My husband and I have an inordinate passion for flea markets. When we lived in Zürich in the mid 90s, we spent all our free time rummaging through dusty boxes of wonders. “Normal” people would run home or to the café after a long day of work. We, on the other hand, would meet in… Continue reading market treasures
Over the years our guests have given us the gift of many beautiful images. Images of ourselves, of Umbria, of cooking classes, of fun and relaxation, of greetings. Moments in which the lives of others have crossed ours here, atop our magical mountain. Moments for which I am grateful. This video is a… Continue reading cooking on a sunny day
Every year around this time, mid October, I get vaguely annoyed. First of all it gets cold and wet for the first time after months of wonderful weather. It’s still beautiful all around, but one needs to get used to at least a sweater. Then, like every October in the last 10 years, Eurochocolate comes… Continue reading from Umbria with chocolate
Its’ Carnival and -if I close my eyes – I can make winter go away. The glory and glamour of Venice and Rio de Janeiro are far away. Here in rural Umbria Carnival is a mostly a celebration for children. It’s all about being curious of the costumes of your school friends. It’s about stuffing… Continue reading carnevale!
Animal lovers have peculiar behaviors sometimes. Like, for example, eating 24000 sausages in one day. On the third week-end of January the village of Santa Maria degli Angeli near Assisi celebrates the feast of Saint Anthony Abbot . The Egyptian hermit is the patron of domestic animals, especially pigs, as well as of butchers. He… Continue reading twenty four thousand sausages
If our everyday meals were low profile, holidays were an entire different experience. In fact, a gastronomic extravaganza. Half of my extended family is Sicilian and most of them live in Umbria. For Christmas or Easter, it was not unusual to have large parties of 15-20 people. At each of these occasions, not only my… Continue reading festa