Food, Recipes, Lifestyle and Travel Blog

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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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Whats New in 2016 for Flavours Holidays

September 15, 2015

We recently released our 2015/2016 brochure with dates and holidays for the year ahead. The biggest and most exciting changes are to our Amalfi offerings. Amalfi was our most popular destination last year, often selling out fast as travellers raced to spend a week on the iconic and unique Italian coast. This is why we…

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Pasta with Squid Ink Recipe

September 10, 2015

The origin of this pasta with squid ink recipe is controversial. Both people of Messina and of Catania claim they have invented it. To add to the competition, it is also a common recipe in Syracuse. What’s certain is that it was born in the East of Sicily and is absolutely delicious.
Andrea Camilleri’s Inspector Montalbano can’t stop thinking about this legendary dish when being invited for dinner by the police Superintendent, making every effort to not confront his superior with his tricky case so that the dinner invitation is safe.

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Montalbano Author Turns 90

September 6, 2015

This week Andrea Camilleri, the author and creator of Montalbano, will celebrate his 90th birthday. The Montalbano series quickly became popular with the Italians but was not translated into English until five novels had gripped readers. Never the less, Montalbano has become a crime fiction staple, achieving success in literature and on the small screen,…

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Festivals: Regata Storica Venice

September 5, 2015

This weekend, Venice celebrated the Regata Storica – a traditional flotilla and boat race that draws crowds of locals and tourists alike. Named as one of Lonely Planets ‘Worlds Best Festivals’, this is a Venetian event not to be missed. Over 120 brightly decorated Gondolas and small boats parade through the Grand Canal, manned by…

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Blogger Interview – Natalie Lue

August 31, 2015

Our ‘Top Blogger’  series continues this week with Natalie Lue from Baggage Reclaim. A huge seventy percent of our guests travel come on a  holiday for single people with us, that’s why we love Natalie’s blog so much. Natalie describes her goal as to ’empower women’, which she has certainly achieved. Her writing has saved many…

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Top 10 Places to Develop your Painting Skills

August 26, 2015

Have you been on one of our week-long painting holidays? If so, you might have asked yourself where to go to continue developing your painting skills. Once you return home – inspired and keen to learn more – you might find it tricky to locate an appropriate course for yourself. That’s why we’ve put together…

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Italian folk meets Edinburgh: The Badwills at the Edinburgh Book Festival

August 24, 2015

Italian tarantella, pizzica, tammuriata and folk music mixed with some Scottish, Irish and English traditional music… that’s what you can expect from “The Badwills” – an Italian music collective playing at tonight’s Jura Unbound at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. With the Edinburgh festivals in full swing, we were delighted when the band agreed to…

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Why You Should Visit Italy in Autumn?

August 20, 2015

Are you thinking about an autumn getaway? Did your summer lack the sunshine you craved? Here are some reasons why a cooking, painting or Pilates holiday in Italy could be the answer to your post-summer woes. Autumn Colours If you are a painter, then Italy’s autumn season will be excellent artwork inspiration. Whether it’s rolling…

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Is Pilates Holiday for me?

August 19, 2015

Pilates can be used for a range of lifestyles and ailments. If you haven’t practised much of the exercise before, you may doubt the ability for a week long holiday to be beneficial to you. Here are a few reasons why you don’t have to be Pilates mad to enjoy a week in the sun…

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The Palio Horse Race in Siena

August 13, 2015

At 7:00pm in Siena on the 16th of August, it is claimed the most intense 90 seconds in the world begins with a bang! The explosive charge booms from Piazza del Campo marking the start of a race. Thousands of spectators will have been eagerly waiting since the early morning hours to see the race…

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Blogger Interview – Annette White

August 10, 2015

Our ‘Top Bloggers’ series continues with Annette White, a travel blogger who has overcome severe anxiety to take on a bucket list like no other. As many of our travellers are solo (a whopping seventy percent) we want to help alleviate any concerns the nervous solo adventurer may have before joining a holiday for singles….

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The Best of Modica in Sicily

August 3, 2015

A rich history and dramatic landscape are just the first of many reasons to visit Modica. An art, history and foodie lovers paradise in the mist of Sicilian hills, this unique town divides itself into to parts – Upper and Lower Modica. Well known as the city of 100 bells and 100 churches, Modica has…

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