Posts Tagged ‘Italy’

Book review: Turning Tuscan by Sam Hilt

Posted on August 5th, 2013 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Ever wish you could chuck the rat race and move to a hill village in Italy? Sure you do. We all do. Corporate trainer Sam Hilt actually did it. And his book about the experience–Turning Tuscan: A Step-by-Step Guide to Going Native–is a well-told, engaging tale. It begins, as these memoirs often do, with a […]

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Travel trivia: Italian bridges

Posted on June 3rd, 2011 by Laura Byrne Paquet

In what Tuscan city would you cross the Arno at the Ponte Vecchio, the only local bridge spared during World War II? Florence Naples Rome Venice Think you know the answer? Send it to me as a comment at the bottom of this post (one answer per contestant, please!). At the end of the week, […]

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VIDEO: In the passenger seat for a hair-raising Amalfi Coast drive

Posted on February 8th, 2011 by Laura Byrne Paquet

While doing some research about Italy this afternoon, I stumbled across this charming video. It puts you in the passenger seat for a series of drives along the twisty, cliff-hugging roads of the Amalfi Coast. It was a nice way to pretend I was a 1960s movie heroine in a convertible for five minutes. But […]

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Travel trivia: Colourful Italian geography

Posted on February 5th, 2011 by Laura Byrne Paquet

What reddish-purple color shares its name with an Italian town, where a bloody battle took place in 1859? Magenta Mauve Purple Violet Think you know the answer? Send it to me as a comment at the bottom of this post (one answer per contestant, please!). At the end of the week, I’ll draw one name […]

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Travel trivia: The road to la dolce vita

Posted on January 17th, 2011 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Once a trendy place to enjoy la dolce vita, where is Via Veneto? Florence Milan Rome Venice Think you know the answer? Send it to me as a comment at the bottom of this post (one answer per contestant, please!). At the end of the week, I’ll draw one name from among all the people […]

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Dine with locals in Italy

Posted on January 1st, 2009 by Laura Byrne Paquet

“Dispatches,” one of my favourite CBC Radio programs, recently re-ran reporter Nancy Greenleese’s piece about Home Food (scroll down to “Culinary wrongs made right”). The Home Food organization, which started in Bologna and has now spread to other parts of Italy, allows travellers to enjoy a meal in an Italian home for roughly the same […]

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Italian cooking school invites locals to dinner

Posted on October 21st, 2008 by Laura Byrne Paquet

In a recent posting, blogger Michele Morris lovingly describes–with yummy photos–her experience at a cooking school called The Awaiting Table in Lecce, Italy. The most intriguing aspect of the school, from my perspective, is that the students get to share their cooking efforts with the school’s neighbours. The Awaiting Table even touts its “meet the […]

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