8 of the Best Christmas Markets in Italy

With Christmas coming up fast, Italy is preparing to undergo a festive facelift as Christmas markets pitch up across the country – some of the best in Europe, thanks to Italy’s stunning backdrops and beautiful landscapes. Italy’s Mercantino di Natale (Christmas markets) are traditionally smaller and more intimate than the famous German variety, featuring elaborate nativity [ ...More ]

Food to try in South Tyrol

Thanks to its privileged location nestled at the foot of the Dolomites Mountains, South Tyrol’s cuisine is a fiery, yet surprisingly perfect mix of Austrian and Italian influences. You can expect ravioli, followed by apple strudel. On a recent trip to Merano in South Tyrol, I was lucky enough to go on a culinary journey [ ...More ]

Top Things to See and Do in Merano

Set at the foot of the Dolomites, the little, unknown town of Merano is full of unexpected gems. As well as being an incredibly picturesque town, there is so much to see and do – from countless castles and spas, to famous hiking trails and much more besides. Here’s my guide to the top five [ ...More ]

Trauttmansdorff Castle and Gardens: A Guide

The award-winning Trauttmansdorff Castle and Gardens are located in the charming town of Merano, South Tyrol and span an impressive 12 hectares. These beautiful botanical gardens boast colourful and exotic plants from all over the world, whatever the season. Whether you are an avid gardener, or you just appreciate beautiful landscapes, the gardens are well [ ...More ]

James Bond in Italy: 007′s Most Scenic Settings

Along with high-end cars, weird and wonderful gadgets and smooth one-liners, amazing locations are part and parcel of a James Bond film. England’s most famous spy has travelled to more destinations than he’s drunk martinis – and a fair few of those destinations have been in Italy. To celebrate the arrival of Spectre (in cinemas [ ...More ]