Flavours Blog

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

The new Pilates holiday in Seville was a hit with our ‘Amici’

Our first ever week in Seville was a massive success with our Pilates ladies and the lovely Ros Hoyes demonstrating the benefits of Pilates and Mindfulness. Everyone had lots of fun with cava flowing, tapas and Flamenco! Here are some highlights from Ros on the week: Ros, you were teaching Pilates with Mindfulness in our…

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Remembering Andrea Camilleri

Flavours Holidays are long-time fans of Andrea Camilleri’s wonderful world of Inspector Montalbano, especially with his links to the beautiful Sicily. Born in Sicily in 1925, the beloved creator and author sadly passed away in July 2019 at the age of 93 years old. Camilleri worked on a handful of historical novels, before creating the…

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Who Goes on a Flavours Holiday? Interview with Alice Peterson

We spoke to bestselling novelist Alice Peterson, who joined a Flavours Pilates holiday in Puglia, which also includes two cooking lessons. Alice’s new book, If You Were Here, is published on 22 August. What made you pick a Flavours holiday in Puglia? I did a fair bit of research online, and there were lots of…

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A selection of our favourite white wines from Italy

Looking for a dry white wine? It’s easy to get overwhelmed by everything that is on offer. Which is why we have put together a list of our favourite wines. It contains wines from each of our Flavours Destinations and each wine displays characteristics typical of its region. Fiano Fiano is a wonderful grape variety…

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Interview with Flavours’ Italian Teacher – Carlo Lenoci

Carlo Lenoci teaches Italian at a number of language schools around Edinburgh. He also teaches our Italian language learning holidays throughout Italy, and, as our guests love him so much, we thought we would find out a bit more about him! “Everything was perfect for me; I loved the villa, and Carlo, our teacher, made…

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Top 5 Reasons to Learn a Foreign Language

How often do you hear yourself lament that you wish you knew another language, or that you had taken advantage of the opportunity to learn back in your school days? I know that I say it almost every time I travel to a foreign country, and probably more often than that if I’m honest! But,…

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The Top 10 Highlights Of Andalusia

What does Andalusia conjure up in your imagination? Sun, flamenco, sea, white villages, fiery Spanish passion, Seville oranges perhaps. This diverse region in southern Spain has long been a place for holidays with its long hot summers, beaches and delicious food. Having always based our activity holidays in Italy, we are branching out and finding…

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Piedmont’s Top Produce Everyone Should Try

According to Lonely Planet, this year Piedmont (Piemonte in Italian) is the top region to visit in the world. Amongst the beautiful rolling hills and grape vines of the Langhe region, Piedmont has three products from the region that we think you should know about. The Flavours team decided to make our own list of…

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The 7 Big Advantages of Solo Travelling

Travelling is always beneficial. Advantages of travelling are never ending; it broadens your horizons. You get out of your comfort zone, meet new people, share new experiences and make new memories. However, solo travelling does a lot more wonders than travelling alone. There is no other feeling as amazing as travelling alone. It makes you…

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6 Top Tips To Cook Your Pasta To Perfection

Once you have your pasta, either freshly-made or bought-dry, there are some tips that we need to discuss about cooking your pasta. There are some myths out there that won’t help your pasta at all to develop that beautiful and glossy shine when mixed with pasta sauces. But don’t worry! Flavours Holidays are here to…

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The Interesting History Of Pasta In Italy

The word ‘pasta’ is an Italian word meaning ‘paste’, referring to the paste like pasta dough made from egg or water and flour. However, before pasta was all over the world, pasta was called ‘maccaronaro’, which means ‘kneading dough with energy’. And even before that, pasta was called ‘Itriyya’ in Arab countries to refer to…

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Holiday Ideas for Single Travellers

Whether it’s your first foray into solo travel, or your twentieth trip, the excitement of going it alone is always there. Deciding for yourself on your destination and activities is thrilling. It usually involves a bit of nervousness, too, come the morning of travel. But we think that makes it even more rewarding. Overcoming the…

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The Best Solo Travel Destinations in 2019: Italy

Solo travel is on the rise. According to Mintel research, 17% of UK adults took a holiday on their own in the last five years, and the numbers are rising. We’re not surprised; over 70% of Flavours guests travel on their own, and word is getting out that travelling to Italy alone is an ideal…

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Foodie Friday – How to make Tortellini

Tortellini… pasta parcels filled with meat, herbs and spices that melt in your mouth. Traditionally they are served in a wonderfully rich meat stock, resulting in comfort food at its best. As always is the case with Italian food, homemade is the only way to go. In the UK, supermarkets offer rubbery versions but nothing beats the real thing.

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Cookbook Review – ‘Veneto’ by Valeria Necchio

Flavours guest Gabrielle enjoyed cooking from ‘Veneto’ by Valeria Necchio. The recipes reminded her of time spent in Tuscany on one of our Cooking Holidays! Recipes from an Italian Country Kitchen I have really enjoyed reviewing this lovely cook book! With its chapters divided into sections of ‘Then’, ‘Now’ and ‘Pantry’. I can see myself…

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Cookbook Review – ‘Sharing Puglia’ by Luca Lorusso

Flavours guest Linda joined us in Sicily last year, and is about to learn the ins and outs of Puglian cooking later this year – what better time to review Luca Lorusso’s ‘Sharing Puglia’! In the last decade or so, Puglia, that lies in the heel of Italy and which has long provided cheap holidays…

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The Breads of Italy – Guest Post

Italian foodie Line is an expert on all things Italian – she’s shared her top 7 Italian breads with us and the do’s and don’t’s of this Italian staple! Bread is a wonderful food. It is something that plays a big part in virtually every food culture. The Italians love their bread too. They may…

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Cookbook Review – ‘Simple Cooking’ by Antonio Carluccio

After joining us in Tuscany, Flavours guest Trish tested out some of Antonio Carluccio’s recipes from his classic book ‘Simple Cooking’: I was really looking forward to this book, as I love Antonio’s cookery programmes and am a fan of Italian cooking. It is beautifully presented and has plenty of illustrations. Just the sort of…

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Cookbook Review – ‘Aquacotta’ by Emiko Davies

After joining us in Tuscany and Amalfi, Flavours guest Eirlys has reviewed Emiko Davies’ book ‘Aquacotta’, testing out some recipes from Tuscany’s secret Silver Coast: My interest in the book was peeked as it covers an area of Italy I don’t know but its terrain of sea and forest is very similar to where I…

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Painting In Italy – Hugh Tuckerman’s Most Inspiring Locations

Today, we speak to one of our fantastic painting tutors, Hugh Tuckerman, to discuss his favourite painting spots in Italy to visit with our groups. With wonderful painting holidays to Tuscany, Amalfi and Sicily, there are so many stunning landscapes, scenes and locations to inspire our guests – it was no small task to narrow…

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The Flavours Team’s Comfort Foods

The days are getting longer and, although it is still very early in the year, we are anticipating the coming months of spring. However, it’s still cold for the team up here in chilly Edinburgh, and we thought we would share with you the delicious comfort foods that keep us going through the cold, dark…

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Top Tips for spending a weekend in Venice

If you’re looking for a city short break that will enchant and inspire, then look no further than Venice. This ancient city that seems to float on water is full of both world-renowned sights, and hidden gems that never cease to amaze. The Flavours Team spent a weekend exploring Venice, so read on for their…

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Cookbook Review – ‘Made in Sicily’ by Giorgio Locatelli

Flavours guest Lynda perfected her Puglian cooking skills on a Flavours holiday. Since then she’s been testing out some of Sicily’s finest recipes from Giorgio Locatelli’s popular book. If, like me, you already have something in the order of 150 cookbooks, then you may wonder whether you need yet another ‘Italian’ cookbook. But if you’ve…

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5 Reasons to Book a Photography Holiday

Are you a keen photographer at home, but not sure how to take your skills to the next level? Or have you always wanted to take your camera off the ‘auto’ setting and really learn the secrets behind capturing that perfect landscape shot? If so, a photography holiday is the perfect way to improve your…

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Flavours Blog

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