9 Best Things to Do at Lake Garda, Italy with Kids

Italy’s largest lake, Lake Garda, is a popular holiday destination and the ideal place for families to spend a few days. Whilst not as famous as Lake Como, there are a huge number of things to do at Lake Garda for kids of all ages, making it a perfect family holiday destination. Image credit: Pixabay Where is Lake Garda? Lake Garda is situated in northern Italy between Venice and Milan. Its shoreline stretches almost 160 kilometres and is dotted with gelato…

Eating in Naples: From Pizza Pilgrim to Coffee Seeker

I’ve just got back from Naples, my first trip of 2018, and it’s safe to say my New Year’s intention to eat more healthily was completely and utterly abandoned. And do I care? Nope! Naples is hailed as the birthplace of pizza. So it would be sacrilege to be in the city without trying its …

Pompeii and Herculaneum: A Glimpse Of Life During The Roman Empire At Its Height

Herculaneum excavations in Ercolano The excavated Roman towns of Pompeii and the less well known Herculaneum, give travelers a glimpse of Roman life, at the height of the Roman Empire. These ancient coastal resorts, at the base of Mt. Vesuvius in southern Italy, were partially demolished and then subsequently buried over 1,900 years ago. The cause of their destruction was a volcanic eruption in the year 79 C.E. (Common…

Homemade Ricotta

Place of Origin: Sicily, Italy By Julianne Keskey I’ve always loved the excitement (and sometimes the challenge) of making things from scratch that you would normally just toss into your cart at the grocery store. Not only does it taste better and fresher, it gives you a sense of accomplishment that you can’t get from a store clerk scanning a food item and…

Oplontis: An Undiscovered Archaeological Gem in Southern Italy

Close to Naples and the Amalfi Coast, Oplontis is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with some of the most interesting yet least known ruins in southern Italy. Oplontis was once a cluster of villas on the outskirts of Pompeii and was also buried under ash after the infamous 79 A.D. eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Though several public and private buildings comprised Oplontis in ancient times, only one villa has been excavated and is open to the public today. Sometimes known as Villa di Poppea (after emperor Nero’s second wife, who is said…

Riva del Garda, Italy in Pictures

Greetings, I had a great time in Riva del Garda, it’s a beautiful old town situated at the top of Lake Garda, Italy. There are wonderful views, delicious meals to be had, activities to experience and friendly people to get acquainted with. I also had one of the most memorable gelato experiences of my life and trust me, I’ve …

Learning How to Make Pasta at Casa Artusi

When was the last time you made pasta by hand? I know I’ve never attempted it on my own and I could easily come up with a hundred excuses: I don’t have the ingredients, it’ll take too long, it’s too much work and on and on, but after taking a cooking class at Casa Artusi, I’m starting to think these are just poor excuses that stem from common misconceptions. It turns out making pasta is surprisingly…

Falling in Love with Food in Rome

It’s a small shop on an unremarkable street. Twirls and swirls of thick white paint flick across the shop window, shadowed by shades of crimson and green. And call me romantic but the words seem to have been written with love. Baccala e ceci. Il prosciutto del bon Gustaio. Porchetta di Ariccia. Inside, there’s a queue, also small. It matches the …

Italy’s Best Fried Foods

By Adam Groffman Ever since I started visiting Italy regularly, I discovered one important thing about the country’s famous cuisine. Italian food is way more than just pizza and pasta. I grew up on spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna and other classic red-sauce specialities. But on my many trips to Italy over the past few…

4 Ways to Fully Experience the Floating City of Venice, Italy

Imagine a place where roads are replaced by rivers and wheels are replaced by oars. Similar traffic patterns and rules still exist, but the only acceptable modes of transportation float. This old city was once the trading capital of the world, sending ships with merchants to lands afar, and it bred such explorers as Marco Polo. There is only one place like it in the world and its …

The Skyline of Rome

The city of Rome is one of those places that always seems to have existed. I suppose that explains the nickname the Eternal City. I cannot remember the first time I heard about Rome. The first time I learned about the bloodied sweat of gladiators, those scalloped sky-reaching columns and that …

Villa Gasparini – Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast in Dolo, Italy

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay: Villa Gasparini is a fully renovated historic building has 15 exquisitely finished rooms, furnished following 6 different themes, from classic Venetian to ethno-chic style, that represent the masculine / feminine duality and the juxtaposition of opposites. We are close to the art cities of Veneto, thefamous Venetian Villas, Padua, Treviso and countless large and smallgems that we will be pleased to suggest. All of our …

Travelling to Italy: A Simple Cheat Sheet

Are you planning an incredible holiday to Italy pretty soon? First of all, congrats! Italy is an incredible country from the north to the south, so you’re in for an absolute treat. Second of all, it’s a really friendly, accessible country to tourists, due to it being so popular and having such a rich tourist industry. Though if you would like some …

Hotel De Russie – Rome, Italy

Hotel De Russie | Via Del Bauino 9 | Rome, Italy 00187 | +39 06 32 88 81 Rocco Forte Hotels is a family of 11 highly individual hotels and resorts, each is as individual and characterful as the city which inspires its design and each features a unique sense of style and ambiance that awaits ;… Continue reading →