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?
Roman Emperor Augustus is remembered for an immense legacy that catapulted the Roman Empire into decades of continued progress. Here are some highlights from the life and times of the first Roman Emperor, Caesar Augustus.
The Gulf of Naples is home to one of Italy’s best kept secrets. Visit Italy for the authenticity of Procida (known as Proceta in Neapolitan) an island of just over 10,000 inhabitants between Ischia and Cape Miseno that remains relatively untouched by mass tourism demands.
Depending on who you ask, you could hear that wild poppies are persistent weeds dotting spurs and creeks, or you could even be told that in some regions of Italy tradition boils the seeds as an infusion for newborns or the elderly struggling to sleep, or how her scarlet petals and elongated neck has in recent times become one symbol of pesticide free fields.
Some of the Coronavirus guidelines in 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?
A journey through man’s history, his existential time and space faces us with poignant calls for reflection, a distancing from the unreachable supreme to the more attainable, acts of brotherly humanity.