The Hugo Spritz: The Perfect Summer Aperitif

Many of you will be familiar with the popular Italian aperitif Aperol Spritz, however, there is a new cocktail contender in Italy that has slowly been taking over the spotlight, one you may not have heard of before: the Hugo Spritz. What is a Hugo Spritz cocktail? Pronounced oo-go in Italian, the Hugo Spritz is a refreshing

Pasta, Prosecco & George Clooney – Part 3

Marketing and Travel Freelance writer Mary Finucane continues her discovery of Italy’s northern Lakes.. Time permitting, visit all Lake Como villas but if you only have room for one, then make your way to Villa del Balbaniello. Run by the FAI, Italy’s main heritage charity, this delightful 18th century cardinal’s villa is best reached by

Villa Balbianello

Pasta, Prosecco & George Clooney – Part 2

Marketing and Travel Freelance Mary Finucane continues her Italian adventure..  A bus ride or hot walk from Gardone brought us to Salo, a lovely Belle Epoque town full of handsome cafes, townhouses and hotels, many the result of rebuilding in the prevailing liberty (Italian Art Deco) style after a 1901 earthquake.  After giving in to

Pasta, Prosecco & George Clooney Part 1

Northern Italy’s subalpine lakes each have a charm of their own. Having travelled to 3, Travel Freelance Writer, Mary Finucane decides it’s Lake Garda for the good life, Lake Maggiore for wonderful well-being and Lake Como for sheer magic. Describe yourself and I will describe which Italian lake best suits you. Relaxed, a lover of

Escape to the hills of Italy’s South Tyrol

Travel writer Amy Laughinghouse escapes London for the hills of Italy’s South Tyrol, where she developed a new toast: “May the Forst be with you.” (Try the local beer; you’ll see what she means). There’s a man with a pick-axe following me silently down a grassy slope, his white mustache twitching in a sunburned face,

South Tyrol wonderful countryside