With so much to see in Italy, many travellers overlook the country’s beautiful gardens and lose out on a special experience as a result. For these are no ordinary, peaceful patches of green; they are often reflections of artistic expression with exotic designs and formal layouts. The best-known gardens are the elegant, noble estates of Villa d’Este near Rome, the Royal Palace of Caserta close to Naples, and the Boboli Gardens in Florence, but there are other—secret—gardens to explore…
One of the biggest expenses when traveling is your accommodation. This is especially true in popular tourist spots. But my wife Rita and I have discovered a way to save money and at the same time experience the country we’re visiting in a more intimate and exciting way...
Elegant palaces, spacious squares, historic monuments, grand historic cafes with marble tables and gilt-framed mirrors, excellent restaurant serving delicious local dishes… This is Turin, the capital of the northern Italian region Piedmont...
I think Italians make the best coffee in the world. In Italy coffee making is an art form...and the Italians have perfected it. Florence is home to one of my favourite cafes in all of Italy, Caffe Giacosa. Established in 1815, it’s a Florentine institution. It was popular with the Florentine elite in the 19th century and it’s always my first stop after arriving in Florence.
In 2006, my husband, Bryan, and I decided we wanted a different lifestyle in a different locale. Italy had long been a favourite holiday spot and with each visit we imagined what it would be like to live there. We’d return home after a visit longing for the piazzas where people gathered just for the joy of being together; the leisurely meals prepared with fresh, seasonal ingredients; the cascading flower boxes outside centuries-old windows. Real cappuccino.