Italian Towns: A Journey Into the Past

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”

Groundhog Day in Italy

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”

Harvest Time in Italy

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”

The Italian Autumn: What to Expect

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”