Your 12 Day Cultural Guide To Italy – Ponte Vecchio

Italy, with its rich culture and art, famous attractions and delicious food is a travel destination enjoyed by many.

In this 12 part series, Back 2 Basics Tradition’s “12 Day Culture Guide to Italy” will be showing you special and unique locations, people, experiences, and of course food and wine that you will not want to miss on your next Italian adventure.

We were priviliged to “road test” these experiences on our recent travels to Italy – so we know you will enjoy them too!


What happens after 14 days at the Royal Show

It was the best of times, it was the craziest of times, it was the age of limoncello, it was the age of french fries (well pate’ to be exact), it was the epoch of our Royal Adelaide Show experience.

For 14 days, Mark and I lived at the Royal Show! We experienced it all… from sideshow alley to the clowns and even those clowns who were not in costume, lol.

But right at the very top of our list, the most rewarding part of our Royal Show experience were all the fantastic people we met and the positive feedback we received. Shout out to all those who visited us and thank you for your support.


Back 2 Basics Traditions Winter Grapefruit Spritz

You may remember our adventure into the Cartizze hills in the Valdobbiadene region of northern Italy where we were fortunate to stumble upon the finest organic Prosecco being produced at the Pdc vineyard by winemaker Pietro De Conti (you can read about it here). Reminiscing about a northern summer spent wandering vineyards and sipping on a Prosecco Aperol Spritz to keep cool, we were inspired to create this classic Italian aperitivo in the depths of the Australian winter.

With a few bottles of Prosecco still unopened, ample supplies of winter grapefruit even after a cake baking spree (see our Coconut, Grapefruit & Chocolate Cake and Grapefruit & Almond Cake with Vino Cotto recipes) and a Honey & Walnut liqueur from South Australia’s Kangaroo Island, the Back 2 Basics Winter Grapefruit Spritz was born!


Coconut, Grapefruit & Chocolate Cake

Inspired by the Guns N’ Roses single, Sweet Child o’ Mine (read here) we searched old recipe books for delicious grapefruit cake ideas. And we certainly did find 2 classic citrus cake recipes for you!

This is our second recipe we uncovered (check out our first sumptuous cake recipe – Grapefruit & Almond Cake with Vino Cotto), which beautifully balances the tangy grapefruit with the natural sweetness of coconut and honey. The texture is great with the crunch of coconut chips, walnuts and always delicious dark chocolate bits.