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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All it takes is 10 days and you'll have the most wonderful memories to last a lifetime. Ready to begin? Let's go...
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.
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..
Online Italian Courses with Homestay Program, via the Italian Virtual School. Whether you choose online or a homestay this is a great way to learn Italian.
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.
You'll find a lot of gorgeous villages and little towns in Italy; many though are full of tourists. Well here's one that is simply gorgeous and still undiscovered...click to discover Neive.
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...
Mondavio is gorgeous. Not far from Urbino and San Leo, surrounded by green and gently rolling hills where little farm houses, country lanes and cypress trees await. Mondavio is considered on of Italy's loveliest small towns. Visit and you'll instantly know why.
I've tried many recipes over the years for this recipe. They were okay. Then I tried this one and...WOW!
Marche region traditions are most passionately expressed in the many festas held throughout the region. From the jousting of La Quintana to the Ugly Festival of Piobicco we have it covered.
The first thing that will strike you in Le Marche is the wonderful bucolic landscape. Then, over the next few days this Marche itinerary will enchant you with the warmth of local people...
Need a great restaurant in Ancona I can really recommend this great place. Part of our Marche restaurant review series the Al Mandrachio is superb.
Planning a trip to Italy? Then you really need to read our Italian itinerary before you book a single thing.
A Map of Liguria Italy stretching from the Cinque Terre to the French Riviera and showing the best beaches, villages and towns.
Feeling blue? Go and experience the Southern Italian lifestyle. Fold yourself in with the community there. Chat with the people in the piazza, get some rest, slow down and enjoy all the bounty that life offers you. Who knows? You might never leave.
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.
Lake Orta has been an inspiration to poets and writers for centuries and is without doubt the most romantic lake in Italy and one of the most romantic places on earth. Need romance? Visit now!
Which two luxury hotels in Venice Italy are the very finest? If you are looking for a hotel to match the splendour of Venice then look no further than the absolutely breathtaking...
You are planning on living in Calabria? People thought I was crazy but here's the why, where and how of how I made my dreams come true.
Liguria in pictures. Enjoy this visual journey through some of the most beautiful parts of Liguria. The only word to describe these photos is STUNNING!
Learning Italian couldn't be simpler. The world's most beautiful language and one of the easiest languages to learn. Everything you'll ever need to learn Italian is here...
My name is Maria, I am Italian and a language teacher. I have put together a selection of the best and most economical Italian courses and books to help you learn Italian in no time.
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...
Do you like wholesome, traditional Italian farm style cooking? No pretensions here – you’ll just eat well, fairly cheaply and in abundance. Read my Le Marche Italy restaurant review for the lowdown….
Staying in la Morra, Barolo or any of the other nearby le Langhe towns? Lucky you! You can have dinner at Ristorante Bovio, an incredible La Morra restaurant.
Enjoyed food fights when you were a child? Then get to the Ivrea carnival in Piedmont Italy - you will love this – the mother of all food fights.
Ever wondered if there are some secret and stunningly beautiful corners of Italy? There are! Let me share Italy's best kept secrets...
This Walking Tour of Turin covers markets, museums and wonderful cafes and takes in the best of Turin. No better way exists to discover the heart and soul of one of Europe's great cities.
Think of Switzerland when you think of gourmet chocolates ? Close but not quite. Go a little further South to Turin Piedmont and you have found the home of fine chocolate. Turin chocolates...
Which is the best of all Italian ski resorts? Visit my insiders guide and discover the answer.
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.
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.
Discovered! Italy's most romantic lake and Italian lake holidays perfect for kids. If it has to do with the Italian lakes we have it covered...
Photos of the most splendid countries on earth, Italy! Photos can never do it justice but these Italian images come close.