Rome, or where to lay your head in the eternal city

Where should we stay in Rome? This city has become a jungle of ‘where to sleep’ options trickier to navigate than Piazza Venezia at rush hour, so I spend most of my time avoiding this question. Whilst booking, airbnb and co. have brought us travel hungry 21st century humans incredible choice at the swipe of a screen, they are also to thank for the wild price based competition happening … Continue reading Rome, or where to lay your head in the eternal city

an Italian reading list

Sometimes I think about my final year history teacher, and how nice it would be to bump into him in a random piazza somewhere in Italy. Mr Staiff was one of those stand out teachers who take their students far beyond the standard textbook. We started our final year of European history with a screening of Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet followed by a Mediterranean feast, … Continue reading an Italian reading list

Itineraries. Ceramics and the South; a pilgrimage to Grottaglie

The sun climbs as we leave the soft olive hillsides of the Valle D’Itria, where we are staying, for the red plains of the alto-Salento, and the road cuts through carpets of primitivo vines as it reaches out toward the almost irresistible waters of the Ionian sea. We are on a family holiday, but today we are on our way to a place I have been longing … Continue reading Itineraries. Ceramics and the South; a pilgrimage to Grottaglie

THE PUGLIA ENCOUNTER. food, lifestyle and photography in Italy’s deep south

It only takes one visit to fall in love with Puglia. The heel of the Italian boot; Puglia is a land of wild beauty where the stark rocky coastline seems to fall into the sea, a land of ancient olive groves and carpets of flowers,  where the light dazzles against the white of the Southern baroque piazze. As sure as the sea in Puglia is of the clearest turquoise, the food that … Continue reading THE PUGLIA ENCOUNTER. food, lifestyle and photography in Italy’s deep south

itineraries. around the vinyards of alto -Lazio

The Greeks that settled in southern Italy during the period between the 8th and the 6th century BC called the fertile land with its happy climate Oenotria; land of the trained vines.  They most probably brought with them cuttings to plant, among them Aglianico and Greco or Grechetto, varieties that are still found in central and southern Italy.   The Etruscans also cultivated wine in central Italy, … Continue reading itineraries. around the vinyards of alto -Lazio

Orchard to Table Spring & Autumn 2017

This year I’m pleased to announce the dates for both a spring and autumn edition of my special three day orchard to table cooking experience in Lubriano and the area surrounding it. 5 to 7 June, to co-incide with the Infiorata on 6 June 11 to 13 September, to co-incide with the San Procolo festival 10 Sep  What we gather, see, cook and prepare will … Continue reading Orchard to Table Spring & Autumn 2017

itineraries. treasure hunting in the Tuscia

La Tuscia is the ancient land of the Etruscans that stretches between southern Tuscany, northern Lazio and Umbria; a volcanic landscape of rolling hillsides, vines, olives and towns crumbling from their cliff-top perches.  The Etruscans were the sophisticated people who proceeded and were subsequently engulfed by the early Roman republics. They cultivated grapes and built towns – Tarquinia, Tuscania and Vetulonia are particular examples – and filled … Continue reading itineraries. treasure hunting in the Tuscia