Anne’s “Insider” Tips

Always a joy to seek out new wonders here in Italy, “land of the endless discoveries.” Notes on many of our adventures are here below. Others are here. Share in the wealth.


Near Gorga, “Pre-Industrial” Goodnes

Push back the plastic strips hanging like colorful spaghetti (or fettuccine!) on the doorway entrance – but they do the trick, keeping out flies – and enter a cheese-lover’s heaven, the Caseificio Amici. Not far from Gorga, tiny Latium region mountain hill town, the Amici family – Giulio and wife Anna – raise three hundred… View Article

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Scheggino “Dew”

Guazza is best translated as “dew”, those droplets of moisture condensed from the atmosphere at night, so what better word to describe a liquidy sauce or broth in which meat or fish is cooked? In our many visits to Sicily over the years, ‘we’ve relished the tasty seafood guazzetti of mussels, clams, shrimp, mullet and… View Article

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Near Perugia, a Picantissimo Festival

Some scholars affirm that the late Etruscan life-sized bronze sculptural masterpiece, “the Orator” (now in the Museo Nazionale Aracaelogico di Firenze) was found near Tuoro on Lake Trasimeno. But you can’t convince anyone in Pila (near Perugia) of that: as you enter the Parco dell’Arringatore, a sign next to the wrought iron gate affirms that… View Article

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Castelluccio Floral Majesty

Floral wonders take the stage in many an Umbrian festival: in the medieval street theater of Assiisi’ medieval May festival in Assisi, Calendimaggio, floral themes are key.   In Spello’s astounding Infiorate festival (sixty days after Easter), astounding floral tapestries star.   Look up as you stroll the medieval backstreets of Umbrian hill towns from… View Article

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Assisi’s Floral Passion: Ageless

  For the Feast of Corpus Domini (or Corpus Cristi), astounding floral tapestries carpet medieval alleyways of Spello, Cannara, Bolsena and Assisi (and not only) as if perfumed runners of intricate designs had been rolled out to welcome an important guest. That “guest” is Christ: in solemn procession, the Host in the monstrance will be… View Article

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Cara Comes Home – to il Nido Tranquillo

  Assisi’s been home for me for almost forty years and it’s magical draw is not easy to put into words. Our apartment guests experience the magic – and some, like Cara, just can’t seem to get away! Cara was to stay in il Nido Tranquillo for just a couple weeks and then head to… View Article

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Collepino Goodness

  Only about ten people live in Collepino today, “including le badanti (the caregivers),” Daniele told me as he served up our cafe’ and limoncello. Once a feudal fortress, the tiny walled village of Collepino on the slopes of Mt. Subasio was a thriving agricultural community about forty years ago. Today, only a few elderly… View Article

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Finding Peace at Il Nido Tranquillo

  It’s good to know that il Nido Tranquillo (“tranquil nest”) truly offers the peace and tranquillity which many seek – and some need: like Gale who spent January and February here studying for her doctoral exams. She passed!   I heard the good news from Gale via email while in the US as I… View Article

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Foraging for Wild Asparagus

Abundant rain this spring has meant abundant wild asparagus. Had a good hunt this morning, coming home with an armful of wild asparagus – and a few wildflowers, too. For lunch today: pasta with wild asparagus. i even had enough for a wild asparagus frittata as well. We have chickens again and fresh eggs of… View Article

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Gubbio’s Corsa dei Ceri: Once in a Lifetime?

You’ll understand why the people of Gubbio (eugubini) are affectionately called “i matti dell’Italia” (“the mad ones of Italy”) if you ever see those three teams of hundreds of men racing 700 lbs + up the mountain in crazied frenzy on May 15th. But the more you learn about the astounding Corsa dei Ceri, the… View Article

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