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What’s going on in Italy?

Written by on January 29, 2021 in Guest blog, Italy Stories
What’s going on in Italy?

Thanks to Richard Noble, owner and manager of Villa Ribota guesthouse in the Langhe for this topical guest blog…. Undeniably a good question, especially when you consider all the political manoeuvring that’s going on… but I want to focus on the dreaded Coronavirus for now. At the beginning of the pandemic, almost a year ago […]

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Discover the Italian Carnival traditions and events in North Italy

Written by on January 28, 2021 in Italy Stories, Things to See & Do
Discover the Italian Carnival traditions and events in North Italy

Let’s discover together the Italian Carnival – Carnevale traditions and events in North Italy ! What is Carnival and when is it celebrated Carnival in Italy is a Catholic and Christian celebration but in reality it has very distant origins going back to ancient Greece and the Roman world. The word Carnevale is an Italian […]

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Take a virtual visit to Italy through these fabulous films

Written by on January 13, 2021 in Italy Stories
Take a virtual visit to Italy through these fabulous films

  Travelling is difficult at the moment. But we can still immerse ourselves in the extraordinary beauty of Italy through watching films at home. So let’s take a cinematic journey through Italy with this great collection of light-hearted comedies, romances and even some action movies. Eat, Pray, Love (2010) Julia Roberts falls in love not […]

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Two Italian Icons – Vespa & Lambretta

Written by on December 22, 2020 in Heritage & Traditions, Italy Stories
Two Italian Icons – Vespa & Lambretta

Vespa & Lambretta – the Italian scooter twins Vespa and Lambretta, the iconic Italian born scooters that helped to shape the post-war world are not quite twins, as they were born a year apart. In 1947 and 1948 respectively. But they share the same DNA. A revolutionary design initially commissioned by industrialist, Signore Ferdinando Innocenti, […]

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Best Christmas present ideas from Italy

Written by on December 16, 2020 in Italy Stories
Best Christmas present ideas from Italy

Some Italian Christmas present ideas Since travel is so difficult or even impossible at the moment, why don’t you bring a piece of Italy to your home this Christmas? Italian Food Italian gastronomy is one of the most loved all over the world. At Christmas, the choice is even wider with the delicious Panettone, Pandoro, […]

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Fascinating Christmas Traditions in Italy

Written by on December 15, 2020 in Italy Stories
Fascinating Christmas Traditions in Italy

Every country has their own Christmas traditions all around the world, but they share some key traits that involve themes of lights, pine – evergreen, family, food, hope and fait. Christmas is probably the most celebrated holiday in the world. In Italy the main focus of Christmas is very religious and the most important parts […]

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How Italians celebrate Christmas?

Written by on December 15, 2020 in Italy Stories
How Italians celebrate Christmas?

Christmas in Italy, like all across Europe, is still very much a traditional family affair, with the generations gathering together to feast on an endless amount of delicious home cooked food. Let’s discover the important facts and dates for the Italian Christmas! How Italians celebrate Christmas Christmas Festivity Period The Christmas season lasts about one […]

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A life full of mountain adventures in the Aosta Valley

Written by on November 14, 2020 in Aosta Valley, Italy Stories
A life full of mountain adventures in the Aosta Valley

An interview with Tom Durham – skier, mountain biker and entrepreneur, who lives with his wife Lorna and daughter Sadie in the lovely village of Gressan in the Aosta Valley Tom, thanks so much for agreeing to share your story with us. What brought you guys from Scotland out here to the Aosta Valley There […]

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Using your Moka to make an ‘almost’ espresso

Written by on October 7, 2020 in Italy Stories
Using your Moka to make an ‘almost’ espresso

  For a proper espresso, go to the Bar People have given me espressos made with their home or office espresso machines but it is never nearly as good as the ones served in the average Italian bar. At home it’s the Moka For coffee at home we have relied for years on a trusty […]

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Four more reasons to be in Italy

Written by on October 7, 2020 in Italy Stories
Four more reasons to be in Italy

So, here are the 4 more reasons why you should spend more time in Italy: Weather Yes, the weather in Italy is significantly warmer and dryer than in the UK and the rest of Northern Europe of course, which is brilliant. But it is also just as variable, maybe more so, which I think is […]

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