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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 

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 snapshot of where we live now. Don’t worry, we’ll be going into more detail about these fabulous places in future posts!
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Getting About in Italy – Part Two

Getting About in Italy – Part Two

Hi, It’s Lisa again. Following on from my post about using a car to get around in Italy, and the difficulties presented using this form of transport, I’d like to go on to using the rail network.

Getting About in Italy…. Part One – Driving

Getting About in Italy…. Part One – Driving

Hi… It’s Lisa here, doing my first blog post which I hope you will find informative. My first blog is about driving in Italy. Getting around Italy can be easy or very stressful! I’m going to cover the various modes of transportation in Italy which 

We’re moving to Melito!

We’re moving to Melito!

There have been a lack of posts on here recently, but I have been busy with things in the background. We’re moving to Melito!

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La Stoppa …

La Stoppa …

Apologies for the lack of posts, but we’re back with a review of La Stoppa vineyard! If you’ve read our previous posts you will remember that we said that we couldn’t visit the many vineyards around where we live because we had to use public 

Anthony Bourdain 1956 – 2018

Anthony Bourdain 1956 – 2018

It’s not often that the death of a celebrity affects me. However, the death of former chef Anthony Bourdain hit me like a steam train. It felt like somehow I had lost a friend. This was a man who encouraged me to travel and “eat 

Castell’Arquato And Monterosso Wine Festival Part 2 …

Castell’Arquato And Monterosso Wine Festival Part 2 …

In my last post we told you all about the beautiful town of Castell’Arquato. Now, in the second part of my post I’ll tell you about the second reason we visited, which was the Monterosso Val d’Arda Wine Festival!

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Castell’Arquato And Wine Festival Part 1 …

Castell’Arquato And Wine Festival Part 1 …

One of the places we can reach by local bus is Castell’Arquato, which is breathtakingly beautiful. It also has the added advantage of being in middle of a large wine producing region.