Penne Puttanesca is one of the Simplest Pastas you can Make

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Penne puttanesca is without doubt one of the simplest pasta dishes you can ever hope to make. You can literally throw in staples from your pantry or fridge. The puttanesca origin goes back centuries in Italy and, as you would expect, there is quite a story behind this dish, which just adds to its mystique. The story of the recipe for puttanesca sauce is so fascinating we share it before we move on to our penne puttanesca recipe. But before … Read More

Rome to Amalfi Coast Day Trip by Boat, Train or Car

Don’t think you can complete a relaxing, Rome to Amalfi Coast day trip and return in one day? Well you can – by train, automobile and boat. We were visiting Rome but wanted to see some of the other must see places in Italy, without the hassle of changing hotels. So we reviewed day trips from Rome, Italy and found a fantastic Rome to Amalfi Coast day trip with a bit of a twist! You can go by high speed … Read More

11 of the Best Boutique Hotels in Venice

Beautiful Accommodation in Venice: The Best Unique and Boutique Accommodation in Venice Venice is the most popular tourist destination in Italy. It is busy all year round, and incredibly busy at peak times which include Carnival and summer. Plan ahead if you want to stay overnight in Venice as hotels can be booked months in advance. With large international hotels, as well as beautiful accommodation in boutique hotels, there is something to suit everyone in Venice. Many of the small … Read More

Easy Ciabatta for Adding a Touch of Class

This easy ciabatta is just one of those simple ways to enhance a meal to give it a touch of class. And it requires very little effort or cost to do so. Easy Ciabatta is Low Cost and High Flavor I was thinking I would not create a separate post for such a simple thing to prepare. But then I realized when you go to a restaurant and enjoy a really good meal, it is the little things like sauces, … Read More

Traveling in Italy: What you Need to Know

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Travel within Italy For travel between cities and towns use the train. Trenitalia, the national train system, offers frequent and extensive service. Buying your tickets for intercity well in advance will save you money. Using the train for traveling in Italy is easy and convenient. Some routes are serviced by the high-speed train which makes fewer stops and is very convenient for longer distances. In addition to intercity travel, the bus and train system is quite extensive and useful for … Read More

Italian Wine, Grappa and Tiramisu: Unwinding in Veneto

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Italian Wine, Grappa and Tiramisu: Unwinding in Veneto After a long day of sightseeing, it’s time to unwind, Italian style. Here are three classic Italian ways to unwind: Italian Wine, Grappa and Tiramisu. Starting at about 5:30 or 6 pm, most Italians can be found at their local, or a friend’s house, for an aperitivo. In Veneto, home to many fine food and drink products, an aperitivo or accompaniment to dinner usually consists of one of the following drinks, all … Read More

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