Italy’s Wild Abruzzo

Our main home is in the little known region of Abruzzo, which was once a joint region with that of Molise. It lies to the east of Lazio and Rome and north of Puglia, with the Adriatic sea and it’s long beaches to the east. As Italy’s most mountainous region, it contains two of the Appenine’s (Little Alps) highest peaks.

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Simplest Italian Snack Ever

This, the most simple of all healthy Italian snacks, is great for a midnight snack, after school, or any time at all! In fact, down through the years it has been a standard go-to for moms preparing the after school snack. Especially before the advent of unhealthy junk food!

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Our Adriatic Coast

I don’t know about you, but there’s something about the sea that sets my imagination soaring. The broad horizon and immense expanse of water makes it seem that only the sky is the limit. I wonder what it’s like across the way, and wish for a boat to paddle off on new discoveries. It’s a good thing then, my being boatless, as I would surely be rushing off to certain disaster. So I content myself with feasting on the views, while (of course) savoring a foamy cappuccino or hand-crafted gelato! 🙂 Care to join me?

An Emilia Romagna Hay Field

Welcome to a new feature on the blog: Wordless Wednesday. Just photos, usually depicting some aspect of our life here, along with a brief description or explanation. I hope you enjoy these micro tours of Itay!!

The northern region of Emilia Romagna is located in the broad valley of the Po River and one of Italy’s major agricultural regions. Wheat, corn, sugar beets, and animal fodder, like these giant hay bales, are among their main crops. But the region also produces a lot of fruits and vegetables, especially grapes and wine. The hay bales are always a welcome site because they are a sign of future Prosciuttos (cured hams) and giant wheels of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Two of the region’s most loved specialities!

Did you that Italy’s Emilia Romagna region is home to Prosciutto di Parma, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, balsamic vinegar, the Ferrari, and the Lamborghini? It’s a real treasure trove!