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Giorgio Armani's cruise through the Aeolian islands

23 April, 2020
Italian fashion designers seem to have a soft spot for the Aeolian islands off the coast of Sicily; after Roberto Cavalli and Dolce & Gabbana who spent part of their summer holidays in the archipelago, it’s now the turn of…

Video: Eros Ramazzotti sings new single Controvento

23 April, 2020
In this video Eros Ramazzotti performs his new song, Controvento, on the Miss Italy Italian television contest. The song is part of the new Ramazzotti album, Ali e radici (wings and roots). It’s a love song in true Ramazzotti style,…

No chicken with pasta: what not to do with pasta

23 April, 2020
We looked at the golden rules as to how to cook the perfect pasta, and today we examine what you’re not “supposed” to do with pasta. This is one for the purists, and although I’m one to experiment with pasta…

Salvatore Ferragamo nylon and leather duffel bag

23 April, 2020
Salvatore Ferragamo created this nylon and leather duffel bag with the Mediterranean sea in mind; the same vibrant blue one enjoys when on a cruise through the Italian islands: Price: € 1,200

Portofino & Portovenere: monasteries converted into posh hotels

23 April, 2020
In Liguria, where mountains and steep cliffs drop straight into the Mediterranean, creating a unique landscape that each year attracts millions of tourists, many old monasteries have been converted into posh hotels. The most famous is Hotel Splendido in Portofino.…

How to make Italian sweets: canestrelli biscuits from Liguria

23 April, 2020
Now we’re getting serious. Our Italian recipes have brought you everything from Napoletan dish “gattò” to homemade Nutella, but this is perhaps our first proper sweet. Called Canestrelli, these biscuits are made in the shape of ringed flowers and are…

Chianti wine: Villa Petriolo wine tasting in Tuscany

23 April, 2020
The grand finale for me of the Best of Wine Tourism Awards was our Chianti wine tasting at the Villa Petriolo, Cerreto Guidi, not far from Florence. I realise that “beautiful” is in no way a technical term to describe…

Top ten things to do in Florence

23 April, 2020
Florence is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in the world; according to Travel & leisure no other city can be compared to it. So if you arrive in Florence and you are in a hurry, maybe this article…

Trashy Italian cinema: Christmas with Belen Rodriguez in South Africa

23 April, 2020
Italy describes its annual trashy cinemafest at Christmas time ‘cinepanettone’ and this year’s “Christmas in….” film is being shot in South Africa, using the backdrop of this year’s 2010 Word Cup. Italian show girl (from Argentina) Belen Rodriguez has become…

Public parks in Rome: Valle dei Casali

23 April, 2020
Rome is a continuous surprise and this time I’m not talking about monuments but public parks! Bordering with Villa Pamphili, the Valle dei Casali is an amazing 450 hectare park where people can enjoy nature at a leisurely pace; hectares…

Postcard from Italy: Lake Como

23 April, 2020
One arm of Lake Como turns off to the south between two unbroken chains of mountains, which cut it up into a series of bays and inlets as the hills advance into the water and retreat again.Thus begins Betrothed by…

Hot italian actresses: Caterina Murino

23 April, 2020
Caterina Murino is one of the hottest Italian actresses of the day. Her most famous film is Casino Royale in which she played one of the bond girls, but actually her most interesting role was in a French movie called…

Vigevano to host Leonardo da Vinci events

23 April, 2020
The town of Vigevano, near Pavia, will host a series of important events called “Leonardo e Vigevano” and devoted to one of the greatest geniuses in history: Leonardo da Vinci. Leonardo sojourned in Vigevano, back then part of the Milan…

Italian show girl Aida Yespica snapped topless in Miami

23 April, 2020
Aida Yespica has been snapped topless in Miami; the South American show girl seems to have fully recovered from her post-partum depression. She has put on a few pounds ( judging from the pics), but she still looks gorgeous. According…

Mamma Mia, the musical opens in Milan

23 April, 2020
Based on the song Abba recorded in the 1970s, the musical Mamma mia has been seen by over 42 million people, taking in more $2 billion dollars worldwide! Now the Mamma mia fever is getting higher by the minute here…
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