Whether or not you believe in the existence of extra-terrestrial life, there is a strange Renaissance painting in Palazzo Vecchio which has drawn considerable attention by Ufologists because of a strange circular object which it contains. In a room on the top floor of the Palazzo Vecchio you will...
Archive for month: September, 2014
Created on the site where Vivaldo de San Gimignano died*, the San Valdo Sacro Monte outside Florence recreates various places associated with the life and final Passion of Christ. The twenty or so extant chapels (in the 16th century there were a total of 34) are adorned with sculpted...
The spelt pasta in this dish really gives a lovely nutty flavour and combines beautifully with the crab, mint and the lemon pangrattato. Such a light, simple pasta but it ticks all the boxes for flavour, colour and of course, a Mediterranean theme. You can add a little cumbled...
These little pastry pillows which originated in Naples are a true mouthful of delight were first made to celebrate the feast of Saint Joseph. Whether they are filled with a ricotta cream, or custard, or left unfilled and tossed in sugar or drizzled with honey they are truly...
I love using tomatoes as they always provide such a vibrancy to a dish. This pasta freddo uses both heirloom and cherry tomatoes, which when combined with the creamy baked ricotta, the bright green of the peppery rocket, the parsley and the white of the pasta is a visual...
As you all know, traditional fare at Christmas throughout Italy is the famous panettone, the vanilla flavoured sugarloaf baked with raisins and other dried fruits. Although various legends have tried unconvincingly to explain its origin, panettone unquestionably originated in Milan. Founded by the Insubi Celts around 600BC, Mediolano, as...
Looking at Palazzo Loredan, San Marco, the second column in from the left has a graffiti depiction of a man with a long pipe. It is inspired by the remarkable legend of a local fisherman called Biagio. A firm favourite with one and all, this old man used to...
This is a soup which is just such a delicious bowl of ‘more please’. The meatballs made of pork and fennel sausage meat are just perfect here with the cannellini beans, tomatoes, chilli and of course, the cavolo nero. The herb combination really binds the key flavours together and...
On the upper floor of Trinità Dei Monti convent, Rome, you can visit a cloister where you will see some extraordinary and rare anamorphic frescoes, the result of the residents’ research on perspective. The basic principle of anamorphic perspective is to project the line of vision in order to...
Printed by Aldus Manutius in Venice in 1499, Hypnerotomachia Poliphili is perhaps the most complex roman-a-clef ever published. Illustrated with around 170 exquisite woodcuts, it is also considered one of the finest examples of early printing. The book, written in a mixture of Italian, Latin, Greek, Hebrew,...
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