Happy Thanksgiving to all!




For all of you reading who may be wondering, Thanksgiving is not a holiday celebrated here in Italy. But the Italians do know about the popular American holiday and here it is called the Festa del Ringraziamento, which literally means the Festival of Thanks. That’s pretty close! While I always feel far away from my family and our traditions on this day, it does make me happy to know that many of my expat friends here in Italy are still celebrating today. I have realized just how important it is to continue traditions even if you are far away from home. We may not have cranberries and for many our families are long flights away, but there is always so much to be thankful for. For my family and friends, you are all very close in my heart today! I miss each and every one of you. And, please, please eat some cranberries for me.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Tempting Tuesday: Autumn Drive to Monte Faito


I mentioned last week when I posted about our Autumn Drive to Tramonti that we’ve been out enjoying these fine November days with a few drives. One day last week the beautiful blue sky and autumn colors just begged for a road trip. Heading out early we set out sights on Monte Faito. At 1,150 meters (about 3,773 feet), Monte Faito is one of the highest peaks of the Lattari Mountains that run along the length of the Sorrento Peninsula. The colors along the way were exquisite as we zoomed past Tramonti, over the Chiunzi pass, down to Pompeii and along the coast toward Sorrento until reaching Vico Equense.


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From Vico Equense we started the long climb up and up and up and up until reaching the beginning of the Monte Faito park.


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We climbed slowly along the narrow road that took us twisting through beautiful yellow woods.


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We passed a sleepy donkey taking a little break in the middle of the road.


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And a few ponies and horses watched over by a very large white dog.


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Close to the top of Monte Faito we entered a magical world. All the leaves had already fallen off the trees and covered the ground with a soft layer of brown leaves. There was no one else to be seen as we slowly continued along the twisty road.


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At the top is one of the most spectacular views I’ve ever seen! We could see Mt. Vesuvius, which seemed small in the distance. Looking to the left we could see the entire Sorrento Peninsula, Capri and the islands of Ischia and Procida across the bay.


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Me and Mt. Vesuvius:


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I’ll leave you with this breathtaking view with a promise to share more soon!


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Tempting Tuesday: Autumn Drive to Tramonti


Last weekend we took a morning drive up to Tramonti, one of the Amalfi Coast’s lesser known towns. Driving into the mountains from Ravello toward the Valico di Chiunzi and the pass that takes you over the mountains and down to Naples, you will drive past the town of Tramonti along the way. It is not one centralized town, but a series of villages tucked here and there around a valley. The name stems from the Latin phrase intra montes, or “between the mountains,” which is the perfect description for Tramonti. This is a wonderful time of year to visit Tramonti to try its local DOC wines and the autumn food specialties in this mountain town. Think wonderful meats, cheeses, fresh porcini mushrooms all washed down with the novello wines from this year’s harvest. If you think the Amalfi Coast’s cuisine is all about lemons and seafood, you simply must visit Tramonti! 


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This time of year is also perfect for a drive up to Tramonti to see the beautiful fall colors. While the sky was a bit overcast, I still was able to snap a few good shots while we zoomed around the corners.


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Oranges, yellows, reds!



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The road ahead



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A mountainside of color!



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Chestnut trees


We’ve been out driving and exploring the mountains recently, and boy do I have some pictures to knock your socks off coming up this month. Stop back by again soon!



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Sunday Shout-out: Heather Jacks @ Sicilia Through Images


I’m back on the scene with my Sunday Shout-out feature, and this month I’d like to share with you some of my favorite bloggers from the island of Sicily. This summer I shouted about Karen at Lost in Sicilia, which is one of the many blogs from Sicily I enjoy following regularly. I’ll kick off this month’s theme by shining the spotlight on the most recent Sicily blogger I’ve discovered. Last month, ItalyTutto introduced me to the new photoblog Sicilia Through Images, where the talented American photographer Heather Jacks shares her photographs of her new home – Sicily.


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Heather lives in the Catania region and her photos introduce us to the beauty of Sicily one shot at a time. I could get lost in her photographs – the sense of calm, the richness of texture and the depth. I enjoy seeing Sicily through Heather’s eyes, and I look forward to her regular posts on Sicilia Through Images. Be sure also to visit Heather’s photography website to see more of her work. Before you get lost in the wonderful shots that Heather shared with me for this Sunday Shout-out, head over to the great blog Casa Dolcetto: Italian Insights where Adrian has selected Heather as this month’s guest photographer and where you can read a great interview. (This week you get two shout-outs!)


Now, sit back, relax and dream of Sicilia…


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Piazza Duomo Acireale (2) Cattedrale di Acireale




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 Olive Trees in Infrared



Tante grazie Heather for sharing your stunning photography on Sicilia Through Images!



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