Penne 4 Your Thoughts

Penne Cole's thoughts on food, travel and more

Fresh blooms in Cinque Terre

It was spring in Cinque Terre, and the weather was atrocious. The sky was grey, with not a hint of a gap in the thick clouds. The little seaside villages … Continue reading

March 22, 2015 · 3 Comments

Pompeii and Vesuvius

On a day trip to Pompeii from Rome, I stumbled across this spigot. In comparison to the rest of the treasures that this buried city has to offer, the spigot … Continue reading

March 14, 2015 · 7 Comments

Cheap Eats: Osteria dell’Orsa in Bologna, Italy

Bologna, Italy, is a student town, so cheap eats are abundant. But there’s something special about Osteria dell’Orsa. A peek into its windows reveal long wooden tables crammed with people. … Continue reading

June 22, 2013 · 1 Comment

Curves: Bologna, Italy

Bologna’s town centre is traversed by 40 kilometres of covered walkways or porticoes. They provide a much-welcomed respite both from the fierce heat and from the drizzling rain, both of … Continue reading

June 19, 2013 · 6 Comments

Fleeting

The blood red roses lay in a corner on Rome’s Spanish Steps, their stems carefully crossed. In memoriam, perhaps, of a fleeting, bitter-sweet love. I miss you. This post was … Continue reading

June 12, 2013 · 2 Comments

Restaurant reviews: Trattoria Corrieiri, Parma, Italy

We are on our way to Bollogna from Lake Como and there is no time for anything but a quick pit stop in Parma, Italy. It seems like the rest … Continue reading

May 14, 2013 · 4 Comments

Restaurant reviews: La Genovese in Rapallo, Italy

Our waiter bounces around like the ball in a pinball machine. He speeds past our table, trying to translate the Italian-only menu into something that we can understand. Halfway through … Continue reading

May 7, 2013 · 2 Comments

Cheap Eats: Focaccia in Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre, Italy, being the famous tourist destination that it is, I expected prices to be high and quality to be the opposite. Instead, to my surprise, prices here are … Continue reading

May 4, 2013 · 6 Comments

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