Scott Crouch

I’m an English-born, honorary Bavarian with family ties to the province of La Spezia. Over the years I’ve…

About Me

I’m an English-born, honorary Bavarian with family ties to the province of La Spezia. Over the years I’ve come to know Liguria pretty well, from fly-fishing in the Val di Vara to wine-making in Dolceacqua. But I still get lost in the Caruggi of Genoa’s old town and I’m always searching for the perfect Pigato…”

A Little Bit of Warming Winter Sun
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A Little Bit of Warming Winter Sun

The winter in Liguria always reminds me of an older age of tourism; the period when the very first tourists discovered the delights of Italy’s Riviera. Although the summer is now the main season for travel, Liguria’s first Northern European fans tended to come for the winter sun, when the weather in their native countries […]

In Praise of Porcini: Liguria’s Tasty Autumn Treat
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In Praise of Porcini: Liguria’s Tasty Autumn Treat

Even after a hot and stormy summer, in the last few days of October, people in villages across Liguria will be praying for the sunshine to last. For with the first frosts in the mountains and woodlands of the region comes the end of a period of gastronomic gold: the porcini season. Years ago, in […]

What makes a Ligurian summer?
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What makes a Ligurian summer?

I’ve travelled to Liguria in every season of the year, and the summer is when Liguria seems to be at its most exuberant, outgoing best. All along the coast, towns and villages are bursting with life and an all-pervading enjoyment of the sea and the sun. From late spring onwards, this sense of fun gets […]

Liguria – A Land of Fishermen and Fishes!
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Liguria – A Land of Fishermen and Fishes!

The Slow Fish Festival starts next month in Genoa; a worthwhile and influential event combining ecological and environmental issues with tradition and the pleasures of good food. And what better place to hold this international gathering than Liguria, a region steeped in the history and culture of the sea… A worthwhile and influential event combining […]

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 […]

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