The Italian restaurant food challenge Move over Masterchef, Iron Chef and My Kitchen Rules. There’s a new cooking competition in town and it’s happening right in front of my eyes. Two great chefs, pitted against each other, are battling for my stomach. Two appetizers, two entrees, two mains and two desserts. At the end of […]
Brunello Cucinelli cashmere factory Inside an ancient castle, high in the hills of the Italian region of Umbria, a small army of women hold court. The lands around the castle no longer belong to the royalty but these women are queens of their domain. They are the cashmere makers of Brunello Cucinelli and they take […]
Agritourism in Italy For the Italians, it’s no secret. In the past five years they have embraced a new way to see their country. It’s about getting closer to nature, closer to tradition and closer to peace of mind. For foreigners, it’s a mystery. But there’s only one thing stopping them from having the same […]
The Perugina chocolate factory Who knew that making chocolate would be so filthy! It’s only when I look down to see my hands covered, my shoes with drips on them and my apron smeared with brown traces of fingers, that I realise there is no clean way to do this. I’m having a chocolate-making lesson […]
The thing about Florence Daydreaming as I walk the streets about Florence, I’m suddenly jolted from my daze by a man crashing into me. The church I’d been looking at is lost from my view as I quickly swing around. Recoiling, I move into a doorway just in time to avoid a second collision with […]
Venus de’ Medici Once upon a time there was a woman who was the most beautiful in all of Florence. Men and women from all across the lands would travel to the city to see her. Of all the attractions in Florence, she was the one people most wanted to see. Venus de’ Medici was […]
You hear a lot of rumours about history as a tourist. But is this one about the Ponte Vecchio in Florence true? Did Hitler really save it?
There was a time when luxury luggage from Gucci was a statement of who you were and why you were travelling. At Florence’s Gucci Museum, you can see it all.
At a villa in the Umbrian countryside, I relax into a soothing Italian way of life and learn to appreciate the weather we get.