Florence Duomo, Grand Tour Italy

Things to do in Mantua: Italy’s Capital of Culture 2016

Mantua (Mantova in Italian) sits in the region of Lombardy, a stone’s throw from Verona and an hour or two from Milan and Venice. Caught between a trio of Italy’s most famous cities, it’s not hard to see why it’s so often overlooked. With a local nickname of la bella addormentata (the sleeping beauty), Mantua [ ...More ]

Things to do in Mantua: Italy’s Capital of Culture 2016

Mantua (Mantova in Italian) sits in the region of Lombardy, a stone’s throw from Verona and an hour or two from Milan and Venice. Caught between a trio of Italy’s most famous cities, it’s not hard to see why it’s so often overlooked. With a local nickname of la bella addormentata (the sleeping beauty), Mantua [ ...More ]

Six things not to miss in Lecce and the Salento peninsula

I love Italy, the Italian people and their wonderful culture. If you asked me to pick my favourite place I’d struggle to whittle the list down – but if pushed I’d pick Salento. This beautiful area includes parts of the provinces of Brindisi and Taranto, plus the whole of the province of Lecce. It ends where the Ionian and [ ...More ]

Giro d’Italia – Focus on Liguria and Tuscany

The first part of the 2015 Giro d’Italia takes us to the regions of Liguria and Tuscany. We have looked at the first stage of the race, so here is what you can expect to see from some of our favourite destinations. This year’s edition of the race starts on 9 May in the beautiful [ ...More ]

Italy’s Regional Cuisine

Italy is famed for its delicious regional cuisine and exploring the country from top to bottom allows you to experience a wealth of tantalising dishes. Northern Italy The cuisine in the northern regions of Italy is influenced by Europe, thanks to the influence from neighbouring countries such as Switzerland and France. Ingredients such as polenta [ ...More ]