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Vernazza, cinque terre


March 22nd, 2016

A bit about the origins of Vernazza, cinque terre. The name is thought to derive from the Latin adjective verna, meaning “of the place  or “indigenous”. Thus the village’s name would be linked to its most famous product, Vernaccia, the local wine. As you approach Vernazza from the sea, its small piazza seems to slowly open... View Article

Gradara


February 14th, 2016

The place-name appears to come from the Latin “cretaria” which means “clay”, of which much of the geological formation of the territory is made. Gradara and its Fortress are one and the same. At the beginning it was simply a watch tower built by the Griffo family in the second half of the 12th century.... View Article

Italian villages: Cordovado, Friuli


January 31st, 2016

Italian Heart celebrates Italian beauties in its own festival of Borghi d’Italia. Here is the first of a series of posts on little Italian treasures… Enjoy! Curtis de Vado is the Latin name which means ” corte” – the large agricultural complex- placed near a ford on Tagliamento river ( exactly on the one of the... View Article

Italian villages: Acerenza, Basilicata


January 18th, 2016

For Italian Heart’s celebration of Italian villages, here is a post about Acerenza in Basilicata region. Enjoy! The Oscans, who were among the first Lucanian tribes, occupied the uplands of Basilicata, including the place that they called  “Akere”, later ”Acherutia”. The Latin poet Horace mentioned it as  “Acherontia”, bringing the name back to its true... View Article

Abruzzo, a train from a fairy tale


December 4th, 2015

Abruzzo, a train from a fairy tale. Are you looking for a fascinating itinerary that will immerse you into the Christmas atmosphere? This year on the 5th of December the historic abruzzese train will leave the station of Sulmona and will follow the tracks of the Italian trans-Siberian stopping at Roccaraso and then Campo di... View Article

Perugia & Gubbio


October 18th, 2015

Every fairy tale comes to an end and so does our Italian adventure. On our last day in Umbria we drive to Perugia and visit Piazza IV Novembre with the Cattedrale di San Lorenzo and Cappella di San Severo. A quick stroll around, a slice of pizza on our way and we have to farewell... View Article

Travelling in Umbria


October 11th, 2015

We wake up the next day without knowing what was waiting for us.. best things always come unforeseen. While strolling around in Spoleto, after visiting the teatro romano and the interesting Casa Romana, we get to the Basilica di San Salvatore (that we discover was a temple previously) where we are captured by its strong,... View Article

Umbria, Norcia and Spoleto


October 9th, 2015

Benvenuti in Umbria! Welcome to Umbria! After not too many days spent in Abruzzo it is now time for another adventure. My husband and I farewell my family and start a new 4-day jurney with my in laws. The four of us drive from the countryside of Abruzzo to Norcia (Umbria region) to get a... View Article

Punta Cavalluccio


October 7th, 2015

Here it comes, another well deserved day at the beach, this time in Punta Cavalluccio, Rocca San Giovanni (Abruzzo). Another day to lay out under the warm summer sun. The perfect day for some canoeing and a swim (well, not me, but I tried my best and basically enjoyed being safety in the water). Punta... View Article

Amalfi coast fourth parte


October 2nd, 2015

Arrivederci Amalfi! You have been one of the most amazing place I’ve ever been in my life, without a doubt. Early in the morning we get our car from the garage in the centre of Amalfi and drive outside the town on the coastal road that unwinds right on the cliff revealing a new view... View Article

Amalfi coast third parte


September 27th, 2015

Another day, another adventure! We make sure to have a good breakfast before leaving this morning because a long day awaits us. We get on a ferry heading north to the famous Isola di Capri. After a tormented journey and some nausea, we arrive an hour later and we immediately realize that we weren’t the... View Article

Amalfi coast second parte


September 25th, 2015

It is our second day on the enchanted Amalfi coast. We wake up in our hotel fully recharged and ready for a full on day. We catch a bus and head up on the breath-taking Ravello, a small village sitting on top of the hills just outside Amalfi. The ride to reach the top is... View Article

Amalfi coast first parte


September 18th, 2015

This year I really wanted to have a holiday within the holiday. My husband and I feel blessed when we can go and visit our families in our home Country so every time we go we end up strolling around our home towns. This time I decided to change the gear and take our families... View Article

Ripari di Giobbe, Abruzzo seaside


September 16th, 2015

After four days in Jesolo with my in-laws it’s time for us to head south to sunny Abruzzo. A five hour drive, some rain on the way and the smile of my daddy to comfort us when we finally arrive at our destination. We enjoy a 5/6 course meal with him (completely vegetarian…he knows how... View Article

Casoni on the Venetian lagoon


September 10th, 2015

Here we are, back to Italy for a break from this cold and rainy Victorian winter. It is mid August and we land in Venice on a hot summer day. On the very next day, jet lag apart, my husband and I take advantage of my in laws’ kind attitude and availability and ask them... View Article

Italian villages: Bosa, Sardinia


September 4th, 2015

For Italian Heart’s celebration of Italian villages, here is a post about Bosa, Sardinia region. Enjoy! The Phoenician name was Bs’n, which simply means “the people of Bosa”, then a collective ethnic name, reported in an epigraph from the IX-VIII century. B. C. The produce: The vineyards of the famous amber-coloured Malvasia wine are the... View Article

Italian villages: Oratino, Molise


August 21st, 2015

For Italian Heart’s celebration of Italian villages, here is a post about Oratino in Molise region. Enjoy! The village first was called Loretinum (XII century); the name changed in Ratino (XV century), then it became Loratino and finally Oratino. The origins of this word are still unknown. According to the parish priest of the early... View Article

Spectacular Abruzzo: Punta Aderci


July 31st, 2015

On this cold winter day I wish I was here lying down on this incredible rocky beach in Abruzzo. My mum promised to take me here next time I go visit. This is hands down one of her favorite places in Italy: Punta Aderci and its Trabocchi. The Reserve of Punta Aderci covers an area... View Article

The ritual of snakes in Cocullo


May 15th, 2015

One of the most popular traditional feasts of Abruzzo, well-known also abroad, is undoubtedly the Feast of San Domenico in Cocullo, a small mountain village in the province of L’Aquila. The peculiar part of this feast is that the statue of San Domenico is covered with real snakes caught by locals called “serpari” (snake charmers).... View Article

Matera, the sassi city


May 4th, 2015

A couple of weekends ago my mum was needing a break form the frenetic daily life so she indulged into a two days guided tour in Puglia and Basilicata that took her to see the majestic castel del Monte and the world famous “sassi di Matera”. Two of her must see spots that were still... View Article

Capodimonte e il lago di Bolsena


April 21st, 2015

Capodimonte, is a small village situated on the picturesque promontory facing the touristic Bolsena lake. It rises on a picturesque peninsula on the south-west shore and it belongs to the Isola Bisentina municipality. Capodimonte is the gem of Bolsena lake and it is ancient village is perched on the promontory at 334 metres a.s.l. The... View Article

Living in the countryside


March 16th, 2015

My mum tells us about her life in the Abruzzese countryside. “My name is Naira and I am a high school teacher of physics, I am 57 years old and live in a tiny village named Cavaticchi in Abruzzo. My love for the countryside comes from the long Sundays spent at my grandparents’ house, they... View Article

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

My romantic fairytale: vacanza italiana part one


January 12th, 2015

During the past Christmas holidays in Italy my husband and I had the pleasure to show to our Australian friends one of the highlights of my region: Santo Stefano di Sessanio. The village of Santo Stefano has been nominated one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. It is part of the Gran Sasso e... View Article

San Gimignano, a medieval village on the Tuscan hills


January 5th, 2015

My husband has great memories of San Gimignano, a medieval village on the Tuscan hills. He has been here three times, on the second time in the early years 2000 he went with some friends for a long weekend stay. Initially chosen for its convenient location halfway between Siena and the magical Florence, San Gimignano... View Article

Marina di Camerota, pearl of Cilento


December 1st, 2014

Rosa, a friend of mine, is very passionate about her homeland and she is happy to share her memories and the beauties of her hometown with us. Here is what she wants to say about her beloved Marina di Camerota (4.5 hours south of Rome, in the Campania region). “…Once ther was and still there... View Article

“Gnocco fritto” a recipe from Romagna


November 24th, 2014

This is Andrea from Romagna region talking about a culinary specialty and a small gem, the village of Bertinoro. “I love “gnocco fritto” (a fried dumpling). It has the same shape of a typical piadina from Emilia-Romagna but the dough is fried. I love enjoying my “gnocco fritto” in a small village on the gentle... View Article

Andrea and his Cesena


November 17th, 2014

From the words of my friend Andrea, he shares with us the treasures of his region. “In Cesena you can find the Majestic Malatestiana Library, a monastic library from the fifteenth century, at the present day included in the UNESCO Memory of the World. It is the first civic library of Italy and Europe. The... View Article