Friday, August 23, 2019

Back home in Italy


A few pics of my village in Italy, Sestola, in the province of Modena, Emilia Romagna. Usually I go back in winter or spring, very occasionally in Autumn, but this time I made it in summer, and it was great, and hot!


The symbol of the village is La Rocca, the castle, here a few pics.






The other landmark is the bell tower, in the village centre.


And in front of the bell tower the obligatory stop at the Bar Veranda for breakfast (or a Spritz).



But the happiest I am is at home, in Poggioraso, just below the village.


Picking flowers in the fields or working on the 'shabby chic' decor of the house.






Or foraging! No mushrooms this time but I found lots of berries!







Then I love walking in the mountains, here is Lago della Ninfa, a little lake above Sestola.



There are several tracks for hikers, and I don't pick flowers here, I just take photos!




Finally there is the food, fresh pasta is a must, especially if you find people who make it with you (because they are always making pasta anyway, like Agnese!)




My favourites are taglatelle and tortelloni with ricotta and spinach, served with sage (from the garden) and butter and Parmigiano made in the local dairy (1km away from my house!)


And of course crescentine and gnocco fritto from one of the many good restaurants and trattorie in the area (there are dozens!!)


And to finish a simple cake with nocino. 


More photos of Sestola here!

Photos by Alessandra Zecchini ©

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Memorie di Mantova

La sala dei giganti, Palazzo Te

Cavalli, Palazzo Te




Cappuccino e cornetti

Il Sole e la Luna, Palazzo Te


Palazzo Te

Palazzo Te



Musei Civici


Aperitivo, Lambrusco Spritz e White Spritz




Palazzo Ducale

Tortelli di Zucca



Casa Museo Palazzo Valenti Gonzaga



Thursday, June 27, 2019

Oamaru, da visitare!!


Una cittadina che vale la pena visitare in Nuova Zelanda è Oamaru, nella regione di Otago (Distretto di Waitaki) nell'Isola del Sud. Nella zona si trova un particolare tipo di pietra calcarea bianca, la Pietra di Otago, che fu utilizzata per costruire numerosi edifici. Questi sono stati ripuliti negli ultimi anni e tornati alla gloria come attrazione turistica di stile vittoriano. In un paese dove gli italiani 'soffrono' per la mancanza di un'architettura storica qui si riesce a fare un bel tuffo nel passato! 

























Photos by Alessandra Zecchini ©

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