Modena’s Balsamic Vinegar [Video]

The Modena province in Emilia Romagna, where we lived many years is known as the Home of Balsamic Vinegar. And because it's one of the places we most love returning to, it's where we spent our Easter holiday this year. Full of tradition, great food, fine autos, and friendly people, it's a great place to... Continue Reading →

Italy’s Cilento National Park

My husband's hometown, in the middle of a national park, is one of Italy's most interesting places. Interesting because it's rarely ever visited. Interesting because it's a striking area of lonely, rugged mountains, extending into the Tyrrhenian Sea, and forming the southern end of the Gulf of Salerno.  And also because the Cilento National Park (in the Salerno... Continue Reading →

The Healthy Mediterranean Diet

Hubby and I have pretty much always followed the Mediterranean diet since we've been in Italy. But lately we're really stepping it up. The older we get, the easier it is to put on weight. And that's one thing we don't need. Plus our cholesterol levels have crept up lately, which is bad for our hearts.... Continue Reading →

Italy’s Wild Abruzzo

Our main home is in the little known region of Abruzzo, which was once a joint region with that of Molise. It lies to the east of Lazio and Rome and north of Puglia, with the Adriatic sea and it's long beaches to the east. As Italy's most mountainous region, it contains two of the Appenine's... Continue Reading →

Italy’s Snail-Loving Village

Though often thought of as a French dish, Italians equally love their lumache! And our village is no exception! In our area of Abruzzo, it's known as the snail-loving village!  A lover of snails himself, my husband fits in well with these villagers. Who, in this area are known as the sciumacchini or 'snail eaters'! In fact, he... Continue Reading →

Beautiful but Forgotten Abruzzo

Our village nestles among gently rolling hills, between Abruzzo's Adriatic coast and the Apennine mountains. Covered with vineyards and olive groves, with snow-capped mountains in the background! It's beautiful, and we feel blessed to live here!  Largely an agriculture region, it's famous for its Montepulciano wine. And also for its long beautiful beaches, gorgeous mountains, and great... Continue Reading →

Fake Italian Food

You used to see it in older movies a lot...loud, rambunctious Italian families around the dinner table. Glasses raised in greeting or forks twirling madly. Usually eating spaghetti, spaghetti and meatballs.  Sorry if this is a letdown for you. But spaghetti and meatballs is not real Italian food. It's good. And it's considered Italian. But it's... Continue Reading →

Their First Look at the Americans

One by one they filed in, sitting around the smoky fire in the dark, dingy room. The entire village, it seemed, wanted a look at the Americans. While I in turn, through teary, smoke-filled eyes, examined them. My husband's paesani, for this was his birthplace, the very home he was born in!  Life in that isolated village seemed... Continue Reading →

Italy’s Restaurants IN the Sea

Our local coastline, known as Italy's Trabocchi Coast, is quite unique because of the special fishing docks along its shores. Many of which have been transformed into elegant restaurants — right IN THE SEA!!  So just imagine this scenario. A beautiful day, warm and sunny. A romantic 40th anniversary dinner for two. That was the special... Continue Reading →

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