Haute Cuisine out of Rome

Haute Cuisine, or in Italian ‘Alta Cucina‘ can be found in the provinces around Rome, in the Lazio region, but some are easier to stumble upon than others. However, when it comes to winkling-out great food, I am like a pig with truffles – I seem to have a natural instinct for these things! And apart from the food having to be good I also take into account attractiveness, ambience and service. Continue reading “Haute Cuisine out of Rome”

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Gluten-free out of Rome

I had a friend visit me in Rome recently who happens to have Celiac disease. As it happens it was pretty easy to find places to take her, and a lot she found by herself having consulted websites such as thefork.com and puntarellarossa.it (the latter only covers Rome).

So what is the situation out of Rome….in the sleepy little towns and villages?  Continue reading “Gluten-free out of Rome”

Picturesque Roads in North Lazio

OK, so you’ve decided to ‘self-drive’ and go exploring further out of Rome into the wilderness of the unspoiled Lazio countryside….but, which are the best routes?…the prettiest drives?…and should you head north, or east, or south? Certainly not west, as that would take you into the Sea! Continue reading “Picturesque Roads in North Lazio”

Best Beach Destinations from Rome

Over 300 km of coastline (including the islands) offer the holidaymaker or day-tripper, varied natural landscapes, full of history, in an explosion of intoxicating Mediterranean charm. Lazio’s beaches have different characteristics but are all beautiful and many are awarded for their water quality and services offered, and well worth a stop on your journey. Continue reading “Best Beach Destinations from Rome”

Road Trips: Lakes (part I – volcanic)

used to think that the famous Lake District in Cumbria, England had the most lakes per region (13 in all), followed by the area in north Italy with their great lakes Garda, Como and Maggiore, which often get bunched together, however they are each in different regions. Lake Garda is in Veneto,  Como in Lombardy and Maggiore in Piedmont. In actual fact Lazio takes third place in Italy, with an incredible 21 lakes in a region which is almost half the size of Piedmont (who have 25). Due to volcanic activity thousands of years ago there are several clumps of crater lakes throughout Lazio. Bolsena, Vico, Bracciano and Martignano are all within 90 minutes or less, of each other; Albano and Nemi are neighbouring lakes. Continue reading “Road Trips: Lakes (part I – volcanic)”

Spring into Summer

Finally the sun has appeared! It’s March and will soon be time to set the clocks forward! Spring is a wonderful time to visit Italy. It’s quieter, the temperature is perfect for sightseeing on foot – and you start to feel that wonderful atmosphere of anticipation for when we can all escape the city at weekends and enjoy “La Dolce Vita” as the Italians do. It might not quite be the same as it was for Fellini but Italian habits die hard. Continue reading “Spring into Summer”