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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


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: 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