‘Leghorn’: the name doesn’t exactly inspire a visit does it? Considering that the city of Livorno is blessed with a very pronounceable name in English, it’s not clear how it got lumped with an Anglicised name that conjures up images of a grotesque troll-like leg sprouting horns. Livorno is already considered a bit of a […]
I love my bicycle. I love it more than I love tea, spaghetti with aglio, olio and peperoncino and waking up on a Sunday morning, thinking it's Monday for a second and then realising that I can snuggle down for another couple of hours. That's a lot of
This week I've being playing political hopscotch. Because the political playground in Italy is one of quickly forged alliances and easily dashed friendships, it is dizzying to keep up with who is in whose gang and who is no longer friendly with whom. It's not in Italy's
IIm exhausted and confused. IIve spent a week cycling round Florence (this article has a minimal carbon footprint) in a quest to find the cityys most eco-friendly vegetables. I chose to make an example of the humble courgette, comparing the cost of organic and non-organic varieties. After all,
Do you get green guilt? I cycle everywhere, I use sodium bicarbonate and lemons for cleaning, I water plants with washing-up water and I recycle every last yoghurt pot, tuna can and envelope. I even make my own compost. But despite all this, if I so much as chuck
The Book of Unholy Mischief is foodie
heaven. Elle Newmark's historical thriller set in fifteenth-century Venice
simply oozes food and recipes from every page. The story is narrated in
retrospect by its main character, Luciano, who at the start of the book is a
young scrap of a
I remember my first Italian boyfriend, who suggested taking his car and ‘going parking' one evening.
I felt like I had suddenly been plunged into an episode of ‘Happy Days' with Ralph Malph trying oh-so-subtly to put his arm around a girl at the drive-
The family that brought about Pincocchio Park has given the world a
refreshing new translation of Collodi's classic cautionary tale for children.
Gloria Italiano, widow of Rolando Anzilotti, the mayor of Pescia responsible
for creating the park, worked from the 1883 first edition, which is included in
The same team that brought us the small but perfectly
formed Civilized Shopper's Guide to Florence now brings us an
alphabetical guide to all things Italian.
From the A of aceto balsamico to the V of vespa,
this gorgeous little hardback has a classy 1920s look, each double-