Category: Italy

Top 10 places in the world to pop the question

Top 10 places in the world to pop the question

Congratulations! You’ve decided you want to spend the rest of your life with your partner. But before the rigorous wedding planning can begin, you first need to figure out how you’re going to pop the question. On top of a mountain? Under the sea? Or in a romantic restaurant, with violin music playing in the background? To help […]

3 of the best luxury hotels in Rome

3 of the best luxury hotels in Rome

We wanted to find 3 top luxury hotels for our fellow luxury travellers to enjoy in Rome and here is the shortlist. This beautiful city has a lot of choice to offer tourists but we picked la crème de la crème for you. The most central location for luxury is Spanish Steps (Piazza de Spagna) and […]

Monterosso Lemon Festival, Liguria

Monterosso Lemon Festival, Liguria

Head for the tiny Cinque Terre village of Monterosso this Spring for an annual festival dedicated to the locally grown lemon. During the Monterosso Lemon Festival, which takes place on the third Saturday in May, the village is covered in thousands upon thousands of lemons. Shop windows are decorated with them and a contest is […]

Recipe of the week: “Crudo” raw scampi and imperial prawns, wild rice and salad

Recipe of the week: “Crudo” raw scampi and imperial prawns, wild rice and salad

This recipe demonstrates a creative interpretation of Mediterranean cuisine with particular care for local products, which come from small, carefully selected Maremma farms and from the surrounding seas. Here you will find not only Tuscan classics presented in a gourmet style, but also an unexpected combination of particular sea and meat dishes and selected wines […]

Photograph of the week: Young deer in the wilds of Tuscany

Photograph of the week: Young deer in the wilds of Tuscany

Experiencing a real adventure has become increasingly difficult in today’s world. In years gone by, one of the most common dangers of a trip to the wilderness was to encounter wild animals; nowadays it’s nearly impossible to meet creatures of any kind. Recently, however, wildlife watching has found a valuable ally in modern technology through […]

A fish festival with the world's largest frying pan

A fish festival with the world’s largest frying pan

If you ever think you’ve cooked for a big party, think again. Spare a thought for the Camogli Fish Festival where, throughout the day, freshly caught fish are cooked in the largest fish frying pan in the world at five metres wide with a seven metre handle. Fishermen abandon their day jobs for the festival […]

Ischia's top 10

Ischia’s top 10

The Italian island of Ischia lies at the northern end of the Gulf of Naples, about 30 km from the city of Naples, and is a neighbour of the better known island of Capri. It is the largest of the Phlegrean islands and almost entirely mountainous, covered in greenery and fringed with white sand beaches, […]

A free night in the Tuscan hills

A free night in the Tuscan hills

During April and May Villa Mangiacane, a 15th Century wine and olive grove estate in the Tuscan hills, is offering a free night for those booking four and five nights. Situated just seven miles and a 20-minute drive from the historic city centre of Florence, the Villa is both a perfect base for cultural exploring […]

3 of our favourite markets in which to mingle with the locals

3 of our favourite markets in which to mingle with the locals

Who doesn’t like a spot of shopping when on holiday? And what better way to feel the pulse of a city and get under the skin of a destination than to mingle in the markets with the locals. A visit to a Parisian antiques fair or a wander through a colourful handicrafts market in India […]

When in Rome... a luxury trip crafted by insiders

When in Rome… a luxury trip crafted by insiders

It may have first been uttered in 387AD, but never could the saying “When in Rome, do as the Romans do,” have been so apt as during my recent stay at the Regina Hotel Baglioni, where attentive staff are only too happy to share insider tips on where to go and what to see. The hotel […]

Reasons why your next holiday should be in Puglia

Reasons why your next holiday should be in Puglia

Puglia has something for everyone. If your dream holiday involves total relaxation on a white sand beach, or by the side of a sparkling pool, stylish surroundings and total pampering then you can choose from an ever growing selection of 5 star hotels or luxurious private villas. Every small town has its own character but, […]

5 Tuscan wines to enjoy - after you’ve tried Chianti

5 Tuscan wines to enjoy – after you’ve tried Chianti

A visit to Tuscany of course involves indulging in the regions simple, fresh delicious cuisine along with a great bottle of Chianti. Chianti is the most well-known wine region in Tuscany, famed for their eponymous wines produced from the Sangiovese grape. But there are many other fantastic wines to discover on your Tuscan adventure! Venture […]

See London's Pompeii exhibition, then visit the site itself on an expert-led Amalfi cruise

See London’s Pompeii exhibition, then visit the site itself on an expert-led Amalfi cruise

In 2013, Peter Sommer Travels offers discerning travellers a unique opportunity. Only this year, is it possible to combine a visit to the British Museum’s sensational exhibition Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum with a cruise around the Bay of Naples, to experience those famous sites, destroyed and thus preserved for posterity by the […]

Photograph of the week: Undersea blessing at Villasimius, Sardinia

Photograph of the week: Undersea blessing at Villasimius, Sardinia

In this picture you can see the most amazing celebration of a mass in the world. Among these divers there is a priest praying in front of a Virgin Mary statue located 10 metres below sea level in Sardinia, along the seabed of Isola di Cavoli, a few kilometers off the coast of Villasimius. Sardinia […]

7 Italian food and wine events you really shouldn't miss this Spring

7 Italian food and wine events you really shouldn’t miss this Spring

Love food? Love Italy? Then get yourself along to Italy this Spring! There’s a whole host of gourmet events taking place and here we’ve rounded up 7 of the best foodie festivals to whet your appetite in the few months ahead, covering everything from fresh fish (see ‘Slow Fish’ below) to fried food (see ‘Fritto […]

5 of the best experiences for your cycling tour down the South Tyrol Wine Road

5 of the best experiences for your cycling tour down the South Tyrol Wine Road

Visitors to the Trentino Alto-Adige region of Italy, home to the majestic Dolomite mountains, find themselves presented with breathtaking vistas around every turn. But in spite of the mountainous terrain, it is a perfect spot for a summer bicycle tour for cyclists of all levels. While this region is home to some of the most […]

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