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Travel by book

March 15, 2013

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I love reading. There’s nothing like getting lost in a good book. And how lovely it is to travel by book. Last year when we visited Italy I got a little bit obsessed with being immersed in all things Italian. That included finding books to read that were set in Italy. Happily I found a series […]

“Two Greedy Italians” Lamb with Peas

February 10, 2013

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One of my favourite gifts this Christmas was the Two Greedy Italians cookbook and DVD. This quirky BBC series follows two British Italian chefs: the so called “Godfather of Italian food” Antonio Carluccio and Jamie Oliver’s mentor Gennaro Contaldo. Both have lived in London for over 40 years. The Two Greedy Italians return to Italy […]

When in Rome…

November 7, 2012

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What we needed was at least another week in Rome. There was so much to discover. Rome has such a lovely rhythm. It bustles but it’s not too chaotic. It seems the Roman way is to make time to enjoy the small moments. Going about their business people in Rome stop to chat, have a […]

An apartment in Rome

October 25, 2012

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As I previously posted here finding accommodation in Rome can be a bit overwhelming as there are thousands of hotels and quite frankly… where do you start? First we decided on the location. We wanted to be in the Centro Storico (historic centre) so we could easily walk to all the main sights plus enjoy the atmosphere […]

Hill towns of Tuscany

October 8, 2012

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SAN GIMIGNANO Hundreds of years ago the people of San Gimignano could surely never have imagined that rather than being struck down by the plague or murdered or tortured by invading forces that these days they would instead be in danger of being run down by a stampede of tour groups. Our first visit to […]

Il Borghetto, Tuscany Italy

October 4, 2012

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In Tuscany we stayed at agriturismo Il Borghetto near San Gimignano in the Siena region. Agriturismo literally mean agricultural tourism, a farm stay or a country resort. Il Borghetto is set high on a beautiful Tuscan hillside, surrounded by vineyards and the main building in the complex is this stunning villa. The villa is divided […]

In fair Verona, Italy

September 28, 2012

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What a wonderful surprise Verona turned out to be. We knew it as the setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. And had read it was a beautiful historic city but we didn’t realise just how special a place it is. Our arrival was a little fraught as we had just picked up our hire car in […]