If you don’t have fabulously wealthy friends with a private estate in Italy, Stazzo Lu Ciaccaru, may just be the next best option. This stunning boutique hotel is nestled in the hills in the North East of Sardinia a short drive to beautiful beaches of the Costa Smeralda. Once there you can play spot the
If I’m ever having a bad day I think back to my “happy place” which is a little cocktail bar overlooking the Supramonte mountains in the Italian island of Sardinia. The bar is known as the Bar Del Tablao and is part of Sardinia’s Su Gologone hotel.
Puglia is olive producing country and ancient olive trees grow everywhere on the rocky land. Dotted amongst these olive groves you can find some masseria – old farm houses surrounded by high stone walls. To stay in one is about as Puglian as you can get (unless you want to live in a trulli!) so
If Italy is a boot then Puglia is the heel right at the bottom. It’s hot with an arid and flat landscape. We hired a masseria (walled house) for a week with friends in the Salento region in the middle of an olive grove. All around us there was sun, sea and seriously good food
How do they do it? There is something about the gelati in Italy that is just far superior to anything you can get anywhere else in the world. Admittedly licking on a cone of gelati while wandering the cobbled streets of Rome does add to the experience. In an act of serious devotion to the
I have been travelling a lot recently and so my recent trip to Rome had to be on a budget. This was no great sacrifice in Rome where there are so many great cheap places to eat. Low cost does not have to mean sacrificing any of the la dolce vita. Who needs fine dining
During my holiday to Umbria a few weeks ago I was keen to do a cooking class to try to get a real understanding of Umbrian cuisine. We chose a one day course at La Chuiza restaurant, a small cooking school, restaurant and organic farm near Umbertide. €75 included a one day course and lunch.
You know you have arrived in Italy when the man checking your passport at the airport flirts with you. You know you have arrived in Bologna when you encounter a city so packed with gourmet food shops, gelataris, restaurants and bars that you don’t know which way to turn. Bologna was a special sort of
Little sister to the better known region of Tuscany, Umbria is a slice of heaven for food lovers. The rolling green hills and tiny hill top town are home to fantastic little markets and great restaurants as well. We hired a villa with a group of friends during our time in Umbria so spent most