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: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso. Continue reading Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence
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!
We have been to a variety of Italian cooking lessons and found Spaghetti in the Family just outside Rome a wonderful alternative to more formal programs. This family of Roman food fanatics lives in a suburb of Rome, easily reached by the Metro, and invites you to join them as they prepare a meal with the whole family. Continue reading Roman Cooking in the Family
A little advance planning can make your stay in the Eternal City much easier since you’ll be assured of avoiding long lines that are common at the most popular sites. Here are the sites we recommend you book well in advance of your Rome stay. Continue reading Five Rome Sites to Book Ahead
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