Olivia Bates

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How to enjoy a trip to the beach Calabrese style – THE TOE OF THE BOOT

How to enjoy a trip to the beach Calabrese style – THE TOE OF THE BOOT

The Art of Aperitivo – THE TOE OF THE BOOT

The Art of Aperitivo – THE TOE OF THE BOOT

Gnocchi con pesce spada e zucchine – THE TOE OF THE BOOT Delicious pasta with swordfish and courgette recipe

Gnocchi con pesce spada e zucchine – THE TOE OF THE BOOT Delicious pasta with swordfish and courgette recipe

Travelling to Italy with kids? Your guide to what to pack – THE TOE OF THE BOOT

Travelling to Italy with kids? Your guide to what to pack – THE TOE OF THE BOOT

Why Calabria is the perfect destination for a family holiday – THE TOE OF THE BOOT

On a recent trip back to Blighty I realised that having had a baby there is a whole world that opens up to you (family changing rooms being one) but also a whole world which is now off limits. Living in Calabria has made me …

Seafood and Sea Monsters in Scilla  – THE TOE OF THE BOOT

When it comes to places which hold a special place in my heart Scilla is one of them. It’s hard to visit this seaside town and not be enchanted by its many charming aspects. From the robust castle perched high above the beach to the …

A while back I was sat in a bar at 9am destroying a chocolate croissant (In case you’re worried about why I was in a bar at that time of the morning don’t worry that’s the Italian word for café). While contemplating my addiction to sweet, …

A while back I was sat in a bar at destroying a chocolate croissant (In case you’re worried about why I was in a bar at that time of the morning don’t worry that’s the Italian word for café). While contemplating my addiction to sweet, …

Italian stuffed peppers alla Calabrese - The Toe of the Boot

If you visit a Calabrese family for lunch, the chances are that Calabrese stuffed peppers (or pipi chini as they are called in Calabrese dialect) will also make an appearance.

Calabria's best beaches

Why you need to choose Calabria if you like beach holidays - The Toe of the Boot

La Brutta Figura: Making a bad impression

La Brutta Figura: Making a bad impression How to behave when in Rome.

The Curse of the Malocchio - The Toe of the Boot

The first few months of my beautiful bambina’s life was quite tough on everyone, as I imagine most first time parents would admit.

Summer is here and things are hotting up both on the beaches and in the towns and villages at night. I’ve mentioned before how Calabria has a dramatic facelift in the Summer and August is the month to experience the best of this stunning region. …

Summer is here and things are hotting up both on the beaches and in the towns and villages at night. I’ve mentioned before how Calabria has a dramatic facelift in the Summer and August is the month to experience the best of this stunning region.

Surprising facts about Italy  – THE TOE OF THE BOOT

Surprising facts about Italy – THE TOE OF THE BOOT

Nutella fact Italy

Nutella fact Italy