The Elusive Bella Figura and How to Find It

‘La Brutta Figura’ was partly inspired by the desire to communicate to others the gulf of difference between visiting a country, namely Italy, and living there. Italy might be another European country but it’s arbitrary fashion rules, imperative food traditions and relaxed employment regulations could hark from Mars from the expat’s point of view. My… Read More The Elusive Bella Figura and How to Find It

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