Month: November 2019

Italian attitudes to LGBTQ+ people

The 2019 edition of the OECD’s (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) Society at a Glance  survey examines trends in social well-being across the OECD. It features a special chapter on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people: their numbers, how they fare in terms of their economic situation and well-being, and what policies can […]

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Food, glorious food

Without a doubt, eating in Italy is a highlight of visiting or living here. Italians are passionate about their cuisine. Indeed, there is a close link between cuisine and family. Recipes are passed down the generations from mother to daughter (it is still unusual to find Italian men cooking – even into adulthood they are […]

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LGBTQ+ travel index 2019

Sweden has been named the most LGBT-friendly country in the world for travellers according to new research into gay rights in 150 countries. The UK is sixth safest on the list, with Italy ranking the 54th safest country (out of 150). The US does not make the top 20. The LGBTQ+ Danger Index was created by […]

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Understanding Italy #1

No one knows for sure how many laws there are in Italy. The government declared, after a clear out by the “Minister for Simplification”, that it had been reduced to around 10,000. Almost twice as high as in Germany and three times as high as in Britain. If the law is complex, then enforcement and […]

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Travel connections and public transport in and around Puglia

Although Puglia has 4 regional railways and a variety of bus services, travelling from town to town directly is not always easy. Frequent changes and slow journey times are probably best avoided. For example, taking the train from Bari to Gallipoli can take up to 4 hours, travelling via Lecce. By car it takes just […]

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Eating out? Don’t obsess over TripAdvisor

You check your Instagram. Everyone is having the perfect meal, in a perfect restaurant on their perfect holiday… You deserve it too. But trying to accommodate your holiday companions’ dietary preferences, avoiding tourist traps and the pressure of finding perfection weigh too heavily. You turn to TripAdvisor, are encouraged by a few good reviews. Then […]

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Eating out in Puglia? The rules…

The only people eating in restaurants at 8pm are British tourists. At 8.30pm the German and Scandinavian tourists join them. Italians enjoy the occasion of dining out. And usually it is for an occasion. So they are not in a rush, neither to eat, nor to finish and leave. So if the service gets slower […]

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Puglia or Apulia?

Puglia is how Italians refer to the region, derived from the historic Latin name Apulia. Traditionally English speakers have referred to the historic Apulia. But in line with modern naming convention the traditional name is fading away from usage in favour of Puglia.

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Bloody history

“In Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love. They had five hundred years of democracy and peace and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.” – Harry Lime, The Third Man, 1949

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