Camogli is astonishingly charming. It is almost as if the entire town was constructed under the watchful eye of a small Italian woman roaring ‘paint all the houses in varying shades of pastel, make sure every building has a sea view and dear god make sure it has a robust culinary culture!’ Glorious grey pebble beaches, sea-front osteria and pizzeria, artisan shops and sunset aperativos - it’s the perfect Italian seaside destination and the best place to base yourself for a trip to the Italian Riviera.Read More
Think you've seen all there is to see in Florence, Tuscany? How about this?Read More
Of the boot shaped peninsula’s twenty regions, you hear of foodie pilgrimages to Emilia Romagna and to Puglia, but lesser so to Tuscany, a region whose inhabitants are still routinely – and unjustly- referred to as ‘mangiafagioli’ (bean eaters).
But Tuscany is good at food, excellent in fact.
It is a region where cucina povera reigns supreme, where the phrase ‘fresh and seasonal produce’ is roaringly true; a land of spicy salamis, crumbly pecorino cheeses, plump Jerusalem artichokes, olive oil, truffles, almond biscuits, and of deep, rich chianti wine.
If you’re off to Tuscany, here’s a list of delicious foods to sample. Read it and don’t tell anyone – it’s best kept a secret.Read More
Lovers have scampered to Florence for centuries. Verona may have Romeo, and Venice may have singing gondoliers, but Florence has glorious hulking bistecca alla fiorentina steaks washed down with great carafes of rich chianti wine, secluded walks in sprawling renaissance gardens, hill-top sunsets, and art, architecture and aperitivi aplomb.
Florence is a city which doesn’t need too much of an itinerary, but if you’re planning a long weekend with your beloved, you’ll want to know how to make the most of it.Read More
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Tortellini. Lasagne. Mortadella. Bologna is a city which has earned its accolades as a gastronomic paradise by giving the world some of Italy’s best loved dishes, including that glorious rich meaty ragù we’ve all come to know and love as ‘bolognese’. There is a reason one of the city’s many nicknames is ‘la grassa’ (the fat one); it is where diets come to die. Here’s your insider’s guide.Read More
FUD is the sort of place you should hate but can’t help love. It’s got a silly name, it’s perennially busy and it’s full of the sorts of beautiful people who look too slim to indulge in burgers.
It is, to date, the best burger I have ever eaten.Read More
Picture says enough really.Read More
I’ll be frank. I’d assumed my trip to Naples would entail a semi-joyless few days of inhaling tomato infused stodge, running around Roman ruins and artfully dodging both Italian gangs on the look-out for unfastened handbags and disappointed tourists in large hats regretting their decisions to venture out of well-trodden Sorento.
I was wrong.Read More
Lake Como is beautiful, a proper patch of Italian idyll. It's also a place which rewards the planners of this world, the list-makers, the forward thinkers, the sorts of people who don't miss trains and those who buy guidebooks. For the spontaneous, Como is not.Read More
We all know that they’re good at fashion in Milan. Home to Versace, Gucci and Prada, it’s one of the four fashion capitals of the world. But you won’t just spot style on the runway. Style leaks into every crevice of Milan – the city lives and breathes it. With Milan Fashion Week just around the corner, we’ve put together a quick guide to the most stylish places to shop, eat and drink in the city.Read More
Basilicata. Heard of it? Perhaps not. It is, after all, as The Telegraph described it, ‘the forgotten corner of Italy’.
Basilicata makes up the instep of Italy, flanked by Calabria in the toe and Puglia in the heel. Whilst the terrain is largely mountainous, the region is equally famous for its great swathes of white sand, turquoise waters and grandiose archaeological parks.
A wild, uncultivated archaeological park nestled next to white-washed ancient grottos dating back to B.C, makes Matera feel rather biblical. It's the weirdest, most wonderful city I've ever visitedRead More
Monopoli smells like olive oil and sea-salt. It’s a proper seaside town: buckets and spades, pastel front doors and a port full of fishing boats.Read More
It’s just what your Instagram feed needs. White-washed buildings perched precariously on limestone cliffs, set twenty metres above the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic. There's also a collection of pretty pebble beaches and restaurant carved into a cave (Grotto Palazzese).Read More
Everybody has an idea of the Italy they want to visit. Essentially, we all want to visit Italy in the 1960s. Do not be disheartened my fellow Italophiles. You just need to find yourself an Agriturismo.Read More
Nobody is very good at selling Brindisi, which is why it has essentially become a well-worn motorway to other places. It’s not everybody's cup of tea, but it’s certainly authentic. Here's a quick guide to this pretty port in Puglia.Read More
The Beehive Ho(s)tel - note the (s) - is an eco-conscious boutique hostel, or ‘poshtel’ if you will, located in the heart of Rome. It has all the amenities you’d expect from a modern boutique guesthouse, and more, all for the price of a hostel.Read More
Puglia isn’t exactly the impoverished hinterland it once was. They’re used to tourists here now. That doesn't mean its necessarily tourist friendly. Some useful tips for trip to PugliaRead More
According to the most official looking survey I could find (welovedates.com), Rome does not make the Top 25 Most Romantic Cities in the World. She’s been pipped to the post by smaller, more manageable cities like Florence and Venice, and is currently lagging somewhere behind Dublin.
Perhaps it’s because Rome is so hot and busy, and full of so many ancient artefacts that sheer visual fatigue makes it hard to look at anything at the end of the day, let alone your good-looking partner.
But, Rome can be romantic. Think of Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant navigating their way through small back streets on a vespa. Think of Anita Ekberg frolicking about in the Trevi Fountain.
To prove it, I've provided a little guide to the best views in the Eternal City:
Rome is a daunting city for someone with chronic FOMO, like me. It is essentially a giant pit of ancient ruins, huge museums, world-class art, insane food, loads of booze and many, many tourists who know this. Which is precisely why I teamed up with Walkable Rome to learn all things Roman.Read More