Silvia Barrachi, Relais Il Falconieri

Michelin Star Chef Sylvia Barrachi visits Toronto

Silvia Barrachi, Executive Chef, and her husband Riccardo, run Relais Il Falconieri, a naturally beautiful estate, that has been in the Barrachi family since 1860. I loved every minute of my visit there. Nestled...
Treviso

Simply Divine Treviso

On a typical morning, I wake to the sounds of the ebb and flow of early morning commerce filtering through the open window of Locanda Ponte Dante. Five guestrooms have been created in this...
Cinecitta, Ancient Rome

Roman Holiday

For those who are obsessed with the drama, history and beauty of Italian cinema, there is no better place to discover it than from Hotel Mediterraneo and Hotel Massimo D’Azeglio, two Bettoja hotels in...
Lake Garda

Fish and Chef in Lake Garda

Fish and Chef is a splendid annual food and wine extravaganza that takes place in the lovely area that surrounds Lake Garda. To Malcesine, Garda, Cavaion Veronese, Bardolino and Peschiera del Garda come Italy’s...
Four Seasons Hotel, Florence

Italianissimo! The Fabulousness of Firenze

“There are two kinds of light: the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures.” —James Thurber Surely Thurber had Florence in mind. Florence glows in illuminary light that is evident in the paintings of...
Chianti

Italianissimo! Classic Chianti

Driving in Italy requires a fearless attitude and a great degree of skill. Fortunately, we have connected with a gladiator of the highway, Simone Baldanzi, of Chianti Drivers. Through rainstorms that flooded the roads,...
Adler Spa, Italy

Taking the Waters, in Tuscany

The more they raved about Tuscany, the more I doubted. I become uneasy when I leave the city. Give me skyscrapers, concrete, glass and steel and I am in my comfort zone. Empty fields...
The Mediterraneao Hotel

Friends, Romans, Countrywomen

“When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” —St. Ambrose, 387 AD Dining on the rooftop terrace of The Mediterraneao Hotel, I see a beautiful silvery building glowing in the city nightscape. A full moon...
strawberry and truffles

Nobody Knows The Truffles I’ve Seen

January marks the end of one of my favorite seasons of the year. The Truffle season begins in mid September and lingers aromatically until the end of December. During this time, upscale restaurants throughout...
Olives

The World of Olive Oil

The world of olive oil is just as complicated as the world of wine. “Italy has some of the most beautiful products that anyone can imagine”, Elena Lepori tells me. “But we don’t get...
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