Missing Italy

By on June 11, 2012

 I’ve been back for only a few days and I’m already missing all the places I visited in Italy — from the mountains of Abruzzo … to the beaches of Anzio…

From Rome’s well-known tourist sites…

 
to some hidden gems shown to me by a curator friend at the Palazzo Barberini…

 

From working with a serious but fun-loving group of writers at the “Italy, In Other Words” workshop…

To shopping time with them at the ceramics town of Castelli…

From the dazzling mosaics at Santa Maria in Trastevere of Christ the shepherd and his sheep…

To an encounter along the ancient sheep trails in Abruzzo with a modern-day shepherd and his dogs tending his flock…

From all the kitsch-y souvenirs along the streets of Rome…

To looking for real treasures in the city’s antique shops…

From a concert with the fabulous Abruzzese folk musicians DisCanto…

To the incomparable Riccardo Muti conducting Attila at Rome’s Opera House…

From my rustic room at Sextantio that still looked as it did in the middle ages:

 

To the beautiful patio of my blissfully quiet Rome hotel room.

From churches in far-flung places…

To participating in mass from behind the altar at St. Pietro in Vincoli, seated in a choir stall with a view of Michaelangelo’s “Moses.”

From the wonderful food I ate – cooking with Fabio in his Rome palazzo:

 

To watching Liliana make her spaghetti alla chitarra in Santo Stefano di Sessanio:

 

From pizza:

to pasta…

 

to meat…

to fish:

   

pastries…

and gelato too:

   

….How could I not still be longing to be back in this beautiful country and the people I spent time with in the last few weeks? Once I’m caught up with things on the home front, be on the lookout for future posts about recipes, sights and sounds I encountered during the last few weeks — and a giveaway too. Stay tuned ….

Originally posted on Ciao Chow Linda.

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About Ciao Chow Linda

Linda Prospero, is a Princeton, N.J. writer who has lived in Italy and continues to travel there to visit family and explore all its regions. She spent her career as a journalist, and her articles have appeared in publications ranging from The New York Times and Los Angeles Times to the Times of India. But her real passion is Italy -- its art, literature and food -- and sharing that love with others. She is author of the popular blog, Ciao Chow Linda. In my last life, I was a journalist in NYC, but left the rat race to live in Italy for a year with my husband. Back in the states now, I have created this blog to combine my interests of writing and photography with my love of food and travel.

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Missing Italy