A beautiful location to celebrate San Martino is the ‘I Borghi più Belli d’Italia’ village of Pietracamela sits under Prati di Tivo. The village’s excellent restaurants have come together to create a polenta feast, wine and roasted chestnuts for just €10.
Italy officially uncorks its Vino Novello (‘New Wine’ – think Beaujolais but Italian style) on the 11th of November, which is coincidentally the ‘festa di St. Martino’
Who doesn’t love the opportunity to sit back and enjoy roast chestnuts with mulled wine in a beautiful town! Celenza Sul Trigno’s autumn festival is back and comes recommended.
Let’s get horny takes on a whole new meaning in San Valentino in Abruzzo Citeriore in homage to San Martino who is the protector of betrayed husbands as well as winemakers with its processione dei cornuti.
If you are in Abruzzo in November, and like your autumn nights peppered with gathering outdoors to watch colossal towering pyres lit that evoke rites traditions from the distant past that celebrate new beginnings with song, Vino Novello, Scanno’s ‘Le Glorie di San Martino’ is unmissable!
From how pumpkins were used symbolically in days gone by in Abruzzo to the most delicious autumn recipe for a rich Pumpkin and Smoked Scamorza Cheese Tart!
Abruzzo’s traditional New Year was known as ‘Capetiempe’ & loosely spanned the nights of 31st October through to the 11th November. Through a local folk tale, Favole e Leggende d’Abruzzo explores this time of death and rebirth, practiced in many areas of Abruzzo till just after the 2nd World War
Damn fine turkey aka Nereto Turkey (Tacchino alla Neretese); is not something I ever thought I’d be either eating or writing about