Testaccio – Authentic Rome

Testaccio has long been one of my favourite hangouts in Rome. Far from the tourist crowds and queues, Testaccio offers a more authentic experience in Rome with some of the best restaurants, markets, bars, shopping and contemporary art scene. Continue reading.

Rome’s Best Artisan Coffee Bars

Where to find the best artisan coffee in Rome?  With so many alluring and aromatic bars and cafes, scattered amongst the cobbled streets, piazzas and back alleys of Rome, the choice can be endless and overwhelming. Continue reading.

Count Paolo Marzotto’s Sicilian Vineyard, Susan Wright Photography, Rome, Italy

I was very pleased to have met and photographed Count Paolo Marzotto at his beautiful Sicilian vineyard ‘Baglio di Pianetto’ in the picturesque hills of Santa Cristina Gela south of Palermo.

Very much at ease in front of the camera, I found Paolo to be very charismatic, magnetic and energetic, his enthusiasm and optimism, contagious. Continue reading.

Tivoli – Rome’s Aristocratic Summer Playground

If you have the opportunity to venture half an hour from the eternal city to the hilltop village of Tivoli, you will be rewarded with the wonderful experience of exploring Villa Adriana and Villa D’Este, two World Heritage listed sites on the Tiburtine hills east of Rome.

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Turin – Take a walk on the sweet side…

Where better to indulge your taste buds in some of the best artisan chocolate and confectionery in Italy’s most elegant, baroque city.

Turin, Piedmont, in northern Italy, on the border of Switzerland and France, is renowned for the tradition of hand crafted chocolates and confectionery. ‘Gianduiotto’ chocolate, a sumptuous blend of cocoa and hazelnuts, is the specialty of Turin, having been first invented there in 1865. Continue reading.