Pyramid of Caius Cestius

The Pyramid of Caius Cestius and the Protestant Cemetery are two of the lesser-known highlights of southern Rome. Join me on a quick tour and discover the graves of the English poets Keats and Shelley.

Christmas in Venice: Cakes

With less than a week to go before Christmas we turn to the cakes that Venetians will be eating next Monday. The traditional Venetian Christmas cake is so famous that you can find it almost anywhere.

Cooking Carbonara the right way (recipe)

spaghetti alla carbonara

  After pizza, spaghetti alla carbonara is probably Italy's most famous dish, but also its most controversial. Everybody knows that this plate of bacon-and-egg pasta is supposed to have a rich, creamy, sauce, but few know the real secret of how to achieve it. Outside—and even inside—Italy, people often cheat and add a little (or … Continue reading Cooking Carbonara the right way (recipe)

Torta salata di melanzana: aubergine tart (recipe)

It's no secret that I love aubergines, or eggplants as some of you call them, or ... well for argument's sake let's call them melanzane, the Italian word. So, it's no secret that I love melanzane and would probably eat them every day, if I could. When cooked properly, they have the same mouth-puckering strength as a … Continue reading Torta salata di melanzana: aubergine tart (recipe)

Presnitz and pinza: breakfast in Trieste

Located right on the border with Slovenia, Trieste, in the region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, has all the characteristics of a frontier town. The city has always been at the centre of an historical crossroads with the Venetians, Slavs, Austrians, and Italians all laying claim to it during its two-thousand-year history. Unsurprisingly all of these people … Continue reading Presnitz and pinza: breakfast in Trieste