#343 I miss painted beauty and real beauty – 3

Tuscan beauty.

No, I didn’t mean Lady Lisa, but the beautiful Tuscan landscape.

Well…

it’s real, and it’s still there.

(See also “I miss painted beauty and real beauty – 1 – 2”

https://misshome.wordpress.com/2014/06/03/336-i-miss-painted-vs-real/ 

https://misshome.wordpress.com/2014/06/06/i-miss-painted-beauty-and-real-beauty-2/ )

 

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#311 I miss Frutta di Maggio – 1

May, the weather is warm, fruit start growing.

When I was a child I couldn’t way the moment to pick up strawberries in my garden

or find fragoline selvatiche, ‘wild strawberries’, even better

These days my favorite gelateria starts to offer gelato made with fresh fruit of the season

Restaurants offer panna cotta with fresh berries or fragole con panna (I mean with real whipped cream)

and Risotto con le fragole

But my persona favorite is fragole con l’aceto balsamico di Modena

 

#304 I miss 1 maggio

Primo Maggio (May 1st)

Festa dei lavoratori, ‘workers day’

A national holiday in Italy. We celebrate work by taking a vacation. Very Italian uh?

One of the best ponti di primavera (see “I miss ponti” https://misshome.wordpress.com/2014/04/26/298-i-miss-ponti/ )

Normally people have a lunch or a grigliata (‘barbecue’) in the countryside,

many people attend the Concerto del Primo Maggio in Rome

Elio e le storie tese dedicated a satyrical song to the event…

(See also “I miss maggio” https://misshome.wordpress.com/2014/05/01/303-i-miss-maggio/ )

#293 I miss feste – 10

There’s a good reason if nobody ever worried about cooking too much food for Easter lunch. Because after Pasqua there is Pasquetta or Il lunedì dell’angelo (‘The Monday of the Angel’), and for Pasquetta we have a scampagnata! (See: “I miss scampagnata” https://misshome.wordpress.com/2014/04/02/273-i-miss-scampagnata/ and “I miss gita fuori porta” https://misshome.wordpress.com/2014/01/21/203-i-miss-gita-fuori-porta/ ) And leftovers are great!

But if you don’t have enough leftovers, there are many typical Pasquetta recipes for the traditional pic-nic Frittata di spaghetti

Casatiello

(See “I miss torte salate – 3” https://misshome.wordpress.com/2014/01/08/190-i-miss-torte-salate-3/ ) Tortano

Focaccia al salame e rosmarino

Agnello and carciofi fritti (‘deep fried lamb and hartchoke)

Buona Pasquetta a tutti!

(See also “I miss feste -1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9″ https://misshome.wordpress.com/2013/12/25/176-i-miss-feste/ https://misshome.wordpress.com/2013/12/26/177-i-miss-feste-2/  https://misshome.wordpress.com/2014/01/07/189-i-miss-feste-3/ https://misshome.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/199-i-miss-feste-4/  https://misshome.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/285-i-miss-feste-5 https://misshome.wordpress.com/2014/04/17/289i-miss-feste-6/ ‎ https://misshome.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/290-i-miss-feste-7 https://misshome.wordpress.com/2014/04/19/291-i-miss-feste-8/ https://misshome.wordpress.com/2014/04/20/292-i-miss-feste-9/ ‎)

#290 I miss feste – 7

Venerdì Santo, ‘Holy Fridaay’

In the past, since the Middle Ages, during the Settimana Santa (‘Holy week’, the week before Easter), Sacre rappresentazioni (‘Holy performances’), theatrical performances about the life and death of Christ were very common.

Probably Giotto was inspired by one of those for his paintings.

So was Niccolò dell’Arca for his spectacular Compianto sul Cristo Morto

A very famous one is held in Romagnano Sesia, Novara (Piemonte), since 1729.

(See also “I miss feste -1-2-3-4-5-6″ https://misshome.wordpress.com/2013/12/25/176-i-miss-feste/

https://misshome.wordpress.com/2013/12/26/177-i-miss-feste-2/ 

https://misshome.wordpress.com/2014/01/07/189-i-miss-feste-3/

https://misshome.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/199-i-miss-feste-4/ 

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

https://misshome.wordpress.com/2014/04/17/289i-miss-feste-6/ ‎)

#278 I miss Italian lakes – 3

Lago Maggiore

It has several Isole ‘Islands’. The five Isole Borromee named after the Borromeo family, who built the castelli del Cannero

Isola bella, is one, ‘beautiful island’ as we would say “di nome e di fatto” ‘in name and indeed’

and the famous gardens

(See also “I miss Italian lakes – 1 – 2”

https://misshome.wordpress.com/2014/03/22/263-i-miss-italian-lakes/

https://misshome.wordpress.com/2014/03/29/270-i-miss-italian-lakes-2/ )

#277 I miss reading a book sitting… 7

Bomarzo, Viterbo, Lazio, Parco dei mostri (‘Monsters park’)

(See also “I miss readins a book sitting… 1-2-3-4-5-6

https://misshome.wordpress.com/2013/07/31/31-i-miss-reading-a-book-sitting-1/

https://misshome.wordpress.com/2013/08/07/38-i-miss-reading-a-book-sitting-2/

https://misshome.wordpress.com/2013/08/14/45-i-miss-reading-a-book-sitting-3/

https://misshome.wordpress.com/2013/08/19/50-i-miss-reading-a-book-sitting-4/

https://misshome.wordpress.com/2013/08/22/53-i-miss-reading-a-book-sitting-5/

https://misshome.wordpress.com/2013/12/11/1424/ )