Who knows if I have this right, but working on the assumption that Emma was listening during her ‘Web Optimisation’ course, links from our site give us bad Google points and our new site  needs only good Google and that is why we only post links here…


Lorne’s homepage ‘Flavours of Italy’

We have known Lorne for years and she has built this business up from nothing into one of the best of its type. Art, cooking, pilatates – she seems to cover it all.
Lorne’s Blog

Agriturismi in Italia

This is a useful resource for villas, apartments and BandB which we have used as a guide in the past with no problems.


We have visited Walter in the Dolomites many times and know most of the skiing pretty well.  I am now trying to dig a little deeper, any ideas do let me know.

Ski map for the Sella Ronda


Esmeralda’s homepage:

Fantastic places to stay throughout the Salento, we have stayed in three of the Tricase and the two Morciano di Leuca properties, all of which were perfect.

Trullo Bellissimo

This has been a staple for my brother and family, to all accounts it is lovely.

Le Cupole

We came accross Gabriella and her jams at Vinitaly in 2011, both lovely and I am sure her holiday homes are too, though we have yet to visit.
‘I have 3 local houses to rent during the year and you could certainly offer to your customers, I would be very pleased! We are not “agriturismo” but we have a personal vegetable garden where every body could go and pick up own products and there are plenty of fig trees and almond trees during summer time. A little local and traditional  restaurant linked with us, is available for any personal request.’ Gabriella Solaro del Borgo.


Cantine Ascheri Giacomo

Via G. Piumati, 23 – 12042 Bra (Cn)
Winery, Hotel and Restaurant
Walking distance from the station and centre of town, a great spot to explore the Barolo villages from.  We are hugely fond of Matteo and his family, they are very special – the restaurant is excellent, the hotel comforable and modern.

Villa Giada

Winery is a distance from the Agriturismo with Restaurant
A car is definitely required for staying at Cascina Dani; beautiful simple and elegant rooms with a uniquely feel-at-home restaurant serving excellent local food and warmly hosted by Andrea’s wife, the lovely Zarah.

Where to eat and drink

Locanda del Gallo Storto

Via Borgo Inferiore 4
Masserano (BI)

Beautiful town and a lovely trattoria, highly recommended.


Fattoria Santa Vittoria

Loc. Pozzo – Foiano della Chiana Arezzo

With views accross the valley to Cortona this is an altogether lovely little group of apartments. Marta is a first class cook and runs the odd cookery school and the wines are lovely.  For large groups it would be best to book well in advance, the farm could sleep 16 comfortably. There is a pool.

Castell’in Villa

Beautiful view to Sienna, a stunning spot.

Le Miccine

Paola is a delight and will look after you wonderfully.


Old world charm, one of the most lovely families you can hope to meet.

Podere il Poggiolo

(Podere Sasso al Vento) 53024 Montalcino, Toscana
We have importered Rudi and Cecilia’s Brunello for many years, lovely people, great wines.  Do make an appointment before visiting this winery, Cecilia speaks perfect English, Rudi will speak a little if pushed.
00390577818412 or email

Recommended Accommodation in or around Montalcino

Il Rifugio D’Altri Tempi

Piazzale Fortezza, 3
53024 Montalcino Province of Siena
Phone:0577 849178

Recommended Accommodation near Val di Toro, Grosseto

Agriturismo Poggio Cavallo

contact: Francesca (+39) 3387712443
They have both single rooms and apartments. it is in the country about 10 minutes drive from us.

Agriturismo Podere Castellaccia

contact: Barbera (+39) 4263272
In the country, about 10 minutes from us.

Hotel Bastiani ****

(+39) 056420047
In the center of Grosseto, about 15 minutes drive away.

Hotel I Crespi ***

Via Aurelia Sud – Località i Crespi – 58100 Grosseto
(+39) 056424770 Cell (+39) 3333501544
On the outskirts of Grosetto (on the way to Val di Toro), about 10 minutes away.


Culatelleria is highly recommended by some good friends of ours, drop in for a bite if you are near Palma.


La Montecchia, via Montecchia. 16, 35030 Selvazzano Dentro (PD)
The Robson family camped here for a very happy month in 2003. The accomodation is very flexible, there is a spendid bed and breakfast and also three houses, each sleeps 4. Renovation and improvements are ongoing and they are all stylish and comfortable.
The estate is on the northern edge of the Colli Euganei and a short drive from Padova and very close to Venice.

There are so many good places to eat but we do love La Zucca


Where to eat:


Osteria Casa Vino, Vicolo Morette, 8, 37121 Verona. 0458004337 (lovely simple simple food – short decent wine list)

Al Duomo, via Duomo 7, tel 045 8004505 (near to the cathedral)

Al Carro Armato, vicolo Gatto 2a, tel 045 8030175 (east of piazza dei Signori)

Trattoria Tre Marchetti, Vicolo Tre Marchetti 19/B, 37121 Verona. 045 8030463

L’Oste Scuro, Vicolo S.Silvestro 10, 37122 Verona. 045 59292650

Al Pompiere, Vicolo Regina d’Ungheria 5, 37121 Verona. 045 8030537

Antica Bottega del Vino, Via Scudo di Francia 3, 37121 Verona. 0458004535

Caffé Monte Baldo, Via Rosa 12, 37121 Verona. 045 8030579

Where to stay
Villa Giona, Via Cengio 8, 37029. tel. 045 7725068 (high end and lovely)
Hotel Gabbia d’Oro, Corso Porto Borsari 4/A, 37121 Verona te. 045 8003060 (where the well healed members of the wine trade stay, just off Piazza delle Erbe)


Stefano Mancinelli
Stefano and his family have a simple visitor centre / enoteca at the winery on the center of Moro D’Alba, a beautiful historic small town 15mins inland from the beach-town Sengalia.  His stunning apartments ‘Le Civette’ are located under the town’s stunning fortress and opposite one of the loveliest old bars – a must visit for a decent start to the day.

La Grande Agave, Bed and Breakfast. Strada della Siligata, 12, Fiorenzuola de Facara (Pescara) 0721208665 or
On the edge of the national park between Rimini and Pescara, this is  useful spot to break a drive south. Tina and her husband don’t speak much English but they do supply a fantastic breakfast and a clear room at a very fair price.


Bulfon’s Agriturismo
Lorenzo and  Louisa  have made this lovely quiet agriturismo an idyllic place to explore the hills of Velleriano and enjoy San Danielle prosciutto.

Roberto Picech’s Cantina and Agriturismo
Roberto’s wife Alessia has created a warm welcome to these stunning and very comfortable rooms -also has excellent ratings on trip advisor.

San Gallo agriturismo, via San Gallo 3/1 (Stassoldo) 043193039 or
Comfortable rooms and a decent restaurant within easy reach of Grado and only 20 minutes away from Trieste airport.


Where to eat and drink

Enoteca Cava Turacciolo, Como
Highly recommended cellar bar owned by Mario and Norberto


L’Antico Cortile di Michele Miccolo

Via Tanucci, 53 Caserta
Facebook Antico Cortile Restaurant

Lovely B&B, clean, simple, decent WIFI etc and the trattoria also is fab, simple mozzarella based menu (this is the home of mozzarella), nice wines – outside eating on Ikea furniture.


Where to eat and drink

La Trattoria
Via Mazzarella, Scopello

Excellent antipasta, fresh fish etc

Useful guide to Rutland

This is a local guide whose recommendations can be very odd, but there is a lot in Rutland…and no McDonalds!… One day I hope it will be an excellent guide!

Bed and Breakfasts

Places to Eat and Drink
We don’t get out very much, happily life is incredibly busy, these are our favourite haunts:

  • The Lord Nelson, Oakham
    Number one because it is an easy walk from home and the pizza is decent, beer excellent, service unhurried and the wine list is not half bad – massively above the standard pub faire. No music either (and no children after 7)
  • Castle Cottage, Oakham
    Nowhere better to enjoy a summers day, breakfast and lunch only – perhaps the greatest afternoon tea anywhere.

our other favourites (it is nearly always necessary to book), we have never had a meal short of excellent from:

Fox and Hounds , Exton (+ rooms)

The Berkeley Arms , Wymondham

Hambleton Hall, Hambleton Peninsula, Rutland Water (Country House Hotel)

The Lighthouse, Kibworth

Boboli, Kibworth Harcourt

Barnsdale Lodge, just out of Oakham

Kayal, 153 Granby Street, Leicester. LE1 6FE
0116 2554667
Close to the station, acclaimed food, what’s not to like?

… and the best milkshakes we have found yet in the UK  are at the OK Diner, A1 Northbound, Tickencote (also accessible from the rear from Great Casterton/Tickencote Rd)


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