Food, Recipes, Lifestyle and Travel Blog

By the Flavours Holidays Team

4 Places You Need To Visit in Italy

March 1, 2016

Are you the kind of traveller who wants to avoid tourist traps and crowds? Do you want to experience a more authentic version of Italy? Making the travel news headlines recently, the famous villages that make up the Cinque Terre on Italy’s Liguria coast will be ticketed from April to October 2016. The pretty pastel-coloured fishing villages dotted…

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Forget Spa Breaks, Book a Pilates Retreat in Italy

February 27, 2016

Spa breaks are so last decade. It’s time to treat yourself to a Pilates retreat in sunny Italy. Life is a little bit stressful these days. Do you sit at a desk all day? Are you constantly going from A to B, working long hours, and worrying about family life? Don’t worry there is an…

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Meet Matt, Our Photography Tutor

February 25, 2016

Matt is one of our Flavours photography tutors. He has developed our Photography holiday itineraries, and has been supplying many of the photographs for our brochure and website over the years, as well as producing our videos so he knows how to get the best from our locations in Italy. I caught up with Matt and…

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3 Pilates Exercises Ideal for Beginners

February 24, 2016

Kicking off our ‘Wellbeing’ series, we asked one of our Pilates tutors to run through the basics. The secret is out. Pilates is the exercise of choice among some well known celebrities and they have been swearing by Pilates and its health benefits for years. We asked our instructor Diane Parrilla about her 3 favourite exercises…

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Photography Holidays in Tuscany

February 20, 2016

Grab your kit and your tripod and join us on our photography holidays in Tuscany! We offer photography holidays in stunning Tuscany.  Where better to learn and practice your photography skills than being surrounded by beautiful Tuscan landscape? Let this iconic region of Italy inspire you and immerse yourself in its authentic and traditional ways. One of…

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Recipe of the Week – Ravioli di Ricotta

February 19, 2016

Today’s ‘Recipe of the Week’ is an Italian classic and it’s easy to make at home. Clear your kitchen worktops and make some fresh ravioli! Serve the ravioli with a simple tomato sauce or pesto. Enjoy with a glass of Sicilian red wine. Buon Appetito!

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Wines Of Sicily That Are Erupting Onto The Wine Scene

February 11, 2016

Sicilian wines are going to hit the big time in 2016, you heard it hear first! As we continue to read about new food trends for 2016: ‘clean food’ (how boring), reinventing fried chicken and spiralized vegetables, in the world of wine-making and drinking Sicilian wines are joining the party and making an entrance! We…

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Recipe of the Week – Chicken Cacciatora

February 5, 2016

Tuscany is world famous for its local cuisine and the use of herbs which results in unforgettable tastes and smells. Chicken alla Cacciatora is a typical Tuscan recipe which you can learn to make on a Flavours cooking holiday. A great recipe if you have guests coming around for dinner. Pairs nicely with Italian red wine. Buon Appetito!

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The Golden Liquid: The Health Benefits of Olive Oil

January 30, 2016

This ancient golden liquid holds the key to a healthy heart   It’s hard to imagine, but the humble olive can dramatically improve the health of your heart. A study carried out by the University of Glasgow recently featured on BBC’s ‘Trust Me I’m a Doctor’ revealed that regular consumption of olive oil can drastically improve your heart…

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Venice Carnival 2016 (Carnevale di Venezia)

January 23, 2016

Step into a world of colour, pageantry and mystery Today marks the beginning of the world famous Venice Carnival 2016 (Carnevale di Venezia.)  The ‘City of Canals’ is besieged with tourists coming to experience this unique cultural event and soak up the festival atmosphere.  From winter gloom, the city is ignited with a burst of…

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Orechiette Pasta with Broccoli Rabe Recipe

January 17, 2016

Pasta is a staple in Italian cuisine. Whilst it is not often thought of as particularly healthy, in moderation it is absolutely fine. The sauce can be a good way of adding extra vegetables to your diet. This Orechiette pasta and broccoli recipe from Puglia is a great example of that. The broccoli is full of vitamins and nutrients and is a great way of getting unwanted toxins out of your body.

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Guide to Pilates Retreats: Our Top 5 Places to Visit in 2016

January 16, 2016

With the start of 2016 and our new beginners Pilates retreats to be launched, we’ve taken a look at our top five best Pilates holidays for 2016. So, if you’re looking for a break for body and mind this year, then take a look at our list below and get the perfect Pilates course in…

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Interview with our Italian Cooking Holiday Chef Antonio

January 15, 2016

Antonio is our charming cookery holiday chef in Puglia. His lovely and welcoming demeanour has made him one of our guests’ firm favourites. As one of our “oldest” Flavours’ chefs we asked him to tell us more about himself, his region, and what it means to come on a Flavours cooking holiday. Can you tell…

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