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Bob Ian

Easy Holidays in Italy

First of all, apologies to those not in the UK – you are probably tired of hearing about Brexit. Imagine how us Brits feel! We

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Events
Bob Ian

Passion and War

Every time we drive across the border which divides our region, Le Marche, from Emilia Romana in the north we marvel at the imposing castle

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CdF life
Bob Ian

Bubbles, Cheers

It has been a harsh winter here in Italy, as in much of Europe, and like so many people we have been looking forward to

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CdF life
Bob Ian

Filming Casal dei Fichi

We’ve been keeping a secret since June. Well we’ve told a few people, quite a few probably. Earlier this year Casal dei Fichi was chosen

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CdF life
Bob Ian

A Bumper Year.

It must be a sign that the climate is changing as the ultra traditional Italian country folk are now picking their olives earlier than ever.

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CdF life
Bob Ian

Assisi by the sea sea

Although across the border from Marche you have to admit that Umbria has its fair share of lovely towns: Spoletto, Gubbio, Orvietto and Todi, to

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CdF life
Bob Ian

A night at the opera.

One of the highlights of our summer is the Macerata Opera Festival. Every July and August three productions, generally of Grand Opera are staged in

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CdF life
Bob Ian

Oberon joins the team.

Hello, or as Bob and Ian say to me Hell-Obi, or Hell-Obi dobey doo. I think they are being friendly. Though life is so confusing

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Food
Bob Ian

Bologna

We were delighted to see that the famous British chef Rick Stein chose Bologna for one of his weekend breaks as it is one of

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Casal Post
Bob Ian

Remembering Hattie

  Hattie was the dog you expected to live for ever. As long as she was breathing her trademark curved plume of a tail would

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Casal Post
Bob Ian

Gourmet time

It’s the end of the season at Casal dei Fichi and, as usual, we have finished it off by running our gourmet breaks. This time

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Bob Ian

Meet Jake

  CRASH!! As I sit down to write this a bowl comes tumbling off the coffee table. A small price to pay for having a

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Casal Post
Bob Ian

Escaping the crowds

  2015 is shaping up to be a record breaking hot and dry summer here in Marche and now that we are well and truly

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Casal Post
Bob Ian

Francavilla’s Got Lorraine.

If you saw Lorraine Bowen on Britain’s Got Talent recently you are unlikely to have forgotten her.   There was no mistaking Lorraine’s quirky individual

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Press
Bob Ian

Goodbye Balzo

  It is hard to imagine Casal dei Fichi without Balzo, he has been with us since the very start. An abandoned, mistreated and frightened

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Bob Ian

Inspired?

  OK, so we can all try to take photos of the views from Casal dei Fichi, with varying results. But the brave come armed

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Bob Ian

A new angle

    For many arriving in Marche their first thought is – “it’s even more beautiful than the pictures”. When guests say it about Casal

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Bob Ian

The first 10 years

You don’t want to rush things in Italy, a key lesson for assimilating and fitting in like a local. So after many years deliberating we

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