#363 I miss vigneti – 3

Not only in the warm South or in the sunny Central Italy.

The vineyards that you don’t expect are right in front of the Alpi (‘Alps mountains’).

Here’s the castle of Aymaville and its vigneti, in Val d’Aosta

Vigneti and the Monte Binco, the highest European mountain

Sarriod De La Tour castle and vineyards

(See also “I miss vigneti – 1 – 2”




#361 I miss gelato – 4

Gelati alternativi.

When I lived in Pisa there was a famous gelateria that served gelato alcolico once a week, and savory gelato on another day.

Gelato al Lambrusco, or Nero d’Avola for example

Gelato al Mohjito

Gelato Bellini

And what about a gelato al basilico


or a very Italian pomodoro e basilico?

Finally something for real Italian gourmet: Gelato al parmigiano

Gelato formaggio e pere (‘Cheese and pears gelato’)

or even Gorgonzola blue cheese gelato!

(See also “I miss gelato 1 – 2 – 3”



https://misshome.wordpress.com/2014/05/31/333-i-miss-gelato-3/ ‎ )

#360 I miss vigneti – 2

Not only wine and not only vineyards.

In the Chianti area you can spend a disgustingly romantic weekend between vigneti and castelli

Here’s the Castello di Brolio

Castello di Spaltenna

Castello di Meleto

(See also “I miss vigneti – 1”

https://misshome.wordpress.com/2014/06/22/355-i-miss-vigneti/  )


#355 I miss vigneti – 1

Italian wineyards. This time not the ones from Tuscany, but from Oltrepò Pavese (West Lombardy)

Enjoy vigneti and castles.

#288 I miss ulivi

Ulivi (‘Olive trees’)

(Ulivi in Puglia)

In Italy (and in all the Mediterrenan area) you can find them everywhere. Especially on the ills, along with grapes, as we all learn in geography class at elementary school.

(Ulivi and grapes in Toscana)

(Ulivi in the Chianti area, Tuscany)

(Ills in Liguria)

For the ancient Greek and Roman it was a sacred tree, it symbolized strenght and power, it was used to crown heroes. Symbol of peace in Christian tradition.

Ancient olive trees such as the Ulivi centenari in Puglia, looks like real sculptures

When Nature is Art.

(See also “I miss la raccolta delle olive”


and “I miss feste – 5”

https://misshome.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/285-i-miss-feste-5/ )


#286 I miss ammazzacaffè

Ammazzacaffè, literally ‘coffee killer’ is a little glass of liquor you have at the end of a meal, after the coffee, with which you “kill” your caffè.

Popular ammazzacaffè are Amaro (lit. ‘bitter’), an herbal digestif liquor, typically produced by macerating herbs, roots, flowers, citrus peels in alcohol, mixing the filtrate with sugar syrup. There are dozens of Amari, one of the most common is the Amaro Montenegro, named after Princess Elena Of Montenegro

In my top three: Limoncello, a sweet lemon liquor typical of Sorrento and the gulf of Napoli

Mirto, produced in Sardegna, obtained from the myrtle plant; Mirto rosso (‘red’) is made with the berries and is sweet, Mirto bianco (‘white’) is made from the leaves

Grappa ai mirtilli

Blueberries spirit, common in Northern Italy.



#275 I miss librerie – 3

Lecce, the jewel of Italian Baroque 


book store

but also enoteca,

AND Restaurant

Endless awesomeness.

(See also “I miss librerie – 1 – 2” https://misshome.wordpress.com/2014/03/27/268-i-miss-librerie/

https://misshome.wordpress.com/2014/03/21/i-miss-librerie-2/ ‎ )