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Aperol Spritz - an Italian Summer in Every Glass

Can't get to Italy? Then bring a little Italy to wherever you are in this great big wonderful world with our Aperol spritz recipe.

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Sorrento Sunshine Awaits in Every Dish of Spaghetti al Limoncello

One of my favorite Italian spaghetti recipes. I make this dish and I'm once again in Sorrento on the Amalfi Coast. I can feel that gentle breeze in the air, a breeze fragrant with the scent of the sea, jasmine and lemons.

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The Secret Cannoli Recipe of Zia Rosalinda

It took me years to get my aunt Rosalinda to share her authentic Sicilian cannoli recipe but... at last... I can let you in on the secret.

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Matera - Ancient and Full of Life

Once the shame of Italy and now one of her crown jewels. Matera is the original Italy, ancient beyond all other towns, another world. Prepare to be amazed, enchanted and beguiled...

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The Best Southern Italian Destinations

South of Rome we go, taking you on a journey discovering the very best Southern Italian destinations. You may know of some of them but others I am sure you have never heard of.

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What About Going Shopping in Rome?

What could be better than a day shopping in Rome? Not much I promise! Before you start though you've got to read our guide filled with all the must-see shops and markets.

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The 5 Best Cities in Italy

These are the 5 Best Cities in Italy. Cities of ancient mystery where medieval history and vibrant avenues of excited Armani clad Italians meet.

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The Italian Recipe Quiz

Discover the perfect Italian recipe for you with our quiz. There's a dish made in heaven for you!

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Why Visit Venice and the Veneto

Why visit Venice and the Veneto? This is the Italy of the imagination...except it's real. This is the Italy you've seen in the movies....but you're the star. Organize your trip in 12 photos...

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I make them very similar

My Grandmother come from Tyrol and she made hers the same about as you except we use grated raw potatoes and mix all the ingredients in a bowl after draining

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Weather in Venice Italy

The weather in Venice Italy - read our guide for everything you need to know about the Venice weather and some great advice on when to visit.

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9 Secrets of Southern Italy

Grab your bucket list... I've 9 Secrets from Southern Italy to share with you. Can you believe places like this even exist?

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Walking Tours in Rome - Discover the Secrets of this Ancient City

One of the best walking tours in Rome is a visit to the main outdoor market called Campo dei Fiori - it is teeming with friendly people, tasty food, vibrant colors, animated conversations

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Visiting Venice Temptations

Ever considered visiting Venice Italy? Here is the final temptation you need. Tell me you don't want to pack after seeing this!

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Venice Italy - The 6 Things you HAVE to See

There's so much to see in Venice Italy that you can become overwhelmed. Before you despair, here is the list of the 6 sights you absolutely must see and everything you need to know about them.

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Discover Venice in Summer

Venice in Summer is a wonderful place to be. Colorful flower boxes add a splash of red while the gondolas ply their way up canals sparkling aquamarine in the summer sunshine.

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A Virtual Journey through Venetian Life

Real Venetian life is lived far from the tourist spots. Down the little canals and lanes is where you'll discover the real Venice.

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The Best Tours of Venice Italy

The best tours of Venice Italy selected by an insider. Walking tours, gondola trips, St. Mark’s Basilica and even a creepy ghost tour. We have it all!

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The Home of Things to Do in Venice

Looking for unusual things to do in Venice? Apart from the 6 essentials we feature on the site why not visit a few of the secret corners of Venice? The Dorsoduro is a good place to start...

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The Best Three and Four Star Hotels in Venice Italy

Which are the best three and four star hotels in Venice Italy? These are my picks. P.S. I include only hotels which I can recommend with confidence - you won't find any long lists like on other big sites - these are personal, genuine recommendations.

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St Marks Square - The Heart of Must See Venice Italy

St Marks Square is the most beautiful piazza in the entire world - any Venetian will tell you so. Sparkling with light and vibrant with color. Join me, Maria, in discovering my Venice...

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Authentic and Italian - Our Tiramisu Recipe

Need a tiramisu recipe? You won't find any better than this one - it is 100% authentic Italian.

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Shopping in Venice - The Guide

Shopping in Venice is wonderful but you can get lost in a maze of souvenir shops. You'll avoid that if you know where to go. Discover the best places to shop - from markets to designer stores.

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Finding Romeo and Juliet in Verona Italy

Want to visit the balcony of Romeo and Juliet in Verona Italy? Read more about the balcony, romance and Verona in our Secrets of Verona Guide.

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The Best of Rome Vacation Rentals

Looking for Rome Vacation Rentals? I have personally selected the best apartments to rent in Rome, you can be sure your Roman Dolce Vita will begin the moment you walk through the door.

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Polignano, Matera and the Cave Hotel

Polignano has to be one of Italy's best kept secrets. What an amazing little town and the restaurant in a cave is unforgettable. Then there is Matera where things get a little strange. Look at these photos...

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Venice, the Veneto and Italy in Photos

These are some of the loveliest photographs of Venice and Italy that I have ever seen. Absolutely stunning is the only way to describe them...enjoy!

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The 9 Most Beautiful Towns in Italy

We would like to share a secret with you: the 9 most beautiful towns and villages in Italy.

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You will never forget Madonna della Corona

Perched on ancient cliffs is one of the Veneto's and indeed Italy's most impressive sights. This is the sixteenth century Madonna della Corona.

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What makes Italy Special and Unique?

Discovered, 20 things which make Italy special and unique? Be it an undiscovered village or dinner at a tiny restaurant in a marvelous hill top town you will find the best of Italy here...

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Italian House Insurance Companies

More difficult than the buying procedure is getting your house insured by Italian house insurance companies after you have bought it. If you want to buy home insurance in Italy my advice is...

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Mouthwatering Italian Food Photos

Not only do we have some superb recipes but we have the most mouthwatering Italian food photos you have ever seen.

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Recent Articles

  1. Aperol Spritz - an Italian Summer in Every Glass

    Can't get to Italy? Then bring a little Italy to wherever you are in this great big wonderful world with our Aperol spritz recipe.

    Read More

  2. Sorrento Sunshine Awaits in Every Dish of Spaghetti al Limoncello

    One of my favorite Italian spaghetti recipes. I make this dish and I'm once again in Sorrento on the Amalfi Coast. I can feel that gentle breeze in the air, a breeze fragrant with the scent of the sea…

    Read More

  3. The Secret Cannoli Recipe of Zia Rosalinda

    It took me years to get my aunt Rosalinda to share her authentic Sicilian cannoli recipe but... at last... I can let you in on the secret.

    Read More

  4. Matera - Ancient and Full of Life

    Once the shame of Italy and now one of her crown jewels. Matera is the original Italy, ancient beyond all other towns, another world. Prepare to be amazed, enchanted and beguiled...

    Read More

  5. The Best Southern Italian Destinations

    South of Rome we go, taking you on a journey discovering the very best Southern Italian destinations. You may know of some of them but others I am sure you have never heard of.

    Read More

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