Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Maialino Day in Barchi



Last Saturday Jürgen Michel (born in Süd Tirol/Alto Adige, that's why the German-looking name), a friend and fellow organic breeder, organized the "3rd Maialino Day" in Barchi. My friends from Agriturismo alla Madonna del Piatto in Assisi (Umbria) were visiting so, joined by three joung and resolute Americans who are beginning a great adventure in Sant'Angelo in Vado (little town near Urbino) La Tavola Marche, we spent the afternoon and the evening in Mondavio and Barchi (I already posted about Mondavio here).
Barchi is a beautiful walled hilltop town




We took a walk around both towns and we ended the day eating "all things pig" at the Maialino Day, since I did not take any pictures you can read the whole experience from an American's point of view and see some pics here.
It was a very very enjoyable day and I hope that we will do this again before the season starts!

By the way, this is the view of Assisi from Alla Madonna del Piatto (I took the photo last summer when I visited them!)

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Cesenatico

My granfather (my dad's dad) was born here, it's a nice little town on the Adriatic coast, just a bit north of Rimini and about 1.15 hours away from the Locanda.
I'm not a great fan of most of the Emilia Romagna and Le Marche coastal areas in general and Cesenatico in July and August can be hell! Loads of tourists invade its roads, beach, restaurants and bars and the music can be heard all night long... but Cesenatico in mid seasons can be great! May, June and September are my favourite times but last week, on a beautiful winter day I was there and it was just fine!
The canal was designed by Leonardo da Vinci


and it now hosts the "Museo della Marineria" with gorgeous old boats in the canal and a nice expo of sea related documents and objects.





The canal sides are full with life in every season of the year



This is the "Traghetto", a tiny "boat" tied and moved by ropes that helps people cross the canal even if there's no bridge... I used to LOVE it when I was a little girl and went for walks or bike rides with my grandad (they had different prices for adults, children and bikes!).




Walk around the old centre by the canal with its tiny roads and the "Piazza delle Conserve" where you can see the old containers (called "conserve") excavated underground which were used to keep fished products under ice before selling.