City culture: Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper and life in Milan

da vinci milan

Leonardo was right. A visit to Milan is as much about looking up at soaring buildings and exquisite art as looking around. I’ve been fascinated with the Italian Renaissance since I studied the history of Florence and Venice during that period at high school. The explosion of learning and art in that era is unsurpassed […]

A feast! Savouring the authentic tastes of Venice

Venetian seafood cichetti

No trip to Italy would be complete without abundant feasting would it? The problem is where to begin. Luckily Venetian cuisine has a secret weapon in the gluttony stakes – bite sized cicchetti or bar snacks that bear a passing resemblance to tapas. Besides cicchetti there are many delicious local dishes and traditions that are unique to […]

The missing bite .. a discovery of tastes in Italy

Italy food experience - Food festival in Italy

I thought I had planned the perfect trip to Italy’s lakes region. Our itinerary took in historic villas covered in wisteria, perfect lake views and pretty towns. I researched restaurants thoroughly and scheduled visits to local attractions. Everything was going to plan and then we found out about this.. a local food festival. Why hadn’t I […]