By the time October 1 came around I was already furiously taking notes on all the upcoming fall festivals- pumpkin, nut, truffle, chocolate… you name it. So far in our time here in Italy we have experienced a truffle, chocolate, and grape food festival. Each one had their own vibe, was off the tourist trail, and so much fun!! This year’s fall festival was no different. This year we chose to experience a chestnut and porcini mushroom festival in Roccamonfina! It’s the kind of mountain town where you come home smelling like smoke (the woodsy type, not the burning Naples type) and bags of local goodies (all of which you don’t need but must have). Roccamonfina also holds the 2018 Guinness World Record for largest chestnut roaster (34ft 4in long and 20ft 5in wide)!! As always, with food festivals, it is hard to get lots of photos. We are always swept up with the tasting stalls and trying to talk with people that we don’t get many shots; but from the photos I did take, I think you can see how amazing the scenery, food, and smells were. Sweet chestnut trees had lined almost every road into the town, and the drive up the mountain was a perfect introduction to the town’s lifestyle as we witnessed tons of groups collecting chestnuts from the fields and roadside areas.
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!