We’re taking a break for Christmas, but before we disappear until 2020, we wanted to say Buon Natale e un Felice Anno Nuovo – Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in Italian! We’d also like to thank everyone who visited our little corner of […]
It’s almost that time of the year again, and everyone likes a taste of citrus at Christmas. Some people like satsumas, whereas some like clementines. We like them all, but in a citrus gin or vodka. However, here in the south of Italy we are […]
The forgotten town of Pentedattilo. Otherworldly screams? Laments from the afterlife? The bloody hand of the devil?
The poor town of Pentedattilo on the edge of the Aspromonte Mountains in the southern tip of Calabria has seen it all. Earthquakes and precarious shifting of soil lent the final blow. But this cluster of edifices clinging to a strange rock formation, finally abandoned completely in the 1960s, seems to have been biding its time. Perhaps this ghost town just wasn’t ready to give up the ghost, of whom it is said, there are many.
You will remember that a few months ago we told you that we were moving to the most southerly town in Italy called Melito di Porto Salvo. Now that the dust has settled, we thought it would be a good idea to give you a […]
There have been a lack of posts on here recently, but I have been busy with things in the background. After three years in the north of Italy, we have taken the decision to relocate to the south of Italy to continue our careers as […]
Apologies for the lack of posts, but we’re back!
If you’ve read our previous posts you will remember that we said that we couldn’t visit the many vineyards around where we live because we had to use public transport.
Well now we have a car, so we can go exploring further afield!
The first place on our list was the vineyard La Stoppa, which is about 18km from where we live in Piacenza. We had the privilege of a private guided tour and tasting with Nico from La Stoppa in this beautiful tranquil setting on a warm and sunny spring afternoon.(more…)
It’s not often that the death of a celebrity affects me. However, the death of former chef Anthony Bourdain hit me like a steam train. It felt like somehow I had lost a friend. This was a man who encouraged me to travel and “eat […]
In my last post we told you all about the beautiful town of Castell’Arquato. Now, in the second part of my post I’ll tell you about the second reason we visited, which was the Monterosso Val d’Arda Wine Festival!
One of the things that we love in Italy is finding beautiful places which are off the tourist trail. Our options are limited at the moment because we don’t have a car.
However, one of the places we can reach by local bus is Castell’Arquato, which is breathtakingly beautiful. It also has the added advantage of being in middle of a large wine producing region.
When we lived in England we always had a kitchen garden full of edible goodies, or alternatively an allotment where we could grow all our fresh produce. However, now that we live in an apartment on the first floor in Italy, we have had to […]