White Cisternino


February 25th, 2015

“Cisternino, characterized by its white houses, is considered one of the most beautiful villages of Italy. It is a super tiny medieval village that looks onto the Itria Valley. We are in the Puglia region where you can find the world famous trulli and where the sun shines all year round. Cisternino is a representative... View Article

Cucina povera from Tuscany


February 23rd, 2015

Cecina The cecina from Tuscany is typical of the province of Siena, it is entirely made of chickpeas flour, water, salt and olive oil. And pepper to serve. One of the most representative recipe of the Italian cucina povera. The cecina is all about simplicity, genuineness and primitive flavor. The flavor that conquers my mum’s... View Article

Venice Carnival: the most gluttonous festival


February 20th, 2015

“La festa più golosa del mondo!” I have always celebrated Carnival, I have pictures dated 1989 with a little me dressed as a Spanish lady. As a little girl my mum used to dress me up and take me to the main piazza in town to watch the confetti carpet covering the entire surface of... View Article

La Valle dei Templi


February 17th, 2015

The archaeological site of Agrigento is a memory that brings me back in time, 14 years ago. As routine, when planning the family holiday my mum would ask my sister and I if we had any preferences. And, obviously, I could never hold my dreams down. That year I really wanted to go and see... View Article

Handmade traditional jewel: la Presentosa


February 4th, 2015

In 1894 Italian poet Gabriele D’Annunzio writes a brief description of the handmade traditional jewel: la Presentosa in his book “Il trionfo della morte” (The triumph of the death): “Portava agli orecchi due grevi cerchi d’oro e sul petto la presentosa: una grande stella di filigrana con in mezzo due cuori.” (“She was wearing two... View Article

Villa Contarini: an architectural masterpiece


February 2nd, 2015

A tribute to Anna, my mother in law: Piazzola sul Brenta, a comune in the province of Padua (Veneto region) and her home town. Anna and her family moved to Padova when she was only 3 years old. From that day on and for many years she used to go back to Piazzola to visit... View Article