Category Archives: Chasing the Good Life

Pro Loco Grezzano: ‘In Favor of the Place’ I Call Home

If you follow this blog at all, you’ll have no doubt noticed that I’m rather fond of the sleepy Tuscan village I call home. Not unlike countless small towns throughout Italy, beneath Grezzano’s homespun appearance lies centuries of historical intrigue, legend … Continue reading

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‘Degrado Grezzanese’: Tracing the Inexplicable Decline of a Tuscan Village

I have always appreciated the peaceful and, for lack of a better way to put it, wholesome lifestyle of my town, Grezzano. I’d never lived in the country before moving here in 2006, and although it took a while to … Continue reading

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Saving the Sagra: Borgo San Lorenzo Acts to Preserve Tradition & Quality

The Italian sagra is a subject dear to me. The blend of wacky sagra atmosphere and good, cheap eats has for years appealed to the foodie in me as well as the observer of things Italian. The sagra tradition was … Continue reading

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The Year in Food: A Slideshow

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The Decline of the Sagra? A Cherished Tradition, Changing with the Times

Sagra is the name given to an Italian community’s celebration of a culinary specialty or agricultural product. A variant of sacra (sacred), sagra can also refer to the festivities surrounding a church consecration, a patron saint feast, or a commemorative … Continue reading

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Pasqua, Pasquetta…

Happy Easter to loved ones near and far. Today is Easter Sunday, 2011, my tenth Easter holiday in Italy and the tenth to be celebrated in wonderfully down-home Italian style at my in-laws. I’m looking forward to a relaxed, chore-free, … Continue reading

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