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This is NOT your average Cooking Class | Travel Deeper in Italy -  Travel deeper this Autumn… If you talk the talk, then this is your chance to walk the walk! We raise it, kill it and cook it – every October at our farmhouse La Tavola Marche, sharing with our guests the full circle of the food we eat.   The Annual Forage, Slaughter & Butchery Course … More This is NOT your average Cooking Class | Travel Deeper in Italy
Sunrise in Sicily, Timelapse - So, this was what we woke up to each morning at Villa Athena! Sunrise in Sicily with a stunning view of the Temple Concordia, the crown jewel of the Valley of Temples (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Filmed on a GoPro – I woke up early and had to carefully change out the batteries a few times … More Sunrise in Sicily, Timelapse
Piemonte: Spring - After a five hour drive from our farmhouse in Le Marche we arrived – grande Piemonte, we’ve heard so much about you from the endless vines, truffles and risotto to infamous Alps looming above – it was all true except for the damn Alps – we were fogged in the entire 3 days, never even … More Piemonte: Spring
The BEST Pork Sandwich Ever, Found at a Road-Side Food-Truck in Le Marche Italy - This post is a year plus in the making…During the fall of 2012 on a gorgeous crisp Autumn Sunday, we took the back roads through northern Le Marche with no destination in mind – just heading south through the foothills of the Apennines, meandering past Monte Cucco. Without a map in hand, we savored the … More The BEST Pork Sandwich Ever, Found at a Road-Side Food-Truck in Le Marche Italy
Puglia: Olive Oil, Wine Making & Renovating - This week’s podcast is an in-depth interview with Villa Cappelli owners Steven & Paul. Away from the tourists in one of the most beautiful undiscovered Regions in Italy, we hear from two American expats about life in Puglia, their favorite local recipes, the scandals of the south (from olive oil to gay rights) and restoring … More Puglia: Olive Oil, Wine Making & Renovating
Rome on a Vespa - One of the most memorable experiences I have had in Rome is holding on for dear life zipping through the ancient cobblestone streets on the back of a Vespa! I’ve seen the major sites of Rome, guided by torn pages of Rick Steves, wandered the city at night with local friends, taken a private tour … More Rome on a Vespa
StoryTellers Rome - Unplug and spend an evening away from the TV and Facebook with actual real live people telling stories…that’s it, an old school, throw-back evening of just listening to Story Tellers. This is how I grew up – gathered around the kitchen table late at night listening to my colorful Irish-Catholic uncles telling big fish tales. … More StoryTellers Rome
Rome Off the Beaten Path: Food Tour - Living in Italy we’ve been to Rome a dozen times but always totting family & friends around to see the Greatest Hits: Colosseum, Patheon, Vatican, Spanish Steps… you know the drill. So on a recent winter weekend to Rome we decided to get off the beaten path and finally explore beyond the tourist ring. Our … More Rome Off the Beaten Path: Food Tour
#WinterinRome on Instagram - All roads lead to Rome…and last Friday we packed our bags and hit the road! Invited to join a talented group of food & travel bloggers/writers for a weekend of events & tours highlighting Rome in the winter; we visited little known neighborhoods, ate TONS of food, zipped about on Vespas, ate more food, learned … More #WinterinRome on Instagram
Festa della Befana: The Italian Folklore, Festival & Food! -     A “Taste of Italy” episode celebrating Festa della Befana – A short film capturing the magic of Befana with the smell of roasted chestnuts and spiced wine, the cold air fills with festive music as Befana’s of all ages descend upon the cobblestone streets to celebrate in Urbania (Le Marche) Italy. La Befana … More Festa della Befana: The Italian Folklore, Festival & Food!
Sicily: Valley of Temples - This November we booked a last minute flight from Rome to Palermo for a Sicilian getaway! First stop: Agrigento or The Valley of Temples (Valle dei Templi), it may just be the 8th Wonder of the World if you ask me. This was our second trip to the UNESCO World Heritage archaeological site and we … More Sicily: Valley of Temples
A Tuscan Christmas Gathering - Over the rivers and through the woods passing thru Le Marche and Umbria along the way, to gather by the roaring fire & meet new friends,  to share a festive table & eat a gorgeous meal. We poured endless red, ate too much and returned home late into the night, thankful for the whimsical afternoon … More A Tuscan Christmas Gathering
Why We Travel: Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena - Put down that caramel-colored watery condiment known as balsamic vinegar of Modena & try the real deal! (And trust me whatever you’re using, no matter what you spent, ‘aint this!) Traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena D.O.P.  is like nothing you’ve ever tasted, a thick sweet syrup that must be aged for at least 12 years … More Why We Travel: Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena
Taste of Italy: Pizza Bianco with Potatoes & Rosemary - A taste of Italy from La Tavola Marche (farm, inn and cooking school) – a local favorite is Pizza Bianco made without sauce and instead with thinly sliced potatoes, ricotta, rosemary, sea salt & olive oil! Each week the wood burning oven is fired up for Thursday’s Pizza Night Dinner Party – here Chef Jason … More Taste of Italy: Pizza Bianco with Potatoes & Rosemary
The Sturgis of Italy: Motocycle & Truffle Festival - Every October thousands of motorcycles decsend on the sleepy medieval village of Sant’Angelo in Vado in Le Marche, Italy for the international Motorcycle & White Truffle Festival! Revving engines, fragrant truffles, endless local craft beer and wine – the party goes on all night! XXXVII Motoraduno Nazionale – XX Internazionale del Tartufo Bianco Pregiato organizzato … More The Sturgis of Italy: Motocycle & Truffle Festival
Apecchio’s White Truffle & Local Craft Beer Festival -   White truffle season has officially begun in Italy, as usual the festivities kick off at Mostra Mercato del Tartufo Bianco Internazionale in Apecchio. Apecchio (our neighboring villages) is located in the “Truffle Valley” of Le Marche, the festival marks the ‘unveiling’ of the white truffles and talk begins on how the season will unfold.. … More Apecchio’s White Truffle & Local Craft Beer Festival
Rome in a Whirlwind, Photo Guide to 6 Hours in the Eternal City - It is entirely possible to see almost everything in under 6 hours in Rome. Ok, not everything but enough to fill your photo album and Facebook your friends! For those of you that are art enthusiasts, church lovers, architecture buffs & Da Vinci  code-breakers this is not the grand tour for you. However there are … More Rome in a Whirlwind, Photo Guide to 6 Hours in the Eternal City
5 Favorite Places to Eat FISH in Fano on Any Budget - We live in the foothills of the Apennines, the kingdom of pork and rich meaty dishes from the mountains, so when we want to eat-out in Le Marche where do we go from something different…Fano for pesce fish of course! Fano is the ancient Roman seaside settlement, complete with the Arco D’ Augusto (year 9 … More 5 Favorite Places to Eat FISH in Fano on Any Budget
Norcia: A Land of Pork, Butchers, Boar and Truffles - We recently spent a night in Norcia (Umbria) a land famous for it’s pork, butchers, wild boar and truffles. (Not so different from our neck of the woods in Le Marche.) Just over two hours from Rome (and about two hour from our farmhouse) time seems to stand still, it is the perfect place to … More Norcia: A Land of Pork, Butchers, Boar and Truffles