I don’t know about you but when I think of Italian villages I imagine picturesque hamlets of cobbled streets and crumbling brickwork, punctuated by church spires and little old ladies dressed in black hanging out their washing. I imagine old men sitting outside their houses in the narrow streets on fold down chairs, playing cards, smoking cigarettes and arguing loudly as they gesticulate like mad. This is exactly what I stumbled upon the first time I visited Stilo. Continue reading “Stylish Stilo”
So I’ve convinced you to come and pay Calabria a visit? Hoorah! I promise you, one visit and you’ll be hooked. Now, how are you going to get here?
When it comes to packing the family suitcase for a holiday abroad with kids, sometimes it requires military precision. I was born forgetful and despite all of my best intentions I know I’m bound to forget something somewhat crucial on every trip I take. Take our recent trip to Venice for example, I forgot the baby carrier. No big deal, I hear you say. Wrong. It’s a city of canals. Me and my husband were forced to lug a pram up and down 600,000,000 bridges while hundreds of happy, contented parents eyed us smugly whilst comfortably wearing their bundles of joy.
Today is Festa della Liberazione, a national holiday here in Italy and a great excuse to get out and about and enjoy the sunshine. So when the husband suggested a trip to Pizzo I jumped at the chance, I’ve never turned down a tartufo! Pizzo is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Calabria and it is easy to see why as it oozes … Continue reading Pizzo and its tantalising Tartufo
Anyone who has indulged in a belly busting Calabrian meal will be familiar with Limoncello. This delicious liqueur is offered as a digestivo to help you wash down the plentiful courses that you are likely to have just swallowed. Cool, sweet and light this is the perfect accompaniment to any meal. Continue reading “How to make lovely Limoncello”
Amore. Such a beautiful word. Even saying it feels romantic. For me, when it came to choosing where to get married it went without saying that of course I’d marry here in Calabria. I had in my mind the image of a warm afternoon outdoors, the sweet smell of flowers and beautiful music playing. So that’s what I did. Like every bride I’m sure, I … Continue reading Intriguing Italian wedding traditions
After a short time living in Italy everyone starts to be a little bit more Italian about things… Continue reading 10 things everyone who moves to Italy learns to do