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

Top 5 smartphone apps for Venice visitors

  We all know Venice's reputation: exquisite, unique, and inspiring on the one hand, but packed, fragile, and confusing on the other. Many visitors to Venice find themselves both awestruck and frustrated as they get lost in its seemingly interminable maze of back alleys, all of which seem to lead back to the Piazza di … Continue reading Top 5 smartphone apps for Venice visitors

Buone vacanze!

  August in Italy is vacation season. At the moment, the news reports are full of exactly how many Italians have taken to the road, trains, or planes to spend their annual vacation in or outside of Italy. The August holiday peaks around the 15 August, which is the feast of the Assumption of the … Continue reading Buone vacanze!

In Verona (missing Amy)

                                            I first visited Verona thirty years ago. I was in Venice having lunch with an aunt and two cousins who I had never met before. During the memorable lunch, which you can read about … Continue reading In Verona (missing Amy)

Spring in Venice and a hoppy risotto: a quick guide to bruscàndoli.

This article is about the Veneto.   It's been four months since I wrote my article about my return to my poor neglected Venice, and I'm happy to report that since then I've been a regular visitor. And it's been really interesting to see the way in which the mood of the city changes with the … Continue reading Spring in Venice and a hoppy risotto: a quick guide to bruscàndoli.