Two Amalfi Coast Small Towns: Simpler & Slower Life

On the Amalfi Coast, where can you go back to a simpler, slower life and let the beauty seep peacefully into your soul, far from the tourist masses? Two Amalfi Coast towns, Albori and Atrani, are on the list of “I borghi piu belli in Italia”—the most beautiful villages in Italy — where you feel […]

Meat Sauce—Sugo di Carne From Piedmont

A Facebook fan saw this photo on Mama Margaret’s Facebook page and requested the recipe. It comes from Matt Kramer’s wonderful book, A Passion for Piedmont: Italy’s Most Glorious Regional Table. This is the classic sauce for tajarin (Piedmont’s thin, delicate tagliatelle). Traditionally sugo di carne is a mix of ground veal and ground pork, […]

Save 38% & Live Like Tuscans

This is one of the best deals I’ve seen in ages! Get 38% off on renting a beautiful, 4 star apartment in the heart of the historic centre in the hill town, Montepulciano in Tuscany. Live like local Tuscans in a 1, 2 or 3 bedroom apartment, formerly a noble family’s home with 18th/19th century […]

10 Top Italian Drinks Keep You Cool In Summer

As you’re lazing in the shade or out with friends for a picnic at a beach, keep cool and be cool Italian style with these cold drinks you see all over Italy in summer time. Granita: Combine sugar, water and flavourings like fruit juice or fresh fruit and freeze in a pan. Then scrape the […]

3 Italian Cool Summer Drink Recipes

The first two non-alcoholic drinks come from authentic-italy.co.uk, a site with a good variety of Italian recipes. Tiziano 10 cl/ 3.33 oz red grape juice 10 cl/ 3.33 oz well cooled non-alcoholic sparkling wine (those that prefer alcohol could use champagne instead) a spritzer lemon juice Fill half of a long drinking glass with ice […]

Two Magical Experiences In Rome

Want a completely different and magical Rome experience? How about going to Rome’s Hollywood style park, Cinecitta World? The real Cinecitta in Rome is Italy’s Hollywood where they’ve been making movies for decades. Experience 20 innovative attractions with rich special effects that take you on a roller coaster of emotions. Eight cinematographic sets like a […]

Walnut Salad—Insalata alle Noci: two recipes

These Italian Riviera recipes come from the wonderful Italian food site, italianfood.about.com at italianfood.about.com/od/vegetablessalads/r/blr0805.htm “Liguria is famed for its walnut trees, which go into a number of sauces like with ravioli. They also go into salads, and here are a couple of recipes, one combining walnuts, greens, and fish, and the other greens, walnuts and […]

Is Your Italy Trip Like The Amazing Race?

You’re planning your trip to Italy but only have 10 nights. How to see it all? Recently I’m getting Italy trip itinerary requests that make me think, “These clients must be competing in The Amazing Race!” As Land of the Gods’ Italy travel specialist, I find and book hotels, excursions, rental cars, apartments etc and […]