By Alexandra Redisch at Lago Trasimeno: Last April I found myself in a palazzo in Umbria, listening to enthusiastic Hannibal scholar, professor Giovanni Brizzi. He walks me through the epic battle that played out on the banks of Lake Trasimeno more than two thousand years ago. This is where the Roman army met the fearsome Hannibal of Carthage, in what is probably the most successful ambush in military history.
By Alexandra Redisch and the stray cats in Rome: If you, like me, have a tendency to wander about new cities with no special purpose or goal, you sometimes end up at the most amazing places. Not having a defined destination is liberating to me. The goal itself is to wander and experience the feeling of being deliciously lost in an unfamiliar place. Brings me more in touch with the soul of the city itself it does.
By Alexandra Redisch in Narni: Civitas Narniae, the Romans called it. Narnia, C. S. Lewis called it. He named his imaginary world after the town in central Italy. Narni then, is the real Narnia.
By Alexandra Redisch in Umbria: Hello there, Alex here - again. During my recent visit in gorgeous Umbria, we stopped off for lunch at Agriturismo Il Mandoleto - a farm with apartments and a restaurant near Perugia. It was hands down one of the best meals I've ever had.
By Alexandra Redisch in Perugia: How to make chocolate? Easy; you slice, melt, pour. Then you mix the filling: cream, butter, lemon peel, white chocolate and Limoncello. Mmm... Limoncello...
By Alexandra Redisch in Burano: Big brother Murano may be more famous, but deliciously quirky Burano can certainly hold its own, with exquisite lace, fresh seafood, lemon bussole and vibrant colours.
By Alexandra Redisch in Assisi: See the storm clouds? The weather is about to take a turn for the worse, and I'm one of the lucky few who gets a bird's eye view of Assisi.