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

The straw hats of Signa


August 7th, 2015

The straw hats of Signa, history: In signa in 1714 Domenica Michelacci known as Bolognino, began to cultivate “grano marzuolo” a variety of wheat with small ears and tiny grains in order to have straw for weaving. He sowed it densily so that it would grow longer by seeking out the light in shallow furrows... View Article