"Toc, toc, toc." Wiping my hands on my apron, I went to the door wondering who would visit so close to lunch. "Buon giorno," I greeted the unexpected visitor hesitantly. "Can I help you?" not really knowing what to say or do. I'd never been visited by a priest before! "Well, I'm here for the … Continue reading Italian Easter Traditions
If you're longing for a break away from the crowds and tourist traps, head south of Salerno where the Cilento and Valle di Diano National Park rises up from the spectacular Gulf of Salerno into lonely mountain ranges. From beautiful quaint fishing towns to forgotten rustic mountain villages, there's plenty to see. And even to … Continue reading Italy’s Cilento National Park [Video]
My husband's hometown, in the middle of a national park, is one of Italy's most interesting places. Interesting because it's rarely ever visited. Interesting because it's a striking area of lonely, rugged mountains, extending into the Tyrrhenian Sea, and forming the southern end of the Gulf of Salerno. And also because the Cilento National Park (in the … Continue reading Our Home in Italy’s Cilento National Park
We love this nation, although of course like any place, Italy has its share of negatives and downfalls. But somehow, when we look back over the years, all we see are the people we've grown to love. The beauty of the land and culture. And the thread of God's unwavering faithfulness woven through from beginning … Continue reading The Day Italy Stole our Hearts
There's a feeling of magic in the air! Italy's Medieval fest season is upon us, like a fairy tale come alive! Knights, damsels, and court jesters. Feasting, with music and drummers. Medieval games, horse races, and parades with flags and torches. And it's easy to imagine yourself the velvet clad Lord, or Lady in silk, … Continue reading Italy’s Four Most Famous and Unusual Medieval Festivals [Video]
As the sun wanes in the western sky, the cool evening air beckons, and Italians everywhere take to the streets - for la passeggiata. Young, old, and in between - it's time for the evening promenade. If you've never experienced one, I can only assume you've never been to Italy. At least not the real … Continue reading The Italian Passeggiata
Ask any child what the chicken says and he or she is sure to say "Cluck, cluck." Unless of course, that child happens to speak another language. For you see, animals speak different languages, depending on where they live! There is no universal way for mimicking animal sounds. So when we do imitate their sounds we … Continue reading Even Animals Speak Italian!
Because it’s been oft overlooked and forgotten, Abruzzo is one place where the old Italian ways and traditions still endure. Abruzzo is a refreshing and inviting place to visit...
If the walls of the homes you've lived in could talk, what story would they tell?
No one seems to know just how Italy's tooth mouse got his start. But it all began in Spain, with old grandfather Pérez Mouse, who worked for the king. Back when the king sold him all his baby teeth...