Bignè, St Joseph's Day, Rome, Italy

Bignè – Celebrating Saint Joseph’s Day in Rome

An awful lot of saints are celebrated in Italy. They have almost twice as many bank holidays as their European neighbours, despite the fact that a number of festivals have since been done away with, returning to the status of feriali (work days). San Giuseppe (St. Joseph’s Day) on March 19th, is one of those lost holy days which still gets plenty of attention, however, thanks to a peculiar culinary tradition. March 19th is the day when you eat the bignè di San Giuseppe, cloud-like puffs of fried dough, piped full with custard or ricotta.  Continue reading.

Altra Domenica markets, Rome, Italy

Rome – Organic Markets

Rome is famous for it’s historic markets, yet there are several organic markets (biomercarti) a little off the beaten tourist track, that offer the best produce and authentic hospitality of the local farmers and producers. Continue reading.

Rome – Sweet Seduction

If you have a sugar craving the next time you are in Rome, be sure to drop by ‘Cristalli di Zucchero’  in Via di San Teodoro, for the most delicious dolce in town.

Here are just a few mouth watering delights to tempt you!

Buon appetito! Continue reading.

Portrait - Giuseppe Quintarelli, Amarone wines

Italian Portraits

Italy and the Italian culture is such an endless and rich source of inspiration for my photography.  In all of my travels across this remarkable country, it is by far the people and characters that I have met that have captivated my imagination the most.

Here below are just a few of my favourite portraits. Continue reading.

Rome; Top Hotels

Photos from a recent shoot at the luxurious Hotel Hassler, Imago Restaurant and the Spanish Steps in Rome, for Virtuoso Life magazine.

The 95 room Hotel Hassler is one of Rome’s top 5 star hotels, situated in the fashionable Spanish Steps district. Continue reading.

Amalfi Coast’s Miracle Fruit

The Unesco World Heritage listed Amalfi Coast, is famous the world over for it’s spectacular coastline, with it’s picturesque, ancient villages, clinging to dramatic mountain slopes that plunge into the crystal clear, seductive waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Continue reading.

La Cucina Amalfitana

The Amalfi Coast has long been one of my favourite regions of Italy, not only for it’s spectacular natural beauty but also for the delicious food.

Most of the family run restaurants on the coast and in particular in the villages of Ravello and neighbouring Scala, cultivate their very own ‘Orto’ (kitchen garden) with organic vegetables and herbs that flourish in the rich, fertile soil and nurtured under warm Mediterranean sunshine. Continue reading.

Venetian Mask Makers

Walking along the back alleys and enchanting piazzas of Venice, it is easy to imagine this mesmerizing city in the days of the elaborate Renaissance and the extravagant celebrations of the lavish Carnivale. Continue reading.

Beauty and the Baglio – Women of Sicilian Wine

Ginevra Notarbartolo is an inspiring young woman. At just 32 years of age, she is following in the footsteps of her famous grandfather, acclaimed wine-producer, Count Paolo Marzotto, at the family’s Sicilian vineyard, Baglio di Pianetto, south of Palermo. Continue reading.

Love at First Sight

Photographing people is really one of the most rewarding facets of my work.

I truly get to meet some intriguing people from all walks of life.

One such recent occasion was for an assignment for an editorial on fellow Australian, Dr Rodney Lokaj, a medieval philologist and his beautiful 14th century watchtower; ‘I Cerri’, in the Spoleto Valley in Umbria. Continue reading.

Monday in Rome

I was asked recently by journalist, Annemarie Haverkamp from the De Gelderlander newspaper of the Netherlands, what an Australian photographer, living in the historical centre of Rome would suggest as an interesting itinerary for a ‘Monday in Rome’ feature.

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Ethereal Beauty

When I first arrived in Italy in 2003, I was struck by the sublime quality of light that so perfectly harmonized with the beauty of the environment. Continue reading.

Sagrantino Vineyards, Montefalco, Umbria

The region of Montefalco in the province of Perugia in Umbria, is where the Sagrantino grape has been cultivated for many centuries and enjoyed for its sweet DOCG red wine, Passito. Continue reading.

Palermo Markets and Street Food

Walking the streets of Palermo somehow feels like you are immersed in a dramatic film set, with exotic backdrops, enriched by colourful characters and intense scenes. Continue reading.

Artisans of Florence

I love stepping off the train at Firenze Santa Maria Novella, the central railway station in Florence.

There is such a wonderful vibe you feel upon arrival, which is almost tangible. The beauty, art, history and romance is everywhere!

It is no wonder Florence is one of the most popular destinations to visit for tourists coming to Italy.

This ever increasing popularity and mass tourism, is not seen as such a favourable trend for some however. Continue reading.