We drove out to the province of Irpinia, zigzagging up many mountain hairpin turns, to reach the historic center of Calitri. An earthquake once stopped time here (the town clock tower still stuck at 7:40, the time of the quake), but it still holds some continuing secrets and charm. Under the labyrinth of historic, hillside houses and under old stone arches you can find ancient cheese caves. These caves are excavated in sandstone rocks to create the perfect, natural atmosphere for aging local cheeses. We unexpectedly discovered the caves had been emptied before our visit, so it was a complete bummer to not be able to see the cheeses hanging; however, we were able to enjoy a cheese tasting and a tour of the seasoning and refinement rooms in the factory.
Our roots will forever be from here, America, born and raised. Yet, life requires us to move more frequently than we care to count. Whether living stateside or abroad, you can always find us traveling somewhere. We scout out places that you only think you can dream of one day seeing and we seek out those that aren’t found in guidebooks. We then bring them to life here in our travel memos, so hopefully, one day you too can visit them or at least be able to live vicariously through us. This blog isn’t just about crossing off places from a bucket list. It’s about absorbing and learning how other cultures grow and fit into the same world that we do. Life is short and the world is big. Enjoy and get out there!