Category: Italy

Florence view from piazzale Michelangelo

One day in Florence

0800 Wake up and open the shutters.  The apartment we’ve rented has beautiful high ceilings and faintly bonkers full-wall prints of artworks which somehow look great.  We have tea for breakfast as we’re still trying to recover from yesterday’s food…

la scala Milan

How to choose the best seats at La Scala (Milan)

La Scala is one of the most famous opera houses in the world, and very popular among both visitors and well- heeled Milanese.  The main hall is an almost impossible confection of plush upholstery and chandeliers, where ladies in furs…

A food lover’s guide to Florence

Many travellers who end up in Florence are there for the art, the Duomo and the city’s heritage as the epicentre of the renaissance. However, as you wander the streets of the Tuscan capital, you begin to notice quite another kind…

Venice Canals

Our top 10 of 2017

Goodbye 2017!  It’s been a blast.  We found a burning, black-toothed passion for Venetian food.  We did a chilled out weekend in Cadaques.  We took a stroll around a silent city.  Here are our best bits from the past year….

Venetian house

The Italian Highlights Tour: Pisa to Venice by rail

Want to take in the best of Italian culture – we’re talking tilted architecture, Michaelangelo and Venetian canals – in a week?  This might just be the trip for you. From Pisa, it’s an easy and comfortable train journey to…

Cappuccino at Caffe Terzi, Bologna

Caffè Terzi, Bologna: the art of coffee

Coffee at Caffè Terzi is not like coffee anywhere else.  This unassuming café is located in the heart of Bologna’s beautiful city centre and has earned a well-deserved reputation for serving the best brew in town since opening in 2002….

Caffee Gilli Florence

Caffè Gilli, Florence: timeless style (and gin)

A friend of ours always says that ‘nobody enjoys life as much as they do in Northern Italy.’  And Caffè Gilli, on Florence’s central Piazza della Repubblica, is proof. Gilli opened its doors in 1733, when a Swiss family opened a…

Loggia dei Lanzi Florence - The Rape of the Sabine Women

Florence’s open air sculpture gallery at Loggia Lanzi

The Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence is a good starting point for those who come to this beautiful city in search of beauty itself.  This, after all, is the city where the French writer Stendhal felt so overwhelmed by beauty…