Food & Wine

October 2017

The medieval district of Trastevere

The medieval district of Trastevere in Rome’s beautiful historical centre is a must see and a foodie haven. Trastevere means to ‘traverse’ the ‘Tevere’, in other words on other side of the river, which is a side of Rome brimming with delicious gelaterie and must do boutiques.Santa Maria in Trastevere The church of Santa Maria in Trastevere is one of [...]

September 2017

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 [...]