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, I went to Rome over New Year’s Eve and that pretty much was it for me.
My relationship with Italy and all things Italian took a serious turn . . . when I bought a condo in Southern Italy, sight unseen and became familiar with Mezzogiorno Italia (the nickname for Southern Italy) and fell in love with it!
Then in 2019, my love life took a turn straight for:
HAPPILY EVER AFTER
When Mark and I got married and honeymooned in Italy – guess where?? Villa D’Amore!! Here I had the best birthday EVER. This was the day Mark asked me at breakfast if I would want to live in Italy!! How long do you think it took me to answer that question?? Suffice it to say the day just got more and more magical with a private reception with the mayor of our town and ended with a birthday dinner with all of our friends at my favorite restaurant with a hazelnut cake baked by my favorite pasticceria, and the evening was topped off by impromptu dancing! Is this Heaven or just Italy? Or, maybe, Italy is Heaven??
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 I 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. I want you to know and love Cilento and Southern Italy as much as I 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, I include cultural and lifestyle info as well. Please note, I 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.
Jo Stroback (Giò)