Italian Culture Explained: What is Ferragosto in Italy?

Italian Culture Explained: What is Ferragosto in Italy?

August is the official vacation month in Italy. School is out, the days and sea boast warm temperatures, coastlines are lined with full parking, queued gelato lines dot the roadways and as you make videos up and down the hiking trails, here in Le Marche region, you pass families who could be from Milan, The Netherlands or the lovely lady from Pesaro who was delighted to meet her ‘town cousins’ all the way up in the hills at the spectacular ‘Shiva’s Waterfall’. Could there be a reason for August fêted and fluffed as the moment to descend on the beaches, breathe fresh mountain air after riveting hikes or just be outside before the tell-tale signs of autumn arrive?

Truffles : Appechio, Italy

Truffles : Appechio, Italy

The Italian white truffle season is officially open. Autumn’s culinary jewel now fills discerning plates and year-old yearnings. Italian festivities chaperone summer’s end with autumn gifting roasted chestnuts, mushrooms galore and I am sure, other yet to be discovered delicacies. This aroma, taste enhancer complements falling temperatures and earthy coloured tones with heart-warming, filling delights: from bruschetta entrées to fondues and friskily stirred eggs that set the perfect base for thinly shaved truffles. What are white truffles?