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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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Stromboli Erupts. One Dead!

A hiker was killed when Stromboli unexpectedly erupted yesterday. Efforts are under way to evacuate 70 people from the island, which is located off the coast of Sicily.

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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Living in Sarnano

Our apartment in Sarnano, Le Marche, Italy, is in the Centro Storico, the historic center, The windows look out at the mountains and a small cortile(courtyard) in which we take our morning coffee and the sun.

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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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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 Most Delightful of Piedmont and Langhe Hotels

I lived in Piedmont for close on a decade and I have discovered many of its secrets over the years. Let me share with you the Piedmont and the Langhe hotels I love most...

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The Italian Real Estate Site

Finding that dream home in Italy can be a challenge. Having been down that road ourselves Maria and I have plenty of excellent tips on Italian real estate. You can't afford NOT to read our guide.

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Piedmont - an Insider Guide to Discovering this Magical Italian Region

Is Piedmont the nearest place in Italy to paradise? It is! Simply click and discover why...

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10 Enchanting Days in Piedmont Italy

All it takes is 10 days and you'll have the most wonderful memories to last a lifetime. Ready to begin? Let's go...

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Why the Vatican?

“Why did you come to Rome, why The Vatican?” I asked. “I grew up as a Muslim hearing how this place was very holy to the Christians and I wanted to see for myself.” he answered. “And?” I questioned. “And, there is no doubt for me now…I can feel God in this place.”

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Montemerano - Oh I love you!

Balconies, flower boxes, the inevitable washing on lines, wall plants, pots; and intricate stone. Another garden village I wish I lived in. One does get wistful in Montemerano.

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A Decadent Panna Cotta Recipe

Panna Cotta - A Decadent Piedmont and Italian Dessert that will leave you absolutely begging for more. Served with fresh berries this truly is the taste of an Italian summer..

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Italy Has a Coral Reef!

Did you know that they have discovered a coral reef in Italy? It is the biggest in Europe and one of the only ones in the Mediterranean sea. It was discovered

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Maratea - A Forgotten Seaside Gem

The region of Basilicata is the least known of all Italian regions and yet it sparkles with some real gems, like Maratea. Tucked between woods, mountain and the sea and looked over by the marble statue of Christ the Redeemer this is a town where precious memories....

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Planning an Italian Vacation? 18 Incredible Destinations to See

Planning an Italian vacation? Here are 18 fabulous destinations you simply have to visit...

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Turin is my old home town. Join me in discovering this great city

One of the forgotten great cities of Europe, Turin or Torino was my home for eight years. It is an elegant and enchanting city that I love deeply. Let me share its many secrets...

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Naples - Italy at its Most Passionate

Naples is difficult to really appreciate, to fall in love with, on your own. You really need a local to take you around... that's why I asked Andrea to take us around his Naples...

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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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Montefalco: book your spot on the ‘balcony of Umbria’

The rolling hills, vineyards and pastures of Umbria attract people in droves but there are paths less traveled, which offer a more authentic experience. Montefalco is such a place.

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Piedmont Cooking and Recipe Guide

Piedmont cooking is the finest in Italy. These are some of the most famous and best recipes selected during my ten years of living here.

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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. So… lace up those walking shoes, pack your back-pack, and don’t forget the sun cream, we’re off to where the walking is as enchanting as the wine.

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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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Villas Holidays Sardinia

Villas Holidays in Sardinia? Personally selected homes from Olbia and Alghero to Arbatax and beyond and the list of the best beaches in Sardinia too.

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Life in a Village in Calabria

Ever wondered what life in a small village in Calabria would be like? Read this amazing story for the answer.

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Urbino is a Small, Absolutely Gorgeous and Entirely Wonderful place

Thinking of visiting Urbino? Then I think I have discovered the perfect place to stay. This lovely town was the first place my wife and I stayed in Marche after moving to Italy over ten years ago...

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Turin Museums - the Best Museums in Italy

Searching for museums in Italy? Turin is THE city to visit with well over fifty. Turin's museums include the best Egyptology museum in Europe through to the Fruit Museum. The choice is endless...

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Turin Attractions – A Walking Tour of Turin

Put on your walking shoes! Turin is best explored on foot and I have the perfect walking tour of Turin. All the best Turin attractions are here from Palazzo Madama through to a ghost...

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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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Travel through Italy in Photos

Planning on visiting Italy or still only dreaming? Either way you can travel through Italy for free with these gorgeous photo galleries...

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A Traditional Italian Dessert - Zabajone

A traditional Italian dessert, Zabajone is a delicious treat for the whole family. This is the authentic recipe straight out of Italy......

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Tour Sardinia and the Beaches of Italy with us

Tour Sardinia takes you on an exploration of this most magical of Mediteranean Islands. From beautiful beaches through to ancient villages Sardina has it all. There are many ways of exploring..

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Torino Italy - The Tram Restaurant & City Guide

Amazing - eating a four course dinner on a tram! If you are visiting Torino Italy then the Tram Restaurant is a lovely way to see this magnificent city while eating great food. Check out the video ...

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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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  1. Stromboli Erupts. One Dead!

    Jul 04, 19 04:48 AM

    A hiker was killed when Stromboli unexpectedly erupted yesterday. Efforts are under way to evacuate 70 people from the island, which is located off the coast of Sicily.

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  2. An Italian Butcher's Tale from Sarnano

    Jul 03, 19 03:23 AM

    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…

    Read More

  3. Living in Sarnano

    Jul 02, 19 06:49 AM

    Our apartment in Sarnano, Le Marche, Italy, is in the Centro Storico, the historic center, The windows look out at the mountains and a small cortile(courtyard) in which we take our morning coffee and…

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  4. Subscribe to A Secret Italy

    Jun 25, 19 03:59 AM

    Become a part of the Secret Italy Club. Membership is open for a short while longer and we'd like you to be a part of the family.

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  5. Homemade Lasagna - An Authentic Italian Recipe

    Jun 03, 19 07:03 AM

    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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  6. The Perfect Italian Itinerary

    May 30, 19 07:11 AM

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

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