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Viewpoint: Orbetello, Tuscany

This 16th-century windmill is a striking but silent sentry in the tranquil Laguna di Orbetello, and just one spectacular sight in an area of breathtaking beauty and scenery… This lone windmill in Orbetello lagoon is an evocative reminder of earlier times, when Spanish military power presided over the territory. Orbetello, in the enchanting countryside of […]

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Top 3 Language Apps

Forget dull classroom lessons, it’s never been easier to get by in Italian – for instant translation and fun language lessons, just download one of these free apps to your smartphone and away you go… No limits Next time you’re in Italy, get over that language barrier with ease  and improve your skills – just […]

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Spaghetti with prawns, watercress and pesto

Peppery, refreshing and full of goodness, watercress has been farmed since prehistoric times. Its season is now, though under the right conditions it will grow nearly all year round… Spaghetti with prawns and watercress and pumpkin seed pesto OR Spaghetti con gamberi al pesto di semi di zucca e crescione d’acqua Serves 2 (with leftover pesto) […]

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Friday Photos From Umbria ~ May 20th, 2016

Friday Photos From Umbria ~ May 20th, 2016

The Giro d’Italia came through Umbria last weekend so of course my cycling obsessed husband had to see the riders. They both arrived and departed from Foligno, which is great because they are so fast if you are watching the finish, they flash by. Even taking photos gets tricky because by the time the camera […] Continue reading

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Focaccia Stuffed With Prosciutto Cotto, Provolone Cheese & Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

I make some type of focaccia at least once a week. My basic rosemary topped focaccia is my favorite all-round focaccia to use for sandwiches, cut into small squares to serve in place of bread, or to simply snack on, but from time to time I like… Continue reading

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High security prison joins forces with Italian aristocrats in olive oil project

Top quality olive oil produced for the first time from trees within the grounds of a high-security prison Continue reading

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Italian unions criticise museum chief of Royal Palace of Caserta for working too hard

By working too many hours and staying past closing time at his on-site office, Mauro Felicori puts the entire museum at risk, say angry unions Continue reading

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Roast Chicken Thighs with Olives, Tomatoes, & Potatoes

Although we try and eat a mostly plant-based diet, there are times every so often when I crave chicken. I can give up red meat without any problem at all, but I do need seafood and poultry once in a while. I used to be a white meat only girl, a… Continue reading

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Bacon Wrapped Artichoke Hearts

In just over two months time, we will be returning to Umbria for our 2016 season. We love to travel throughout Italy whenever we can fit it into our schedule, and every year we sneak off to Venice for a couple of nights. Venice is a city I know… Continue reading

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Limoncello Semifreddo

Desserts are not a regular part of our meals, but when we entertain, I feel like I need to finish off the meal with something sweet. Since many of the meals I plan for guests are multi-course affairs, I try and keep dessert light, and prefer to… Continue reading

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Focaccia With Caramelized Onions, Pear, & Gorgonzola Cheese

I make focaccia just about every week, sometimes keeping it simple so I can use the flatbread for sandwiches while other times I like to play around with different toppings. Caramelized onions, pears, and Gorgonzola cheese are a combination mad… Continue reading

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