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October 2016’s Sunvil Supper Club – Fried Neopolitan Pizza

The fried pizza is a typical street food in Naples. This method of frying pizza bases is how Neopolitans have made pizza  at home for generations in order to recreate the authentic taste found in a local pizzeria. Recipe courtesy of the Italian Tourist Board and Ricette

Exploring Puglia – along Italy’s heel

Puglia offers a refreshingly different side of Italy, compared to the well-worn paths around Tuscany, Rome and the Amalfi Coast. With its location at the south-eastern tip of the country, it’s hardly surprising that the region played an important role in the times of Ancient Greece, when

Exploring the Aeolian Islands

Some places possess an irresistible allure when first seen from an aircraft window. I remember seeing the Lofoten Islands when flying over northern Norway and vowing that I must visit them (I still haven’t made it), and on coming in to land at Ushuaia I couldn’t wait

EU referendum: What effect will the result have on your 2016 summer holiday?

On 24 June 2016 the results of the referendum were announced, and the British people have chosen to leave the European Union. Post ‘Brexit (British Exit), life in the holiday business will continue pretty much as usual. Of course in the long term questions about how we travel to/between our

Italy and the joy of gelato

  Few people spend a holiday in Italy and fail to fall for the delights of gelato, the Italian version of ice cream which brings so much joy to so many. I discovered that even Italian men, known for their machismo (which is, after all, an Italian word),

Floating Piers on Lake Iseo

From June 18 to July 3, 2016, the Bulgarian-born artist Christo will create a shimmering walkway of yellow light across Italy’s Lake Iseo. The Floating Piers project, the latest in a series of giant installations by the 80-year-old artist, will involve 70,000 square meters of yellow fabric, carried by

Visit Rome in 2016: The Holy Year of Mercy

The Vatican City in Rome is a magnet for international visitors throughout the year; even in the winter months you’ll find queues at the entrance to the Vatican Museums and St Peter’s Basilica. Thanks to a recent announcement by Pope Francis, next year promises to be busier than ever.

A slice of island life on Lipari

A pretty harbour, decent beaches, plenty of good restaurants and a laid-back, friendly vibe; Lipari ticks pretty much every box of the perfect holiday island. It’s also just about far enough away from Sicily and mainland Italy to avoid being overrun with visitors, except for the short

Sicily – in the footsteps of Inspector Montalbano

Is it a detective series, or is it more of a comedy? Having watched several episodes of Inspector Montalbano, I’m still not really sure. The scenery and the filmography date back to the 1970s, albeit with mobile phones and 21st-century fashion. And the endless stream of young,

Beating the colossal crowds at the Colosseum in Rome

By most people’s reckoning the Colosseum is one of the 7 wonders of the world, and while you have to take these lists with more than a pinch of salt, there’s no denying that it’s a must-see attraction for first-time visitors to Rome. Unfortunately, every other visitor