Way off the beaten track, nestled in the Apennine hills in Molise, is the little town of Agnone – home of my ancestors. Here, our family have been making bells for the Popes for over 1000 years in the world’s oldest bell foundry. This is a rural community, not of contadini, but of world-class artisans. At one time in the early middle-ages there were 9 bell foundries, yet the main industry of the town which brought it wealth and prosperity, was always copper.
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My husband and I moved to Basilicata about five years ago, a sort of “reverse immigration” to the land my grandmother’s family left about 100 years ago. We love the rugged landscapes and incredible hospitality, along with a slow Old World lifestyle that is quickly fading (even in other parts of Italy). It’s the kind of place where neighbors help each other, give from their gardens and wine cellars, and hold tightly to their traditions while being “modern” too.
Tim TenClay lives in Sicily (Palermo) where he is a husband of one wife, father of two daughters, and pastor of three churches – two of which are bilingual and seeking to find a well-balanced integration of members from Africa, Europe, and North America.
Saskia fell in love with Italy when she visited Rome in 1998. She went back two years later and decided to study Italian, to be able to experience more of the Italian culture, to discover more Italian stories and to to live in Italy for a while. She lived in Florence, which still is her ‘home away from home’.
ViaMedina is a culinary project exploring ideas inside and out of the kitchen. We live in Tuscania, a small town about 80 miles north of Rome, and we spend time learning about the traditions in our town as well as the products and people that have built these traditions. We also do private culinary tours, courses and dinners for people in locations all over the area- we might go make cheese one day, pasta the next, and gelato to finish. And of course, there are a wealth of incredible recipes that we try out and share through our blog posts.
The Roman Foodie (theromanfoodie.com) is a food blog & food tour specialist based in Rome and she is making it her mission to educate all visitors to Italy about what to eat and where to eat it. #yum
I first came to Italy from England in 2000 to study art and fifteen years later I am still here, married to my Italian husband and bringing up our two children in a small rural mountain village called Sasetta near the Cinque Terre.
Robyn lives in Sydney, Australia, but the lure of Italy (particularly southern Italy) is strong. This has manifested in some strange ways. She married an Australian-born Italian man whose family is from Sicily, she drives an Alfa Romeo, and over the years she has attempted to learn to speak Italian three times (this time seems to be working). Needless to say she travels to Italy as much as she can and has great tips to share with our Insiders.