Bacari in Venice, the local way.

 

‘Gone for an espresso, some bacari & Venetian delights.. local style’

Venice is surrounded with cute little espresso or bacari (this basically refers to the antipasti or tapas way of eating, but with Venetian customs) bars that make the winding streets interesting to roam. You may pass little vegetable stands, chocolate shops, delis and you always want to seek for places, where locals are. We came across a few cute places that I thought should be worth a share, along with the most beautiful views that came along the way. You often find locas eating cicchetti and ordering, “n’ombra de vin” or “uno spritz” standing up at the bar counter or around a wine barrel having a great time.

Walking around here is simple beautiful, I’m so drawn to all the muted blue shades that keep appearing in window shutters and you become so impressed by the attention to detail. I can easily look past the clichés of Venice and observe a little deeper to find a city filled with art and history. I love how dense Venice really is, you keep finding little hidden shops and cafés by accident, which you end up loving.

Have bacari at bistrot (Chat qui rit) and indulge in a cheese and parma ham platter and crab meat with a divine salty reduction. The cheese selection here won some type of award a few years ago and it was a great way to end the meal. Stop for an espresso (also a great cappuccino here) and pastries at a shabby cafe where all the locals lingered at caffé Brasilia Sestiere San Marco 3658a. Locals also love caffeteria Doria, it was buzzing in the mornings with people standing by the bar taking shots of 1euro espresso. There is a great authentic vibe here and equally, in the evenings it crowds with people who come together for wine and apperol. This place has a great atmosphere despite it being close to Saint Mark’s Basilica, that is filled with tourists. While you’re in the neighbourhood, stop at Cibo (Calle dei Fabbri Sestiere Sano Marco 4666) a cute delicatessen that is a jewel in the heart of the city that serves quality meets, cheeses, truffles, pasta and wine that you should for sure indulge in. Still in San Marco neighbourhood, stop for cicchetti (little sandwiches that are tradition in Venice) on Calle Della Malvasia Castello called Osteria al Portego or the hidden I Rusteghi Osteria Enoteca (Corte del Tentor, 5513) that is perhaps a little more “refined” than the traditional bar that has a lovely tiny courtyard with a wonderful wine list.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beyond the Grand Canal

‘When a city of tourists becomes more to explore’

No doubt, Venice is one of the most touristic cities in Europe, but finding the magic is easy once you stay away from the main drags and walk further into an authentic experience. Walking through the maze-like streets, one hidden corner after another reveals itself to some of the most beautiful piazzas filled with arteries, clock towers, churches and little restaurants. It’s impossible not to notice the Venetian majestic presence that it holds between its tucked canals and gothic walls.

Venice is one of the most controversial and talked about cities that constantly gets mixed feedback. Being hesitate myself, I avoided Venice for nine years because I was afraid it would be too chaotic with a lost authenticity. However, spending a week in Venice proved me all wrong and the architecture and artistry of the city left me mesmerised. It may take a lifetime to uncover, so Venice is a place that should not be rushed. I’ve heard Venice is often described as dirty, touristy, overpriced and chaotic. I totally see where this perception comes from, cruise ship visitors ( about 30,000 tourists per day) roll in the middle of the day to spend a few hours exploring the main sights all cramped together in the small narrow streets. I can see how this leaves them frustrated, especially during high season in the middle of a hot summer day. My advice is: 1. Never come at high season 2. step away from the main sights if you wish to avoid lots of people 3. explore the city early morning and late evening when crowds thin substantially. Having stayed a week in Venice allowed us to explore the roots a little deeper and see the city wind down where the feeling is peaceful and calm upon the streets. Venice is large enough to avoid masses of people once you turn away from the most obvious paths. Of course, I would never come during prime summer time when there are flocks of people, early May, was the perfect choice for us! The Rialto bridge is completely chaotic along with San Marco square and the outer lanes that open up to the lagoon. If you wish to see San Marco square in all its glory, visit during sunrise when there are a few photographers and locals catching their morning coffees. Venice, Pricy? Yes, in comparison to many other Italian cities, but it is possible to explore the place on a budget if you research ahead. Restaurants vary in prices and the occasional service fee can be up to 50 euros depending on the restaurant. We spent a fair amount of money on traveling by boat, but equally you could take a water bus that costs peanuts in comparison.

With this being said, Venice deserves to be explored letting your eyes wander across the old facades, waterlogged corridors and lazy piazzas. Have a look at this Venice guide for a photogenic journey on all the slow and chic it has to offer.

Stop for seafood risotto and a chilled glass of white wine while people watching in a cozy square. Kids chase pigeons, gondola drivers siesta along the canal and dogs are out on day time strolls.

Pay attention to the details around you, the dome-shaped windows with Moorish influence where the glass is often made from bottle bottoms, the wrought iron handrails, the passageways that spill with flowers and vines. Venice is filled with fading colour and the blue-green water reflect of buildings harmonically.

Explore little shops that are tucked way in little corners built into beautiful gothic buildings. Ps. The antique here is stunning!

This church courtyard was possibly my favourite, it’s simply beautiful

 

A few restaurant options:

  • Porta d’Acqua in the San Polo Sestieri, where you will find a heavenly burrata
  • Al gondolieri for a cozy dinner
  • Alle Testiere for great seafood but Burano provides an amazing seafood experience as well.
  • Cicheri ( little tapas sandwiches): Al Marca or La Cantina

 

Rainbowed Burano

‘ When your hungover in Burano, enjoy a 7 hour seafood lunch in a rainbowed street of cute houses’

Burano Island, Venice

The colourful island of Burano was a highlight of our Venice trip with its simple lifestyle and authentic charm. The picturesque village fills with vibrant little houses that lays in the Venetian lagoon just about an hour away. The brightness of the houses is significant as it aids in guiding fisherman back home during heavy fogging. The contrast in the colours help identify individual houses after a long day of being at sea, it makes it more simple to come back home. The fishing village is also known for its exquisite lace that dates back to the 1500s that used to be traded across Europe. You will find little lace and linen boutiques scattered all around the island that fills with hand crafted work. Of course, I could not return home without having bought an amazing handmade tablecloth that fits on a 16 seated table. Yellows, greens, blues and fuchsia, you name it, it’s a rainbow of narrow streets!

The sleepy village is a photographers dream, where the buildings weathered charm and narrow roads makes it easy to get lost in for hours. However, it is solely not enough to roam the beautiful streets of Burano, but it is an absolute must to indulge in some amazing seafood at restaurant Al Gatto Nero. Not only are the prices here refreshing in comparison to Venice and do note, that a reservation is a must! Make sure to ask for a table outside to take in the views of the beautiful canal and if your lucky, a seafood delivery may come in while your dining. I made sure to reserve a table from back home a few weeks in advance and I’m glad I did as the place was buzzing with cues lined up outside. Now, I will fill you in on a little detail from that day: My friend and I arrived to Burano at about 11.00 am with a little bit (and I mean a huge) of a hangover that I havent experienced in years! I never get hangovers but the night before, we ended up having a feast at restaurant Da Ivo and went to bed much later than we anticipated! So once we arrived to Burano, we needed to get some food and water into us and we walked straight up to the restaurant even though our reservation was only at 12.30. We were greeted by the charming owner Massi whom handed over a glass of wine for us (I guess he saw our struggle was real) and let us sit in one of that tables even though the restaurant was not even open. He brought us bread and lots of water and said that this would cure our hangover and continued to offer us more wine. The staff was so friendly, we ended up sitting there for over 7 hours and tested so many amazing seafood delicacies from the menu. The food was simple, authentic, just the way Italians love it. We ended up having coffee with the owner after it was closed for lunch time whom told us stories about the ideology of the restaurants and we exchanged our views on food culture. It was fascinating and left a great memory for us to take back home! They ended up calling us the crazy Finnish ladies and we enjoyed the experience and charm of the restaurant. Massi and his father fish fresh produce on a daily basis and serve what they catch, so the menu can change accordingly. I can honestly say, it was a highlight of the entire Venetian trip because it is not a given, that you find amazing food in Venice. The overall experience was memorable for my friend and I and we ended up eating eight courses of amazing seafood.

Later, we strolled around the calm island, ate some gelato for dessert and let our cameras work their magic over the evening light. We ordered a boat back to our hotel during sunset that fell over the lagoon making it a magical way to end an amazing day. We wanted to return the next day to eat there again, but the restaurant was closed for a wedding, but I will for sure be going back to Al Gatto Nero, if I’m ever back in Venice!

Note: You can reach the island by a vaporetto (a water bus) or book a private boat ride (one way ride is about 130€), which I’m sure your hotel will be happy to arrange for you. The private boat is a lovely experience that I highly recommend !

10.00 am, feeling like utter s*** on our boat, but at least I looked fab in my pj set and bamboo bag!

 

Enjoying some amazing food: the large scallops in tomato were my favourite!

just another beautiful door and the most beautiful faded pink walls 

 

a cute local boy and more food, some baby artichoke and shrimp pasta

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The old wooden window and baby blue wall are both just perfect with all their imperfections

 

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sunset over the lagoon as we drive back to Venice!

 

Wine Lovers town

Montefalco is a cozy culinary town that is dedicated to good restaurants and quality wines just like most of Umbria’s little towns. I have visited Montefalco 3 years in a row and from that I have drawn a mouth-watering guide to our favourite restaurants.

First of all, Montefalco is a great base for a few nights. It’s easy in terms of parking if you are traveling with car and it makes a great base for exploring its neighbouring photogenic towns. Secondly, the town is tiny but it has a wonderful safe feeling to it and the cobbled streets fill with wine/olive oil/pate shops while the remaining spaces fill with restaurants. Umbria is known for its meat culture, cold cuts, intense olive oil and full-bodied sagrantino wines that leave an elegant finish to the palette. Like tannins? Good, the wine is for you! Our favourite rosso riserva from the region is Pipparello, that is a full-bodied delight with a zing of bitter in the end. This wine works perfectly with mushrooms, truffles and meat. It resembles a bit of a barolo wine, which is why we love it so much. The drive across acres of olive groves and vineyards to Montelfaco is beautiful as it exists on hillside in the centre of Perugia.  Often refered as to the “balcony of Umbria” because of its perched position of lush countryside, Montefalco is still authentic in style, where life is slow, elegant, based around its culinary delights. Below I’ve highlighted our favourite three restaurants that all serve outstanding food. Before dinner, be sure to sit in a corner wine bar on the piazza and listen to music, sample on cold cuts, olive oil bruschetta and have a glass of wine and enjoy the beauty of refined Montefalco.

Before dinner or lunch, have a scenic stroll around the medieval old town and fall in love with the area just like we did. It’s ultra photogenic and romantic, the church bells sing every hour and the narrow pebble streets line the lavender and hydrangea pots. Walk around the town and smell the most divine aromas from kitchens and make sure to capture sunset over the rolling Umbrian hills from the road right next to ristorante Teatro.

‘Top 3 restaurants’

1. Ristorante Locanda del Teatro (19, Piazza del Comune,)

Located in the hotel on the main square, cozy up in the courtyard terrace with the views of the sun setting. This is a top choice for us and I basically always order the same thing on the menu. I start with the chicken pistachio pate, then for a stuffed ricotta zucchini flower and for main, their speciality the meat loaf made from numerous meats. Also try the homemade stringozzi, topped with freshly shaved truffles! it’s a family run business and the father and sons remember us every time we revisit.

2. Ristorante Coccorone ( Via Tempestivi, 11)

A meat lovers restaurant. My husband always talks about the open flamed char grill and the + 1kg florentine steak they serve. The simple ingredients speak for themselves. I love the beef carpaccio or tartar and steak (t bone) served with porcini on top.

3. L’ Alchimista (Piazza del Comune 14)

This cozy restaurant also focuses on seasonal food and I remember in September, I sampled a variety of onions that come from the region. This restaurant also is a wine bar so you can get dishes from antipasti to full meals. Their tartar is also splendid and the take on onion soup was amazing.

Pre dinner prosecco and cold cuts on the corner of the square. Read more about antipasti in Montefalco here.

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chicken liver pistachio pate in Teatro and below, snail skewers in Coccorone

 

Then wild looking meat loaf, but I promise you.. it’s the best I’ve had! Below, is a welcome burrata ball from the kitchen.

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Below, the tartar from Coccorone

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‘Show stopping Matera’

May this be your photogenic travel guide to Matera, if you are stopping there for a few days. This will give you an idea on where to stay, eat and wander around in the heart of the cave town.’

The ancient part of Matera (called Sassi translates to “stones”) is where the beauty lies, wrapped into cave homes and cobblestone pathways that blend into the stone cliff, it sits on. Located in Basilicata mountains in Southern Italy, there is one main road around the sassi with a few parking areas, but anything in the UNESCO area is reached by foot. Most hotels will make a parking service and are very helpful on providing guidance.

Despite what Matera showcases today, it has a history of sorrow and in the 20th century it was considered the shame of Italy.  People carved homes into caves living alongside with their animals originating from the paleolithic era. The town suffered severe poverty where malaria and famine roamed free. Life was difficult, education was non-existent and WWII political prisoners were sent to live here, as the standards were so low. Eventually after war, the government relocated people to live in the new part of town and today Matera thrives from it’s haunted past.

Matera is the first protected UNESCO site crowned as the European City of Culture. The once unbearable caves have been tweaked into beautiful boutique hotels and restaurants that attract the trendiest across the globe. Your lens will speak for itself, along with a good pair of shoes. Starting from the top of the old town, sample some local delights, especially the bread (and cheeses) and work off the calories by exploring all the hidden nooks making your way down to the scenic piazza that over looks the mountains. Pose with an ice cream on the classic cracked pale pink wall and taste handmade pasta in one of the scenic restaurants. Explore the neighbourhoods of Sasso Barisano and Sasso Caveoso by discovering tiny courtyards lined with red flowerpots, dead ends, churches and countless lookout points for rooftop views of the town.

Matera leaves an imprint on you and is best explored walking up and down the numerous stairs of the maze-like centre. Marvel at the architecture, stop for a cooling vino as the intense sun traps in the stone walls and soak in the charm of old Italy. We stopped for antipasti on the corner cafe in the square below along with a cheese bar on the main road on top of the hill. We enjoyed lunch on the terrace of Il Terrazzino that was packed with locals. The walls sweat history and the rugged facade is made to be photographed. There is beauty all over; the decorated flower balconies against the rough exterior, the softness in the breathtaking hotel interior and the cozy tavernas that treat to you an unforgettable experience with a view like no other. Old Matera is made for falling in love, unspoiled by tourism and a community within locals that respect its past. Make sure to capture the morning light that is soft and magical.

Matera is all about slow hearty food. It is fantastic here, comforting orrechietti dishes, lots of dried chili and bread that is considered as the best in Italy. It is made from a regional hard wheat and it has the amazingly crunchy surface with a unique sourdough like flavour.

Allow your lens to capture the undiscovered air, rough exterior and history that will move you to tears. In the morning market, take a close up of the perfect lemons just so you can get close enough to smell their zest. Find those sun bleached roses that stand against the heated limestone walls and let the simplicity of the food capture the essence of what southern cooking is all about. People watch. Find the stray cats and dogs pose for you that show kindness through their eyes. So much, that we snuck a dental stick (purchased from the store) to a few of the dogs that seemed eternally grateful.

Eat: Matera is filled with delicious restaurants all tucked away into the old part of the town. For splendid views (reservation needed if you wish to sit outside) and traditional cuisine, eat at Il Terrazzino. Sample on the dish of the day, some traditional Orecchiette al Tegamino, a grilled plate of lamb or the grilled whole fish. Ristrante Francesca beautifully restored cave with amazing pasta and meat.

Rest: This time around we stayed in La Dimora di Metello in the suite that was large in size, had a balcony and the cutest bathtub built beautifully into a cave. The room was spacious and cozy, while the modern small hotel had amazing breakfast and parking service away from the old town if you arrive via car. A few years back we stayed in the charming, Corte San Pietro that is chic and exclusive with a breath-taking courtyard. For an extra luxurious stay, Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita is considered as the best cave hotel in Matera.

Love: Order some mascarpone espresso flavoured ice cream with a cannoli on top from Gelida Voglia, a frothy cappuccino and fresh apple pastry from ridola caffe and get lost in the morning market with your wicker basket admiring the imperfect veggies. Overlook sunset with a glass of wine and take a bath for utter relaxation in the coziest cave like rooms.

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Getting lost in Ceglie Messapica ♥

‘Welcome to the cute little, less known town of Ceglie Messapica’

The drive to Ceglie Messapica through the Itria Valley countryside is enough to win your heart if you are new to Apulia. With scattered cone-shaped trulli, farms and century old forests of olive trees lead you to quiet little roads that are marvellous to drive through. This area is characterised by historic towns (AlberobelloMartina FrancaLocorotondo,  Cisternino, Ostuni) that are all worth visiting, charming villages, wooded slopes, vineyards and mile after mile of lush beauty. Being the epitome of slow lifestyle, pumpkin covered gardens pass us along the drive, while shepherds stroll along the hay fields with their sheep and chickens roam freely in backyards. The pot-hole and ravine filled landscape surrounds with streams and natural caves that rests between the Ionian and Adriatic seas.

The drive passes quickly with such beautiful scenery. As we scribble along the country roads in the province of Brindisi with our blue fiat 500 (that we named riccio di mare as it looked like a little sea urchin), we reach our hilltop destination of Ceglie Messapica when the Ducal Castle dominates the skyline. The town has a slight Moorish style to it that dates back to the 15th century making it one of the oldest towns in Puglia. The whitewashed light shines from the old town and immediately I’m taken back by the beauty of the well-preserved historic surroundings. At this point, iphone with instagram rests in one hand and my camera dangles from my shoulder as we are ready to enter the dreamlike town.

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With pots of flowers and vines hanging from the tattered baroque balconies, snaking passageways guide us from piazza to ancient churches to the 14th-century Piazza Vecchia. We witnessed a beautiful wedding in one of the smaller churches and the sound of the bells echo along the narrow lanes bouncing from side to side. I could get lost in these alluring streets for hours, with faint pink and smoke blue doors embellishing the limestone walls with iron balconies just above your heads with something green, always hanging down.

The cracked walls and chipped paint from windows and doors are outrageously beautiful, just like in all Apulian old towns. You know when the location is photogenic is when the hanging laundry matches the buildings facade. I could spin along these idyllic streets a little longer, just to get lost in the old beauty…

Not knowing much about Ceglie Messapica, we were however drawn to the food culture, with its supposedly great restaurants that are regularly visited by food critics. After scrolling through pinterest/Michelin guide and seeing a review in the Cucina Italiana magazine we decided to book a table at Cibus restaurant for lunch. Greeted by yellow and red vine tomatoes that hung on the wall for the winter and salami and capocollo are cured above dining tables, Cibus was an amazing dining experience! The chef believes that through food the soul of the region is discovered. We ordered way more than we could eat, from all kinds of antipasti to lamb, roasted rabbit and local sausages.We loved the atmosphere, the philosophy behind the food, the dining experience and left well satisfied

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The hospitality in Ceglie Messapica speaks for itself and the less-crowded town compared to its fellow neighbours is equally as charming. It makes the perfect place for a relaxing stroll where you easily lose yourself in the white spiral lanes. This should be followed by a long lunch and drinks in one of its many great tavernas.

Cibus restaurant: Via Chianche di Scarano, 7, 72013 Ceglie Messapica BR

Here you can see the roasted rabbit dish and on the right behind the table is a nut cabinet! How cute is that?!

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Prior to lunch, we sat down in a whimsical cafe/bar for a glass of prosecco that was hidden between white curtains overlooking the whitewashed facade of the old buildings. The gentle breeze blew against the curtains and a chow-chow kept eye contact with us, that was resting on the balcony.

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Gubbio, A Medieval Jewel in Umbria

 

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Gubbio, Umbria

Last summer, my hubby and I scrapped the surface of Gubbio as we spent the evening in the old town for a stroll and dinner. I love the medieval architecture and flock of stores and restaurants that make up the centre. With numerous “hole-in-the-wall enoteca’s“, wine and food is the heart of this town that is known for its abundance of truffles.

With centuries of history behind every corner, every cobblestone evocative street leads you to another gothic palace or church that mesmerised with its stunning preservation. Dating back to the pre-Roman times ,Gubbio is the oldest town in Umbria that is small and angular perched up on the steep slopes of Monte Ingino.

Gubbio is a real culinary treat that has great views over the Umbrian countryside and the architecture spreads of gray limestone that brings you back in time. The cuisine not only includes the intense taste of white truffle but also dishes based around pasta, meat, cheese and vegetable. We walked around the old town and saw stores for pottery, leather, iron, gold and a little bit of embroidery and is evident that the town is rich in historical and artistic heritage. The main attractions include the magnificent Palazzo dei Consoli (Consular Palace) with the most magnificent sunset,  the renaissance The Palazzo Ducale (Ducal Palace) and the cathedral.

Restaurant tip: Officina dei Sapori (Via dei Consoli, 13, 06024 Gubbio PG, Italy)

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Sea Urchin Heaven

Il Principe del Mare Ristoro, Torre Canne

If you are a seafood lover, this little place is a must see! I originally found this restraunt tip via Masseria Moroseta whom described this place as a hidden gem right by the seashore that is home to sea urchins. Right on the Adriatic Sea, the place looks like a shack, it is super tiny and basic with 360 views of the sea, plastic chairs and tables that are totally outdated but the place was fully packed buzzing with locals. We were lucky to get the last table and ordered a bunch of great stuff from the menu. Everyone was feasting on sea urchins, prosecco was served from plastic cups and the feeling here was fantastic! Naturally we also started with a mountain of fresh sea urchins that were purely mouth-watering, best I’ve had thus far! We also ordered a lobster linguine, white wine mussels, anchovies in lemon oil, grilled octopus and scampi, tuna tartar and buttery oysters. Everything was excellent in flavour, fresh and simple with a splash of lemon to give it that acidic perfection. Yes, it can be a little chaotic, but that is all part of its charm serving the most perfect, simple seafood. After our feast we drove off to a nearby secluded beach and took a relaxing swim in the arms of the Italian shore. Pure perfection!

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The untainted beauty of Scilla Chianalea

 

From the sandy coloured buildings to the details of the door handles, Scilla Chianalea is a tiny hidden treasure that exists right on the edge of the sea, far South of Calabria.

Scilla is located on the toe of Italy’s boot that is split in two by a tiny port. To the North, the quaint fishing district of Scilla Chianalea harbours narrow lanes (one main lane) of restaurants terraced on top of the aquamarine Tyrrhenian sea that is a slice of heaven. Searched beforehand via pinterest, I was excited to see the picture-esq views that I drooled over back home. With the cacti lined pathways and white laundry hanging from the window, every cobblestone pathway guides you to the water with its seawater-smoothed stone stairs. The place is tiny, making it a perfect spot for a walk around and seafood lunch. As we arrived to Scilla Chianalea, it was exactly as imagined. The houses cramp right at sea with waves crashing up the walls and tiny colourful boats pulled up at their feet. The aqua coloured doors are as photogenic as their marine-style handles and the colourful window shutters are tremendously inviting against the pale cracked facades.

Tiny slipways lead you to the waterfront as if you are intertwined with the water, so no wonder it is listed as ‘Borghi più belli d’Italia’ one of the most beautiful villages of Italy. The region is known for seafood and typically swordfish and in the mornings, fishermen head to sea with their spears.  The romantic town reminds me a bit of Greece, perhaps due to its mythical background, the blue hues or the style of the tavernas on top of the water just like in Thirasia (small fishing village from Santorini). Hardly no one spoke english, which made it an even more exciting adventure, portraying its tourisim-amount. Most visitors were Italians and you could tell they were on holiday as their camera’s were as busy as ours.

The village lies directly in front of Sicily and you can see the silhouette of Mount Etna in the horizon. Calabria is known for its steep coastal villages, the dramatic landscape and a dark past that involved corruption, wars and natural disasters. Its far different from the rich north or elegant Amalfi, from abandoned fishing villages to raw beauty, tourism is slowly making its way here to explore the more unknown. Local culture and culinary traditions have roots from Scilla, where chili and onions play a large role. We were told that onion is so sweet here that it is used for making jam and peperoncino is so fiery but earthy. They like it spicy here, more spicy than in the North. Chili and onion are found all over Calabria hanging from windows and sold in laurels along roadside.

We decided to have lunch at Il Principe di Scilla and sampled different seafood overlooking the beautiful blue sea. Naturally we had to try some swordfish carpaccio that melted in the mouth, fresh fragrant clam pasta and delicious grilled scampi with sweet pistachio crusting. We watched the fishing boats rock with the waves that glistened as much as the prosecco in my glass and enjoyed the untainted atmosphere that was all new to us.

I did some research about Calabria and if you are first timers like we were, I would suggest staying in Tropea and visiting Scilla as it is only an hour drive away. If you are traveling for a few weeks by car down south, I would primarily locate in Apulia and come for three days or so to the Calabria region to get a feel for it. It was interesting to drive through the landscape that is rich in agriculture and explore Italy’s all sides, both rich and poor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunsets in Spello

A magical little town that comes lit in the evenings as the sun drapes its rays across the stone pathways. From the occasional white blankets that hang on the wire lines and the colourful flower pots that crowd the streets, makes picture-esq Spello worth a visit when traveling around Umbria. I love the pale shades of the lined up buildings and how the curvy streets have dramatic lighting, beautiful archways that you can walk under. There is attention to detail in this town, which makes the evening strolls more pleasant. We sat down for antipasti before dinner to enjoy some bruschetta and truffle cheeses and worked our apatite by exploring the maze-like streets.

We ended the evening in a super cozy restaurant called La Cantina, which I highly recommend, but make sure to make reservations in advance as the restaurant was completely packed. Have a look here to see what the restaurant looks like, it suits the feeling of Spello to-the-tee. I ate some rustic paté on toast and for the main course had a traditional wild boar stew. With my oversized chanel hanging from my hand and an off-the- shoulder shirt with ruffles on the sleeves, my camera had work as we crossed a new corner as I needed to capture the beauty, for a minute longer. 

Read more about spello from my old post here.

 

 

 

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