Hidden Eateries: A Most Unusual Dinner in Chioggia

Chioggia lies south of Venice, protruding from the mainland, and is popularly known as ‘Little Venice’, due to its canals and bridges on a more modest scale than Venice. However, one risks a sharp retort or foul look from a Chioggiotto (person from Chioggia) if that diminutive title is uttered in their presence, as Chioggia’s… Read More Hidden Eateries: A Most Unusual Dinner in Chioggia

New Year Absurdities and Superstitions in Italy

Celebrating New Year in Italy means unforseen dangers, naughty secrets and disappointing food – ready?! 1.Money, Money, Food Home of sophisticated pesce crudo, handmade pasta and succulent cured meats, for their special New Year dinner Italians choose … lentils. Apparently this flat, round, goldish coloured pulse resembles coins, with a bit of imagination, and so brings prosperity… Read More New Year Absurdities and Superstitions in Italy

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

Lemons, Pastries and Panoramas: Naples Discovered through the Five Senses

All your senses are truly bombarded here in Naples, both in positive and negative ways. The rise of industrial modernity in the 19th century saw theorists analysing the sudden power of moving images, advertising, flashy shop lighting, and global exhibitions to turn the city into a spectacle and overwhelm the senses. With so many of… Read More Lemons, Pastries and Panoramas: Naples Discovered through the Five Senses