Articles by Carla Passino

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 06:23
The road twists and turns up a steep hillside behind the tiny village of Domus de Maria. At every bend, a glimmering sea, wrapped in the soft pink haz…
Sun, 08/14/2016 - 10:21
Pure white beaches of soft, velvety sand, waters of a thousand shades of blue, soaring golden cliffs and, framing it all, the deep greens of laurel, m…
Mon, 03/21/2016 - 04:34
Spring gives me a thirst for greenery. When the scorching sun bounces off the buildings and roads get warm enough that high-heeled shoes sink into the…
Fri, 12/18/2015 - 08:00
Dark, glossy, sweetly sour, balsamic vinegar is the perfect condiment for both salads and desserts. Here’s how to choose a great one. It costs more th…
Wed, 04/01/2015 - 07:48
The story of chocolate in Italy has the glamour of court life, the ring of horse hooves beating fast on cobbled street, the dim lights and wooden pane…
Mon, 03/30/2015 - 12:22
Italy has yummy tradition of Easter treats, with a particularly rich range of regional offerings. We select three of the very best cakes and pies whic…
Wed, 03/04/2015 - 10:07
Italy's fragmented past saw the peninsula divided into dozens of tiny independent states, bequeathed in a plethora of small urban settlements—often se…
Mon, 12/08/2014 - 04:00
If you intend to do your Christmas shopping in Italy, don’t just hit the cities—there are plenty of lovely Christmas markets laden with cakes, wooden…
Tue, 08/26/2014 - 06:02
The jagged peaks of the Alps soar white and mighty towards a crystalline sky. A crown of snow-capped trees rings a village of pretty wooden chalets. A…
Sun, 03/23/2014 - 21:57
Soft and sweet, savoury and hard, mouth-melting and strong. Italy makes excellent cheeses all year round, but each season brings delicious surprises.…
Mon, 05/13/2013 - 05:24
The forbidding bulk of Venice’s Arsenale, the soaring towers of San Gimignano, the azure elegance of Giotto’s frescoes in Padua’s Scrovegni chapel. Bu…
Wed, 04/21/2010 - 06:00
Photo from the Fiat Club 500 ArchiveThe 27th Cinquecento meeting will take place in garlenda, Liguria, in July, allowing owners to show off their cars…
Tue, 04/20/2010 - 04:45
Words by Carla PassinoSecond homes are one of the backbones of Italy’s property market and could become key to the recovery of the Italian tourist sec…
Thu, 04/08/2010 - 09:07
Words by Carla PassinoDespite being a relatively small country, Italy has a staggering variety of climates and landscapes. And never is this more evid…
Wed, 04/07/2010 - 05:00
Words by Carla Passino Their wine is already a work of art, but now SuperTuscan producer Tenuta dell’Ornellaia has packaged it in bottles to match. Th…
Wed, 03/31/2010 - 06:41
Words by Carla PassinoWant to make authentic Italian dishes at home? Then run to get yourself a copy of La Cucina, the cookery book published by the I…
Mon, 03/29/2010 - 11:58
Words by Carla PassinoSlow and steady. That’s the snapshot of the Italian property market in 2009, according to the Agenzia del Territorio, Italy’s eq…
Fri, 03/26/2010 - 05:12
Words by Carla Passino - Pictures courtesy of Caffé MoakCoffee has always played a part in cultural production. Authors and philosophers ranging from…
Wed, 03/17/2010 - 08:09
Words by Carla PassinoSpeak the Culture Italy is a guidebook with a difference. Rather than suggesting itineraries across Italian landmarks, it steers…
Wed, 03/10/2010 - 10:38
Words by Carla PassinoPanoramic country views and a beautiful restoration that blends period and contemporary details make this old stone mill near Vo…