The plane is hours late taking off, the toilets stink, my luggage is in nowhere land and no-one cares. I’m officially in Alitalia flight hell.
I discovered crostata, an Umbrian classic, on Letizia Mattiacci’s website. Here’s a variation using fresh raspberries and strawberry conserve. Crostata rocks!
On a mountaintop in Umbria, Letizia and her husband Ruurd run a cooking school, Alla Madonna del Piatto. Winter is down time (kind of) but there’s lots of preparation to be done for the upcoming season to welcome visitors from all over the world. And they’ve just created a writer’s retreat.
“Tuscan food tastes like itself,” Frances Mayes writes. “Ingredients are left to shine, not combined with a list as long as your arm or tortured into odd combinations.”
Our travel deals this month include getaways on Daydream Island, cruising the Spice Route, winter in Rome, Vienna and Prague, and discounts for a fabulous summer in Greece – still a much-loved playground despite the euro crisis.
June’s best travel deals include 25 per cent off Cox & Kings companion fares across its entire range of escorted small group journeys. Nearly 70 unique itineraries are on offer across 49 countries.
Fabulous tours of Spain by rail, hiking through the Italian Alps, cooking in Abruzzo and an Arabian Odyssey in Oman. Your adventure starts here!
Learn about Tuscany’s traditional rustic dishes of the past. Pamela Sheldon Johns’ new book, Cucina Povera, is the inspiration for this seven-night tour around Tuscany, which starts and ends in Florence.
Hiking through Tuscany will put a spring in your step, or maybe you’d like to chill at a home stay in a castle. Here’s two superb options.
The owners of the capsized Costa Concordia issued a statement saying the captain could be to blame. And other evidence is mounting. So is the death toll.