POMPEII

My first visit to Pompeii was some twenty years ago, during the excursion to Roma, Napoli, Pompeii and Sorrento, so it was without a doubt that I will guide my boys to see this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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NAPOLI

Whatever you know or think you know about Napoli, it’s true. Whatever you have seen or read about Napoli, it’s true. It’s loud, it’s noisy, it’s worn out, it’s dirty, hectic, full of dog shit on the pavement… but…. it’s so much more.

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EATING IN FIRENZE

While Firenze may be the center of the Renaissance art and culture, according to our opinion Emilia-Romagna region still holds the prestigious first place when it comes to variety of food ingredients and dishes.

Let’s be clear, we did not have a bad meal in Firenze. That’s what we love about Italy, you can’t have a bad dish. Overpriced yes. Not the most representative yes. But bad no. It’s just never the case.

However, since the traditional and typical Florentine cuisine is based on just five food elements (bread, olive oil, meat (usually veal, but pork, rabbit meat and venison is often consumed as well), legumes (beans, chickpeas), Chianti wine), the performance may be exquisite but the creativity has no room to grow.

Regardless the shortcomings or differences we had plenty of food, loads of pasta, meat and wine.

To have a better local and traditional food experience we asked for some guidance our friends that have been visiting or living in Firenze for a while. I did a bunch on line research, reading Gamberorosso articles in search for the locations that fit our schedule and serve local food.

These are the results 😋

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PISA

Although I had a strong desire and a wish to visit both Siena and Pisa during the visit to Firenze, as the travel dates were approaching I realized that this idea might not be the best one.

Pisa central station
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ITALY & SPAIN 2022

Our first big long holiday as a family of three away from home and grandparents was matter of pure necessity to be honest. While vacationing in Cres that year, we found out that our building would be subject to a pipe system renovation, starting November. That meant 3 weeks without water and the use of the toilets and bathroom during the weekdays and limited use during the weekend. There would be outdoor toilets but with a baby in the family this solution was out of the question for us.

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LAIGUEGLIA

Sitting in one place has never been our thing, so while in Ligurian capital, I have decided to explore the surroundings of Genoa. The ride along Mar Ligure was our travel route, but the goal was something else that I will touch in my next post. For now, a bit about tongue twisting town in Savone province; Laigueglia.

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