Puglia, the Pearl of Italy: Food, Wine and Wellness

Puglia, the Pearl of Italy: Food, Wine and Wellness in Italy  “Travelling, it leaves you speechless and then turns you into a storyteller.” (Ibn Battuta) Italy is known as the boot and it is to her heel that we head on this trip, although, as you will discover, Puglia is anything but down at heel.Continue reading “Puglia, the Pearl of Italy: Food, Wine and Wellness”

Food Glorious Food: From Venice to Florence

Food, Glorious Food: From Venice to Florence  “Life is a combination of magic and pasta” (Fellini)  I couldn’t agree more and the tour is designed with this in mind. You begin in Venice (the epitome of magic), known for its tiramisù, cichetti and iconic drinks. Italy’s most famous food region is that of Emilia-Romagna (home to Bologna, alsoContinue reading “Food Glorious Food: From Venice to Florence”

A Tale of Two Lakes: From Garda to Como

A Tale of Two Lakes: The Italian Lake District  “One could live and die here. The outlook seems designed as a balm to the eyes. … the horizon is lined with snow and the foreground alternates between the graceful and the rugged — a truly Shakespearean landscape, all the forces of nature are brought together,Continue reading “A Tale of Two Lakes: From Garda to Como”

Coast to Coast: Puglia to Campania

Coast to Coast: Puglia to Campania “You may have the universe if I may have Italy.” (Verdi) Italy is largely surrounded by sea and is home to some of the loveliest small beaches and coastline as a consequence. The Pugliese people are thought by many to be the nicest people in Italy and it isContinue reading “Coast to Coast: Puglia to Campania”

A City with a View: Florence

“In Italy, for 30 years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love, they had 500 years of democracy and peace – and what did they produce? The cuckoo clock.” (Orson Welles) For many Italy is moreContinue reading “A City with a View: Florence”

From the Florence of the North to the Florence of the South: Tuscany to Puglia

From the Florence of the North to the Florence of the South: Tuscany to Puglia   “A man who has not been to Italy, is always conscious of an inferiority, from his not having seen what is expected a man should see.” (Samuel Johnson) Your trip is about engaging all your senses. It is notContinue reading “From the Florence of the North to the Florence of the South: Tuscany to Puglia”

Tutti Foodies in the Land of Tutti Santi

 “For us to go into Italy and to penetrate into Italy is like a most fascinating act of self-discovery.” (D.H. Lawrence)   Italy is known by the locals as ‘Il Bel Paese’, the beautiful country, and it truly is a blessed country, not only home to the Vatican, but also blessed by good food, wine,Continue reading “Tutti Foodies in the Land of Tutti Santi”

Kingdom of the Two Sicilies

Kingdom of the Two Sicilies: Naples to Sicily “To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is not to have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything.” (Goethe)   Italy is famous world over for exporting its pasta, pizza, cars and fashion, but some of its most famous and influential exportsContinue reading “Kingdom of the Two Sicilies”