We are heading home from Sardinia. Seven days of bliss. It went in a flash. A testament to where we were. For the first trip in ages I relaxed from the outset. I normally take a day or two to acclimatise, the critic in me finds little niggles that I need to let go off before settling in.
While I do enjoy watching a magical sunset on a beach with my loved ones, or a fancy dining experience, what sticks with me and years later prompts the "Do you remember that time when..." conversations is usually when something ridiculous has happened.
Italians are rigidly traditional when it comes to what, when and how to eat and drink. And surprisingly, some of the most popular worldwide 'Italian' food and beverages won't be found anywhere on a menu in Italy.
In Italy, kids are encouraged to be part of every social occasion that revolves around food - it's not about dividing the kids from the adults, giving them separate meals or putting them to bed early. The kids are part of the social activity of everyday life and they are encouraged to eat, smell, touch and experience new tastes day in day out.
This list will make you want to catch the next flight out!
Thanks to its optimal climate, fertile land and skilled workers, Tuscany produces some of the most exquisite olive oil in the world, with the regions of Lucca and Chianti especially lauded for their extra virgin olive oil.
Compared to England, the cost of eating out is cheaper, although glasses of wine tends to be cheaper from soft drinks. Great if you love wine. Here are my top 5 things to do in Milan.
Sardinia has often been labelled as a go-to destination for the rich and famous, thus putting off the likes of you and me
There's something to be said for the Italians - they do it bloody well. And by "it", I mean everything; food, wine, football, and as I found out recently on a trip to Tuscany, incredible beach resorts.
Combining nature, organic wine and culture, the Bioculture App guides you on a 19 day series of linked walks in Le Marche, Italy, providing information about the attractions along the way with specially created artworks.