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