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Italy 101 – What to pack for Italy

What’s the first thing that goes into your suitcase when preparing for a holiday in Italy? Your swimsuit? Your passport? Your phrasebook? For me it’s always my snorkel, unless I’m going to the mountains, of course! But wherever you’re off … Continue reading

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Dream of Venice Architecture : a new book & exhibition by Riccardo de Cal

Venice is a magical city. Its streets, alleys and canals form a maze to be explored and history literally drips from the walls. Whether its womanizer Casanova’s old haunts, ceremonial buildings built for the republic’s government or simply the sites … Continue reading

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What to see and do in Roman Chester

Despite what you might think, you don’t have to be in Italy to discover Italian history, culture and cuisine. Italian pasta is cooked and eaten around the world. Italian wine is easily available in supermarkets. Italian masterpieces fill our art … Continue reading

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Why do we celebrate Valentine’s Day?

For many people Valentine’s Day is a day for roses, chocolates and public declarations of affection or even proposals. For others it’s just a modern commercial rip-off. But did you ever stop to think how Valentine’s Day started? Here’s a hint … Continue reading

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Vizio Virtù – the finest chocolatier in Venice

As you push the old, glazed door open the rich, sweet scent of chocolate envelops you, enticing you in, making your mouth water and your taste buds tingle. And as you anticipate the first bite, your mind is working overtime … Continue reading

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2015 in photos and a big thank you!

Italy is a beautiful country, we all know that, so to close the year I thought I’d offer you my favourite photos from the last 365 days as a little reminder of some of the wonderful places we’ve visited together … Continue reading

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Babbo Natale invades Venice!

If you’ve ever been in Venice on the last weekend before Christmas you’d be forgiven for thinking that you’ve had one too many mulled wines as you’ll start to see double. Or maybe triple. In fact you’ll be seeing Santa … Continue reading

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