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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

Hidden Gems of Palermo

As one of the largest islands in the Mediterranean, Sicily has a plethora of things for you to do and see while holidaying in the area. However, its capital city, Palermo, is the perfect location for you to visit this year! From the terracotta architecture contrasting against the brilliant blue of the clear sky to the crescent-shaped bay with an unrivalled history, we can almost guarantee that you’ll fall in love with the intriguing city.


Top Tips for Eating Out in Italy

Italian cuisine is a favourite of many; from its hearty pasta dishes to its delecatable pizzas, menu’s across the country love to throw in an Italian-inspired dish or two into the mix. However, when heading to Italy, there are a number of things that you need to take into consideration if you’re on a quest to sample some of the best food out there.

A spaghetti dish made in Italy