Florence Eats

If you’re going to Florence there are simply some foods and some places that you can’t miss. Whether you’ve got a day or weeks to spend meandering through her city streets you’ll no doubt need to squeeze in many meals during your stay. Some of these foods are quintessentially Italian, others Tuscan and some purely for the Fiorentini – but there is no doubt they’re enjoyed by all who visit.

See if you can work your way through the entire list!

Pasta e sugo

Sometimes you just need to start with the basics and a restaurant that has mastered the art of fresh pasta and a simple tomato sauce is Il Brincello. I also recommend the ravioli fritti for a tasty starter, they’re delicious! Continue reading Florence Eats

This would make for a great day…

If this were to be a day, it would make for a great day!

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Turn a blind eye to Roma Termini, just enjoy the city

Don’t let Roma Termini influence your opinion of Rome.

Rome is a beautiful city, but Roma Termini – where many Roman adventures begin – is the epicentre of all things that are wrong with the city.

So if your journey must begin at the Termini separate this experience from the rest of Rome.

Rest assured upon arrival more eyes will be watching both you and your luggage than you can imagine. In one glance you will be assessed for your potential.The question is will you be an easy target for a pickpocket’s prying eyes or will you simply be overlooked.

These people – pickpockets – are easy to spot if you take a moment to look around. Divert your attention for a moment from where you are going and take a look around.They’re the ones watching the people rather than going somewhere themselves. And remember they may not look run down or dirty – this is profitable business for them after all! Keep an eye out for props, newborn babies create both a great distraction and also a false sense of comfort.

And if you see them, they’re not likely to be interested in you. So take a look around and show that you are alert.

But if you’d rather pass through the Termini oblivious to your surrounds just mind your belongings and before exiting check you’ve come out the other side with all of your valuables.

And now that you’ve made it out of Roma Termini, benvenuti a Roma!

Enjoy the beautiful, ancient city. Be vigilant on all public transport and remember service is never free.

A few snaps from my week in Rome, although after having been to Rome a few times you are not going to see many of the main attractions.

Room with a view.
Room with a view.
For as little as 80 euro cents you can start your day with espresso, just follow the locals.
For as little as 80 euro cents you can start your day with espresso, just follow the locals.
Pay a little bit more and you can have a well dressed man make your morning espresso.
Pay a little bit more and you can have a well dressed man make your morning espresso.
Treats from the Pasticceria.
Treats from the Pasticceria.
Italian colazione.
Italian colazione.
The umbrella sales man is out just before the rain - did he have something to do with it?
The umbrella sales man is out just before the rain – did he have something to do with it?
Thunderstorms to start the day.
Thunderstorms to start the day.
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Local market

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After many visits to Rome discovering there is an amazing park.
After many visits to Rome discovering there is an amazing park.

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Just a simple Margherita pizza
Just a simple Margherita pizza
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Spaccatelli alla pescatore
Tagliolini allo scoglio
Tagliolini allo scoglio

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Traditional Roman restaurant

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More pizza!

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Amalfi Coast – Italy

In previous trips to Italy I had never ventured further south than Rome, I had always been completely satisfied with the coastal towns of Cinque Terre.

I was not wrong. Cinque Terre is amazing and remains high on my list of travel destinations. The Amalfi Coast however has scale that Cinque Terre cannot compare with. There is a quaintness that Cinque Terre offers, with small picturesque villages dotted along the coastline. The Amalfi Coast equally has villages dotted along the coastline – in comparison though it offers much larger villages along a much larger coastline.

Sometimes on a holiday there are destinations on the itinerary that you don’t think too much about. On this trip to Italy the Amalfi Coast was one of those destinations. I knew I would love it and that is all I had planned. I had always heard how wonderful it was but had also heard one must see it before they can really appreciate how spectacular it is.

What a surprise. The Amalfi Coast is now one of those destinations I will never forget and I will always compare all subsequent destinations to it.

The azure skies and waters are simply breathtaking and with views from high up on the cliffs the mediterranean vistas can simply be admired.

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Our hire care was not well suited to the narrow windy roads of the Amalfi Coast so we hired a scooter to discover the coast line. A decision well made. It was so much easier to get around on the scooter and it added to the atmosphere – scooting along the winding roads with the salty fresh air filling our lungs – Bliss.

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We also discovered an amazing restaurant high up on the cliff just after Amalfi that had the most amazing pasta with the best Napoli sauce I have ever tasted – lets be honest though tomatoes in Italy are simply the best.

The Amalfi Coast met all of my expectations on day one and then each day after that I was taken somewhere I could never have imagined.

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