Tombola: A Christmas Tradition for the Whole Family

A southern Italian Christmas would be incomplete without a few rounds of Tombola with family and friends. Tombola is a board game that looks like Bingo, and in some ways, is quite similar to it. This game is so easy to play that the whole family can get involved. Tombola consists of: le cartelle or tombola cards that have random…

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What To Do in Serra San Bruno

Serra San Bruno is surrounded by the lush forest of the Serre Mountains in the Province of Vibo Valentia. The town is named after Saint Bruno of Cologne, a monk who founded the Carthusian Order. In 1091, searching for a place of solitude, he built a monastery immersed in the rich natural beauty of the territory that is now known…

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Festa Dei Morti in Southern Italy

Festa dei Morti or All Souls’ Day takes place on November 2nd every year in Italy. Although it’s not a national holiday, many schools and some businesses choose to remain closed on this day. What exactly is Festa dei Morti? Well, it is a day in which we honor those near and dear to us who have passed on. Many…

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Calabrian Ghost Towns

In Italy, they are known as “città fantasme” or ghost towns. They are the places that once upon a time were full of life – children playing soccer in the street, clinking espresso cups in bars and the chitter chatter of the latest local gossip filling the streets. But now they’ve been abandoned, their inhabitants forced to leave for one…

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Caldarroste: Chestnuts Roasted On An Open Fire!

There is something about the fall that makes it so special. Maybe it’s the changing colors or the crisp air that helps us bid summer goodbye and at the same time prepares us for the winter that’s to come. It’s also prime time for harvesting all of the incredible bounties the earth offers up during this season. We look forward…

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Treasure Hunt: The Legend of King Alarico’s Tomb

Over the past few years, the mayor of Cosenza, Mario Occhiuto, has been focusing a lot of attention on the whereabouts and authenticity of King Alarico’s tomb. King Alarico, the King of the Visigoths, was famous for his role in the fall of the Roman Empire in the fifth century. As the legend goes, he died in Cosenza and is…

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Five Remarkable Castles in Campania

Campania, located to the north of Calabria and Basilicata, is the second most populated region of Italy and stretches along the Tyrrhenian Sea. It prides itself on its impressive coastline, picturesque cliff-side towns and gorgeous islands. So, it shouldn’t be any surprise that there are many remarkable castles throughout the region. We’ve already shared our favorite castles in Calabria, Sicily,…

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Magna Who? A Brief History of Greeks in Southern Italy

You’ve probably seen the term “Magna Graecia” on travel sites or in guidebooks, but what does it really mean? Simply, Magna Graecia was the name given to the coastal areas of Southern Italy colonized by Greek settlers as far back as 8th century B.C. Italy was Greece’s “America”. They headed west to seek new lands and new opportunities and given…

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The Humble Beginnings of Bar Gelateria Ercole

We love Pizzo, and recommend it to all our clients planning to visit Calabria. There are a few things you absolutely must do when you visit Pizzo and indulging in the traditional Tartufo is one of them. There is no shortage of cafés and restaurants listing tartufo on the menu, but we absolutely love Bar Gelateria Ercole located in the…

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Summer Fruits We Love

There are so many things to love about summer – warmer weather, lazy weekends at the seaside, gelato and fruits! We aren’t talking about just any fruits. These fruits can only be indulged in during the summer months and they are the perfect blend of sweet and refreshing – just what you need for a bit of a pick me…

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