Food & Wine

August 2017

Ostia Antica: The perfect day tour

The seaport town of Ostia Antica, is bigger than Pompeii, with minimal crowds, and where the visitor can enter another world. Bakeries, fishmongers and restaurants dating back two thousand years ago, eerily stand empty, but pretty well preserved. Mosaics and frescos are waiting to be discovered and miraculously seem as though they were made yesterday. It’s hard to believe this white marble [...]

June 2017

Our favourite flowers in Rome

Flowers are all around us, in stone, frescoes, and marble. Here are a few of our favourite around the city.How gorgeous are these stones that form the shape of a flower at the fountain @ Piazza Mazzini, in the Prati neighbour, a ‘stones’ throw from the Vatican City. A great space to sit and enjoy a gelato in the [...]

Lazio and Umbria Flower festivals

June is such a fab month to see Italy, it is literally a full on festival of flowers in Umbria and Lazio. In Umbria, the stunning medieval town of Spello celebrate Corpus Domini (Latin for the body of Christ) with their ‘L’Infiorata di Umbria Festival’. Floral carpets (Infiorata) are laid out on the streets of the historical centre. Florists and artists [...]

May 2017

Clotilde Restaurant, exquisite dining in the historical centre

When it comes to avoiding the tourist traps in Rome, just walk a few blocks away from the worlds most beautiful monuments, and eat where the locals do when they want delicious meals.  Our latest find really ticks all the boxes for traditional Roman dishes with a modern twist, made using the latest technologies and cooking techniques. A winning [...]

March 2017

Maremma, off the beaten track Tuscany

The majestic surroundings of lush Maremma is the best of both worlds. A peaceful patch of Etruscan memory and medieval Borgo villages, not overdone, nor too touristic. In between the sea, ‘off the beaten track Tuscany’, a mere 1 hour 30 minutes drive from Rome.Maremma is the gem that brings you the magic of the Tarot Gardens by Niki [...]

Things we love about Modena

Modena is a brilliant weekend city break destination, just south of the Po Valley, in the region of Emilia-Romagna. It is also one of Italy’s renowned gastronomic centres with some of the best ‘un-sung’ secret restaurants, and of course, home to delicious Balsamic Vinegar. Balsamic Vinegar The traditional balsamic vinegar (Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale), is made from a reduction of cooked white Trebbiano [...]

Nemi and its delicious Strawberries, 30 minutes from Rome

Nemi, bang in the heart of the Castelli Romani hills and a mere 30 minutes drive from Rome, Lake Nemi is a discreet marvel with desirable menus. Every May, it is decorated with strawberries for the delicious Fragoline di Bosco festival, now in it’s 83rd year. That is, a celebration of the wild strawberries that grow in the nearby woods, [...]

December 2013

Barbaresco Wine Tour

Private day-trip with local tour guide dedicated to Barbaresco wine. Made from the same nebbiolo grape which gives Barolo, Barbaresco is more elegant and aromatic, though very powerful and great over ageing. Also, while Barolo has been around for centuries, Barbaresco is only a few hundred years old and started to be popular in the world of wine thanks [...]