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Alf in Italy – Foraging in Abruzzo

Jul 19, 2019
Italy has a long tradition of producing great cars . Ferrari, Maserati, Lancia, Alfa Romeo and so on. Beautifully designed high performance vehicles that make you smile as they pass. They are so wonderful that they could be described as art on wheels. As well as these dream machines, Italy is also responsible for the Fiat Doblo: a rounded, dumpy looking van, useful for making deliveries or  transporting a few cages of chickens to a new home. There is a

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Alf in Italy – Cupello Artichoke Festival

Jul 19, 2019
Spring in Italy this year was unseasonably cool with quite changeable weather. The weather in May was so unusual that the Month was christened Maggio Pazzo, Mad May.  On a cool damp April night in this crazy spring, what is the best thing to do: stay at home, pour a warming glass of local red wine and start to prepare a comforting mushroom risotto? Or drive through the drizzle for more than an hour to a small village called Cupello to help

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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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