26 January 2017

Towns of Basilicata: Vietri di Potenza

Along the route between Salerno and Potenza you will easily see Vietri di Potenza occupying a will among the mountains of Basilicata. Vince Lombardi's family originated from this town and you will find these other family names here: Pitta, Pascaretta, Macellaro, Fabio, Gorga, Zirpoli, Faruolo

07 January 2017

Siberian blast

Most people have a vision of southern Italy as sunny and warm all year. Though we may be less than 100 miles from the three coasts we are in the mountains at 2500 ft. This means it can be cold in the winter, but snow is infrequent. This January has been different so far. A blast of cold and snow has moved across the Adriatic Sea and settled over Italy, what the Italian news agency ANSA is calling the worst in 20 years. They are dubbing it the "Epiphany Blizzard".

01 January 2017

Towns of Basilicata: Brienza

The first thing you notice when approaching Brienza is the castle that stands above the medieval quarter. Some of the family names from Brienza are Lopardo, Collazzo, Scelzo, Palladino, Macchia, Molinaro, Varallo.