject you pick down…

Italy and the 6 cakes of Christmas

Italians love their dolce. Even in wintertime, you can be sure to see Italians eat gelato and so it comes a no surprise, that they have no less than 6 Christmas cakes to sweeten the chilly days of Christmas. But choosing which cake it should be, can even ruin the Christmas spirit in Italian families.…