Tag: italy

montenapoleone suites milan
Montenapoleone Suites Via Santa Cecilia, 4 Boutique hotels rarely get a look in on our travels. The bigger name hotels normally advertise a deal or two when the time comes to book a trip and I guess the security of knowing at least if something went wrong that hotel would have...
NH Collection Piazza Carlina, Turin
NH Collection Piazza Carlina Piazza Carlo Emanuele II, 15 Three nights in Turin, but where to stay? There’s a vast range of hotels ranging from top of the range and modern to log cabins up in the mountains around the city. We decided to stay at NH Collection at Piazza Carlina...
Grenaio Duomo Via Mengoni, 2 In the mornings when in Italy one must venture out for coffee - it’s the law (unofficially). In a city such as Milan where style reigns supreme you will come across a tonne of swish places to enjoy the italians favourite start to the morning. We...

1610 Bagel, Turin

1610 Bagel, Turin
Let me start this review by stating that I wasn’t in the best of moods when we walked through the door at 1610 Bagel. It was a red hot day in Turin, a restaurant that we had gone in search of wasn’t there and we had been wandering around...

Mercato Orientale, Genoa

Mercato Orientale, Genoa
The Mercato Orientale or Oriental Market to you and I is Genoa’s premier fresh food market located right in the heart of the city. Good Italian markets never seem to cross my radar as they are so unpredictable. Many districts hold a certain market on a certain day but...

Hotel Grand Savoia, Genoa

Hotel Grand Savoia, Genoa
Hotels in Genoa are few and far between, quite surprising really given that it’s a port city in the middle of some of Italy’s most beautiful coastline. During our stay in the city we needed somewhere relatively central, comfortable and at a good price. We settled on the Hotel...

Pan Per Focaccia, Genoa

Pan Per Focaccia, Genoa
Take away pesto, seafood and Colombus just what is Genoa’s other claim to fame? Focaccia of course. Stroll along down the Via San Lorenzo in the old part of town and you’ll find a street heaving with places selling ice cream and foccacia hot out of the oven. These...
giotto's bell tower florence
Standing tall alongside the famous Duomo Dome and Cathedral is Giotto’s bell tower. A masterpiece by the renaissance artist Giotto di Bondone who began the lower level construction in 1334 until sadly his death in 1337 meant that construction passed over to Andrea Pisano in 1343 who managed to...
Duomo, Florence
After a momentary pause to catch our breath after climbing the Duomo Dome we stood in line for the Cathedral - and this was some line! We climbed the Dome at 0830 and joined the line for the Cathedral at 0945 for opening at 1000. While in the line...

Il Genovese

Il Genovese, Genoa
You can’t really come to Genoa and not try the famous trofie pasta with pesto. Working my way through google trying to find a place that boasted the authentic version of this dish wasn’t easy. In amongst the heaps of places offering their take on pasta and green pesto...
Modena-Style-Trio-of-Meats-with-Chilli-and-Rosemary
Difficulty 1/5This recipe from A Taste of the Sun in Gino’s words, is a north Italian dish given a southern twist. A trio of meats favoured by Modena in a chilli and tomato sauce familiar to the south of Italy. The ingredients list contains items familiar to your kitchen...
Il Palagio Four Seasons Hotel Florence
Our experiences of Italian fine dining are few and far between. An excellent effort by restaurant Rubacuori at Chateau Monfort in Milan on our honeymoon was about it for our ventures into Italian high-end cuisine. So we decided it was about time that changed. The Four Seasons name pretty...