Florence Italy: Where to eat solo

Florence Mercato Centrale could be the BEST food court ever! The San Lorenzo Market may be best know for the lively local market on the first floor:  meats, fish, cheese, fruits and vegetables as well as my favorite Panetteria (delicatessen) Clara’s  where you can ask for a custom sandwich or the makings of a picnic.  bootContinue reading “Florence Italy: Where to eat solo”

Italian Cookies: Sweet Treats from Puglia

Hand made cookies from traditional recipes M R Artigianato Alimentare As soon as you enter this ‘factory’ you think you have stopped to visit your nonna.  The charming ‘living room’ has a cozy fire place and the smells of wonderful baking. On any day the small staff can be baking Amaretti, Tornelli, Mazapani, Tartufini, TaralliniContinue reading “Italian Cookies: Sweet Treats from Puglia”

A Valentine gift from Sant’Anna Institute in Sorrento, Italy

A St Valentine present from                     Sant’Anna Institute, Sorrento, Italy     “Olga Stinga, Director of the Italian Department of Sant’Anna Institute shared this recipe and she would like to announce the following special offer for Italian Classes in Sorrento   (www.sorrentolingue.com): 20% discount on the Italian language courses in February, March and April 2015! ThisContinue reading “A Valentine gift from Sant’Anna Institute in Sorrento, Italy”

Italian Paper mache or Carta Cartapesta

 A true family business passed on to the younger Baldari Do you  remember ‘art’ projects as a child that involved strips of newspaper and paste made from flour and water?  The practice of the “cartapesta” (paper mache)  has been practiced as art form in Lecce Italy for centuries.   Used as an inexpensive substitute for plaster,Continue reading “Italian Paper mache or Carta Cartapesta”

Bologna Hotel: 4 Star Comfort

 Rest and Relax in Bologna, Italy If you have stopped by my blog before, you know on my extended trips I keep to a budget whenever possible.   I certainly save for each trip via a plan that most others would never enjoy.     However, at times it is necessary or desirable to go out of budgetContinue reading “Bologna Hotel: 4 Star Comfort”

Sorrento, Italy: learn while traveling

With great pleasure I shall be able to share a monthly feature from Sant’Anna Sorrento Lingue: Learn While Traveling       I met the wonderful teachers and staff at Santa Anna Sorrento Lingue while on sabbatical in Sorrento, Italy.   They have stayed in touch with me over the years and always welcome my unannounced visits to theContinue reading “Sorrento, Italy: learn while traveling”

Florence Italy:  Traveling this summer?Than you need to know the women of              Mail Boxes Etc in Florence! *     Traveling with heavy suitcases?  Have you found great items to bring home?   And the wine and olive oil discoveries……………………. Let the wonderful woman at  Mail Boxes Etc. – MBE 212  in  Florence on ‎Via della Scala, 13     store yourContinue reading

Italy: MAMMA what are you cooking?

Cooking with Mamma Giulia.   Another one of a kind experience from  Yle with www.yltourcongressi simple ingredients  The people I meet on my trips Home to Italy each year,  are the parts of each trip I remember for years.     I met Mamma Giulia on an earlier trip when I had a tour of Masseria Provenzani,Continue reading “Italy: MAMMA what are you cooking?”