Discover Hidden Treasures of the Amalfi Coast & Beyond: new May date

This unique, extraordinary cooking and wine tour with private, small group experiences takes you off the tourist path on the Amalfi Coast and beyond to the Campania region’s top wine country and to Paestum, home to magnificent Greek temples. In fun, authentic, rich adventures, get to know an incredible variety of local people in their […]

8 Italian Vegetables, 20 Recipes For Thanksgiving

For American Thanksgiving, add Italian touches to your mushroom, squash, carrot, broccoli, potato, onion, cauliflower and green bean recipes! Here’s a tantalizing sample of stuffed, pan-tossed and roasted Italian vegetable dishes plus onion soups. Vegetables in Amalfi Squash recipes http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Roasted-Butternut-Squash-with-Balsamic-Vinegar-102288 Roasted squash Emilia-Romagna style with Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena or a high quality balsamic […]

Roasted squash (Zucca al forno) with a spicy chilli, sage and cinnamon kick

From the recipe section of jamieoliver.com, a recipe from Jamie Oliver’s cookbook, Jamie’s Italy. I like the intriguing combination of chili pepper and cinnamon with the squash! Jamie Oliver’s roasted squash 1 large butternut squash 1 dried red chilli sea salt freshly ground black pepper 1 large handful fresh sage leaves 1 stick cinnamon, broken […]

Save 38% and Live Like Tuscans!

Ahhh…living in Tuscany in March—spring time when the trees are blossoming and the land is turning green! 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 a local Tuscan in a 1, 2 or 3 bedroom apartment, formerly […]

Tuscan Vegetable Soup With White Beans and Parmesan

This hearty, healthy Tuscan soup recipe comes from epicurious.com recipe section. Perfect for cold days! Makes 12 first-course or 6 main-course servings Cheryl Zook of Ketchum, Idaho, writes: “Last fall, I spent a few months in Europe. By far, my favorite stop was Florence. I’ll always remember the vegetable soup I had at Ristorante Mamma Gina […]

All Kinds of Book Gifts for All Kinds of Italy Lovers

What to give your food and wine loving friend/relative who wants to experience local life in Italy for Christmas? Here’s a list of my favourite books: living in Italy, Florence, mysteries set in Italy, culture, food and wine. For those dreaming of living in Italy Venice Experiment Romancing the Vine: Life, Love and Transformation in […]

Braciola (Italian Beef Rolls in Tomato Sauce)

Braciola meat roll with tomato sauce This tasty classic Italian recipe with raisins, parmesan, pine nuts, red wine & more comes from saveur.com’s recipe section. “Many of my favorite memories are of the epic Sunday dinners at my grandparents’ house in Philadelphia. My grandmother, Nancy DiRenzo, would be up at dawn cooking. By 2:00 p.m., […]

Why book now if you’re going to Italy in 2015?

If you want to get the flights you want, the best hotel rooms or apartments, and the dates you want for short or longer tours, the time to book for 2015 is now. In January, most people begin planning their travel year. In January and February, masses of people start booking Italy trips. Beat the […]