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What to expect on our 5 night Italian cultural and culinary programme

5 nights of Italian food and culture AWAY from the tourist trail. Be immersed in an authentic community, live the slow life, discover ancient traditions.

A guide to Molise, Italy’s smallest province punching above its weight

One of Italy’s smallest, and certainly its youngest province, Molise was once part of Abruzzo. Just above Puglia with 35 kilometres of Adriatic coast, ancient Apennine hill towns, and a wealth of natural beauty, it’s still pretty undiscovered. Those who do come are...

Baking bread with Mercedes

In the hills of Alto Molise, Mercedes rises at 3.30 to prepare her loaves for the wood-fired oven, using logs from her woods, and grain from her fields. Traditional bread baking for Mercedes, is all about the grain. The 'pane casaerecio' of her childhood was nothing...

A morning of truffle hunting in Molise, the second biggest producer of truffles in Italy!

Molise is the second biggest producer of truffles in Italy! Ottavio is from the contrada of Carovili, near Angone. When you mention his name the Agnonese say, ‘who?”. “The guy that hunts truffles,” I say, “Oh him, Ottavio, from Carovill”. Ottavio has lived in Agnone...

La Madonna di Loreto

La Madonna di Loreto   Read my guest blog post about this tri-annual festival in the extraordinary town of Capracotta - featured by the National Italian American Foundation.         Explore more...

The Master Coppersmiths of Agnone – Pontificia Fonderia Marinelli

My guest blog post for the National Italian American Foundation 20.03.2017 In the Apennine hills in Alto Molise is the town of Agnone, home of my ancestors, my grandfather’s cousins are known across Italy as The Master Coppersmiths of Agnone. They are still creating...

Tumbr Fest

Tumbr fest - Cann'lora and the return of light: secular rites and peasant calendar   Tumbr fest takes its name from the old unit used during the reign of the two Sicilies and set off in 1861, following the unity of Italy. The festival was born with the intention of...

Abruzzo-Molise Heritage Society Q&A

Our good friends at the Abruzzo and Molise Heritage Society in Washington DC kindly asked me to do an interview about our programme for their readers, which was published on their website, where I contribute as a guest blogger. They started with a tough question;...

Learn Italian For Travel with Stella Lucente

Stella Lucente Italian Language books I heartily recommend this Italian language book to my own guests, all students and travellers visiting Italy for the first time. It really is the best book to learn Italian for beginners. 'Conversational Italian for Travelers'...

La Mia Strada

La Mia Strada - a feature film from Michael DiLauro   “And they go down the ancient traturro to the plain. Almost down a silent grassy river following the footprints of ancient fathers…” Gabriele D’Annunzio In the words of the director, Michael DiLauro (biography):...

Baking bread with Mercedes

In the hills of Alto Molise, Mercedes rises at 3.30 to prepare her loaves for the wood-fired oven, using logs from her woods, and grain from her fields. Traditional bread baking for Mercedes, is all about the grain. The 'pane casaerecio' of her childhood was nothing...

read more

Tumbr Fest

Tumbr fest - Cann'lora and the return of light: secular rites and peasant calendar   Tumbr fest takes its name from the old unit used during the reign of the two Sicilies and set off in 1861, following the unity of Italy. The festival was born with the intention of...

read more

Learn Italian For Travel with Stella Lucente

Stella Lucente Italian Language books I heartily recommend this Italian language book to my own guests, all students and travellers visiting Italy for the first time. It really is the best book to learn Italian for beginners. 'Conversational Italian for Travelers'...

read more

La Mia Strada

La Mia Strada - a feature film from Michael DiLauro   “And they go down the ancient traturro to the plain. Almost down a silent grassy river following the footprints of ancient fathers…” Gabriele D’Annunzio In the words of the director, Michael DiLauro (biography):...

read more
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