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Discovered! A different Italy. Most visitors to Italy know Rome, Venice, Florence and Tuscany. There is SO much more.

Far from the everyday Italian tourist traps there is another Italy. A rather special Italy.

Join me and my wife Maria in exploring the places, people and products of Piedmont, le Marche, Liguria and Sardinia.

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My Italian Story - Building a Business I Love

A few years ago I changed my life completely. Let me share my secret with you and a little about my Italy too.

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House Insurance Italy - the Best Advice online

House Insurance Italy - All you should know about insuring your home in Italy.

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Can You Recommend a US Company to Insure our House in Italy

The previous owners were Irish and they insured thru a UK Company. That company will not insure non WU residents. Can you recommend a US company that

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Trieste - City of Cafes, Castles and Great Coffee

The Italian city of Trieste, once known as Vienna-on-sea, is a city most tourists never discover. That is a real shame as this is a city with so much to offer...

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An Italian Butcher's Tale from Sarnano

There is a macelleria inside the gates of Sarnano, an Italian butcher shop, the subject of our interest. The couple who run it are old, the store is old. The store is at and in the old wall. The meat is worked the way it was for decades, centuries.

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Walks and Hikes in Tuscany - Experience Tuscany like a Local

Walks and hikes in Tuscany can only be wonderful: with cypress-lined lanes, quaint villages and picturesque farmhouses. Soโ€ฆ lace up those walking shoes, pack your back-pack, and donโ€™t forget the sun cream, weโ€™re off to where the walking is as enchanting as the wine.

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Our Italian Newsletter

Our Italian Newsletter is packed full of great insider tips about Italy, from Venice to Piedmont and much more in between - and it is all for FREE.

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Beautiful Rome

Rome is the most beautiful city in the world. This gallery of photos, taken by a Roman, proves it.

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The Perfect Italian Itinerary

Planning a trip to Italy? Then you really need to read our Italian itinerary before you book a single thing.

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The Best of Le Marche Italy

The Best of Le Marche Italy. A beautiful journey through this magical region of Italy.

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Home Baked Amaretti Biscuits in the tradition of zia Angelina

My aunt, zia Angelina, baked for weddings. Back in the 1970โ€™s, as a child, I'd help out. My role: I'd put the almond on the amaretti biscuits before they went into the wood oven. I still remember the taste of those biscuits & this recipe brings the memories flooding back.

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Italian Recipe and Cooking Guide

Which is the best Italian recipe? Well actually we've around ten perfect Italian bucket list recipes for you. Get that taste of heaven while still here on earth...

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Best of Sicily and Southern Italy

I dare you to look at these photos and for you not to fall in love with the best of Sicily and Southern Italy. Stunning beaches, ancient towns; it is all here. Begin exploring now!

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The Best Guide to Shopping in Milan

Planning on shopping in Milan? Then you have to read our guide! It is packed full of advice on where to shop, what to buy and where the bargains are to be found.

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Evocative Italian Images

Photos of the most splendid countries on earth, Italy! Photos can never do it justice but these Italian images come close.

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We WILL Rise Again

Our Message Regarding Covid-19

One HUGE mistake I have been making with this virus story is looking at number, graphs, statistics. This is not about numbers, it is about lives, about stories gone for ever, people losing the person they relied upon, their rock, their everything.

I remember, when I lived in Turin, there was a lady in her 80s who'd sing sad, heart-rending songs from her balcony. She would sing for hours.

Nobody bothered to ask her why. Most just said she was mad.

One day though I decided to find out more.

It turned out that Rosalinda was from Sicily, she had lost her children and her husband in an earthquake decades before.

She never got over it.

With over a million now dead from Covid - 19 can you imagine how many heartbroken people there are today across the globe. People whose lives have been turned upside town.

Bereaved, bereft... many will never recover.

It is now that we need to be there for each other. Support each other. It is now that we need to put aside political rivalries, nationalistic rivalries and religious difference.

We are all in this together.

God bless you and your family

Andrew, Maria and William

Priest Sacrifices Life For Younger Patient

Tenor Sings For His Street

The Way to Isolate - The Safest Man in Italy!

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Stuck @ home... Italy sings!

Covid -19 Virus Strikes Italy

Your Cinque Terre Weather Guide

The Cinque Terre Weather Guide... everything you need to know about the weather in the Cinque Terre from January through December and lots of other insider information too..

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Castle Of Exilles - Haunted by the Man in the Iron Mask

The Castle of Exilles is where the man in the iron mask was kept prisoner. Who he was nobody knows but the ordeal comes vividly to life inside this haunted castle.

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A Guide to the Best Italian Food Books

Which are the best Italian food books? I have lived in Italy for ten years, my wife is Italian and a great chef. Together we have put together a list of essential reading. Llove Italian food? Click.

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Ascoli Piceno A Beautiful Medieval le Marche City

Join the festa in Ascoli Piceno. Looking to discover the real Italy? Look no further than this medieval town.

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The Best Books On Piedmont

These books on Piedmont Italy are essential reading for anyone interested in this lovely Italian Region.

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Save the Cinque Terre!

The Cinque Terre competition ends @ midnight (Italian time). To enter watch the video on YouTube, subscribe and comment. You could win a unique Cinque Terre original photo collection by a renowned Italian photographer.

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The Next Generation of Cute Italian Cars Has Arrived

How do Romans Celebrate New Year? Fireworks... then Jump in the River

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Homemade Lasagna - An Authentic Italian Recipe

A delicious authentic homemade lasagna recipe.This is the way my Italian nonna-in-law cooks it and I can tell you it is great...

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A Grandmother's New Life in Italy

An American grandmother heads off for a new life in Italy, leaving behind ten grandchildren. This incredible story will inspire everyone to live their dreams.

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The Jewel in the Mediterranean Sea- Procida

Cottages of a hundred hues and shades tumble to the shores of azure Mediterranean seas - this is the island of Procida

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Tiramisu Recipe from Italy

A mouthwatering Tiramisu Recipe and easy too. Not for nothing the name means pick me up in Italian. Maria's authentic recipe is now on our site...

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Why Visit Italy?

Why visit Italy? People have asked me that on many occasions. Now all you need to do is visit this page and you'll instantly have the answer.

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Spaghetti Harvest Time

Bridge Collapses!

Disaster strikes again in Italy. A major bridge has collapsed on the Turin to Savona highway. Thankfully no injuries have been reported. Please pray for Italy which is going through a terrible time at the moment with flooding nearly every day.

The Italian Panettone Recipe - An Essential Part of Christmas in Italy

Maria's traditional Italian Panettone recipe. The most famous Italian Christmas cake of them all. Bake yourself a taste of Italy this Christmas.

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