Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena: more expensive than fine wine?

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How much would you pay for good vinegar? And what is good vinegar anyway? Well we went to the home of vinegar, Modena, Italy to find the answers and boy, oh, boy, were we surprised! Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena is nothing like what we expected. The cost, the effort, the quality all very illuminating really. And who knew! Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena Let’s start with how traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena (the official name) is made as that … Read More

Herb Crumbed Fish Recipe inspired by the Venice Fish Market

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The fresh seafood at the Rialto Market in Venice is very impressive. As Venice is located on the Adriatic Sea, the fish is freshly caught every morning. There is an extensive range of fish, maybe twenty different varieties in total, both whole and filleted, shellfish, such as scampi and shrimp, octopus and good looking calamari. The quality and freshness is first class. There is no “fishy” smell and the stallholders present their fish in an attractive manner with plenty of … Read More

A Perfect One Day Itinerary in Venice

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What if you only have one day in Venice? Which sights should you give priority to? We give you a full one day itinerary for Venice. And if you have more time in Venice, we give you some other ideas at the end of the post. Venice has so many sights worth visiting there is no end to the choices. If you only have one day and you are cramming in as much as possible and it is summer, take … Read More

Veneto beyond Venice: Exploring Northern Italy

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Which Italian Region attracts the most tourists? Tuscany? No, it’s Veneto, home to the ever popular and breathtaking town of Venice. But is there anything in Veneto beyond Venice? Yes indeed, it’s easy to see why Veneto is the number one tourist destination, it has everything. Great wine with vineyards nestled in amongst rolling hills, magnificent country villas, classic towns with stunning architecture, fabulous food and stunning alpine scenery. So let’s get right into it. Veneto Facts and Figures The … Read More

The Emilia Romagna Region: Home to Great Italian Food

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The Emilia Romagna region is home to some iconic Italian cities including: Modena (pronounced Mod-in-a, not Mo-DEAN-a, by Italians), famous the world over for its traditional balsamic vinegar. Parma– home to a wide variety of cold meats or small goods including Parma ham or prosciutto. Reggio Emilia– center of the area producing Parmigianino Reggiano cheese. Bologna– a fantastic town famous for its porticoes, food and the home of tortellini and Bolognese sauce (or ragu as it is known locally). Bologna … Read More

Penne Puttanesca in Celebration of the Milan Expo

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Continuing on from our Milan Expo theme, if you are looking for a break from the crowds and the heat why don’t you consider attending a cooking demonstration? We managed to see the making of Penne Puttanesca, a classic Italian pasta dish. We attended two different cooking sessions, one on each day we were at the Expo. If you are into your cooking then it is a great way to take a rest, it is free, you get to watch … Read More

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