Month: April 2017

Stylish Stilo

Stylish Stilo

I don’t know about you but when I think of Italian villages I imagine picturesque hamlets of cobbled streets and crumbling brickwork, punctuated by church spires and little old ladies dressed in black hanging out their washing. I imagine old men sitting outside their houses […]

Getting to Calabria and getting around

Getting to Calabria and getting around

So I’ve convinced you to come and pay Calabria a visit? Hoorah! I promise you, one visit and you’ll be hooked. Now, how are you going to get here?

Travelling to Italy with kids? Your guide to what to pack

Travelling to Italy with kids? Your guide to what to pack

When it comes to packing the family suitcase for a holiday abroad with kids, sometimes it requires military precision.  I was born forgetful and despite all of my best intentions I know I’m bound to forget something somewhat crucial on every trip I take.  Take our recent trip to Venice for example, I forgot the baby carrier.  No big deal, I hear you say. Wrong. It’s a city of canals.  Me and my husband were forced to lug a pram up and down 600,000,000 bridges while hundreds of happy, contented parents eyed us smugly whilst comfortably wearing their bundles of joy.

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Pizzo and its tantalising Tartufo

Pizzo and its tantalising Tartufo

Today is Festa della Liberazione, a national holiday here in Italy and a great excuse to get out and about and enjoy the sunshine.  So when the husband suggested a trip to Pizzo I jumped at the chance, I’ve never turned down a tartufo! Pizzo […]

How to make lovely Limoncello

How to make lovely Limoncello

Anyone who has indulged in a belly busting Calabrian meal will be familiar with Limoncello.  This delicious liqueur is offered as a digestivo to help you wash down the plentiful courses that you are likely to have just swallowed.  Cool, sweet and light this is the perfect […]

Intriguing Italian wedding traditions 

Intriguing Italian wedding traditions 

Amore. Such a beautiful word. Even saying it feels romantic.  For me, when it came to choosing where to get married it went without saying that of course I’d marry here in Calabria. I had in my mind the image of a warm afternoon outdoors, the sweet smell of flowers and beautiful music playing. So that’s what I did.

Like every bride I’m sure, I spent hour after hour poring over wedding dresses,  flower arrangements and colour schemes. I Pinterest-ed to my heart’s content, contemplated the merits of different fonts for the invitations and wrote to-do list after to-do list. And I loved it.

While researching my perfect day I stumbled upon, well, tripped somewhat massively over a number of Italian wedding traditions, some of which were sweet and others which are downright bizarre. So if you’re thinking of having an Italian wedding or just want to introduce some Italian wedding traditions have a look at some of these. (more…)