Dishing with Villa di Torno’s Chef Sergio

Dishing with Villa di Torno’s Chef Sergio

In our opinion, one of the best part of villa travel is the luxury of having an in-villa chef. Having a native Italian chef prepare authentic cuisine, catered to your specific needs and tastes, provides memorable experiences as well as the convenience of knowing your...
Pasta is Passé, It’s All about the Sauce

Pasta is Passé, It’s All about the Sauce

Here at Homebase Abroad its all about the sauce. Not only do we vividly recall the style and flavors of each sauce we’ve experienced during our Italian villa vacations but its also a practical way to keep your vacation experience alive and fresh. While the idea...
Dress Your Salads ‘Italian Style’

Dress Your Salads ‘Italian Style’

We all have special skills. As my friends and family know, mine is dressing a salad just so, like the Italians. Now, it is easy to get into a disagreement about food in Italy. Even about dressing a salad. I was told, in no uncertain terms some years ago, to apply the...
The Heart and Soul of Tuscan Cooking at Ca di Pesa

The Heart and Soul of Tuscan Cooking at Ca di Pesa

We are delighted to feature guest blogger, Claudia Collazzo, Homebase Abroad’s local concierge. Claudia recently sat down at a café in Panzano with Anna, the local cook at Ca di Pesa where they shared recipes for Tuscan cooking, stories and their love of home cooked...
Italian Take Out Dinner… Rosticceria Style.

Italian Take Out Dinner… Rosticceria Style.

The last thing that comes to mind, when thinking about Italian cuisine is “Take Out.” The term sounds a bit like culinary blasphemy when deciding on what and where to eat in Italy. But, I guarantee, you will be in for a tasty surprise… the kind that tastes like Nonna...
Eat a Feast of Fall Flavors… Tuscany

Eat a Feast of Fall Flavors… Tuscany

Eat a feast of fall flavors this season in Italian gardens – round-hipped and deeply flavored zucca, mushrooms of a staggering variety sprouting according to weather, uve di fragile, sweet small grapes that hang like pendants hanging on pergola’s overhead, root...
Fly to Porcini and Passito… Dolomites

Fly to Porcini and Passito… Dolomites

Getting close to the land is part and parcel of any introduction to the distinctive country ways of these mountains. At Homebase Abroad’s Villa San Lorenzo, this experience is magnified by the hospitality of your hosts– Stefano and Georgia. With them, you...
Dig in the dirt… Umbria

Dig in the dirt… Umbria

In our world, truffles are worth getting up early especially when you are walking with a local Italian and trained dogs in the damp early morning of Fall. Weather permitting, of course. This experience is set in the hills above Spoleto on a family-run organic farm. In...

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