Yearly Archives: 2012

In the Caruggi of Genoa – Just follow your nose
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In the Caruggi of Genoa – Just follow your nose

One of my favourite walks in any city, anywhere in the world, starts at the Brignole railway Station end of the Genoa’s Via XX Settembre. Walking uphill towards the Piazza de Ferrari, the street seems to come directly from a film by Fellini: High, wide arcades display windows full of fashion and food, all illuminated […]

Searching for the Stamp
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Searching for the Stamp

Croxetti – A classic Ligurian dish, yet only two men in the region still make the traditional pasta stamps by hand. A visit to Pietro Picetti’s workshop in Varese Ligure. This story begins, like so many in Liguria, in a restaurant. Years ago I was taken to the Osteria di Vico Palla in the old […]

Instragramming… Varese Ligure
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Instragramming… Varese Ligure

Get a feel for one of Italy’s little known medieval Ligurian towns, Varese Ligure. Find out where to eat and sight see. After spending the better part of a day at the beautiful seaside village and UNESCO world heritage site of Porto Venere, our group settled in nearby Sarzana for the night indulging in (believe […]

Instagramming… Porto Venere, Italy
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Instagramming… Porto Venere, Italy

Get a feel for one of Italy’s little known seaside towns on the Eastern Riviera, Porto Venere. Find out where to eat, sight see and taste local wines. It’s my fourth time this year. I simply can’t get enough of my favorite country. When it’s love, it’s love? This past weekend, I made my fourth trip to […]

Beautiful posers in Portofino
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Beautiful posers in Portofino

Do you know them places which you are perfectly aware of because they are super-publicised on the TV and in newspapers but for some reason you can’t place in space? This sometimes happens to me, until the day in which I stumble upon them by chance, and then… then now I’m going to tell you […]

The rock under my skin
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The rock under my skin

Even if it’s early Saturday morning I can’t stay still in bed anymore. Today is climbing day: I can’t linger any longer under the warmth of the duvet! For me, climbing is above all a physical sensation: the rocks against your skin! It’s joy in its purest form – feeling the roughness of the rock […]

Bordighera and Dolceacqua, on the trail of Monet
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Bordighera and Dolceacqua, on the trail of Monet

‘Everything is wonderful and everyday the countryside is more beautiful and I am bewitched by the town. Here everything is beautiful and the weather is superb’, wrote Claude Monet in 1884 to his friend and Parisian gallery owner Durand-Ruel. Monet was in Bordighera, where he arrived the 18th January and left the 3rd April. He […]

Genoa mysteries
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Genoa mysteries

The historic centre is an expanse of roofs, towers and homes. Behind every door there are hundreds of stories. If telling the stories of the city meant just memories, legends which are passed down, coincidences and presences, shadows rather than light, the history of Genoa would no longer be the same, but believe it or […]

Rossese: the wine of the rocks
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Rossese: the wine of the rocks

Rossese? It doesn’t exist. Or it should be named differently: Roccese. Like a historical joke, an oenological tongue-twister, the wine of Dolceacqua and above all its surroundings (the town which produces the most and where you find the most famous businesses is Soldano) changed its name. It became something more ‘wine-like’, exactly like the coloured […]

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