May 26, 2023

The hinterlands of Laigueglia on the Italian Riviera

by Elisabeth Bertrand

Here, where the sun always seems to shine and the sandy beach beckons, one can immerse yourself in a world of sun-drenched pleasures and culinary delights. Laigueglia, a name that resonates like a Mediterranean melody (lah-ee-GLYAH), invites me to visit the Agriturismo PEQ and the award-winning Michelin-starred restaurant Vignamare, nestled in the hinterland, a winding road uphill. But here in the hills, you'll find plenty of space for a tranquil and green holiday amidst olive groves and vineyards.
May 19, 2023

Dinner at the Doria Palace

by Elisabeth Bertrand

Monday evening I had the honor of dining at the palace of the Princes of Doria Pamphilj, with no fewer than 6 Michelin-starred chefs. The palace is one of the Doria family's most important treasures that has just undergone a multi-million dollar restoration. A family that's been tinkering around with the historical and artistic heritage of their dynasty over the centuries, and which still happens to be one of the most important and wealthy families in Italy. But fortunately, the latest dynasty also has the realization that they need to preserve/restore this involvement in the future. 
March 12, 2023

Top 10 Places to Visit in Puglia, Southern Italy

by Nelleke Pruijs

Puglia is a stunning region located in southern Italy, known for its beautiful coastline, ancient cities, delicious cuisine, and rich cultural heritage. If you're planning a trip to Puglia, make sure to check out these top 10 places to visit.
March 12, 2023

15 New hotspots in Italy: discover the best new hotels in Rome, Milan, Florence and more

by Elisabeth Bertrand

Rome: the eternal city's hotel scene is set for a boost with a new branch of Nobu Hotels and Six Senses hotels, plus the boutique hotel ROMEO Roma, in a 16th-century palace by Zaha Hadid. But at the top of our must-visit list is the Bulgari Rome. This Italian brand owns hotels as far away as Shanghai and Bali, but is finally opening its flagship in its hometown coming this spring or summer. Housed in a 1930s modernist building composed mostly of travertine marble and red brick, it will surely be the epitome of the more-is-more Bulgari style with warm jewel tones, fantastic artwork and unashamedly luxurious suites. But let's start with a new small family-run hotel in Lido di Jeselo.
January 26, 2023

ChatGPT technology by Eyelevel A.I. on

by Elisabeth Bertrand

If you are a frequent reader of our Italy website, you may have already noticed: a new chat window has been placed in the bottom right corner. In this article, I'll tell you a bit more about this beta chat technology provided by Eyelevel A.I. We have been chosen to test a derivative technology of the well-known A.I. ChatGPT engine on our website, and it's one of the first in the world.
January 19, 2023

An Italian birthday party

by Elisabeth Bertrand

During a 50th birthday party (not mine) at a bar in the seaside village of Quarto south of Genova the traffic outside never really came to a halt, like constant buzzing even exceeding the sound of the waves which were over 7 feet this evening and crashed over the road at high tide bringing with it tons of grit and small pieces of wood which could easily damage the body of your car had you unfortunately parked on the wrong side of the street
January 16, 2023

My 10 top romantic destinations in Italy

by Elisabeth Bertrand

As Valentine's Day approaches, it's time to compile my list of top romantic destinations in Italy. Naturally, this list is for Italian amore all year round. From Piedmont to Puglia, or Trentino to the Thyrrenian, I've selected the perfect spot to satisfy your romantic soul.
January 13, 2023

Pasta Carbonara - Spaghetti alla carbonara from Rome

by Elisabeth Bertrand

 The origin of pasta alla carbonara, a Roman pasta dish,  can't reeally be clearly traced and opinions vary widely. In any case, it seems that the recipe dates only from after WW2. The most plausible story is that the Allies were partly responsible because they brought bacon, the English version of pancetta, which belongs in the recipe. On the other hand, it is often said that the dish came from the mountains of Lazio and was an invention of the carbonai (the Romanesque pronunciation of the word carbonara, meaning miners), who needed food items that were easy to carry and wouldn't spoil easily. For many Romans the dish is absolutely a classic and you should make it at least once in your life!  

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