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By the Flavours Holidays Team

How Italian Food Has Conquered the World

July 26, 2016

Italians have long been travellers; from the Romans off to conquer the world, Venetian merchants in search of goods and fortune, Marco Polo and Columbus on the hunt for new lands, and mass emigres in search of wealth. And where ever Italians travel, their food goes with them. History of Italian food There is evidence…

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What’s the Difference between Yoga and Pilates?

July 19, 2016

If you want to become more active, which of the two disciplines should you choose: Yoga or Pilates? The first thing you need to consider is that Yoga and Pilates are often lumped together, but are actually very different. So let’s start at the very beginning. 1. Pilates is a conditioning programme Beliefs and basic…

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Joseph Pilates: History & Philosophy Of His Revolutionary Exercise

June 28, 2016

From a young sickly boy who was bullied in the 1880’s, to influencing a multi-million pound industry today, Joseph Pilates has revolutionised the perception of health and fitness. To this day, millions of people follow his practice and credit it to transforming their own health, fitness and lifestyle. In fact, the number of Americans who…

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5 of the Best Art Galleries in Sicily

June 14, 2016

The Mediterranean is a goldmine for history and culture, and Sicily is no different as it offers a rich and diverse mixture of art collected over the centuries, influenced by different visiting civilisations. We have put together a small guide into the island’s best art scenes to find the most innovative and contemporary art around….

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Top 5 Very Best Sights To See In Syracuse, Sicily

June 4, 2016

Once a Greek colony, Syracuse (Siracusa) still retains much of its original features. No other place in Sicily is quite like it. It is the perfect mixture of Greek classicism, Roman ruins and baroque architecture. If you didn’t hear the sound of Italian being spoken on the streets, you could be forgiven for thinking you were in…

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Painting in Sicily: A day trip to Marzamemi

May 31, 2016

Flavours painting tutor, Robert Nelmes recalls an inspiring day trip to Marzamemi – a little fishing village in the south-east of Sicily Why Marzamemi? “On my first painting holiday as a tutor with Flavours, I went to Sicily. As part of the holiday, we visited the old tuna port of Marzamemi which lies on the southern tip…

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On the da Vinci trail in Italy

May 24, 2016

Where to find da Vinci in Italy Leonardo Da Vinci was one of the greatest talents to emerge from the Italian Renaissance. Not only was he hugely influential as an artist and sculptor, he was an inventor, mathematician and engineer. Of course, he is most remembered for the  Mona Lisa, The Last Supper and the…

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Best Italian Cookbooks

May 13, 2016

Our top picks of Italian cookbooks, past and present: Jamie’s Italy – by Jamie Oliver Can you believe this book is over 10 years old? Jamie’s Italy was published in 2005 and is based on a tour of Italy Jamie took when he turned 30 years old.   Travelling from the top to the toe of…

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8 Tips For Eating Like Like a Local in Venice

May 6, 2016

We all know that Italians are known for eating well… with their pizza, pasta and gelato. We think we know what Italians eat, but do we know how the locals actually eat? Here is our guide to eating like a local in Venice: 1. Venetian small sharing plates – cicchetti in bacari Spain is known…

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Win ‘Italy from the Source’ by Lonely Planet – [Competition Closed]

April 22, 2016

Competition Time at Flavours Holidays! [Closed] We have teamed up with the lovely people at Lonely Planet to give away 3 copies of their latest cookbook, Italy From the Source. And that’s not all. To accompany this fantastic book, the 3 winners will also receive an Italian food hamper from Flavours Holidays   At Flavours, we are…

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Walking the Via Francigena in Tuscany: Part 2

April 15, 2016

All roads lead to Rome It was a quiet Sunday morning in Siena when we met our walking guide, Beppe. The Flavours team all gathered in the lobby of our hotel ahead of our day of walking along the Via Francigena. Our journey so far, well documented in Part 1, mainly consisted of meeting our colleagues…

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Walking the Via Francigena in Tuscany: Part 1

April 8, 2016

All Roads Lead to Rome… Recently, Flavours Holidays had a pre-2016 season meeting in Tuscany. There have been a few new members of staff since Christmas, so getting together before another busy season begins was a great idea…although, there was a twist… Not only were we there to meet the whole team, but 2 days would be…

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Recipe of the Week: Risotto Limone e Gamberetti

March 12, 2016

This risotto dish combines the classic flavours of refreshing lemon and seafood. Risotto Limone e Gamberetti is the perfect dish to get you in the mood for sunshine and sea views. Enjoy with a glass of crisp white wine and imagine you are eating al fresco in Italy. Happy days!

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Botticelli And The Art of Florence

March 5, 2016

One of the most highly anticipated exhibitions of 2016 opens in London, March 5: Botticelli Reimagined.  As one of the great Renaissance painters, Sandro Botticelli and his masterpiece The Birth of Venus (pictured above) has wowed art lovers and inspired artists for centuries. Botticelli Reimagined, at London’s V&A Museum, brings together over fifty of Botticelli’s artistic works rarely seen in…

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