Tag: food festivals

Genova – Much More Than Just Pesto …

Genova – Much More Than Just Pesto …

Genova (also known as Genoa) is a beautiful seaside city in Liguria on the northwest coast of Italy. Foodies will automatically think of pesto. However, Genova has so much more to offer people visiting for a day or two.

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.

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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!

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.

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 holiday to celebrate the Immaculate Conception. This is the conception of the Virgin Mary in the womb of her mother, Saint Anne. Not only is this a public holiday in Italy, but fires the starting gun for nearly a month of celebrations!

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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 

Cioccolandia 2017 A Festival Of Chocolate …

Cioccolandia 2017 A Festival Of Chocolate …

It’s now November, and the summer festival season in Italy is coming to a close. However, as always, it goes out with a bang – Cioccolandia, a day long festival of fabulous chocolate! Willy Wonka could learn a lot from this festival! Every year the town 

Wine to the left of me, wine to the right ….

Wine to the left of me, wine to the right ….

It’s that time of the year in Italy when they seem to have a wine festival every week. However, this is a very good thing in my book.

Last week myself, my wife and a work colleague visited the food and wine festival in Fiorenzuola. This is a village which is a village about 15 minutes by train from where I live in Piacenza.

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The Aperitivo – An Italian Institution ….

The Aperitivo – An Italian Institution ….

One of the best things that I’ve discovered about Italy is the “aperitivo.” It’s such a civilised way to spend some time with your friends, and experience some of the Italian ‘la dolce vita.’