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Turin – The Paris Of North Italy …

Turin – The Paris Of North Italy …

Another city which is well worth a visit in Italy is Turin or Torino in Italian. I must say, it is perhaps my favourite city so far that we have visited whilst living over here. My daughter and her fiancé absolutely love it! This is 

Perugia – The City Of Chocolate And Caves …

Perugia – The City Of Chocolate And Caves …

Living in Italy means that we can take a short holiday to some amazingly beautiful places. One of the most beautiful is Perugia which is the capital of the Umbria region.

Interview With Lucy Knott, Half Of The Blossom Twins …

Interview With Lucy Knott, Half Of The Blossom Twins …

This is the first in a series of interviews with authors who write about Italy, food, or both! My first interview is with Lucy Knott, the author of “How To Bake A New Beginning”,“The Ingredients For Happiness” and “Wishes Under A Starlit Sky.”
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Bergamot And Cedro – The Citrus Fruits Of Calabria …

Bergamot And Cedro – The Citrus Fruits Of Calabria …

Calabria produces over 25% of Italy’s citrus fruits, but is home to two unique varieties: Bergamot and Cedro. You might be familiar with the first, but not the second!

Scilla – Calabria’s Hidden Gem …

Scilla – Calabria’s Hidden Gem …

Scilla, like most of Calabria, is generally overlooked by anyone travelling to Italy. This is such a shame, as they are missing out on one of Italy’s most beautiful villages. Don’t confuse Scilla with Sicilia, which is Italian for the island of Sicily! Even if 

Life After Lockdown …

Life After Lockdown …

I’ve read a lot from my UK friends about life during and after lockdown on Twitter and Facebook. Italy is slowly coming out of lockdown too. I decided it was time to do a post about what happened here in Italy.

In March Italy said “the country is going into lockdown” and they really meant it.
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Buon Natale e un Felice Anno Nuovo!

Buon Natale e un Felice Anno Nuovo!

We’re taking a break for Christmas, but before we disappear until 2020, we wanted to say Buon Natale e un Felice Anno Nuovo – Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in Italian! We’d also like to thank everyone who visited our little corner of 

Citrus gin for Christmas …

Citrus gin for Christmas …

It’s almost that time of the year again, and everyone likes a taste of citrus at Christmas. Some people like satsumas, whereas some like clementines. We like them all, but in a citrus gin or vodka. However, here in the south of Italy we are 

PENTEDATTILO: A Ghost Town in Calabria…

PENTEDATTILO: A Ghost Town in Calabria…

The forgotten town of Pentedattilo in Calabria. Otherworldly screams? Laments from the afterlife? The bloody hand of the devil?

The poor town of Pentedattilo on the edge of the Aspromonte Mountains in the southern tip of Calabria has seen it all. Earthquakes and precarious shifting of soil lent the final blow. But this cluster of edifices clinging to a strange rock formation, finally abandoned completely in the 1960s, seems to have been biding its time. Perhaps this ghost town just wasn’t ready to give up the ghost, of whom it is said, there are many.
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Melito di Porto Salvo – Where we live now …

Melito di Porto Salvo – Where we live now …

You will remember that a few months ago we told you that we were moving to the most southerly town in Italy called Melito di Porto Salvo. Now that the dust has settled, we thought it would be a good idea to give you a