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.

Focaccia Recipe from Puglia Walking Tour

Walking in Puglia is a delight for all the senses, and once we’d left the trail and headed the lunch, many varieties of pugliese-style focaccia graced the table. This recipe is our version of focaccia from our Puglia Walk, ready to stave off withdrawal now that our walking tour in Italy is complete. [more...]


Chocolate Almond Biscotti Recipe

This recipe for Chocolate Almond Biscotti is adapted from the excellent blog by David Lebovitz - The addition of chopped bittersweet chocolate to the recipe have made these biscotti a favorite among my Italian friends. [more...]


Turkish Red Lentil Soup Recipe – from Sicily to Istanbul

Inspired by our Italian Connection's new "Two Continents" culinary tour that visits Sicily and Istanbul, this Turkish red lentil soup is the perfect hot dish for a cold winter day. Get the recipe. [more...]


Sicilian Desserts – Genovesi Pastry Recipe from Erice Sicily

Le genovesi are custard-filled pastries that are a specialty of the town of Erice, which we visit on several of our culinary and walking tours in Sicily. If you can't get to Maria Grammatico's pastry shop in Erice, try this Sicilian dessert recipe at home. [more...]


Last Chance for Deals on Culinary & Walking Tours in Sicily, Oct 2014

Enjoy room upgrades, a complimentary 4-star hotel, or a $200 discount on our October 2014 culinary and walking tours in Sicily. There is very limited space so offers are first come, first served. Get all the details here: [more...]


Semifreddo alle Mandorle – Sicilian Almond Semifreddo Recipe

This make ahead dessert is especially delicious when made with almonds from Sicily, and it's easy to do. This makes a cool creamy dessert that is perfect on a hot summer day....or any other time. [more...]


Focaccia Recipe from Liguria

One of the rewards of walking in Liguria and the Cinque Terre is certainly the crispy focaccia genovese - genoa-style focaccia - which is good at all 3 meals plus makes a delicious snack. Here’s our recipe. [more...]


Pear Ricotta Crostata – Tart Recipe from Pleasures of Puglia Tour

One of the great pleasures of Puglia is eating, and we found a place where even breakfast is a feast. [more...]


Ciliegia Ferrovia – Railway Cherry of Puglia

June is the season for one of the pleasures of Puglia, the railway cherry or "ciliegia ferrovia" [more...]


Limoncello Recipe – Make Homemade Limoncello

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


Italy Travel Guide
Italy Travel Guide