A Personal Guide to Travel and Life in Italy

This personal guide to travel and life in Italy is culled from over 20 years of experience living and working in Italy.  Get the inside scoop on what it’s really like to live in Italy, my favorite places to go in Italy, my recommended hotels and restaurants in Italy and even the darker side of life in Italy and how to cope with its mind-numbing bureaucracy. I’ll cover lots of different topics from luxury to adventure travel in Italy, Italian politics, culinary travel in Italy, Italian language, customs and traditions, as well as how I personally became an expert on Italian furnace parts.

Limoncello Recipe – Make Homemade Limoncello

Ever wondered how to make limoncello? Try your hand at homemade limoncello, with this easy limoncello recipe. [more...]


Lemon Cake Recipe from Sicily

When lemons are in profusion in Sicily, this easy Sicilian lemon cake recipe is a must. Find lots of other uses for lemons, too. [more...]


Arance Rosse – Blood Oranges from Sicily

Winter is the season for arance rosse, the blood oranges of Sicily, with the tarocco orange being the most highly prized. Find out why. [more...]


Cheese Art 2012 – Traditional Cheese Tasting Workshop

Taste traditional cheeses from around the world during two days of tasting workshops at Cheese Art 2012 in Ragusa Sicily, when cheese is elevated to the status of art. [more...]


Ossobuco for International Day of Italian Cuisines

The 2012 International Day of Italian Cuisines (IDIC) is on January 17, when cooks all over the world are invited to join in the celebrations by preparing ossobuco, a traditional dish from Milan. Try our ossobuco recipe. [more...]


Bastardoni-Big Bastards: Prickly Pears of Sicily

When you hear vendors hollering "bastardoni" in Sicily, it’s the season for the prickly pears known as "big bastards." Legend has it that this traditional food found in markets in Italy is the result of a feud. [more...]


Traditional Christmas Nougat in Italy–Perfect Almond Torrone

A visit to torrone heaven in the small town of Giarratana, Sicily. At the Torronificio Trapani, I watched how to make almond torrone, a traditional Christmas nougat that is popular all over Italy. [more...]


Fixed-price Lunch Fixed-Price Menus at 2-star Michelin Il Duomo in Ragusa, Sicily

New fixed-price menus at lunch are an enticement for discerning diners at the 2-star Michelin restaurant Il Duomo in Ragusa Sicily. They're a great way to sample chef Ciccio Sultano’s superb cooking. [more...]


Almond Milk Recipe – Latte di Mandorla from Sicily

The trials and tribulations of making the perfect latte di mandorla, with this traditional almond milk recipe from Sicily. [more...]


It’s Hot: Almond Harvest in Sicily

The almond harvest in Sicily at the Mastri di San Basilio farm takes place at the height of summer. Join Anita as she ventures into the August heat in search of pizzuta almonds fresh off the tree. [more...]


Italy Travel Guide
Italy Travel Guide