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Welcome to the Essential Italy blog. Here we'll be posting travel tips, articles on places of interest, food and wine and cultural news from mainland Italy, Sicily and Sardinia. There will also be in-depth features on selected properties to help you find the perfect holiday accommodation – be it a family villa high in the Tuscan hills, a chic apartment in Cortona or the perfect beach hotel in Sardinia. and travel tips

5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Puglia

With 2017 slowly coming to an end, you may be finding yourself daydreaming about your 2018 holiday. Across Italy, there are a host of destinations for you to explore, each with something different to offer. However, here at Essential Italy, we believe that you will not be disappointed while on holiday in Puglia.

The beach at Polignano a Mare


20 Incredible Pasta Facts

Italy is known for its strong ties to the fantastic food that is pasta. With the first known pasta reference dating back to 1154 in Sicily, the history has been long, meaning that there are many incredible facts about this globally enjoyed food! So, here we have some fantastic pasta facts for you to enjoy:

handmade pasta in Italy