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Adriana and Walter D'Ilario on their balcony overlooking the Adriatic, where we had a beautiful lunch today.

It has been a fast four days here in Roseto degli Abruzzo, the birthplace of our nonni and home to cousins who redefine the word hospitality.  We have been fed and schlepped around and fed some more and we are feeling the love.  Check out my sister’s blog Ten Weeks in Italy for some great shots of the meals!  We are packed and ready to continue south west to Sorrento, our final week of school starts early Monday morning.  This sketch was from Orsan Michele in Florence, a detail from a heavy carved wooden lectern. I was attracted to the look of contentment, similar to what I am feeling now.  I am attaching some photos of the cousins too!

Anna and her pet turtle Gwendolina


Eugenio Di Rocco and Walter D'Ilario talking in dialect.

Looking out from Morro D'Oro

a "street" in Morro D'Oro

Just another little town in an old Mid-evil walled compound… this part of Italy has many of them.  We first came here 12 years ago with our mother’s zio Vittorio and met Eugenio and Lucia Di Rocco who are somehow related to our grandmother.  We have not yet figured out the link but, when Walter drove us there the other day Eugenio was standing right there in the town square with a bunch of his buddies!  Once the two of them started talking we were lost.  The local dialect is fast and clipped and of course is accompanied by lots of hand gestures.  We took a minute to get some photos while they talked!  It is so beautiful looking out from here, my pictures do not capture it.  Looking west you can see the Gran Sasso mountains peeking out around and above the clouds, it is spectacular!

Lou's pic of Gran Sasso from Morro D'Oro

Here is how the shops in Norcia, who all sell pork and truffle products distinguish themselves…

Norcia, Umbria

Hunters beware...

Wild boar piglet, chingalini?

Some shots from Norcia, Umbria.  The smell of truffles permeates EVERYTHING!  A charming little village, I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

One of the many Pork shops in Norcia

another Pork shop, Norcia


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