I have always loved Italy! Although I didn’t travel there for the first time until 2011, I had paintings of Venice and other Italian scenes hanging all over my home, and I had heard the romantic stories of driving in Italy and coming upon random families eating at large tables outside who invited strangers to join them. Then, George and I went to Rome over New Year’s Eve and that pretty much was it for me.
George had lots of experiences in Italy before me. He had worked there and had visited much of Italy from Rome north. George couldn’t wait to show me the Italy he was familiar with and loved. Our initial honeymoon plan was to go to Tuscany, but instead we decided to head to Southern Italy, where we could enjoy new scenery together for the first time.
Here we are in May 2013 as newly-weds ready to take off from Philly on our flight to Rome. This is where our relationship with Italy and all things Italian took a serious turn . . . as we became familiar with Mezzogiorno Italia (the nickname for Southern Italy) and fell in love with it!
About this Blog
My purpose is to share information about Southern Italy with a focus on the Cilento Region of Campania. All of this area is beautiful and most of it is not well-known, especially the parts south of the Amalfi Coast. As we got to know the area, there was no easy way to find information, other than to do separate web searches and even then, found most businesses and areas still do not have websites!! This site will be an attempt to share all information we have learned and also and equally importantly, will share lifestyle and cultural information. We want you to know and love Cilento and Southern Italy as much as we do!
This site is not just a blog site. In addition to regular blogs, you will notice that each menu topic also includes information about that topic that can be used as a reference site for travel or by anyone wishing to learn more about this scenically beautiful area. Also, we include cultural and lifestyle info as well. Please note, we have nothing to sell, just information to share.
The Origin of Mezzogiorno (as a reference to Southern Italy)
Southern Italy or Mezzogiorno (literally “midday”) is the traditional term for the southern regions of Italy, encompassing the southern section of the continental Italian Peninsula and the island of Sicily. It coincides with the administrative regions of Abruzzo, Apulia, Basilicata, Campania, Calabria, Molise, and Sicily. The term Mezzogiorno first came into use in the 18th century and is an Italian rendition of meridies (Latin for ‘south’, because of the sun’s position at midday in the Northern Hemisphere). The term was later popularised by Giuseppe Garibaldi and it eventually came into vogue after the Italian unification.
George and I met on eHarmony. He had been looking for a partner for life after losing his wife through divorce and I was seeking a partner for life after losing my husband to ALS. It was love at first sight.
George has an entrepreneurial background in software development and business analysis and process improvement. I have a background in healthcare software sales and business development.
We are both professional photographers. We do weddings, events, portraits and scenery. Weddings are our favorite – how privileged and honored to play a role in documenting such a wonderful occasion.
We are both foodies. We absolutely love to eat the cooking of others and cook for ourselves and others . . . and we love to entertain! We are pescatarians (vegetarians who eat fish) and eat occasional cheese and eggs.
Our homes are located in suburban Tampa and Castelnuovo Cilento (we do not rent this property).
I hope you enjoy!
Jo Anne and George