Country: Italy

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June 6, 2022

By Peg Kern

Highlights of the Sicilian Baroque on our Sicily Cooking Vacations

Filed Under  Destination Features, Travel Tips, Italy

The Italian Baroque was one of the most florid and proliferous art movements in what is modern-day Italy, lasting from the late 16th to the early 18th centuries. Its famous art and architecture are particularly known for their grandeur, drama, and exuberance.  The Sicilian Baroque, however, is its own movement. Although related to the wider Italian Baroque, the Sicilian baroque was developed on the island in the 17th and 18th… Read
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June 3, 2022

By Peg Kern

Best Day Trips from Florence by Train

Filed Under  Destination Features, Travel Tips, Italy

Florence is one of our most popular destinations for our cooking vacations and culinary tours. We offer a wonderful 5-night Florence for the Food Lover tour, but we also offer custom private ours in Florence for any amount of time. Frequently travelers add extra days in Florence either to our Florence tour or to any of our Tuscany cooking vacations. It's such an amazing city to explore! Small enough to… Read
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April 19, 2022

By Peg Kern

How to Fill Out the Passenger Locator Form to Visit Italy or France

Filed Under  Travel Tips, France, Italy

Recently several of our tour destinations required a special form be completed to enter the country. This was a new requirement that was started due to COVID. Italy removed this requirement as of May 1, 2022. France's Foreign Ministry site says that passengers "may" be required to fill out the form, which might indicate it also will soon be suspended. Here are the instructions should it once again become necessary… Read
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April 7, 2022

By Peg Kern

The Borromean Islands on Our Northern Italy Culinary Tours

Filed Under  Destination Features, Travel Tips, Italy

If you visit the Lakes District in Italy, and specifically the beautiful Lake Maggiore, a visit to the Borromean Islands is absolutely essential. The Isole Borromee, as they are called in Italian, are a group of three islands and two islets on the western arm of Lake Maggiore. They are so named because they were acquired and developed by the Borromean family, which historically was one of the most important… Read
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March 25, 2022

By Peg Kern

The Foods of Molise: What to Eat and Drink in Molise

Filed Under  Destination Features, Food History, Travel Tips, Italy

When clients ask us where to go for an ultra-authentic cooking vacation in Italy, some place off the beaten path where they can experience authentic Italian life and flavors, one of our first answers is Molise! Molise, as we have noted elsewhere, is so little-traveled by tourist, and so unknown even by Italians from other reasons, that it is jokingly said "not to exist." But it does exist, and it… Read
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March 18, 2022

By Peg Kern

Recipe for Casunziei: Beet-Filled Ravioli from the Dolomites

Filed Under  Destination Features, Food History, Recipes, Italy

One of the more unique recipes for ravioli that you will find are Casunziei ampezzani, named for the town of Cortina d'Ampezzo in Dolomites of the Veneto region. This half-moon pasta can be filled with a variety of seasonal produce, but is most often filled with a mix of beetroot and potato, making it very colorful. It is served dressed with a butter and poppy seeds, giving it a very… Read
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