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...
Pedal the Perimeter of Lucca

Pedal the Perimeter of Lucca

Lucca is a gem – compact, flat, lively – an ideal destination for groups of all description. The still-standing enclosing wall, itself a rarity in Tuscany, has been thoughtfully transformed into a circular park of some 4 kms in length. Run it, bike it, stroll it as...
Beach it in Bibbona

Beach it in Bibbona

La Pineta is a summer-time pilgrimage for the locals and there is always a warm welcome from the Zazzeri family. This is the place to see and be seen for evenings lingering over a superb summer meal of grilled fish with good wine surrounded by the impeccable style of...
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...
Pasticceria Gilli- 270 Years of Pastry Perfection!

Pasticceria Gilli- 270 Years of Pastry Perfection!

To appreciate the Pasticceria Gilli, one should take a trip through time. It’s 1733 Florence, during the reign of the last Medici, Gian Gastone. Italy and Europe is quite unstable. However, Florence is steadfast in commerce and a hub for social engagements. With that...
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...

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