A visit to Urbino: one of EXPO ‘Entrance Gates’ in our region

One of our region’s  ‘Entrance Gates’ – conceived for foreign tourists visiting Milan EXPO and stopping by in our region on their way to or from Milan – is in Urbino, Italy’s Renaissance ‘mathematical capital’ and World Heritage Site.

It is the so-called Data – the former stable of the the Ducal Palace at the time of Federico of Montefeltro, inaugurated and opened to the public for the first time, and after 500 years, on May 29th. The Data aims at showing to the world the best that the province of Pesaro and Urbino has to offer in terms of culture, food, art, history, enterprises, craftsmanship.

I had the pleasure of taking a Chinese delegation to this charming place of June 12th. By the way, WLB friend ‘Dirce’ was there too: how could she miss the opportunity of promoting her warm hospitality projects (One Village, One Hundred Stories and

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linguine with garlic and oil better known as aglio e olio

food, garlic and oil, Italian Food, recipes, simple pasta recipes by bitebymichelle.


Aglio e Olio Served

There’s something incredibly extravagant about the beginning of a new year. Every 365 days you get to start over. I realize you could actually reset at any moment of the year but the notion of the planet doing it with you is remarkable. All those lofty resolutions being sent into the stratosphere. Some making it to heaven, others falling like boulders in a rock slide.

I sent a few up. Hopefully, they dodge the falling stones. Of course, I’m well aware my chances for success rest solely on my shoulders but I wouldn’t refuse a little celestial assistance!

First things first… surviving this miserable winter.

Mis en Place

Aglio e Olio garlic and oil is a staple in our house. I can have it on the table in the time it takes me to boil the pasta. Occasionally, I’ve ordered it when we’ve been out but rarely to much satisfaction. The simplicity of…

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Rachel Ray’s Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken with Cannellini Beans Recipe

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herby pork with lemon zest

cooking, food, herbs, lemon, meat, pork

taste of colours



25g of parmesan, grated
80g breadcrumbs
2 garlic cloves, crushed
small bunch of chopped parsley
zest of 1 lemon
4 pork loin steaks
2-3tbsp olive oil

Mix the parmesan, breadcrumbs, garlic, parsley and zest. Flatten the steaks with a rolling pin and coat in the herby mixture. Heat the oil and fry the pork 5-6 min on each side.

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Castle Sammezzano,Italy.

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Buona Sera

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Toledo Metro Station, Naples, Italy.

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Vettica, Campania, Italy

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Vettica, Campania, Italy

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Grand Canal, Venice.

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