A Simple “Hello”

Italy is one of the friendliest and most welcoming countries I have ever been to.  Not only is the food a mouth-watering experience but people are really polite.  I can’t comment about Northern Italy, but in Southern Italy where I have visited people always say ”Good morning”.  It is common to walk in to a shop and be greeted with “buon giorno”  or “buona sera”.  When walking down the street the people passing will usually say “hello” a welcoming friendly gesture.

It truly shocked me the first time because I didn’t expect it.  I live in Southern England where people really don’t say hello especially if you are out for a walk or you go into a shop.  It was so welcoming to hear people in Italy say a simple “hello”.  It makes you want to go back again and again.  I must be honest I have gone back many times.  It still surprises me even now how friendly people are.

On my last trip I went into a small deli and because my Italian isn’t great I had so much fun trying to ask for some cheeses and hams.  The owners were lovely and really tried to help me.  It was such a fun experience and one I have returned to again and again. 

So What Times Are Hard, Let’s Make The Most Of It

Anyone who’s read a newspaper will know that the economy isn’t fantastic to say the least and everyone is feeling the pressure. We want to help relieve the pressure and bring joy and happiness through an Italian experience whether it be a relaxing health holiday or just family fun.  So although our holidays are not the typical tourist hotel package deal they are still great value for money.  Quality experiences are better than many mediocre ones that will have little affect on your lives.  Of course with this in mind it’s our priority to provide a high quality holiday because we know the importance of fun in hard times.

Our experiences are what build us and positive ones can really change our lives and even though its a time of austerity people still need a break and the chance to enjoy life. After all We only live once. Even if money has become a talked about topic in newspapers and the news it shouldn’t blind you. So enjoy life to the fullest and what better  way do this than a holiday? 

The Royal Palace. A Regal Experience

What do you know about Italian history?  To be honest if you aren’t a history buff you won’t be familiar with the Caserta Palace (or Reggia di Caserto in Italian.) So here’s a quick overview of the basic facts.

The Royal Palace of Caserta is the  former royal residence in Caserta in Southern Italy, it was constructed for the Bourbon kings of Naples in the Baroque styled architecture of the era. It was the largest palace and also one of the largest buildings erected in Europe during the 18th century and clearly one of the most beautiful in Italy.

Palaces bring about a sense of regal glory to the area providing a historic insight in to the beauty of  a great era in Italian history full or art and music. The palace captures the sense of an 18th century Italy greatly with a majestic and cultural feel that will leave even the most amateur historians quaking for a closer insight into Italian History.

The gardens in the picture below are only a glimpse of the beauty of the palace and its grounds of course they are open to the public and fantastic day trip in Southern Italy.

reggia-di-caserta

Hand On Italian Cooking- Culture and Fun all in One

There is something about the iconic pizza that draws us to Italy. Maybe it’s the roundness or perhaps the sense of comfort we get from eating the well known Italian dish. 

Here’s some fun facts about pizza: The largest pizza ever made was 122 ft. and 8 inches in diameter. The pizza needed 9,920 lb of flour, 198 lb of salt, 3968 lb of cheese, and 1,984 lb of tomato sauce (you obviously won’t be making one this big on your Italian holiday.) Also did you know Italian is the most popular type of ethnic food in America, obviously their taste buds are in the right place! Hopefully this puts you in the mood for some Italian pizza making fun.

The guests at our villa’s have the opportunity to make their own pizzas in the traditional pizza making way. This is done using a traditional oven featured in the picture below. Cooking on holiday is a great way to try out local produce and flavors otherwise missed.  Even if cooking isn’t usually your forte this kind of experience can help you connect with Italian culture through a classic dish.guests making pizzas

Can Holidays be Healthy and Fun?

Yes fun and healthy holidays do exist and what’s more they’re in Southern Italy. I’m sure everybody will tell you how beautiful the hills, valleys and scenic routes look, but can they tell you how it feels to experience them closely?

Sunlight beating down on green fields and a soft breeze frame the great opportunities that a walking holiday can give to you. Not only is it extremely useful in keeping check of our bodies but it opens up another side of holiday-making away from trivial beach hopping. This healthy alternative is good for those people who enjoy connecting on a country’s natural essence. Hence  walking holiday packages are ideal for the inner explorer and intrepid tourist. 

Now. I know some people feel that exercising is not classed as a holiday rather a workout which requires effort , but I beg to differ: gentle forms of exercise such as walking actually calms the mind. A fantastic activity to calm and refresh you on your holiday. Plus look on the bright side you won’t have to go to the gym to burn off those holidays pounds anymore.

MATESE