Aquaria Spa

Enjoying Sirmione – the Pearl of the Garda Lake

/ Italy, Weekend Travel /
This summer I decided to do something different, rather than taking a short break to the seaside, I decided to visit Sirmione, the Pearl of the Garda Lake. In Italy we have thousands of marvellous places to visit all year-round and ... Read More

Postcards From Venice

/ Italy, Weekend Travel /
Venice is a beautiful city in any season, but in the Winter time it seems to have a special beauty that adds drama to its romantic aura. In the Winter it’s easier to walk along the canals and get away ... Read More

Living in Italy: The Real Deal

/ Italy, Local Stories /
We are two Dutchmen who moved to Italy in 2008 to try and enjoy the good life while operating a bed and breakfast.  It all started rather in a hurry, as I wrote in my blog of the day, when ... Read More

Tiramisù: The Best Italian Dessert!

/ Food Recipes, Italy /
Tiramisù is the Italian dessert par excellence, a masterpiece, which is also very easy to make, since all that you need are just four main ingredients: mascarpone, eggs, Savoiardi (biscuits) and coffee.  In some versions the cream is also flavored with Marsala ... Read More
Italian Christmas Markets

A Quick Guide To The Italian Christmas Markets

/ Italy, Local Travel Tips /
It is nearly the time…  It is nearly the Christmas time...  But most importantly - it is nearly the time for visiting the Italian Christmas Markets! During this special time - all cities are getting “dressed up” with a lot of ... Read More
Milan, Italy - Global Storybook

A Spontaneous Weekend Trip to Milan – Visiting The Top Sights

/ Italy, Weekend Travel /
Let me tell you a secret.  Whenever I’m feeling bored or that serious case of wanderlust gets me, I’m browsing for cheap flights.  It’s usually happening on our low cost airline, Wizzair’s website; sometimes they offer ridiculously good deals - ... Read More
Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre, Italy – That’s Amore!

/ Italy, Weekend Travel /
Hello friends! I LOVE Italy (I've been so happy there! 😜)!  For me Cinque Terre summarizes what Italy has to offer best - a permanent atmosphere of romance! But you might ask: what about Venice?  What about Rome?  Aren't they soooo romantic? ... Read More

One Day In The Chianti: 5 Things To Do To Enjoy It!

/ Italy, Local Travel Tips /
If you are in Florence you cannot miss the opportunity to spend at least one day in the Chianti countryside. I will tell you here the 5 things to do to enjoy it at it's best! The Chianti area in Tuscany extends over ... Read More
Cinque Terre

Monterosso Al Mare – The Quiet Giant

/ Italy, Travel Stories /
Monterosso al Mare is not the most scenic village of Cinque Terre but I have to say it's my favorite one! Being the largest of five towns, Monterosso al Mare is usually the one people choose for accommodation when they are ... Read More
Bucatini all'Amatriciana

Bucatini all’Amatriciana – The Original Recipe

/ Food Recipes, Italy /
Bucatini all'Amatriciana is another traditional Italian dish from Amatrice.  Amatrice is a small village close to the city of Rieti, in Lazio Region. Everybody has probably heard about the terrible Earthquake and the enormous tragedy that hit this small village and ... Read More
5 Best Panoramic Locations in Florence

The 5 Best Panoramic Locations in Florence

If you're heading to Florence and are wondering about the best panoramic views in the city - this article is for you.  We will not only tell you where they are, we will also show you how to visit them in ... Read More

How to prepare the perfect “Panzanella”

/ Food Recipes, Italy /
Italy is known worldwide for its history, the beauty of its cities and of course its food: Panzanella is something you have to try at least once! Mediterranean Diet is as easy as it is delicious with great simplicity of its ingredients.  Bread, pasta, ... Read More
Panorama from Contignano

The Medieval Charm of Val d’Orcia

Visiting the Val d'Orcia is probably one of the first things you have to do if you are visiting Tuscany's countryside. Stunning panoramas and amazing high quality local food, such as the "Pecorino" cheese of Pienza (a typical cheese made ... Read More
Burano, Italy - Global Storybook

Colorful Homes of Burano

/ Italy, Photos /
This vibrant little island named Burano is a must-see place for anyone visiting Venice for the first time.  Inhabited mostly by fishermen and their families, this island is famous for its brightly painted homes, which earned this town a top place in numerous ... Read More
Pisa, Italy - Global Storybook

The Enchanting Town of Pisa

/ Italy, Photos /
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the most interesting and widely recognized sights in the World.  This sight is so well-known that it is virtually on everybody's bucket list and many dream of visiting it one day.  And, I am ... Read More
Crime and Naples, Italy

Crime, Tourism, and the City of Naples

When I booked my ticket to Naples, I didn’t know of its terrible reputation being one of the most criminal cities in Italy, and in Europe.  From what I remembered reading about the South of Italy earlier was the general antipathy ... Read More
Pasta alla Checca

Summer Salad Pasta Recipe – Pasta alla Checca

/ Food Recipes, Italy /
Let me say, together with Pasta alla Carbonara, Pasta alla Checca is my best Pasta dish ever! While Pasta alla Carbonara is a bit more "complicated", Pasta alla Checca is just a child's play. When the summer heat becomes unbearable, here ... Read More
Rigatoni alla Carbonara

How to Make the Perfect Spaghetti alla Carbonara!

The recipe for "Spaghetti alla Carbonara" is one of the most famous Roman cuisine pasta recipes and it is my favorite dish ever! If I am at a restaurant and would like to eat Pasta, this is what I order ... Read More
The View From St Mark’s Campanile

How Are You Defined By Italy?

/ Italy, Travel Stories /
Last summer I closed my final textbook, clicked submit, waved goodbye to 8,000 words and 3 months of insanity (formally known as my dissertation), and temporarily postponed my ‘grown up’ job search.  Instead, I traded the cold, unforgiving walls of ... Read More
Milan, Italy

A Different Day in Milan: Advice From a Local

When you think or hear about Milan, you immediately associate it with the Duomo, the Sforzesco castle and the "quadrilatero della moda" - symbols that for sure had helped this city to make it recognizable all around the World.  But, let ... Read More