Books & Films, Citrus, Food & Drink, Italy, Review, Travel & Places, What's Happening

Pane di Matera, heritage grains and James Bond 007

Delayed by the Covid pandemic, the latest James Bond movie is released this week and part of the active takes place in the southern Italian city of Matera, home of spectacular scenery and a visit by the author and his class mates from the University of Gastronomic Sciences.

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Honey, I’m bee whispering in Lombardy

High up in the hills of Lombardy, south of Milan, are 400 bee hives dotted around fields, woodlands and edging vineyards. They belong to siblings Michela and Paolo who for the past ten years have created a life in the countryside of Lombardy in northern Italy looking after bees, showing a sincere love and caring […]

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Bitter orange flowers offer sweet flavours

High above the Mediterranean Sea in Vallebona, an ancient town in the Italian province of Liguria, lies a grove of bitter orange trees. Family run, the La Vecchia Distilleria grove is developing a reputation for high quality orange water known as Acqua di Fiori d’Arancio Amaro and for a limited production of neroli, an essential […]

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Oranges and people pulped in Battaglia delle Arancie

Cool morning air blows down from the Alpine mountains into Ivrea, in Piedmont, northern Italy and mingles with the scent of oranges, stacked in quiet street corners and squares ready for the city’s annual carnival, the Battaglia delle Arancie (Battle of the Oranges). It’s mid-February and time for the carnival, in which locals pelt each […]

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Food & Drink, Italy, Review, What's Happening

The Lucca restaurant making its point through innovation

Chefs have a choice. Run with the new, the unknown and the experimental, or fill their menus with dishes that cemented their early reputation. Yes, the favourites remain on the list – why would you want to disappoint long term fans of the dish seeking out signature dishes – think Riccardo Camanini at Lido 84 […]

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