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Alf in Italy – Italia Profondomente

Jun 29, 2018
  I am just off the plane and about to enter Italia profondomente, the very depths of Italy, full strength Italy far from the showpieces and well recognised stereotypes and remote from attractively packaged, polished Italy Lite. I like to apply  the idea of La France Profonde to Italy. This is the idea of deep, profoundly French aspects of the culture of provincial towns and villages where there is still a focus on localism. It’s a respect for tradition in an

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Alf in Italy – A day in Umbria – Bevagna

Jun 7, 2017
Many visitors to Italy do the Rome Florence Venice thing, tick the box and think that they have seen Italy. Of course there so much more to discover away from the frenetic tourist crowded hotspots. A leisurely drive through the countryside to visit a few villages and a pleasant lunch can reveal unexpected delights and even significant renaissance art equal to any found in the major cities. Put the guidebook aside, wander and see what you can discover. We will

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Alf in Italy – The Eremo of San Bartolomeo in Legio

Apr 25, 2017
Our friend Sandro is a mountain guide. He is taking me to visit a saint's hermitage in the foothills of Maiella, the montagna madre of Abruzzo, where you are never far from wild, remote and often mysterious places. This is one of the ways Abruzzo differs from the more visited regions of Italy. The largest and oldest national parks in the country are here. Major peaks of the Apennines, Gran Sasso and Maiella can be seen from almost every place

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Alf in Italy – La Spiaggia – Part 2

Dec 12, 2016
It's only a short drive to the beach along the Strada Provincale 30, a narrow, sinuous, twisting, road that mostly follows the ridge before dipping into a valley before heading toward the sea. There is a common stereotype of Italians as would be Formula One drivers with only scant respect for road laws. A mayor of Napoli is reputed to have said, "Green means go, and red is just a suggestion." Tonie's car is something diminutive and French, with less

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