Friday photo: Venice

Venice on my mind… I’d rather be anywhere but here right now, but if I could, I’d go back to Venice in a heartbeat… Touristy? Bah, who cares?

Tour de dessert: Swiss Bliss

Cheesy, I know. But it’s Swiss, so I’m allowed to be cheesy. And I’ll stop before it gets worse. Lonely Planet recently had this piece on Europe’s most delicious pastries, cakes and tarts – some usual suspects like the Italian Cannoli, some surprises like voting for the Fächertorte over the Sachertorte in Austria. But overall,…

Roman banquet

My food walk in Rome begins with a near death-by-dessert experience. It is a balmy summer morning and our small group has met in front of a bar in Testaccio. Our guide Domenico is talking to a British couple, waving his hands volubly in what I have come to think of as the Italian Sweep….

Friday photo: Rome

This rainy Friday evening, a lazy photo from Piazza Navona… Also see: Friday photo series

Friday photo: Walk

Everyone I know who’s been to Italy comes away disliking Milan. They think it’s too unlike the rest of Italy, too modern, too polished, too soulless… I liked Milan, perhaps because it was the first Italian city I went to. I like the gleaming shop windows, striking street art everywhere and of course, the absolutely…

Where to eat on your Roman holiday

When in Rome, eat like a Roman. And to know how and where, read on. This appeared on the Conde Nast Traveller website last month – where to eat on your Roman holiday *** When in Rome, eat like the Romans do. Your safest bets are usually any of the places where locals eat. Even…

See Naples and sigh

You know what they used to say in the early 19th century — “See Naples and die.” They meant, of course, that nothing on earth could match the beauty and grandeur of the city. Today, when I hear stories of Naples from friends in Rome, I wonder if that could be literally true. Along with…