Elegant palaces, spacious squares, historic monuments, grand historic cafes with marble tables and gilt-framed mirrors, excellent restaurant serving delicious local dishes… This is Turin, the capital of the northern Italian region Piedmont...
About Anna Lebedeva
In 2012 Benjamin North Spencer and Nadine Guarrera Spencer, both 41, moved to the historic, coastal town of Riposto. Here, the shimmering waters of the Mediterranean are just a short stroll away, while Mount Etna, Sicily’s active volcano, provides a magnificent backdrop.
Every Wednesday and Saturday, Piazza Garibaldi, the central square in the small Italian town of Sulmona, fills up with stands selling fresh farm produce, antiques, flowers, kitchen wear, baskets, clothes and artisan furniture. The setting of the weekly market is stunning: A large Baroque fountain in the middle of the old square, ancient noble palaces around it, the 12th-century medieval aqueduct and the snow-capped mountains as a backdrop. I feel lucky to live near Sulmona and visit it as often as I can.
It was on a trip to the central Italian region of Abruzzo in late autumn that David and Sharyn Collins stumbled upon their new home. “We stopped in Sulmona and fell in love with it. It is one of Italy’s best-kept secrets. Sulmona is right in the centre of a valley with lots of beautiful towns, unspoiled villages, castles and wineries scattered all around it in the mountains,” the couple say.
The other day I brought a visiting friend to a local restaurant, Il Tholos, in the small mountain village where I live in Abruzzo. It’s renowned for its excellent food made with locally grown ingredients from the owners’ farm. We ordered a degustation menu to sample all the typical dishes of the area. After getting through seven appetizers, we were faced with a generously piled up serving plate of pasta alla chitarra. “Is this just for the two of us?” gasped my friend sipping excellent local red wine, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, which paired perfectly with the robust hearty food.