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Car-Free Islands in Italy

Car-Free Islands in Italy

Looking for a green destination without noisy crowds and cars? There are a few islands in Italy that are off limits to cars. There you can bike, walk and enjoy clean air. Alicudi, Sicily Leave your car behind, hope on a ferry and head to this charming island that is part of the Aeolian volcanic archipelago in ...

Small Campsites in Italy

Small Campsites in Italy

Camping can be a great option for traveling Italy on a budget. But what about the noise of camping activities, queues in the shower and tents pitched side by side? Camping villages and sites tend to get very crowded as many of them offer on average 150-200 pitches. But, as I have discovered, there are some ...

My Italian Bucket List: Meeting Asinara White Donkeys in Sardinia

My Italian Bucket List: Meeting Asinara White Donkeys in Sardinia

The island of Asinara in Sardinia is a great destination for a walking holiday. It is high up in my Italia bucket list not only because of the beautiful scenery. The island is home to beautiful Asinara white donkeys who I am dreaming of meeting one day. According to some historians, the four-legged “blondes” were brought on the island from Egypt in the 17th century. The donkeys ...

Sulmona, Abruzzo: a medley of history, colours and flavours

Sulmona, Abruzzo: a medley of history, colours and flavours

One of the perks of being a blogger is that you meet wonderful people online. I was very lucky to get to know Anya Kassoff, a food blogger turned cookbook writer. I love her beautiful book of vegetarian and vegan recipes, The Vibrant Table, in which she turns simple ingredients into culinary masterpieces. Anya contacted ...

Travelling by Vintage Train

Travelling by Vintage Train

Is there anything more romantic than travelling by train in Italy? Yes, travelling by VINTAGE train! The Italian state railway foundation runs a project “Timeless railways” with excellent itineraries in Lombardy, Tuscany, Abruzzo and Sicily for those who want to travel at a slow pace in old restored steam and diesel trains.The “Val D’Orcia Railway” ...

The Beauty of Ageing in Lecce, Puglia

The Beauty of Ageing in Lecce, Puglia

During my recent visit to Lecce in Puglia, I took a closer look at the beautiful baroque buildings that made this city famous and was mesmerised by the complex patterns that erosion has created. The architecture style in Lecce is so unique that it was given its own name – “Barocco leccese“. The city’s opulent palaces and churches ...

Harvesting Precious Saffron in Abruzzo

Harvesting Precious Saffron in Abruzzo

Dante Santavicca and his son Stefano are slowly moving along the rows dotted with small plants plucking delicate lilac buds, one by one, and gently placing them in baskets. It is saffron harvest time! I came to the Navelli Valley to see how one of the world’s most costly spices, saffron from Abruzzo, is harvested. The ...

Life is A Beach for the Cats of Su Pallosu

Life is A Beach for the Cats of Su Pallosu

There is a tiny beautiful seaside village in Sardinia called Su Pallosu. In fact, it is the smallest fishing hamlet in Italy: only eight people and 54 cats live there. Human beings have settled in this area since the Bronze age, the felines took up residence here almost 90 years ago, in the 1920s. They ...