Off to Perugia for Eurochocolate 2015

(October 19, 2015)  The annual Eurochocolate International Chocolate Exhibition, held in Perugia each year, is one of the largest exhibitions of chocolate in Europe, and draws thousands of visitors to sample the wide variety of products presented by hundreds of vendors. Bill and Shelley Trowell, Paola and Leonardo and I chose a weekday afternoon and . . . → Read More: Off to Perugia for Eurochocolate 2015

A few final days with the Trowells

(October 14, 2015) Bill and Shelley Trowell are my friends from North Carolina, now also fellow part-time residents of Spello. We met nearly 5 years ago, when I was returning from grocery shopping and walking up the hill toward my home, and heard them speaking English. I introduced myself, and became their tour guide . . . → Read More: A few final days with the Trowells

To Manarola for dinner at Billy’s

(October 11, 2015) One of the highlights (whenever possible) when I visit with Pall and Birgit, is getting another opportunity to have dinner together at Billy’s, in Manarola. Now that the Via dell’Amore has been closed for some time after a rockslide, we have to take a train to the next village north, and . . . → Read More: To Manarola for dinner at Billy’s

Art and local history disappearing in Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre

(October 11, 2015) Visits to Pall and Birgit in Riomaggiore are not often, but I usually find time to go there once and they come to see me in Spello, too. I am relatively familiar with the town, although all of the steep stairs and walkways have hidden alleys that I have never explored. . . . → Read More: Art and local history disappearing in Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre

Shopping for lunch in La Spezia

(October 10, 2015)  I met Pall Forloney about 8 years ago in Riomaggiore, while enjoying a beer at a bar with a terrace overlooking the sea, with my friend, Cheryl Summers. She and I had just finished hiking between all five of the villages of the Cinque Terre (“Five Lands”), and were celebrating our . . . → Read More: Shopping for lunch in La Spezia

A spontaneous dinner among friends

(October 8, 2015)  Bill and Shelly Trowell, my friends from North Carolina, hosted their first guests in their new home here in Spello—Steve and Carol Wallin. When their guests were enjoying their last evening before parting, Paola and Leonardo had the idea to host a quick potluck dinner the night before, so we all . . . → Read More: A spontaneous dinner among friends

“Singing” for my supper at Stefano and Anna’s home

(October 4, 2015) I have often made friends with renters staying in Stefano Antinucci’s vacation apartment across the piazza—especially when they are Americans. I met Rip and Carol (from New Jersey) the year before, and then they returned this time without the other couple who had traveled with them. I am a resource for . . . → Read More: “Singing” for my supper at Stefano and Anna’s home

The Arezzo antiques fair always calls my name

(October 3, 2015) The first Sunday (and the preceding Saturday) of each month, the largest antiques fair in Italy is held in Arezzo, a 90-minute train ride away. I plan my trips to include the fair, usually twice, and can be found on the Saturday of the sale at the Spello train station at . . . → Read More: The Arezzo antiques fair always calls my name

Annual Return to Primi D’Italia in Foligno

(September 24, 2015)  Each year in Foligno, one of the most attended festivals is the Primi D’Italia, where the “primi” or first courses from all regions of Italy are featured. There are villages with specialty menus—polenta dishes, risotto, pasta with various sauces and pasta shapes. In addition, there are gluten-free villages, and vegan/vegetarian areas, . . . → Read More: Annual Return to Primi D’Italia in Foligno

Paola Antinucci, my talented friend

One of my closest friends here in Spello is Paola, part of the “Paola and Leonardo” pair that runs both their Fratello Sole B&B, and later added the “Corte del Conte” small hotel across the street. Paola is an extraordinary cook and baker, providing all of the pastries (including her croissants, known here as “cornetti”) . . . → Read More: Paola Antinucci, my talented friend