Tag Archives: Italy

5 of the world’s best ice-cream parlours

The team at mypootle are always on the lookout for a lip smackingly good ice-cream. We are just back from Puglia where there was no end of tasty, fruit filled arty gelato but the good news is that you don’t need to go to Italy to get a lick of the good stuff, so here’s our selection of some of the best around… Continue reading


Kids Guide to Rome – 9 things not to miss

Rome is chaotic, noisy and sometimes unbearably hot. During all of this, it teems with whizzing vespas, honking horns and busy streets.  City break with kids?  Tell the parents at the nursery or school and they’ll probably think you’re mad.  But you’re not.  Taking kids to Rome does take a bit of planning, it’s not going to be a repeat of the trip you made 5 years ago sans kids, but it is going to be fun.  Here are our top tips: Continue reading

Just back from Puglia & we love it!

We’ve just found a new favourite place – Puglia, and we cannot stop talking about it. Here’s our pick of the places we’ve been….

This is the land of the trulli and Alberobello is home to literally a thousand of them creating a landscape the likes of which you’ll not see anywhere else – clusters of hobbit-like, whitewashed, dome-roofed houses, origins prehistoric and largely unknown but the design effectively keeps the summer heat and winter cold out. Continue reading

Just back from Rome

Chaotic, busy and noisy.  This is Rome. Buzzing vespas, impressive monuments, lush green gardens, beautiful frescos, architectural wonders, family run trattorias and a lot of gelato. Continue reading

Just back from 3 gorgeous Tuscan cities

Zipping into Venice on my water taxi I whizzed past little islands and waterside palazzos before reaching the Grand Canal, slipping under the Rialto Bridge Continue reading

Stay of the week: Monteverdi, Tuscany

In a snapshot: A medieval hilltop village where history and contemporary, glamorous and rustic meet to create a unique cultural experience.

It’s something many of us have dreamt of, and perhaps something not many have done.  Which is: whilst on holiday (in this case Tuscany in Italy), fallen in love with the landscape, the food and people and thought, “let’s buy a property Continue reading

Time for a soak: our top pick of the bathrooms

For us it’s a deal-breaker – in fact, tell you a secret, we’re a little bit obsessive about bathrooms, and for sure this Pootler raves about a place when a closer inspection reveals the absence of scales and instead the presence of thick, big fluffy towels and organic smellies.  So here we go, our view of the Best Bathrooms Continue reading