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Garlicy Delicacy from Abruzzo

There are so many tasty Italian dishes out there! The other day, for instance, for the first time, I cooked a delicacy from Sulmona, Abruzzo: garlic scapes. They are garlic flower stalks that are picked before the blooms develop to make the bulbs grow bigger. Sulmona is famous for its tasty red garlic and all ...

Traditional costumes in Scanno, Abruzzo

While flicking through my Italian photo archives the other day I found these wonderful photos that my American friend Linda sent me. She was visiting a small mountain village of Scanno in Abruzzo last summer and came across two local women wearing traditional clothes. Scanno is one of very few places in Italy where you can snap pictures like that, as older women ...

Harvesting Precious Saffron in Abruzzo

Dante Santavicca and his son Stefano are slowly moving along the rows dotted with small plants plucking delicate lilac buds, one by one, and gently placing them in baskets. It is saffron harvest time! I came to the Navelli Valley to see how one of the world’s most costly spices, saffron from Abruzzo, is harvested. The ...

Traditional Sunday Lunch in Abruzzo

As many of my readers know I am in love with Italian food. I can talk for hours about Italian recipes, local specialties and good restaurants. Discovering a new ingredient makes me happy, being invited for lunch in a local family sends me into ecstasy! So, when my friend Novelia invited me to join her ...

Cows Parade in Aosta Valley

Hello from Cogne in Aosta Valley! It is the season of cows parades in Valle D’Aosta, and I came to Cogne to see one of them. The small village is nestled between the formidable mountains in a beautiful Alpine valley, in the Gran Paradiso National Park. Old traditions are strong here and every year the locals celebrate ...

Eat Like a Local in Florence

I am starting a new series of posts called “Eat like a local” where locals from across Italy will share their tips about local traditional foods and dishes that are not widely known to foreigners. You will learn where the locals eat in Florence, what shops and markets they go to. I would like my ...