On a recent trip to Sicily, I was looking forward to the fantastic selection of different flavours of ice cream that I knew awaited me there and I made sure to do my daily research – at least a double dose every day. It’s important to keep cool in the often stifling heat of the Mediterranean sun 😉 and, to my delight, I discovered that there was both gelato (ice cream) and granita to be sampled and, with so many flavours to get through, there was no time to be wasted!
End of term is nigh and whether you’ve been taking Italian evening classes yourself or your little one has been learning Italian at school, we wanted to inspire you with a few phrases you can use to really impress the ‘insegnante’ (teacher) with your linguistic knowledge as well as saying ‘Grazie’ for their hard work!
At Lavolio, we’re passionate about supporting small-scale Italian producers and we’re therefore proud to work with artisans who meticulously handcraft our delicious confectionery using techniques that have been passed down through their families from generation to generation.
The thirty flavours of Lavolio’s signature confectionery range are made using a wide variety of ingredients many of which are sourced from different parts of Italy and include, amongst others, pistachios from Bronte in Sicily as well as the delicately sugar-coated pine nuts in our Arabian Nights Collection.
Easter celebrations in Italy take on many different guises and vary significantly according to the region.
In the town of Francavilla Fontana in Puglia, the whole of Easter week sees a steady build up to the celebration of the risen Christ on Easter Sunday itself starting one week before on Palm Sunday when traditionally the faithful would take olive branches to the churches to be blessed, after which the children take them from door to door as a sign of peace.
Last summer, Lavinia took a magical trip to Peru where her adventures included visits to the Machu Pichu in the Andes, the tropical Amazon rainforest and cities such as Cusco which sits at almost 4000m altitude! At Cusco, she spent a day at the Choco Museum where she got the opportunity to create some delicious chocolate herself, learning about the history and the process of chocolate making at the same time. Continue reading →
It’s carnival season! Or should I say “carnevale” season. At this time of year in Italy every town comes alive with festivities.
The main event occurs on the Sunday preceding Shrove Tuesday, known in Italian as “Fat Tuesday” or “Martedì Grasso”, which this year falls on 28th February, however the build up lasts for a whole month, if not two, in some regions!