In the Kitchen

As summer began to fade away, I had a chance to experience true Italian hospitality one morning with the talented Chef Nunzia Palermo in her cooking class! We spent the morning in the heart of every Italian home, the kitchen, where she showed us how to prepare delicious meals with seasonal ingredients. I’ve always been…

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Giant Vines of Asprinio

I read about the Asprinio vines before coming to Italy and I knew that I had to see them at least once while here. Luck would have it that they were found in the exact area we would be living! Well, after waiting for over a year to visit this winery (Covid, cancellations, etc), it…

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Slovenia: Castles & Caves

The next day had waves of mixed weather- one moment there were heavy storms and then sun and sweaty hot heat. Thankfully we had planned a day of exploring a castle, eating meals under cover, and to be freezing hundreds of meters below in caves. They were the perfect excursions for a wacky weather day!…

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Moving Economy to Economy

Our second summer in Italy has been quite busy, but somehow in between all of it we also had to squeeze in time to move houses, again. Yup, unfortunately we had some issues with our last home and we needed to get out. When looking at homes on the economy you are typically shown a…

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Amalfi’s Heroic Vineyards

For quite some time now I have been fascinated with vineyards that are known as extreme or heroic. Extreme wines are made from grapes that are grown in awkward, harsh, or impossible areas where their vines are planted on tiny plots, grown on the backs of rocks, or/and survivors of phylloxera. Areas such as Cinque…

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DaVinci’s Vineyard

Did anybody else know that Leonardo DaVinci once owned a vineyard in Milan?? And now, that same wine is being produced once again from the same vineyard!?! Such an interesting story and gem of a place to discover: The Atellani House & Leonardo’s Vineyard. In the late 1400’s, while in Milan, DaVinci worked for Ludovico…

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96 Hours in Northern Italy Cont.

After one day of touring outside of Milano, we spent the next full day wandering around the city itself. We visited the famous Milan cathedral and walked on its rooftop; fed the pigeons that were flocking everywhere outside the church; walked around the Galleria and enjoyed an aperitivo (cola for the kid) while people watching;…

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96 Hours in Northern Italy

What was supposed to be a family weekend in Milan turned out to be a mom and son trip to northern Italy. I had a couple adventures planned but we mostly wandered aimlessly around the city. It was still summer and still oppressively hot so I didn’t want to overdo it- especially since we planned…

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