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By the Flavours Holidays Team

Q&A: The Top 3 Most Frequently Asked Questions

November 13, 2015

Our Italian holiday season 2015 has come to an end. Whilst reminiscing about the fantastic guests on our cooking courses, painting classes and Pilates holidays in Italy, we also started thinking about the questions we’ve been asked throughout the year. Here are our top 3 most frequently asked questions and our team’s answers.  1. Cooking,…

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Quick and Easy Pasta Recipe

November 11, 2015

This recipe from our cooking holidays in Italy shows you how simple it can be to make fresh pasta at home! So, if you would like to know how to eat authentic food like a local Italian then follow our easy step-by-step guide below. For the real taste of Italy, serve the fresh pasta with…

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Beginners Guide to Authentic Italian Food

November 2, 2015

Everyone knows that Italy is the capital of food. Whilst pizza, pasta and pesto come to mind when thinking of authentic Italian food,  not everyone knows that Italy’s specialities are intensely regional. Dishes considered traditional in one place of Italy, might be unheard of 100 miles down the road. This causes confusion and we often…

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Italy: What’s On In November

October 31, 2015

Even though November marks the end of our cooking, painting and Pilates holiday season, there are still plenty of things to do in Italy. From Florence to Venice, here are our top events to visit in Italy this month. Bologna Jazz Festival When: First few weekends in November, Ferrara & Modena. Founded in 1958, This…

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Sicilian Swordfish Rolls

October 30, 2015

A great seafood recipe which pairs well with light salads and white wine.

A dish which takes influence from Italy’s beautiful coastal regions, guests have discovered this dish with us on trips to Amalfi, Puglia and Sicily.

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Blogger Interview – Ms Adventures in Italy

October 26, 2015

Today, we interview the fantastic Sara Rosso, founder of the Italian food blog “Ms. Adventures in Italy” – a must read for every foodie! Having travelled all over the country, Sara writes about exploring, tasting and discovering Italy and Italian cooking. Her book “How to order an Italian Coffee in Italy” is a wonderful read…

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Behind the Scenes: Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year

October 23, 2015

From Italy to the UK – we love everything to do with art and painting. That’s why we got so excited when Sky Arts recently aired its “Landscape Artist of the Year” competition on TV. We got even more excited when we spotted Robert Nelmes, our inspiring tutor on our painting holidays in Italy, on…

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Inspiring Images from the Amalfi Coast

October 15, 2015

Famous for tumbling, pastel-coloured houses, fragrant lemon groves dotted along the coast, glittering harbours and breath-taking views of steep cliffs and the blue sea, the Amalfi coast has been a popular tourist destination for decades. Add fresh seafood, glorious weather and local wine to the mix and you have the perfect cooking, painting or Pilates…

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Top 5 Hearty Italian Autumn Food in October

October 12, 2015

October is upon us, summer has truly gone and past. Shorter and colder days call for more hearty meals which we can enjoy whilst hiding from the autumnal weather. Here are a few seasonal foods and recipes which can be enjoyed on an Italian cooking holiday this autumn. 1 – Il Vino Novello Translated as…

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Tuscan Legume Soup Recipe

October 9, 2015

Tuscan food is simple but hearty which makes it the perfect choice for grey autumn days. This vegetable soup from our Italian cooking holidays in Tuscany will not only warm you up but is also extremely healthy and a great vitamin booster on colder days. This recipe makes approx. 4 servings.

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How to become a professional artist

October 2, 2015

Italy is a great place for a painting holiday – it provides stunning landscapes, fantastic light and plenty of inspiration. It was also the place Sue Smith found her inspiration. The “Ancient Artist”-blogger and author started her professional art career when she turned fifty. In her quest to understand more about the craft she loves, she…

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Italy – What’s on In October

October 1, 2015

A quick look at this months most exciting events proves October is a great time to visit on a Cooking holiday, as Italy welcomes foodies to several indulging festivals. Here  is a round-up of what’s on in Italy this month: Alba White Truffle Festival One of the biggest truffle festivals and fairs in Italy, The Alba…

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Blogger Interview – Laura Thayer

September 25, 2015

Continuing our ‘Top Bloggers’ series, We reached out to Laura Thayer, an American expat now living on the Amalfi Coast to ask a few questions. We love the region as much as Laura does, that’s why for next year have have added new language and painting weeks to Amalfi dates. Laura visited the region in 2007 and…

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The Italian Olive Harvest

September 24, 2015

Our popular cooking holiday destination Tuscany is a great place to be all year round. But autumn in Tuscany is particularly special. September marks harvest time for delicious autumn produce such as olives. The olive harvest is an extremely busy time of year for Italian farmers, and a great time for tourists to visit stunning…

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Flavours Holidays Big Painting Competition

September 21, 2015

We at Flavours love everything to do with art – especially Italian art! Whilst there are many painting competitions available for aspiring professional artists, we think there is a lack of opportunity for amateurs to show their work. That’s why we’re running our Big Painting Competition – we’re searching for Britain’s best amateur artist! Do you…

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