Jaillen Yehia

Italy


Calling All Carat Collectors: 3 Diamond Destinations For Geezers & Gals

Written by Jaillan Yehia

They’re a girl’s best friend, they’re forever, and they’re timeless. You find diamonds appearing everywhere in our language as well as our jewellery boxes; they’re ‘in the rough’ as well as on the soles of your shoes. They’re the only precious stones which have had world famous slogans invented about them and to which countless well-known terms […]

Skiing In Cortina Vs Skiing In Canada

Written by Jaillan Yehia

This guest post is a real first – I’ve let my Canadian fiancé get a word in for once – to share his experience of skiing in Cortina. He explains what skiing and snowboarding in the Dolomites feels like from the perspective of a native Canadian more used to taking to the rather different slopes of […]

Weekend Shortcut: A Weekend In Cortina, Italy For Skiers & Non Skiers

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Weekend Shortcuts are complete guides to weekends away, written specifically to help you enjoy a perfect mini break without needing to do any additional research.  This weekend shortcut tells you EVERYTHING you need to know to plan a perfect weekend in the town they call the Queen of the Dolomites; Cortina d’Ampezzo, in Northern Italy. Despite being best known as […]

Find Your Sea Legs With These 4 Marvellous Maritime Museums

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Let’s face it the idea of visiting maritime museums on your travels could make you feel a little bit sea sick. I love all kinds of museums and galleries, and have been to plenty with nautical themes, but I have to admit that while some are leagues ahead of the competition and give you a fantastic insight […]

Hidden Artisans of Rome: The Restoration Game

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Imagine trying to get job satisfaction when the best testament to the skill of your work is no-one having a clue you’ve done anything at all. This bizarre ideal is, I learn while meeting a husband and wife art restoration team in Rome, the ultimate goal within the intense world of fine art conservation…

Diamond *Experts* Are A Girl’s Best Friend: A 7 Step Guide To Diamond Buying

Written by Jaillan Yehia

It’s like a dream come true for a girl to visit not just one but 12 Italian jewellery stores and learn about gem stones, design and precious metals from classically trained Roman jewellers. It’s even more perfect when these happen to be Rome’s best hand-crafted jewellery boutiques, all on the official list of the 28 best shops in Rome. […]

It’s Official: These Are The 28 Best Shops In Rome

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Italy is of course famous for food, but its cities are also celebrated for iconic fashion, classic style and luxurious shopping. So when I was asked to spend a weekend in Italy, meet the 28 best artisans in the Eternal City, and visit the best shops in Rome, it was an invitation I was unlikely to turn down. Here’s what […]

Hidden Artisans Of Rome: Dante’s Celebrity Inferno

Written by Jaillan Yehia

He’s shaken the hands of every celebrity you can think of from Quentin Tarantino, Robert De Niro and Angelica Houston to Kirk Douglas, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Samuel L. Jackson – the list goes on. But unlike the average fan, Dante Mortet has gone on to make bronze sculptures of those very hands, becoming one […]

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Tuscan Wine…But Were Afraid To Cask

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Ticking some New Year’s Resolutions off the list in record time feels fantastic, and one item in particular – to spend some time in Italy this year – is already in the booking stages. And it’s only January 7th. That’s got to be a record. Yes, at the risk of sounding like a bit of […]

Why I Love Turin – Italy’s Underdog Artistic City

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Recently I was asked by travel company Inghams to write a few paragraphs explaining why Italy is one of my favourite countries in the world. I set about describing my love for Bella Italia – for the Riviera and the beaches, the Mediterranean culture and the unparalleled cuisine, but I realised in doing so that the […]

Tuscan Cookery School – How To Make The Perfect Tiramisu

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Tiramisu is the legend of Italian deserts – everyone’s heard of it and almost everyone knows it means ‘pick me up’. So it’s surprising to learn that the dish didn’t even exist until at least the late 1960’s. As one of my favourite puddings I seek it out all over the world and I’ve had […]

Tuscan Cookery School – Making Field To Table Passata Under The Tuscan Sun

Written by Jaillan Yehia

This is a true slice of rural back-to-basics Italian cookery; walking through the plentiful land surrounding a quintessential Tuscan villa, down steep verdant hills and into the flourishing vegetable garden I crouch down to hand-pick huge succulent tomatoes. Together with my friends we collect the fruit in baskets and the folds of our aprons, then, glass of wine […]

Tuscan Cookery School – The Jam Plan

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Everyone who know me knows what a sweet tooth I have. So when I signed up for a residential cookery course at a secluded villa in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, plum jam making was one session I was never going to miss. It turns out that making your own jam – with a […]

Things Are Looking Up: 4 Places I’ve Truly Seen The Stars

Written by Jaillan Yehia

If ever there was a time to call to mind a Hamlet soliloquy, I’d say mid-stargaze is that time. Which of us doesn’t seek out beautiful night skies on our trips? Man by nature is in love with ‘this most excellent canopy the air…this brave over hanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire…this congregation […]

The Cheesiest Blog Post I’ve Ever Written – My Parmesan Factory Tour

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Remember the bad old days when our idea of Parmesan was that powdery substance we’d sprinkle on spaghetti through tiny holes in the top of a cardboard shaker? Little did I know that decades later this condiment would make way for the real deal when something called a rocket and parmesan salad would become de […]

The Bologna Bicycle Diaries

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I always seek out cycling opportunities wherever I go, but rarely have I found a city as cycle-friendly and indeed as cycle-photo-friendly as Bologna. Beautiful bikes became synonymous with my time in Emilia Romagna’s university city – here are my favourite Bologna photos which showcase the beauty of the bike… 

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Balsamic Vinegar

Written by Jaillan Yehia

What’s your worst culinary habit? Mine’s pouring copious amounts of balsamic vinegar over anything and everything, so I was interested to find out a bit more about the stuff I’ve been practically drinking out the bottle for most of my adult life. But despite all my conspicuous consumption of aceto balsamico I didn’t know any […]

Pasta Non-Basta – My Day At A Pasta Making Class In Bologna

Written by Jaillan Yehia

‘It’s marvellous this tortellini with ricotta cheese’ exclaims Daniela, whose traditional family pasta shop has been here in Bologna’s Mercato della Erbe for 70 years. It’s where she and sister Monica hand make lasagna, tortellini and tortelloni for the people of  Emilia Romagna, along with their mother Renata. ‘Is this one your favourite?’ I ask. ‘Everything here is […]

5 Must-Visit Modern Art Galleries In Turin

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Turin might be best-known for Winter Olympics, Fiat and Lancia factories and that eponymous Shroud but it turns out that the once-industrial hub is hiding an artistic secret, for nestled in the Alps of Northern Italy is a contemporary art epicentre bursting with challenging and inspiring contemporary art. Here are the top 5 modern art galleries in […]

Turin’s Light Bulb Moment

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Paris may be known as the City of Light, but Turin is making a bid to be the City of Lights, as its avenues and squares, its Roman walls, and even its public bicycles are adorned with light installations for the Winter. But these are no mere gaudy Christmas baubles, they’re an all-encompassing city-wide endeavour to make […]

The Perfect Place To Stay In Genoa: The Melia

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Italy obsessives seeking-out their next Mediterranean weekend away should look no further than Genoa, where the palatial Melia Genoa hotel provides the perfect refined and romantic base from which to explore this port town‘s twisting caruggi, waterside attractions and enticing culinary delights.

Can You Name These 5 Famous Things From Genoa?

Written by Jaillan Yehia

. Genoa, Genova, Genes  – whatever you call the city you may not realise it gave the world these 5 super-famous things. How many have you heard of?…

A Weekend in Genoa, The City of Hopes and Jeans

Written by Jaillan Yehia

‘There are over 100 Ferraris parked in the underground garages of the city’ reveals Stefania, my host at the Melia Hotel in the heart of the Northern Italian city of Genoa. ‘But,’ she leans in conspiratorially to explain ‘you never see them driving through the streets. That’s because the Genoese people aren’t ostentatious, they are […]

Italy Is Eataly

Written by Jaillan Yehia

What’s in a name? Well as it turns out rather a lot. The right name can really take you places and be the catalyst for a whole lot of income. A culinary example of how to turn a clever moniker into cold hard cash is high-class, high-concept and rather high-cost Italian deli-come-eatery chain Eataly, which […]

The Perfect Place To Stay in Perugia – Hotel Gio

Written by Jaillan Yehia

If you’re looking for a the perfect place to stay in Perugia Hotel Gio just outside the city’s centro storico offers you two hotels rolled into one, with a choice of distinctive themes  – one will jazz up your stay and the other will have you clinking glasses and popping corks. Sound enticing?…

Chronicles Of A Medieval Day In The Real Narnia

Written by Jaillan Yehia

How often have you looked at places on a map and drifted off into a reverie, imagining what each destination must be like in real life? We travel lovers tend to be incorrigible cartophiles too, stroking our fingers over the exotic-sounding place-names written in a strange tongue, making our hearts beat that little bit faster, causing our minds to […]

Italy, What Have You Done For Me Lakely?

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Stick a pin in a map where you imagine the very centre of Italy to be and you’ll probably hit Lago Trasimeno – the oldest lake in Italy. Overshadowed by well-publicised show-stoppers like Lake Como nudging the Swiss border up in the North, the fourth-largest lake in the country boasts an all together more laid-back […]

On A Quest For Chocolate Perfection

Written by Jaillan Yehia

A group of travel bloggers are challenged to hand-make a perfect batch of chocolates at the Perugina chocolate factory just outside Perugia in Umbria, Italy. Watch the video to see what happened next…

How To See Rome In 4 Hours (And Buy 3 Pairs of Shoes)

Written by Jaillan Yehia

They said it couldn’t be done, but they hadn’t counted on my determination…or my love of Italian footwear. I had just 4 precious hours in Rome – enough time to swing by the Colosseum, snap the Spanish Steps, try out the Trevi fountain, and buy 3 pairs of shoes! Here’s how to tackle a short layover in Rome…

How to Shop For Designer Bargains in Milan

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Can you shop ‘til you drop in the Italian fashion capital, and still come home feeling virtuous? It turns out you can thanks to the city’s amazing outlet shopping. So here’s how to shop for amazing designer bargains in Milan on a high street budget…