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Villa Lanta Bagnaia Italy

Villa Lante di Bagnaia, Viterbo Province Italy

Bagnaia is a little gem of a village just 78 kilometers (48 miles) north of Rome. There are several reasons to consider a visit to this small village in the Italy’s Viterbo province, including the important fact that very few people do. After fighting the crowds to get a peek at Italy’s most visited attractions, a […]
Apple Harvest Salad with Edam Cheese, Green Apple, Caramelized Carrots and Red Bell Pepper and Fresh Grated Horseradish

Harvest Salad with Fresh Horseradish

This warm harvest salad recipe was inspired by our first visit to the Friuli Venezia Giulia region in Italy. We visited several vintners during our stay, including the Gravner Winery, on the border between Italy and Slovenia. Here we learned about their unorthodox methods for producing wine. While we sampled their spectacular wine we were also […]
Recommended Travel Gear

Our Recommendations – What We Have In Our Pack

After 2 years of traveling full-time, we have more travel under our belts than most. And during that time we’ve come up with a few things that make travel easier and more convenient for us. Below are links to products that we use and recommend.  Jen: The primary bag that we both use is the eBags […]
Simple Tomato Sauce Recipe

Simple Tomato Sauce

Everyone needs a good basic tomato sauce recipe. We’ve experimented with our version over the years and perfected it during a recent trip through Italy. We took a lot of cooking classes during our time there including this one in Rome – Cooking with Nonna (Grandmother). In each region that we visited, Nonnas were cooking […]
fruili venezia guilia italy

Discovering Orange Wine at Gravner Winery

Today I drank wine – not unusual for me, but there were many things about today that were. Unusual, touching, heartbreaking, inspiring, and unforgettable are all words that come to mind. As I look back through the events of the day, I can feel myself begin to smile. At the start of the day, as […]
Curried Vegetables with Poached Eggs

Curried Vegetables in a Tomato Gravy with Poached Eggs

This recipe is inspired by the flavors of the middle east. I really enjoy shukshuka, an Israeli recipe with poached eggs in a tomato sauce served with fresh bread for dipping. This version adds more vegetables and curry for a heartier dish that’s bursting with flavor. If you enjoy curry and are looking for a […]
Delicanto Italy Custom Tour

An Insider’s Tour of Italy’s Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia Regions

Like many people who have visited Italy, our first visit has not been our last. In fact we’ve been to Italy three times so far, and are now spending a few months slowly touring our way through the country. This has given us the opportunity to explore beyond the top destinations that come to mind, […]
Eggplant Stuffed with Sausage and Provolone

Stuffed Eggplant with Sausage and Provolone Cheese

Stuffed eggplant (or aubergine) is a very popular dish in Italy. We made them together with Chef Gianna Greco in her cooking school in Lecce, the Pulgia region of Italy in the heel of the boot. I’ll have to admit, however, that Chef Gianna would not approve of my version. There are a lot of […]
Fresh Potato Focaccia Bread

Italian Potato Focaccia Bread

Focaccia bread is a standard in the homes of Italian’s living in the Pulgia area of Italy. Here in the heel of the boot of Italy, Focaccia bread is made fresh every few days and used as a snack, with meal or sliced and stuffed to make delicious sandwiches. This version uses lots of olive […]
San Marino Castle

Reasons to Visit One of Europe’s Smallest Countries – San Marino

San Marino is the third smallest country of Europe. And that’s not the only distinction – the tiny country is perched on the Apennine mountain range and is completely surrounded on all sides by Italy. They have maintained this precarious position since 301 AD, earning themselves the bragging rights as being one of the world’s oldest independent constitutional republics. […]