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The best of Puglia – the ultimate guide

Puglia is a region that occupies the ‘heel’ of southern Italy and is home to historic towns (many of which have histories that go back thousands of years), diverse landscapes, excellent food and some of the best beaches in southern Italy. The main entry points for most international visitors are Bari and Brindisi (both have […]

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Matera – an extraordinary step back in time

I walked up the cobble-stoned road towards the Cathedral square. Ahead of me, I could see the towering Cathedral, cloaked in the warm, pinkish glow of the setting sun. Several people stood at the edge of the road, staring ahead in silence. Curious, I stopped to look at what they were staring at. As soon […]

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A stroll around Bari

Bari is the capital of the region of Puglia and is situated on the Adriatic coast in the ‘heel’ of southern Italy. This ancient city can trace its roots back more than 2,000 years when it was founded by the Peucetii tribe. It grew in importance under the Romans who developed its harbour. These days, […]

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Help design the perfect boutique hotel

Have you ever wondered – if you had the opportunity to help design the perfect boutique hotel –  what it would look like? What services, facilities, activities and amenities would you add to it? When these questions were posed to me a while back by my friends Kristin and Marcus, I sat back, sipped on […]

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Panoramic views of Bologna

Bologna is one of my favourite cities in Italy. Its maze of picturesque streets, with their historic arcades, pastel-coloured houses, imposing churches and quaint shops, are a joy to stroll through. On one of my trips there, I was treated to stunning views of the city as the plane made its final approach into Bologna […]

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Another ten cities I would visit again

A while ago, I published a post about ten cities I would have no problems visiting over and over again. It wasn’t a comprehensive list of course and I received lots of feedback from readers about their favorite cities to visit. Inspired by their ideas, I decided to add another ten of my favorite cities […]

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What you must do in Emilia Romagna

Emilia Romagna is a region in Italy located between Florence and Milan. Emilia Romagna is a diverse region boasting beautiful sandy beaches on its Adriatic coast, historic cities like Bologna, Ravenna and Modena, and expansive plains lined by low mountains. Add to that a delectable array of food and wines, a state-of-the-art automotive industry (think […]

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The ultimate Euro food trip!

Costa Brava (Catalonia, Spain) and Emilia Romagna (Italy) are two of my favourite regions in Europe as they offer all the elements of a perfect Velvet Escape – think romantic medieval towns, gorgeous hotels, colourful markets, beautiful nature, history, art, beaches and last but certainly not least, some of the most divine food and wines […]

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The Moscato di Scanzo meditation wine

I swirled the wine in the glass and marvelled at its silky texture and rich ruby-red colour. Despite its dark appearance, I noticed a wondrous clarity in the liquid. I lifted the glass to my nose and in an instant, my nose was filled with aromas of plums and cherries, and a whiff of rosehip […]

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Cook, eat and dress up! A fun tour of Malpaga Castle

We stood in front of the imposing Malpaga Castle, a 14th century castle located a short drive from the city of Bergamo in the Lombardy region of northern Italy. Surrounded by a broad moat and characterised by impressive towers, the Malpaga Castle differs from its peers in the sense that it wasn’t built on a […]

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