My darling Abruzzo


March 26th, 2015

Traditions in Abruzzo and how the passing of time has affected them. My mum’s love affair with Abruzzo. “Traditional festivals haven’t changed much with the passing of the years, with the exception of the simplest carousels and the children happy with just one balloon in their hands. I remember a traditional mask (la pupa) that... View Article

Master tailors


March 25th, 2015

Master tailors: nonno and nonna “I grew up with a needle in my hands, I could do needlepoint and jackets since a very young age. I remember when I was ten I would come to Pescara to take some fabrics with me, I would then go home and embroider them. With the money from the... View Article

History of a Sicilian icon: the carretto


March 19th, 2015

History of a Sicilian icon: the carretto The Sicilian cart (or carretto siciliano in Italian and carrettu sicilianu in Sicilian) is an ornate, colorful style of horse or donkey-drawn cart native to the island of Sicily, in Italy. The cart has always been the symbol of Sicily and its traditions. The Sicilian cart, just like... View Article

Padua: traditions from the past and present


March 18th, 2015

My beloved mother in law Anna writes down some memories of her childhood in Padua, Veneto region. “My husband and I were both born in the 1950s in Padua, Veneto region, when the cultural and social transformation was very strong but we distinctly remember some old professions: • The knife grinder (el moleta in 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

Ceramics of Caltagirone, Sicily


March 12th, 2015

The history of ceramics of Caltagirone, Sicily is doubtlessly millennial. Since human kind has learned how to dominate the four elements, in Caltagirone (Sicily) there have been artisans able to create original colours and shapes. When men starting to live on agriculture they began making big containers and small vases made of a black-grey mixture... View Article

Modern time Italian artisans


March 11th, 2015

Bottega Artistica Italiana was born some years ago from a communal program of two good friends, Paola and Rita, two modern time Italian artisans. These two teachers felt the need of having a personal space and time to relax and share their passion for all handmade things. “Ours is a tiring job but also an... View Article

Memories of a lifetime


March 6th, 2015

My nonna remembers her childhood in the country village of Nocciano, Abruzzo. “Of my primary school years I remember going down in an underground room in the countryside, there was a torch to light up the room and keep us warm, my teacher was constantly drunk. I studied until I was 8 years old. I... View Article

Pasta made with love


March 4th, 2015

8th of March: International Women’s Day. I am going to make this one the month dedicated to the women in my life publishing posts about them and their lives. I love you all. In my life I have been lucky enough to meet and love my great grandmother; her name was Amalia. She lived till... View Article