The Ideal Autumn Pasta: A Complete Guide to Ferrara’s Speciality

A visit to the medieval city of Ferrara is well-timed in autumn when the terracotta coloured buildings evoke the colour of the leaves and the cathedral square is filled with stalls selling sizzling piadine or luxurious chocolates. A chilly evening calls for a warming local pasta speciality… Noble Origins The powerful Este family, one of… Read More The Ideal Autumn Pasta: A Complete Guide to Ferrara’s Speciality

Meeting Franco Merlo: Artisan of Musical Instruments

“There is a piece of me in every work” Last weekend I went to fair in Ferrara where I met Franco Merlo, an international award-winning artisan and artist of rare musical instruments. He lovingly handcrafts every piece, and specialises in antique and unusual designs. But he works alone and cannot find apprentices, so his extraordinary… Read More Meeting Franco Merlo: Artisan of Musical Instruments