Category Archives: Cultural Focus

A story, tradition or description relating to a particular group of people

The Maremma sheep dogs–mere yards away from our tent– had been barking since 4am. A couple of hours later, my 16 year-old daughter and I crept out of our tent in the darkness, seeking warmth in the agriturismo farmhouse where the majority of our group was sleeping inside. Nunzio, the jovial bearded man responsible for […]

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Day 2 of the Transumanza, the age-old tradition of leading animals on an annual migration to higher mountain pastures in the Apennines Mountains of Abruzzo, in central Italy. My 16 year old daughter and I had joined a group of mostly Italian people, and some Maltese, who had collectively joined a 3 day transumanza adventure […]

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It’s almost Thanksgiving…the time when we’re traditionally reunited with our families. Outside my window, cool winds whip through bare trees, and temps drop low enough to snow. But my thoughts drift to the shepherd and the flock of sheep that we left high in the mountains of central Italy this past summer. It’s certainly cold […]

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Something wicked this way comes… Mystery and intrigue are packed into the ancient stone walls of medieval Castel del Monte, a little village tucked into the hills of northern Abruzzo, in central Italy, where 450 people live. The setting is beautiful, perched on a slope overlooking the mountains and valleys of Campo Imperatore in the Gran […]

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One of the excursions you can do if you visit Abruzzo, Italy, is to follow along on a truffle hunt. And it was among my “must do’s” from the moment I began planning our 10 night stay in this little-known region of central Italy. Truffles are a highly esteemed food sought by gourmet chefs and […]

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