Going around Italian villages is like a journey into the past. Another time, another way of life. Everything speaks of times gone by. From narrow cobblestoned streets, to ancient buildings. With the ever-present scent of wood smoke, transporting the mind to slower days. When entire families gathered round the fire, chestnuts roasting and wine glasses toasting.Continue reading “Italian Towns: A Journey Into the Past”
Wherever you go in Italy, it seems that is love in the air! Venice and its gondola rides, and Verona with Romeo and Juliet. Italy is known as one of the most romantic travel spots in the world. But Italy isn’t only for lovers.
On Groundhog Day people in the USA and Canada wait for the little critters to emerge from their holes. For according to Anglo-Saxon folklore, if the groundhog comes out and sees its shadow, six more weeks of winter are sure to follow. And since he can only see his shadow on sunny days, a bright, sunnyContinue reading “Groundhog Day in Italy”
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. And I believe it’s true. But here in Italy a gesture is also worth a thousand words! Because Italy has a second (unofficial) language – hand gestures, and there are dozens of them!
Hello to one and all, life has been a little crazy over here lately. Some days it’a hard to keep up.
Yipee…it’s summertime in Italy! Roman Summer, that is! Otherwise also known as Saint Martin’s Summer. A delight autumn warm spell that often goes through mid November!
Autumn in Italy! Grape harvest and wine making, olive gathering, and oil pressing. Ah, this is autumn in Italy! And right in our own garden, at that! Hubby harvests our olives — the time-honored way. Hand-picked, one-by-one. He probably wouldn’t want to try it with a hundred trees, but with our two it’s not tooContinue reading “Harvest Time in Italy”
Autumn in Italy is a delightful time of year! Warm, balmy, and often good beach weather through most of September. They’re known as Roman Octobers. Or sometimes Roman Summers, much like the Indian Summers we used to enjoy back in the USA.
Leaves crackling underfoot. Wood smoke wafting on the air. Squashes and apples. Chestnut roasting. There’s a cozy feeling to Autumn, isn’t there? And these are just a few of the things you can expect to find in an Italian autumn. But best of all is the grape harvest and olive picking, two of Italy’s most specialContinue reading “The Italian Autumn: What to Expect”