July 20 2016 / Events

The “Fading” (?!) Colors of Castelluccio

Castelluccio, Umbria

As he served us his mother’s Umbrian goodness on the terrace overlooking Castelluccio’s flowering Piano Grande (“Great Plain” – about


July 1 2016 / Events

Touching Nola’s Cultural Intangible

Nola, Campania

Ostensibly, you can’t touch an “intangible”. We just did. And at a deep level. Ever since hearing about the 2013


June 8 2016 / Art & Archaeology

Camerano’s Mysterious Underground

Camerano, Le Marche

Ah, Italy “the land of the endless discoveries.” One never finishes discovering the wonders “above ground” – let alone underground!


May 27 2016 / Food & Wine

Cantine Aperte, Cuori Aperti

Amelia, Umbria

Italians are known for opening home and heart to visitors. And Italy’s wine cellars will be opening their doors and


May 6 2016 / Food & Wine

A “Saintly” Gelato

Bolsena, Lazio

Patron saint and early Christian martyr, Santa Cristina reigns in Bolsena – and in unexpected ways. You’ll want to wander


April 22 2016 / Food & Wine

A Feast Worthy of Purgatorio

Lake Bolsena, Lazio

About seven kilometers from Gradoli, picturesque Latium hilltown on Lake Bolsena’s western shore, pull in at the 15th-century lavic stone


April 8 2016 / Food & Wine

Seeking that Wild Asparagus Bliss

Scratched arms and legs, thorn-pricked hands and itchy, sweaty skin can all herald bliss: when you scramble up out of


March 18 2016 / Food & Wine

La Polentata: a Cornmeal Communion

Assisi, Umbria

– Local knowledge such as this is the heart and fun of Anne’s U.S. Cooking and Lecture Tour “Feast of


February 19 2016 / Food & Wine

Peppa to the (Wine) Rescue!

Umbria, Italia

– Stories such as this are the heart and fun of Anne’s U.S. Cooking and Lecture Tour “Feast of Umbrian


January 29 2016 / Food & Wine

Cicerchie: A Filling Breakfast Soup

Assisi, Umbria

– Recipes and stories such as this are the heart and fun (and taste!) of Anne’s U.S. Cooking and Lecture


December 18 2015 / Events

Abruzzo Mountains, a Pastoral Gala

Campo Imperatore, Abruzzo

With brightly-luminous blue eyes and a twinkling grin, bare-chested, bearded Sergio was one of the shepherds showing sheep flock (450


November 20 2015 / Events

Arcidosso’s Festa della Castagna

Arcidosso, Tuscany

In late fall, chestnuts pop in the night in the medieval backstreets of Arcidosso, Tuscan mountain village on Mount Amiata.


November 5 2015 / Food & Wine

The Devious Temptress of San Vito Lo Capo

San Vito lo Capo, Sicilia

For the ancient Greeks and Romans, la sirenetta (“the mermaid”) was the devious temptress wooing sailors off course, leading them


October 16 2015 / Food & Wine

Marettimo’s “Fish-Bait Wreath”

Marettimo, Sicilia

As you approach the Marettimo trattoria with leaping blue dolphins painted on the side, you know you’ve found the right


August 11 2015 / Food & Wine

Tips from the “Virgil” of Sperlonga

Sperlonga, Lazio

(…cont’d from here.) …and Rocco, my “Sperlonga Virgil,” was right about Il Bistrot (and not only). After my first dinner