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Castell’Arquato And Wine Festival Part 1 …

Castell’Arquato And Wine Festival Part 1 …

One of the things that we love in Italy is finding beautiful places which are off the tourist trail. Our options are limited at the moment because we don’t have a car. However, one of the places we can reach by local bus is Castell’Arquato, […]

Our Italian Kitchen Garden ….

Our Italian Kitchen Garden ….

When we lived in England we always had a kitchen garden full of edible goodies, or alternatively an allotment where we could grow all our fresh produce. However, now that we live in an apartment on the first floor in Italy, we have had to […]

Italian habits that won’t work outside Italy…

Italian habits that won’t work outside Italy…

It’s surprising how I have developed new habits since living in Italy.

These Italian habits are easy to acquire, and very difficult to lose. They are also likely to annoy or surprise your friends and family if you take them back home!

However I’ve been assured that this is normal! The subtle changes in my behaviour since living in Italy are merely part of a healthy process psychologists call “acculturation”.

That said, some of them might raise a few eyebrows if I keep them up when I’m outside Italy!

Here are seven of the new habits that I’ve noticed so far ….

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Winter In Italy…

Winter In Italy…

Apologies for my silence on here, but in Winter the north of Italy slows down, and so there is not much to report at the moment! However, the mercury is rising, so everything and everyone is starting to spring back to life! February is when […]

Bread Is Gold – A Call To Tackle Food Waste …

Bread Is Gold – A Call To Tackle Food Waste …

Massimo Bottura, the chef and co-proprietor of Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, needs no introduction. His restaurant has won every award given by the culinary world. If you want a reservation at his restaurant you have to book months ahead, and they can be as […]

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year …

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year …

We’re taking a break for the Christmas holidays, but before we disappear until 2018, we wanted to say a few words. First of all, Merry Christmas (Buon Natale in Italian!) and we’d like to thank everyone who visited our little corner of the internet. We share what we are passionate about, and it means a lot that other people want to read it as well!

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Christmas In Italy …

Christmas In Italy …

This is my second Christmas in Italy, and I now think that I am getting the hang of how the Italians like to celebrate the festive season! Just like in the UK, the Italians start their celebrations early! On December 8th, which is a public […]

Don’t Waste Your Leftover Panettone …

Don’t Waste Your Leftover Panettone …

It’s now officially Christmas in our house as we’ve opened the first panettone of the year! As always, I like to use any leftovers of anything I use, so I’ve been thinking of ways to use any leftover panettone that might be lurking around after Christmas.

The Panettone Masters “I Maestri del Panettone” …

The Panettone Masters “I Maestri del Panettone” …

Even when I lived in England, it was never Christmas until I’d watched “It’s A Wonderful Life” and opened my first panettone of the season.

Imagine my excitement when I found out there was a panettone festival just up the road in Milan! Naturally I had to get tickets for my wife and I as this was too good an opportunity to miss!

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Our First Year In Italy…

Our First Year In Italy…

So, we have now been in Italy for just over a year. I thought now was a good time to share the good and bad things that we have experienced during the last year.