Watching the sun set from Monticchiello in Tuscany

On my Tuscan travels, I stopped for the evening in the medieval village of Monticchiello, where I was able to contemplate the surrounding landscape like a painting as the sun set. Perched on a hill in the Orcia valley, this small fortified town is an unspoilt jewel which offers stunning views of Pienza and the … More Watching the sun set from Monticchiello in Tuscany

Modica and its chocolate: a sweet and unusual delight

My Sicily guide books did not really sell Modica to me: a “pleasant” place with not much to offer was the general impression. However, my friends and I were surprised at how much we liked it, and we ended up visiting Modica more times than any other town in southeastern Sicily. Perched on the Hyblean … More Modica and its chocolate: a sweet and unusual delight

Enjoying the festivals of St Joseph along the southern Sicilian coast

One of the best things I experienced in southeastern Sicily were the festivals of Saint Joseph, held in different towns on various days around March 19, his traditional feast day and Father’s Day in Italy. I took part in the festivities in three places: seaside village Donnalucata and the nearby towns of Scicli and Santa … More Enjoying the festivals of St Joseph along the southern Sicilian coast

Strolling among the surviving gems of Rome’s ancient markets

Just a short walk away from Rome’s bustling Piazza Venezia lies one of the most interesting parts of the city: the Forum Boarium. In this area, the site of ancient Rome’s cattle market, you can admire two stunning temples dating from the first and second century BC, and uncover gems in several churches nearby. I … More Strolling among the surviving gems of Rome’s ancient markets

A day exploring Benevento’s historical and culinary gems

Let me take you back to Benevento again. I have already written two blogs on specific points of interest in this town in Campania, southern Italy. This time I’d like to suggest how a day could be spent here, perhaps as a stop-off on a trip further south. Benevento is situated about 50 km north-east of … More A day exploring Benevento’s historical and culinary gems

Tasting the culinary gems of Italy’s Marche region

I tried so many interesting and tasty dishes while I was in Le Marche that I decided to write a separate blog post on this Italian region’s culinary gems. It is quite a rural area so is known for a lot of hearty country-style cooking, and for seafood dishes given its position along the Adriatic coast. … More Tasting the culinary gems of Italy’s Marche region