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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 

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 lucky enough to have some well established and plentiful citrus trees. So, we have our choice of fresh grapefruit, oranges, clementines and lemons all year round!

So, how do you turn these fruits into a wonderful Christmas tipple?
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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 

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 I hope will enable tourists and people looking to relocate to this beautiful country.

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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 

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 

Local food for local people ….

Local food for local people ….

I live in a beautiful town called Piacenza and I love its local food and wine. It is often overlooked by people visiting the Emilia Romagna region. They either they think that were in Lombardia (we’re right on the border), or they bypass us for the more famous tourist places like Bologna, Parma, Modena or Reggio Emilia.

However, they are missing out on some fantastic food and wine. This region, like any other region, has its own dishes, wines and specialities which are not available anywhere else in the country, even 50 miles down the road.

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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.’