Food, Recipes, Lifestyle and Travel Blog

By the Flavours Holidays Team

Whats On During August in Italy?

July 31, 2015

Although August is famously the month Italians choose to drop everything and head to the beach, that doesn’t mean there is not lots to do for visitors.  Here is a round-up of the top events and festivals in Italy during August. The Miracle of the White Madonna, Portovenere When: August 17th This yearly local festival…

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Risotto alla marinara (Seafood Risotto)

This one is a bit of a show stopper and great for big family occasions! The key to success with this dish is great quality, fresh seafood. All of which should bring back great memories of a trip to the wonderful Italian Coast. With so many types of seafood in this dish, it offers a flavoursome melody of coastal flavours. Serves fantastically with a glass of white wine.

Of course, you can always pick and choose which types of seafood you use and reduce quantity to make this dish for a smaller dinner affair.

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Blogger Interview – Julia Skinner

July 30, 2015

As part of our ‘Top Bloggers’ series, we interviewed Julia Skinner, a retired primary Headteacher who is far from finished teaching! Her 100Words challenge has encouraged young students to practise their writing skills – with thousands of submissions falling into her inbox from around the globe. Each week Julia posts a theme and challenges budding writers to…

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What is ‘Body Control Pilates’?

July 24, 2015

All our teachers on our Pilates holidays in Italy are “Body Control Pilates” qualified – but have you ever wondered what this means? If so, read our short guide including all important facts about the Body Control Pilates method! Lynne Robinson founded Body Control Pilates in 1995 with a drive to share the Joseph Pilates method….

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Day in the life of: a Pilates Teacher

July 17, 2015

Ever wondered what it would be like to be a teacher on a Pilates holiday in Italy? We asked our Pilates teacher, Jyoti to give us some insight and she was kind enough to share with us her typical schedule. Long days of Italian food, afternoon dips in the pool and relaxing Pilates-  it doesn’t sound…

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Blogger Interview – Life Love Food

July 14, 2015

As part of our new ‘Top Bloggers’ series, We will be interviewing our favourite writers from around the globe who love Italy and its culture as much as we do! This week, we talk to Valeria, who  started Life Love Food as a way of documenting her cooking at university. It has since become a means…

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Author Interview: Laura Morelli

July 9, 2015

As part of Italian Book Week, Laura’s The Gondola Maker was nominated for our Best Summer Read award. Laura Morelli fell in love with Venice and Italy at a young age, which inspired her to study for a Ph.D. in Art History at Yale University. A keen writer and historian, Laura’s books are inspired by the true…

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Book Review: Italian Ways

July 8, 2015

Are you searching for the perfect holiday read?  A book that will help you relax on your Pilates holiday  whilst enjoying the warm Italian sun by the pool? Today’s book recommendation “Italian ways” could be that book… Italian Ways: On and off the Rails from Milan to Palermo, to give its full title, is a journey around…

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Author Interview: Peter Moore

July 7, 2015

Many before him must have dreamt of riding around the Italian countryside on a classic Vespa, soaking up the culture and the sun. But Peter wasn’t scared to take the leap and make it happen, heading off to Italy in search of La Dolce Vita! Vroom with a View is his account of Italy from the saddle…

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Book Week – Best Italian Summer Read Short-list

July 6, 2015

We’ve taken your nominations and filtered through our favourite Italian summer reads for this weeks Italian Book Week, hosted by Flavours! Now we need you to consider the options and choose which is the perfect Italian Summer read! Vote via our survey for the chance to win a copy from the list! Vroom with a View Author:…

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Why Anyone Can Learn to Cook Italian Food with Us

July 4, 2015

Maybe you’ve had one too many disasters in the kitchen and vowed never to pick up a frying pan again, or maybe it’s just always fallen on the other half to get creative in the kitchen. Whatever your culinary skill or experience, we hope to be able to teach all to cook while on a…

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Whats on in Italy in July 2015?

July 1, 2015

With such a varied culture and heritage, there is always something worth visiting and celebrating in Italy. Here are the main events in the Italian July calendar, which are not to be missed if you are lucky enough to be in the area. The Summer Festival, Lucca When: Throughout July Held inside Luccas historic city walls,…

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Painting Holidays – What to Pack

June 27, 2015

Our guests on our painting holidays are a varied bunch! We’ve had seasoned artists to complete beginners. Travellers have varied skills, brushes and colours in their toolkit. Here is a quick list and few tips to consider when packing for Italy. Purchase the best materials you can afford. Prioritise quality over quantity and you will notice…

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Pilates – The Secret to Murrays Success?

June 23, 2015

Whether you are just interested in the strawberries and cream or are a die-hard court-side fan, over the next two weeks everyone will be talking about Wimbledon. We’re getting ready to back Andy Murray all the way to the final again this year and we were contemplating the secret to his success. No doubt it is down…

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Sicily off the beaten track

June 20, 2015

Italy’s largest island is well known for beach getaways, coastal summer breaks and ancient relics such as the Temple of Concord. On our Painting holidays and Pilates retreats in Sicily, we want you to experience authentic Italy. Of course, there are sights worth seeing, but sometimes its better to wander a little far off the…

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