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Best of 2020

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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Between Sarnano and San Ginesio

Italy has thousands of Christ on Cross statues. This is the story of a single statue on the side of the road between Sarnano & San Ginesio and its effect on...

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Travel Insurance for Italy

Is travel insurance for Italy necessary? We've the answer for you and the best options too.

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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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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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Tellaro - One of Italy's Best Kept Secrets

Everyone knows the Cinque Terre and the Amalfi Coast but there is somewhere just as lovely with hardly any tourists? It's Tellaro!

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There's a Vaccine! 90% Effective. Europe Set To Order Over 100 MILLION doses!

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Caorle

A very recent piece on a sister site by Andrew and Maria about the lovely little beach resort of Caorle, a little east of Venice, brought to mind my visit

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The Island of San Pietro di Castello & the Best Festa in Venice

Have you ever wondered what Venice must have been like before it was overrun by tourists? Well there is some wonderful news... on the island of San Pietro di Castello it still exists.

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Cisternino: peace, piazzas and pasta

Film-maker Federico Fellini once said ‘life is a combination of magic and pasta.’ I love that quote. It reminds me of eating orecchiette in Cisternino.

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Favorite Lakes

Today I thought I would have a look back at some of my Italian lake visits. Now I have to admit that the number I have visited can be counted on the

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Ca'Roman

As I recently began to reminisce about past trips, this lovely wild beach immediately sprang to mind. This is Ca'Roman near Pellestrina. Coming from

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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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𝐕𝙞𝙨𝙞𝙩 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝙨𝙩𝙤𝙧𝙚 𝙩𝙤𝙙𝙖𝙮 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙧𝙚𝙘𝙚𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙖 𝙙𝙞𝙨𝙘𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙩:

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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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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 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 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.

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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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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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