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Category: Italy

Faces of Blogville – Portraits from Bologna, Emilia Romagna

Posted on January 14th, by Peter Parkorr in Italy, Picture Perfect. 5 comments
I met lots of friendly faces on my visit to Bologna for Blogville last summer. It’s one of the highlights of travel. To learn about other cultures, hear what people have to say, and to connect over shared interests – often the travel itself. (And food – let’s not forget the food.) During an action-packed week in Emilia Romagna, I managed to snap a few photo’s of the folks I met and spent time with, including Italian people and fellow bloggers.…

Discovering a different Tuscany: Photos from Versilia

Posted on August 17th, by Peter Parkorr in Italy, Picture Perfect. 7 comments
A recent invitation to explore Versilia in Tuscany had me expecting corn fields and countryside, traditional Italian cooking, and picnics after a good days hike. I’m sure you can do all those things quite easily, but this trip to Tuscany was a little alternative… You can see my musings and photos from Tuscany in the trip write-up for BudgetTraveller.org, called ‘Five ways Versilia won’t be the Tuscany you expected’, and below I’m publishing a few more photos from Versilia that show yet more of the alternative side to Tuscany.…

Emphasis on Experience: Studying Italian in Rome

Posted on August 5th, by Peter Parkorr in Italy, Roaming Resources. 6 comments
Earlier this year I spent a month studying Italian in Rome, taking two weeks of lessons at an Italian language school. I made some great progress there and in Sicily afterwards, gabbing away in my patchy Italian whenever I had an excuse. Whether you prefer to learn the language before you visit a place or you don’t mind jumping into the deep end, here’s why I think you should learn Italian in Italy, and Rome in particular.…

A Taste Of Italy – Handmade Italian Pasta and Fresh Pizza Video

Posted on July 22nd, by Peter Parkorr in Italy, Video Adventures. 4 comments
While I was in Rome at the end of May, I decided to spend the best part of 36 hours straight making a short video showing some of the great food experiences I’d been having in Italy. So here is my video of handmade Italian pasta and fresh pizza that I hope look good enough to eat. Featuring the expert pasta maker Sfoglina Luisa of Bologna making fresh pasta by hand, fellow tourists making their own pizzas on a food tour of Campo di Fiori in Rome, and some scenes from the lovely towns of Piacenza and Bobbio in Emilia Romagna.…

Photo Friday: Handmade Italian Pasta – Fresh Tortellone from Bologna

Posted on May 17th, by Peter Parkorr in Italy, Picture Perfect. 2 comments
Happy Photo Friday! The first thing to appear on the site from my recent time in Bologna is…  Pasta! I had my first attempt at handmade Italian pasta with expert instruction for making my own Tortellone (big tortelli) and Tortellini (little tortelli) from sfoligna Luisa. A ‘sfoglina’ is to pasta what a master baker is to bread, so I learnt the basics from her quickly.…