November 15 2011 / Local Interest

San Martino, Castagne e Vino

Italy

The Chapel dedicated to San Martino and frescoed by Simone Martini in the 14th-century is certainly one of the masterpieces


October 25 2011 / Food & Wine

Along for the Ride in Mugello

Londa, Tuscany

The Moto Gran Premio draws motorcycle buffs – and not only – from all over the world each year to


October 17 2011 / Places

Seaside Treasure of the Marches Region

Sirolo, le Marche,

“Center of the Adriatic, center of Italy, center of the heart,” reads a brochure at the Tourist Office. You’ll agree


October 7 2011 / Local Interest

Our New Italians

Beaches in Italy

Italians relax under umbrellas on sandy beaches in the hot summer months. Under blistering sun, Moroccans, Tunisians, Indians, Pakistanis, Nigerians,


September 23 2011 / Local Interest

Nonno di Ustica

Ustica, Sicily

“A blood relative or not, he’s my relative. Pasquale is everybody’s relative: he’s “il nonno di Ustica.” Nonno Pasquale’s blue


July 29 2011 / Places

Ventotene, Island of Exile

Ventotene, Lazio

Augustus Caesar banished his libertine daughter Giulia to Ventotene, tiny Mediterranean island just south of Rome. The exiled Giulia perhaps


July 22 2011 / Events

Lakeside Miracle Plays

Bolsena, Lazio

Certamente, the brutality of the martyrdom of Bolsena’s Santa Cristina in the fourth century contrasts dramatically with the serene bucolic


July 8 2011 / Events

Passione in Bevagna

Bevagna, Umbria

Located in Umbria’s largest valley, Bevagna can sizzle at the end of June. You can’t even think about dressing in


June 23 2011 / Local Interest

The Sagra

Italy

A sagra is an evening village gathering offering the best in local cuisine at minimal prices, dance band music (free!)


June 6 2011 / Local Interest

Auguri Italia!

Umbria

No, Italians are not flag-fliers. A sense of Italian nationality is missing. Sense of belonging is first and foremost to


May 23 2011 / Food & Wine

Novella’s Last Wild Asparagus

Assisi, Umbria

Farmwoman Novella had a couple tempting bunches of wild asparagus at her vegetable box (to call it a “stand” would


May 13 2011 / Events

Gubbio’s Glorious Mad May Race

Gubbio, Umbria

Dramatically perched on a hill, suspended in the Middle Ages… yet slumbering Gubbio erupts in frenetic euphoria on May 15th


May 6 2011 / Events

An Exhuberant Welcome to Spring

Assisi, Umbria

“Ecco Maggio ch’e’ venuto” chant the Assisani as they feverishly finish up last minute details for the Calendimaggio, wrapping up


April 29 2011 / Events

Piantarmaggio

San Pellegrino, Umbria

A few years ago, a friend told us about his village’s pagan/Christian celebration and we knew it was not to


April 21 2011 / Food & Wine

Torta di Pasqua

Umbria

(..related to this note) With thanks to my friend Christine Hickman, top chef and cooking teacher (see www.sonomarcella.com) TORTA DI


April 15 2011 / Local Interest

In Vino Veritas? …maybe

Umbria

Wine and its sharp-tongued sister, vinegar, are certainly sacred in rural culture, if not harbingers of truth as the old


April 7 2011 / Local Interest

Forte e Gentile

L'Aquila, Abruzzo

Over 20,000 Aquilani gathered together in Piazza Duomo yesterday at 3:32 a.m. in remembrance of the 309 victims of the


March 31 2011 / Food & Wine

Pasta alla Norcina

Umbria

(related to this note…) Norcia, in the mountains of southeastern Umbria, is noted for its salsicce (sausages), prosciutto, capocollo, salame,


March 28 2011 / Local Interest

From Pig to Prosciutto

Umbria

The cold weather in January is perfect for pig slaughtering: once the pig is slaughtered and turned into prosciutto, capocollo,


March 11 2011 / Local Interest

Givers of the Greatest Gifts

Umbria

After living the rural life with them for over thirty-five years, I am still learning from our farm neighbors. Over


February 22 2011 / Events

Mostra Mercato

Valtopina, Umbria

Not “show and tell” but “show and sell” is the theme of the Italian mostra mercato. These markets – generally


February 10 2011 / Food & Wine

Honors to the Mediterranean Diet

Italy

What do the Acropolis, Angkor Wat, the Great Wall of China, the Old City of Havana, Dubrovnik, the Great Barrier