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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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.
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.
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.
Rome is the most beautiful city in the world. This gallery of photos, taken by a Roman, proves it.
Planning a trip to Italy? Then you really need to read our Italian itinerary before you book a single thing.
The Best of Le Marche Italy. A beautiful journey through this magical region of Italy.
My aunt, zia Angelina, baked for weddings. Back in the 1970’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.
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...
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!
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.
Photos of the most splendid countries on earth, Italy! Photos can never do it justice but these Italian images come close.
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 30,000 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
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..
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.
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.
Join the festa in Ascoli Piceno. Looking to discover the real Italy? Look no further than this medieval town.
These books on Piedmont Italy are essential reading for anyone interested in this lovely Italian Region.
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.
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...
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.
Cottages of a hundred hues and shades tumble to the shores of azure Mediterranean seas - this is the island of Procida
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...
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.
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.
Maria's traditional Italian Panettone recipe. The most famous Italian Christmas cake of them all. Bake yourself a taste of Italy this Christmas.
Last fall two friends and I traveled in Italy. It was a girls’ trip. One that promised to be full of fun and some new adventures. We were not disappointed.
Everyone knows the Cinque Terre and the Amalfi Coast but there is somewhere just as lovely with hardly any tourists? It's Tellaro!
Looking for the world's finest gentle man dress shoes and handmade boots? Look no further than our site. Each pair of shoes is handmade to order in Italy by the finest of Italian craftsmen.
Which are the best Italian ski resorts? Visit my insiders guide and discover the answer.
The cheapest flights toTurin from the UK, Ireland, Germany and the USA. You no longer have an excuse not to visit one of Europe's greatest cities.
Great beaches lapped by the waters of the Adriatic and stunning scenery make the Italian Riviera of Monte Conero a great place to visit.
Want to work on an Organic Farm in Italy? Here's the story of a couple from New York who did just that. Definitely worth reading before you make a decision