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A very old recipe from a time when bread needed to last weeks-Stories of Agnone

A very old recipe from a time when bread needed to last weeks-Stories of Agnone

In the hills of Alto Molise, in Agnone,Mercedes rises at 3.30 to prepare loaves for the wood fired oven, using logs from her woods, and grain from her fields. The pane casereccio of her childhood was nothing like modern bread, even from the best local bakers. Using methods traditional in her family, alternating crops, using animal ‘sterco’ (manure, no chemicals)…

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The oldest bell foundry in the world is in a small Italian town: Agnone

The oldest bell foundry in the world is in a small Italian town: Agnone

It so happens that the 2 oldest continuously family-owned firms in the world are Japanese – One constructing shrines and holy buildings since 578, and the other, inn-keeping since 718. And the 3rd oldest continuously family-owned business in the world is in Molise, Italy – in the small town of Agnone where my grandfather’s cousins have been making bells since…

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Discovering the real Italy-off the beaten track, Living and Learning Italian

Discovering the real Italy-off the beaten track, Living and Learning Italian

Now in London, getting deep into January, I am warming myself up by flipping through pictures of our morning visit in July at the incredible Pietrabbondante, Teatro dei Sanniti.  A near private experience – only one small group of Italians arrived as we were climbing back up to the car –  the visit was very special. Sitting in the amazingly…

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