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Visit Palermo's markets on a Street Food Tour

Eat like a local in Palermo

Posted by on Feb 28, 2014

New from villa specialist soloSicily is the option of taking a Street Food Tour in Palermo, regularly voted one of the world’s top cities for street food.  Apart from being a great way of getting an insight into the atmosphere of the city, the tours are a good opportunity for holidaymakers to explore Palermo’s hidden sights and also find out where locals shop for the freshest and...

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Wine Fair 14 March London

Posted by on Feb 19, 2014

  The 2014 Arblaster & Clarke Wine Fair is being held in the prestigious setting of the Vintners Hall, London This is the fifth London based Wine Fair hosted by Arblaster & Clarke and possibly some of the very best wines to date.  They are always sociable events with a stunning array of wine from around our wine world. The historic Hall of the Worshipful Company of Vintners, London,...

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Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon: ‘The Trip to Italy’

Posted by on Jan 22, 2014

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are walking barefoot along the white sand of a Ligurian beach, backed by houses the colour of birthday cake. It’s the fabulous setting of the sequel to ‘The Trip’, this time set in a glorious Italian location on which Coogan comments “we drive through the most spellbinding scenery that I’ve ever seen in my life’ The film has some side-splitting...

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Italy is still hot for 2014

Posted by on Jan 8, 2014

In its newly published Travel Trends Report 2014,  ABTA – the Travel Association has named Italy and specifically Sicily, amongst 13 destinations that are expected to capture the public’s imagination in 2014. As well as looking at where Brits are expected to holiday, the report considers how they will be doing it – identifying trends that are likely to emerge this year. ‘Same...

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Rockfest 2013 – ski and be entertained

Posted by on Dec 16, 2013

On 23 December 2013 the World’s top ski racers will descend upon the Italian Dolomites, in the Andalo Trentino region, at Paganella Resort at the 2013 Alpine Rockfest to race sprint giant slalom in 4 rounds of time elimination pursuing the largest single cash prize in Ski Racing – €75,000! Top ski racing personalities like Aksel Lund Svindal, Ted Ligety, Philipp Schoerghofer, Bode...

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An Italian Wedding

NEW! Italian Weddings under one roof

Posted by on Nov 18, 2013

With more truly beautiful venues now available for your Italian wedding, ranging from the luxurious and flamboyant to the historical and dramatic, the simple and rustic to the minimalist and boutique, from off the beaten track countryside to quaint and charming Italian villages. Whether you are after the extravagant or the rustic and authentic, the fantastic or the colourful, the unique or the...

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If you are planning a holiday to Sicily, Ragusa

Posted by on Nov 14, 2013

If you are planning a holiday to Sicily, Ragusa would make the ideal choice for many good reasons. This is an area steeped in history and it provides you with the chance to visit the lower and upper parts of the town. These are known as Ragusa Ibla (the lower town, and the oldest area of the two), and Ragusa Superiore (which as the name might suggest for those with a feel for Italian, is the...

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Snow fall launches ski season early

Posted by on Nov 14, 2013

Italy’s premier ski resort gets the winter fun well under way Thanks to an abundant snowfall at the beginning of October, the premiere Italian resort really has got off to a flying start. Located amid the majestic Alps in the beautiful province of Lombardy, Livigno is one of the most snow sure resorts in Europe. This is why it’s a mecca for snowsports lovers from all over the world, from...

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Sistine Chapel – things you never knew

Posted by on Oct 29, 2013

Rome is one of the top 5 most visited cities in the world and top of Rome’s ‘must see’ list is the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. We have all gazed up in astonishment at the Sistine Chapel, but how much do you really know about this masterpiece? Consecrated to the Virgin Mary in 1483, the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel was created by Renaissance men in the late 15th and early 16th...

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Skiing and Michelin starred chefs

Posted by on Oct 1, 2013

 SLOPE FOOD Competition in Alta Badia In the heart of the Dolomites, a successful combination of winter sports and gastronomy once again emerges on the slopes of Alta Badia. ‘Slope Food’ was the new buzz phrase and the ski set loved it. So what is Slope food?  Think finger or street food on the slopes, then add several Michelin-starred chefs. To boot, the skier will judge the best...

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The Ultimate Bike Holiday – electric?

Posted by on Aug 6, 2013

First introduced in the late 19th century, electric bikes have, over the years, often been portrayed as stylistically naff, cumbersome contraptions and just a step down from motorised zimmers or mobility scooters! But, right across the globe things are changing, as e-bikes are losing their “potting shed” status and instead becoming the uber-chic, cool choice for lycra-shy, leisure...

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Couscous Fest, San Vito lo Capo

Sicily gets foodie in September

Posted by on Aug 6, 2013

Get ready for some foodie fun in September when Sicily hosts a range of festivals involving copious amounts of ice-cream and couscous – with concerts and entertainment thrown in. Quite apart from being a strong contender for one of Sicily’s top beaches, San Vito lo Capo also hosts the international CousCous Fest (24-29 September).  A reminder of Sicily’s North African gastronomic heritage,...

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Tuscany & the Beach

Posted by on Jul 9, 2013

SPOTLIGHT ON ……… Forte dei Marmi is  ‘Bond Street by the sea’ Forte dei Marmi is renowned worldwide as one of Tuscany’s most exclusive and elegant beach resorts, favoured over the centuries by royalty, noblemen, diplomats, business-men and artists who built their villas in the shade of Forte’s vast pine woods. Today, the area remains a favourite with...

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The Rossini – alternative to the Bellini?

Posted by on Jul 4, 2013

It’s Rossini, a satisfying twist on the Bellini  that uses strawberry juice combined with Prosecco instead of the peach juice that first made the drink famous at Harry’s Bar in Venice, Italy. The Rossini cocktail honours a more recent artist, the Italian opera composer and Maestro Gioacchino Rossini, the author of famous operas such as The Barber of Seville, William Tell  and...

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Rome(antic) Hot Nights

Posted by on Jul 3, 2013

Anyone going to Rome this summer has some real treats in store for them. If you love music and the great outdoor lifestyle and hot summer nights, check out these big names and international icons.  From rock to pop to jazz to soul to classical, its all here. If you love Jazz, soul and classical, the following are for you. 5 and 6 July:       Mario Biondi will be performing greatest hits and...

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Alfresco in Venice

Posted by on Jul 2, 2013

If you are in Venice from end of July to beginning of September there are alfresco film screenings in the Arena di Campo San Polo    (San Toma stop on the Vaporetto). Don’t forget to take an evening of listening to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in the prison courtyard of the Doge’s Palace (San Marco stop on the Vaporetto) www.collegiumducale.com Or try some opera at the gorgeous Teatro La Fenice...

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The Famous Belini

Posted by on Jun 28, 2013

If you have been to Venice or intend to go, the very famous Belini must surely be on your ‘to do’ list or rather your ‘to drink’ list. The Belini cocktail was created in the 1930′s by Giuseppe Cipriani. He christened the white peach drink after Belini, the 15th century Venetian painter.  Made with Prosecco and not champagne, it is still know as the greatest...

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Liguria – 30th International Fiat 500 gathering 2013

Posted by on Jun 28, 2013

Savona > 5-7 July 2013 The 30th  International Fiat 500 Meeting of Garlenda takes place once again in Garlenda in Liguria for Fiat 500 lovers from all over Italy and the world. The structure of the meeting will be the same as the previous years’: the participants will have at their disposal the headquarters Villafranca Park (for the registration and the visit to the Multimedia Museum of...

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Lovely Liguria

Posted by on Jun 17, 2013

Why Christopher Columbus wanted to leave his beautiful home of Liguria on the Mediterranean coast is simply a mystery.  And now summer has arrived, it’s your time to explore the beauty of this Italian hotspot. Known as ‘The Italian Riviera’, the south-western coastline of Liguria stretches 186 miles along some of the most picturesque and naturally beautiful coves and towns....

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Italian Beer

Posted by on Jun 6, 2013

Could Italian beer catch on?  It seems the Italians are developing a taste for beer. Italy has a new craft beer scene going on, with brewers trying to give an identity to Italian ale.  Although the typical selection in an average bar is limited to mostly local beers such as Moretti, Nastro Azzurro and Peroni, there are more and more bars offering specialist local and imported beers. Oh, and for...

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Stairway to heaven in Caltagirone

Posted by on Jun 6, 2013

The astonishing 142-step Scalinata di Santa Maria del Monte in the Unesco heritage town of Caltagirone, in southern Sicily, takes centre stage throughout the year but never more so than during the ‘Illuminata’ at the end of July (24-25 July) when the steps are lit up by thousands of candles.  Connecting the lower and older upper town, the stairway is another reminder of the town’s fabulous...

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Liguria – Battle of the Flowers

Posted by on May 30, 2013

Ventimiglia – 2 June> 19 July 013 Similar to Los Angeles’ New Year’s Day Rose Parade, the Battle of the Flowers consists of several parade floats that are covered entirely in floral and organic material. The floats are decorated with detailed designs relevant to the theme of each year’s parade. More Info click here

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Amble rather than ramble?

Posted by on May 30, 2013

After the recent Chelsea Flower Show, there has been a surge of bookings for Garden Tours in Europe.  Most people think Italy has the finest gardens in the world although we suspect this relates more to the design rather than flora and fauna varieties. The western regions of Italy offer some of the most glorious gardens, in particular, from Florence down to Naples (including Rome) and throughout...

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Camerano’s Talents and Caves

Posted by on May 29, 2013

If there’s a small rule for keeping life at its daily pace and for avoiding it becoming a repetition of juxtaposed actions, it’s to always think about one’s actions: to never do anything automatically. If, then, there’s an important rule for how life could be transformed into the spark for a virtuous circle made up of other lives linked together, it’s to never stop recognising beauty....

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Amalfi Coast & Capri: Stunning Gardens and Villas

Posted by on May 29, 2013

Italy is the location of many of the most beautiful gardens in the world, spread throughout regions including the Italian Lakes, Tuscany, Rome and the Amalfi Coast. The Amalfi Coast is a glorious region with a climate which is not only suitable for olives, vines, oranges and lemons but also for tender exotics. The region of Campania around Naples is blessed with a rich, fertile and well-drained...

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