Stepping back in time, the fascinating city of Matera

I have always wanted to visit one of the most unique and spectacular cities of Italy: Matera. I finally managed to get there whilst on our trip to Puglia. We flew to Bari (which is 55 Km/34 miles from Matera) and stayed at Polignano a Mare;  Matera is situated in the Basilicata region and about… Continue reading Stepping back in time, the fascinating city of Matera

Alberobello in Puglia, picturesque and unique

Last summer I went back to Alberobello in Puglia. The last time I was there I was in my teens for a family holiday; I never forgot this incredible place. If you haven’t visited then you certainly should. Alberobello is a UNESCO World Heritage site. A town made of “trulli” the characteristic whitewashed limestone huts… Continue reading Alberobello in Puglia, picturesque and unique

Living the Italian dream at Villa Bergolo in Piemonte

Deana and Lee had a dream: they wanted to move to Italy surrounded by nature, eat deliciously locally grown food and welcome guests from all over the world. So several years ago they left the UK and opened their own bed & breakfast in the area of the Langhe in Piemonte. They restored an 100… Continue reading Living the Italian dream at Villa Bergolo in Piemonte

The great annual pig festival!

Here we are again, in north eastern Italy in the region of “Friuli Venezia Giulia”. Our friends the “fratelli ” (the brothers) hosted the traditional mega pig festival in celebration of all things that are PIG. This is one of the long lost traditions you rarely find these days.  Everybody celebrating, eating, drinking and laughing.… Continue reading The great annual pig festival!

Smoked ricotta from the Alps, a real jewel of slow food

Slow food. This is my motto. This is the food I really want to eat every single day. You are what you eat so always look for the best quality food you can afford. Back on the Alps during the summer I visited another alpine dairy but this one was very small and run by… Continue reading Smoked ricotta from the Alps, a real jewel of slow food