Flavours Blog

Italian food, lifestyle and culture blog - by the Flavours Holidays team.

Plan Your Travel Bucket List For 2021 – Return to Travel

We’ve been dreaming (and we’re sure you have too) of exploring a little bit further afield and ticking off our travel bucket list. Our wanderlust has us incredibly excited to get back out into the world and return to travel in 2021! With the new year approaching, it’s time for us all to be looking…

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17 Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Italy

It’s no surprise that we love Italy! In fact, our team are all Italy experts and love its food, history, culture and lifestyle. So it’s obvious that we talk about Italy all the time, and we’re guessing that you have some interest in Italy too. We have to admit that we thought we knew quite…

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Top 10 Famous Italian Artists and Painters

Italy has been the epicentre of European art for centuries, with Italian artists contributing a massive amount of work to our cultural history. If you were to ask someone to name a famous artist or a famous painting, it’s highly likely that one of the names on this list would be the first to spring…

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7 Most Instagrammable Spots in Italy

Italy is packed with beautiful scenery, from the coastal beauties of Amalfi to the heights of the Dolomites, and intriguing streets which make for some incredible photographic opportunities! To help you narrow down your list of ‘must-photograph’ locations, we’ve put together a list of the 7 most Insta-worthy places in Italy. Read on to discover…

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Parmigiana di Melanzane Recipe

With its sumptuous layers of creamy aubergine, oozing cheese and rich tomato sauce, parmigiana di melanzane is the ultimate comfort food. It’s incredibly simple to make and super versatile – you can serve it as the main affair or as a side dish. Either way, it’ll become a firm favourite with your family and any dinner guests you have!

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The Flavours Online Cooking Classes Experience

There is very little I love more than eating Italian food, and I’m sure you feel much the same! Italian cuisine is definitely one of the best-loved in the world, but how often do you cook an Italian feast for yourself? Many Italian meals are deceptively simple and worth the effort for the delicious rewards…

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Tiramisu Recipe

Simple, yet indulgent, tiramisu could be considered the perfect dessert. The richness of the creamy mascarpone is delicately balanced by the sharpness of the coffee and cocoa. Learn how to make this incredibly flavourful dessert to wow your friends and family! Buon Appetito!

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7 Best Towns to Visit in Tuscany

When Tuscany is mentioned, your mind may turn to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the beautiful Duomo in Florence, or rolling hills covered in vineyards and lined with cypress trees. Tuscany is all of this and much, much more – a true powerhouse when it comes to art, cuisine and culture. Tuscany has seen the…

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7 Best Italian Cocktails to Make at Home

In general, the mention of cocktails brings to mind celebrations, dancing and socialising with friends. The thought of Italian cocktails, however, mixes this with sunny evenings spent al fresco as you relax and bask in a beautiful view! Summer is upon us and the sun is shining here in the UK (intermittently, we do admit!)….

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21 Different Types of Italian Breads

Bread is a wonderful food, a great base for many meals and it plays a big part in virtually every food culture. Whilst Italians may not eat quite as much as many other Europeans do, they do eat it virtually every day and Italian cuisine is a wealth for regional bread variations. Much like the…

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The Definitive List of the Top 10 Masterpieces of Italian Art

With its decadent architecture, many extraordinary remains of the Roman Empire, a dramatic and often turbulent history, and stunning natural scenery, it’s really no wonder that artists, poets, philosophers and writers have turned to Italy for centuries to inspire and create. Widely recognised as the birthplace of the Renaissance, as well the Baroque and Neoclassicism,…

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Lock-down Diaries – A perspective from Seville

Sixth and last of our lock-down diaries is an interview with Abel Ibáñez, the charming Manager of Villa El Molino. Flavours launched Seville as a new destination in 2019 and our home away from home is the stunning Villa El Molino. This luxury nineteenth-century Oil mill recently restored in the heart of the Natural Park Sierra de Aracena y Picos de Aroche, has fast become a favourite amongst our guests for its true Andalusian charm. Abel is the manager of this amazing estate and he is known for going above and beyond to ensure all guests have the perfect stay at the villa.

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Lock-down Diaries- A Spanish Perspective

Fifth of our lock-down diaries is an interview with Noemi Parra Martin, our host from Granada, Andalusia. Our guests love the splendour and delights of Andalusia, and the lovely Noemi is always on hand to share the culture of her hometown Granada. Noemi can often be found teaching our guests Flamenco, a real passion for her and not to mention ensuring their glasses are always filled with ‘Cava’. In this interview, Noemi shares what life has been like in Andalusia during this period and gives us a glimpse into life after lock-down.

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Lock-down Diaries – A Perspective from Bologna

Fourth of our lock-down diaries is an interview with Contessa Maria Teresa Vespignani Boselli, the lovely owner of Villa La Vespa. Villa la Vespa is a beautifully restored farmhouse situated in the heart of the Tredozio region on top of one of the highest hills in the area. This amazing villa is famous not only amongst our guests, it turns out Celebrity Chef Gino D’Acampo cooked up a storm with the Contessa at the villa in the foodie capital of Italy. Contessa Maria Teresa is always on hand to welcome our guests and make sure they have an unforgettable experience.

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The Top 10 UK Art Competitions to Enter in 2020

Art competitions are a great way to further develop your creative skills! By working on a piece with a specific theme or using a particular medium, entering a competition gives you a chance to focus on and evaluate your technical skills and personal style. We’ve compiled a list of the 10 best UK-based art competitions…

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How to Choose the Best Pilates Mat

Choosing a Pilates mat is one of the most important steps in setting yourself up for success in your Pilates practice. With so many Pilates mats on the market, it can seem overwhelming and confusing, so we’re here to help! We’ve reached out to our Pilates network to put together a guide for choosing the…

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Lock-down Diaries – A Perspective from Puglia

Third of our lock-down diaries is an interview with Cosimo and Gina, our gardener and housekeeper from Villa Casino Pisanelli. Casino Pisanelli, originally a hunting lodge built in the 17th century for a local Count, is our signature villa in Puglia which never ceases to impress our guests and it is all thanks to our lovely team Cosimo and Gina. In this interview, Cosimo and Gina share what life has been like in the ‘Heel of the Boot’ during this time, as they make sure that the beauty of Casino Pisanelli remains waiting for you all.

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4 Quick and Easy Italian Recipes

The cuisine of each region of Italy is known for its unique style, flavours and technique, as well as certain historic influences from around the Mediterranean, including Greece, Spain, and even the Middle East. With so many styles of Italian cooking to choose from, it’s an exciting and delicious cuisine to cook! The Italian’s Mediterranean…

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Italian food, lifestyle and culture blog – by the Flavours Holidays team.