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 […]
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 […]
The forgotten town of Pentedattilo. 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.
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.
Hi… It’s Lisa here, doing my first blog post which I hope you will find informative. Getting around Italy can be easy or very stressful! I’m going to cover the various modes of transportation in Italy which I hope will enable tourists and people looking […]
There have been a lack of posts on here recently, but I have been busy with things in the background.
After three years in the north of Italy, we have taken the decision to relocate to the south of Italy to continue our careers as English teachers.
Although we have loved our time in Piacenza we have been offered a dream move to a town called Melito di Porto Salvo. For those that don’t know this is the most southerly town in Italy, and it is right on the toe of Italy’s boot.
Both of us like living by the sea, and our new home will be five minutes from the sea. It also has the added bonus that we can see Sicily and Mount Etna from our apartment.
We’re looking forward to sharing the tastes, smells and sounds of our new home very shortly, including the local chilli festival which happens just after we move down there.
Hopefully in the meantime there will be some other posts about what will soon be our old home.
Keep checking back for further updates!
Apologies for the lack of posts, but we’re back! 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 transport. Well now we have a car, […]
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!
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, which is breathtakingly beautiful. It also has the added advantage of being in middle of a large wine producing region.
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 […]