Agriturismo (a-gree-two-reez-mo). What’s an agriturismo you ask? Google translate refers to it as a farmhouse or a farm holiday. We just call them Fantastic! In a nutshell, an agriturismo is a family run farm which opens their doors to guests. Doing this helps the family subsidize their income allowing them to keep their farming way of life alive and well. To qualify as an agriturismo the farm must produce 51% of its income from farming. The remaining 49% of income can be generated by hosting guests.
Not only are agriturismos good business for small farms in Italy, they are equally good for us as travellers.
There are rewards for leaving the big cities of Italy to relax in one of these hillside country farms. “Tell me more Peter!” Read more →
We would like to wish all of our friends a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in 2018.
We hope that this Christmas and holiday season will be the beginning of a great new year. It is our wish for you, that a trip to Italy will be in your future… sooner than later!
In the coming year, we will be bringing you more stories from places we have loved like Verona, Ravenna, Camogli and many more wonderful locations we’ve visited. In addition to our favorite places, we look forward to sharing some of our top accommodations with you.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from us at OurItalianRomance.com
There is a sense of security that comes with travelling in the light of day. Sunlight has a way of easing our anxieties when we are out and about in strange lands. It gives us courage to wander down narrow cobblestone lanes in the hopes of finding some hidden secret nook. Read more →
Exactly one year ago today, we launched Our Italian Romance ~ the blog. What we can honestly say is, it’s been a steep but rewarding learning curve!
We certainly enjoy sharing our stories with you and welcome your feedback. The thing we have going for us is we are enthusiastic about sharing our experiences and we have tons of ideas for upcoming posts. However, with this said, there are unfortunate realities we are faced with.
The staff writer is slooooow! (me)
Our editor (Tamara) is overworked from proofing a multitude of drafts
We are easily distracted by Netflix, Facebook, Google and sleep
This summer we will be returning to Italy, the land of vino, cappuccino, pasta and margherita pizza. Even though this trip is primarily for pleasure, we will be actively searching for stories of interest to share with all of you.
Thanks again for your support, come back and visit us often… and bring friends! We are trying to grow our blog. 😉
If seafood is your weakness, then Vernazza will bring you to your knees.
As seafood lovers go, I would consider myself to be a part time lover. There are a number of dishes that I am sweet on, but only one or two of them have my heart. Tamara on the other hand is a seafood connoisseur. She is far more adventurous than I could ever be. While she looks forward to eating things like octopus ink pasta, I just find it hard to look at.
Here we go, our first top 10 list of churches. Well… it’s our first top 10 of anything for that matter!
We chose churches, aka – Chiesa, Cattedrale, Duomo, Basilica for our first top ten list because they are the central attraction of any city, town or village throughout Italy. You’ll be hard pressed to pass by these magnificent symbols of faith without taking at least one sneak peak inside. The need to see what lies behind their impressive doors is hard to ignore.
A beautiful thing about these churches is that they are welcoming to all travellers regardless of your own personal faith. All that is required is for visitors to be respectful while they are inside and to speak softly since there are many who have come to worship.
Venice was not high on “my” list of places to see when we planned our first ever trip to Italy.
In fact, it wasn’t on my list at all. I’ll let you in on a little something about myself. It’s been said, at times I may be guilty of prejudging before really giving things their fair chance. Not always, but in the case of travelling to Venice, it happens to be true. Let me explain myself.
Pssst…I’m going to let you in on a little something. The internet is full of cats. They’re everywhere!
Go ahead, googlecats. I did… 665,000,000 results!!! That my friends is a staggering amount of cat chat going on. If each one of those results were a 2″ long coughed up hairball, they would circle the globe 383 or so times laid end to end.
With that image in your head, our post “Cats of Italy” is going to be number 665,000,001.
Alright I’ll come clean… I love gelato. Or maybe I should say “I love eating gelato in Italy.” The ritual of going on an evening stroll along one of the shop lined via’s is one of my favorite ways to wind up the day. Gelato is also a great way to deal with the mid day heat. Oh sure, you may think that’s just a quick way to pack on the pounds but truth be told, after all the walking we do sightseeing, we have yet to gain weight. Now if we could only keep it up at home we’d be doing great.