Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence

A wonderful day trip from Florence is the iconic coastline of the Cinque Terre. Cinque Terre translates in English to “The Five Lands”, a chain of five coastal towns that have never had automobile access.  Here you can explore each beautiful town, hike along the coastal trail, dine on seafood, or lounge on the beach.  The five villages in order from the La Spezia train station are: RiomaggioreManarolaCornigliaVernazza, and Monterosso. Continue reading Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence


Farmer’s Market Food Extravaganza!


Food is one of Italy’s greatest delights. We think of the farmer’s markets that can be found in all Italian cities as interactive museums of food and culture with fresh-from-the-farm ingredients and the friendly social interactions between shoppers and vendors. Dramatic and beautiful arrangements of the fresh items demonstrates the art that permeates Italian history and culture. Cheerful and clever, the vendors love to banter with customers. Observe the drama as Italians converse with their smiles and hands. Even if you don’t buy a thing, you can enjoy art, culture and drama for free! Continue reading Farmer’s Market Food Extravaganza!

Practical Food tour of Italy from Rome

Tour Italy’s Foods Without Leaving Rome

Ask anyone: what’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Italy? The food, the wine. (And the history and culture, of course, but most people get a vision of pizza and pasta dancing around their head when asked.) And for a lot of people, experiencing all of the different types of food (and drink) that Italy has to offer is a central aspect of visiting the country on holiday. But Italy is relatively huge—301,000 square kilometers worth of huge—and is composed of twenty unique provinces. All of those provinces have distinct cultures, with which come distinct taste in food that is dependent upon what grows or lives in the area. And while it would be great to visit every province, every tiny town in the country, that most likely isn’t going to happen on a typical holiday to Italy. But worry not—you can experience every popular, delicious and unforgettable type of food that the country has to offer. All from the capital city of Rome! Continue reading Tour Italy’s Foods Without Leaving Rome