La Bottega dei Vasai

There are moments when traveling that are so rare I hesitate to breathe in too deeply for fear of breaking the spell.  My day with Annamaria in her pottery studio was one of those times. Located in the small village of Montottone in the lesser known region of Le Marche, La Bottega dei Vasai has been using traditional techniques […]

Cinque Terre Flood: Vernazza Clean Up Progress

**For continuous updates, check out my Vernazza page here*** Many people have been wondering how the clean up is progressing in Vernazza.  The photographs of the destruction from the flooding initially left me thinking this was an impossible task. Dramatic video footage of the flood just above street level Then I began to hear back from the residents […]

Cinque Terre flood: Save Vernazza ready for Donations

I am happy to announce that donations are now being accepted through Save Vernazza ONLUS, a non-profit Italian organization established by four amazing women.  These ladies are incredibly resourceful and successful American women who have found themselves living in Vernazza and calling it home.  Please take the time to read through their website and learn more about their […]

Cinque Terre Flood: Vernazza Relief Video

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufMtG4w2hgU] I put this video on youtube to try and spread the word and inspire people to help with the immediate relief efforts and restoration. Disaster Relief Italian Red Cross For those wanting to donate to the entire area involved. Save Vernazza  An amazing site dedicated to restoring Vernazza, created by several ex-pats who call this village home and […]

Cinque Terre, Vernazza flood update: Disaster Relief

Just one week ago Vernazza and Monterosso of the Cinque Terre along with several lesser known villages were devastated by massive flooding and mudslides.  The region had been experiencing tremendous rainfall but no one expected such destructive results. At the present time the railway has been cleared, the river has been re-directed to its original route, some electricity has been […]

Rachael Ray’s Carbonara

Rachael Ray’s Carbonara This is a super easy classic Italian recipe (and inexpensive).  I will substitute bacon when good pancetta is not available. Ingredients: Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 1 pound pasta, such as spaghetti or rigatoni 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (enough to coat bottom of pan) 1/4 pound pancetta […]