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Yoga and Cooking Classes, Italy
15 Feb

Our New Course: Yoga / Cucina / Vino

Yoga and the Mediterranean Diet Course ‘So how much of each’, asked Kamal over lunch at the school in Lecce. ‘I think yoga in the day time and cooking and learning about wine at night’. We scratched it out onto the school’s chalkboard, the course taking...

Salice Salentino Wine: Wines of Puglia in South Eastern Italy
24 Jan

Salice Salentino Wine: Wines of Puglia region in South Eastern Italy

'Like I know my pockets', is how you say it in Italian, to express the English-language concept of, 'like the back of my hand'. That's how I feel about Salice Salentino after picking, pressing, drinking and teaching it for the last 15 years. It's what...

Souther Italian Wines
14 Dec

Wines of Marsala

You might think that I’m about to make the argument in favour of Marsala, but I’m not. Instead I’m going to sing the praises of the wines of Marsala. And if you think that you don’t understand the difference between the two- well then, great,...

lente di ingrandemento: South Italy Survey
31 Oct

il Mezzogiorno: A survey of Southern Italy

It happens all the time, just lately it has been more pronounced, and particularly in the last five weeks of classes. By that I mean, those that are using one of our cooking courses as the springboard to the Italian south, even visiting distant relatives. And...

Matera European Capital of Culture in 2019
17 Oct

City of Matera, European Capital of Culture in 2019

Lately, it’s impossible to ignore, the sense that Southern Italy is not only about to have its moment, but that in many ways, it already is. Half of Lecce is under restoration: our prettiest church, the column that used to mark the end of the Appian...

20 Nov

Coming Back

A check mark by the name means they have already been to the school once before, where as an underline means that they have been more than once, and there was a lot of blue ink on the page. We were boarding the private coach...