Posts in Italy
World Atlas of Street Food

Most of our loyal readers and Instagram fans will know that team Travel & Lust love gastronomy and confess to having a soft spot for street food. Whether it's an outdoor in the middle of a vineyard in the hilly landscapes of Tuscany, grabbing a bite from a hole in the wall in Morocco or admitting to salivating crazily over some souvlaki in Athens, we quite like the culture that entails around street food. This is why we were more than honoured to have been asked to contribute to the cookbook World Atlas of Street Food by authors Carol Wilson and Sue Quinn. T

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Postcards from Puglia

This region at the southern heel of Italy has sheer natural beauty, authenticity, charm and substance. Whether it's visiting the whitewashed trullo houses in Alberobello, visiting olive groves and orchards or swimming in seas with the deepest shade of blue, this Italian region has something special. It borders the Adriatic Sea to the east, the Ionian Sea ...Puglia's coastline is one of the longest in Italy, making it a hit destination for Italians. 

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3 Reasons to Visit Chianti

Tuscany is spoilt with an abundance of luscious green and scenic places to visit. Many don't know where to start and often take advantage by visiting several places in the region. Chianti is a wine village just 25 minutes from Florence by car and boasts arts and crafts, impressive history, olive groves and of course...wine. 

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72hrs in Rome

Rome is one of the most vibrant and leading tourist destinations in Europe. The locals are humbled and pleasured by the city's slower way of life as that compared to Milan, London or Paris, with tangled lanes of neighbourhoods like Trastevere and Monti known for being a favourite among the tourists. The centro storico (historic centre) with its ruler-straight stretch of sanpietrini stones (bevelled stones of black basalt) built from the times of Renaissance Rome's first major urban renewal projects, has noble palaces serenading the streets around is only the tip of the iceberg of what makes Rome stunning beautiful. 

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Alberobello and its trulli charming experience

The trulli are limestone dwellings found in the southern most region of mainland Italy. This remarkable, prehistoric building technique is still used to this date, designating this uncommon find a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1996. Alberobello is described as a white-washed village serenaded amongst white cylindrical buildings with conical stone roofs. It was truly a magical experience to walk through this fairytale-like village, as there is nothing else like it in the world. 

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JK Place Firenze - Florence

Sunday's Brunch culture has taken a new twist with JK Place's sophisticated display. They offer a distinguished Florentine and American buffet as well as JK Place's vegan delicacies. A selection of top Tuscan cheeses and freshly hand picked seasonal organic fruits are on display like you are being treated for your birthday. Organic cakes, excellent wine pairings and the extra flamboyant of waiters will have you frequent here if you only lived in Florence. The entrance to JK Place Firenze is on a low-key corner of Piazza Santa Maria Novella

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Le Bistrot in Villa Cora - Florence

The day we headed to Le Bistrot it was raining, naturally. Not only that but there was a strike with the taxis, so we had to walk in the rain for our lunch appointment. When we finally arrived at Villa Cora, where Le Bistrot is housed, our grumbles and annoyance soon subsided. The venue itself is simply breathtaking and when we had to walk through the majestic building and through an underground tunnel (dimly lit and walls adorned with treasures), we knew that we were in for something special.

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Expo Milano 2015

From the 1st of May to October 31st, Milan will host the Universal Exposition (Expo), the most important event showcasing all countries of the world, where they can show the best of their technologies and innovations, helping to stimulate human progress through different experiences. "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life" is the theme and the common thread of Expo Milano 2015 to encourage international discussions through organised events. The idea is to give an answer to a vital need for mankind: to ensure enough healthy food for everyone, to respect nature and avoid food excess and injustices. 

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Ballarò Street Market - Palermo

The Ballarò street market in Palermo, Sicily is one of the most entertaining of its kind in the whole of Europe. This market combines two Italian greats, food and clothes. Primarily a food market, the Ballarò market is a street eaters delight. It is also home to large numbers of discount clothes sellers, making vintage clothes shopping easy and finding Italian fashions cheaply possible. Look for its vendors in the streets around the Piazza Carmine. Search around for good finds while having your eyes on their street food. We tried the typical Palermitan sandwich with pannelle, chick-pea fritters – with a bit of lemon they are delicious!

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Excavations - Giardini Naxos, Sicily

Giardini Naxos is a crowd-pleasing town at the foot bed of Taormina, on the north-eastern coast of Sicily. It is a very popular resort for both national and international tourists alike, attracting an important number of people for both its culture and beaches. The word Giardini is from 'gardens', named after the citrus groves in the region. The famous museum and excavations of ancient Naxos are not to be overlooked, as they have an interesting cultural impact on this side of the island.

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72hrs in Naples

From the Neapolis founded by Greek settlers in 470 B.C. to Naples today, the city has retained the imprint of the ensuing cultures that arrived in Europe and the Mediterranean basin. This makes it a unique site, with a wealth of distinguished monuments such as the Church of Santa Chiara and the Castel Nuovo. Inside the chaotic vibe of Naples' city centre, there is a long list of irresistible food to indulge. Be sure to try their famed dishes and walk it off along the bay area of the city. South of the teeming holiday centres of Naples you can easily visit the jet-setting Amalfi coast. 

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72hrs in Palermo

Much of what we have learned in Palermo was thanks to our outlandish tour guide Don Saro from Personal Guide Sicily. The historical nature of this city is so intense that tagging a private guide along with us was quite a lifesaver. Many coincidences in history has made Palermo what it is today. The earliest known Sicilians (8,000 BC) marked down by a race of people known as the Sicani can be witnessed from their art decorates inside the cave walls in Adduara, just outside Palermo city. All across the city you can find clues of the different past times that...

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B Restaurant alla vecchia pescheria - Murano, Italy

While taking our time to explore Venice properly, we discovered that there’s much more to the island than the art-rich city centre. More than 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges surround Venice, most are inhabitable or off-limits to visitors. Murano is an exception, as it is where glass has been made genuinely for over 700 years. We decided to stay in Murano for 3 reasons...

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Top 5 Things to Do in Taormina, Sicily

Balancing on the forefront of a mountain lies Taormina, a populace touristic town high above sea level. The location is splendid for commuting to nearby Messina and Catania, with the winds blowing east to mainland Italy. The lavish flora and fauna restores the natural elements best enjoyed in this town, with rare climate changes almost year round and enough monuments to keep travellers on the tip of their toes. 

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The Vibrant Bay of Naples, Italy

The Gulf of Naples or the Bay of Naples is a 15 kilometre-wide gulf located along the south-western coast of Italy (province of Naples, Campania region). It opens to the west into the Mediterranean Sea, bordering on the north by the cities of Naples and Pozzuoli, and on the east by Mount Vesuvius. The area is a booming tourist destination, with the seaside Roman ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum at the foot of Mount Vesuvius; and the islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida...

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