Every year, in October, the Verdi Festival celebrates the Maestro born in Roncole di Busseto, in the province of Parma, at the Regio Theatre of Parma and in Verdi’s lands. This year’s edition is special, it celebrates the 200th anniversary of Verdi’s birth. And, well, since I have a soft spot for Verdi, I think a trip to Parma could be the best plan for October. A great opera followed by a late dinner at Trattoria ai due platani (try their pumpkin ravioli! And ice cream for pudding!) is the best Saturday night I can think of!
Tickets and more information about the opera programm here.
Trattoria ai due platani: Via Budellungo 104
Image via Jamie Magazine.
Earth tones, soft pinks and creamy yellows… those are the colours of Vicenza. Here you have some impressions of this little town.
Venice is my place. The place that makes me feel at home, although it’s not my real home. The place were I feel good, pretty and full of energy. The place that makes me want to cry tears of joy when I arrive and the place I wish I didn’t have to leave. The place that I daydream of, the place where I could spend the rest of my life, where I know I will be happy.
Today I wanted to share with you some pictures of my Venice. The details hidden behind the tourists, the little squares where I spent my childhood holidays, the peace that just Venice can give, the mistery, the loneliness… but also the joy, the bridges that I’ve crossed so many times, running when I was a kid and walking really slowly the last time I was there with my grandfather. Venice is the best place in the world. It’s my best place in the world.
Autumn may be still a few weeks away, but it has already hit our kitchen. We try to include as much seasonal products as possible in our menus in order to have the best flavors, so we were quite excited to use the first mushrooms of the season. Yesterday we prepared an amazing risotto ai funghi. The recipe is quite simple and admits lots of variations so we can’t recommend it enough!
Verona is a fantastic town, perfect for a weekend getaway. Although it’s one of the most famous towns in Veneto, it’s usually visited during daytrips while touring the region. Therefore, if you only have a few hours to enjoy Verona, here you have our little guide to make the most of the city in one day.
Remember we told you that Verona is beautiful and that if you go you should eat at Al Pompiere? Well, if we recommend something is because we truly think is worth a visit! A couple of weeks ago, during our holidays in Italy, we decided to spend a day in this charming town and we ate at Al Pompiere, of course!
Off to Italy, yay! We’ve left some scheduled post for you… In the meantime: pasta, ciao bella and Spritz for us!
Image via Prettystuff.
Let’s continue our trip in the Mediterranean sea. After the most beautiful Croatian islands, the last Greek paradise and the exotic island of Djerba, today we make a stop in Stromboli, the volcano island. Stromboli has been immortalized both as the spot where Jules Verne’s adventurers popped out at the end of their Journey to the Center of the Earth, and as the site and title of the 1950 Rossellini film Stromboli. This island is full of mistery and telluric forces, being one of the most magical spots in the world.
The best places to discover the local life when travelling are the street markets. Surrounded by the best seasonal products you can watch how people interact, find out what they really eat and get to know a little bit of the everyday life of the city you have chosen to visit.
I’ve heard wonders about Asian and Latinamerican street markets. Unfortunately, we have never visited one of them ( it’s in our bucket list, though!) but we have enjoyed the lively and fragant Italian street markets.
Our favourites are Rialto, in Venice, and Campo dei Fiori, in Rome. To avoid crowds, you’d better wake up early. The early morning hours are great to find the best products, even more if you want to buy fine local fish in La Pescheria, the fish market in Rialto. Sadly, nowadays they don’t sell too much local fish from the Laguna, most of the product comes from overseas.
Both markets offer great Italian vegetables. We highly recommend buying fondi di carciofi, that is artichokes, tiny zucchini and fiori di zucchini, that is courgettes and courgettes flowers, and simple but really juicy tomatoes. Campo dei fiori has great flowers stalls too. Spices are also a must in this famous street market and they are a nice present to take home.
Other beautiful Italian streets markets are La Vucciria, in Palermo and Campo delle erbe, in Padova. Almost every single city, town or village in Italy has its own street market. Most of the time they just take place one or two days a week, so just ask and prepare your visit. You won’t regret it.
PS. The prettiest street market in London, Borough market
Tomorrow is St. Valentine’s day. I know that lots of people find this day cheesy and silly, but hey, every reason to celebrate love and eat chocolate is fantastic to me so… Go St. Valentine! :)
I thought I’d share with you the most romantic place in the world for me. It’s Ravello, a little village in the Amalfi Coast. Up in the mountains, it’s full of luscious secret gardens and it has the most breathtaking views. It’s also a very meaningful place for us… here we spent our honeymoon! Ravello is quieter that the rest of the Amalfi coast, it has a peaceful atmosphere and a very different energy. Here you feel that the world can wait. Time seems to have stopped in its little alleys.
Cumpá Cosimo (Via Roma, 44, 84010 Ravello) is a tiny trattoria were you can eat delicious traditional dishes. With its simple checkered tableclothes and its amazing gnocchi is the best place to have a little romantic dinner. We had our first honeymoon dinner there and it sure was something to remember.
Which is the most romantic place in the world for you? I’d love to know!