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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: 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

Princess for one night: vacanza italiana part two


January 14th, 2015

After the intimate wedding that we had on the beautiful Island of Mauritius in October 2014 it came the time for us to go home and celebrate with family and friends. So in December last year Nicola (my husband) and I spent an amazing white Christmas in Abruzzo. The next day, Boxing day (and my... 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

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