From the Il Bel Centro Archives: Valentine's Day in a land that knows not the whimsy of candy hearts.Read More
Chronicling our return home from the Boot, and how we try to keep Italy alive in our daily life. Please note that these posts have been moved from their original blog page, and as such, lost their formatting, photographs, and most distressing, the comments from readers. I apologize that your words aren't here any longer, but I still have them on the defunct site, and I cherish every one.
Laughter bloomed like dandelions in a field of sunshine. Everything was shinier, rosier, more glowing, more dramatic, more emotional, more vivid. I started wondering about why and then thought, “Because Italy.”
I stopped wondering.Read More
Gift ideas for the Italophile on your list. These aren't "things" that get shoved in the back of a drawer by the time La Befana visits. Rather, these are intended as experiences to enliven days and bring people together—to create a sense of daily celebration.Read More
The Christmas music playing at Michael's and the sudden switch from everything pumpkin-flavored to everything candy-cane-flavored indicates that though I'm still enjoying the crunch of fall leaves underfoot, the holiday season really is upon us. Though there's a part of me that misses the simplicity of our Umbrian Christmas, there's much to enjoy in the patterns of gift giving we've developed here over the years. From these patterns I've collected a list of gift ideas that I thought I'd pass along to you. Each gift idea embraces the IBC values of savoring moments and encouraging connection, of course with an Italian flavor.Read More
I hated taking this post out of the book. It felt like I was betraying the cats that gave our Spellani days such flavor and joy. So I'm so happy to be bringing this back to the website. I love it when people send me photos of these animals from their trip to Spello. If you take a photo, include it in the comment section! I'd love this to be an homage to the animals that enrich small town life.Read More
As my skiing in the Dolomitiwas limited to the barest of slopes, I'm delighted to present a guest post by Siena, who thrilled to each peak and crag of the alps she skied. I hope her words convey the beauty of her experience, which she describes as the best of her life.Read More