Anne Robichaud

Anne Robichaud, Annesitaly.com & Contributing Writer

A Recipe of Enticement: Strawberry (or Peach) Tiramisu

July 2017
In June, strawberries are in our Umbrian garden – and strawberry tiramisu will often be dessert for dinner guests. In July, peaches come along and this dish is also buonissimo substituting peaches for the strawberries. A main ingredient of...


St. Benedict’s Feast: Banners Waive Despite Destruction

July 2017
Only the facade of the Basilica dedicated to St. Benedict still stands in Norcia following the earthquake of October 30, 2016: a sobering backdrop to the celebration of his feast day this year. Declared “Patron Saint of Europe” by Pope...


Wild Asparagus Carbonara: Umbria Springtime Goodness

July 2017
Wild asparagus is now sprouting in our Umbrian woods. With a bit of luck, and ideal weather conditions, we’ll be foraging for the woodland goodness until late May. Our pasta at lunch today highlighted the tasty wild asparagus: spaghetti alla...


Blessed Easter Abundance in Umbria

July 2017
Driving through the Umbrian countryside during the week prior to Easter, you’d note whiffs of smoke drifting up from the outdoor, stone bread ovens fired up by the farmwomen. Holy Week for the Umbrian farmwomen is a busy one, an exhausting...


Perugia’s San Costanzo - and a Sweet Wink

July 2017
Perugia is not just proud of its chocolate, Etruscan artifacts and the Umbria Jazz festival. This provincial capital of Umbria also boasts not just one but three patron saints! Legend tells us that one of them, San Costanzo, first bishop, was...


Orvieto Umbria Jazz Winter Wonders

July 2017
A late December freddo polare (polar cold), which for Italy means anything below freezing temperature, did not deter jazz appassionati from heading to the hill town gem Orvieto for the 22nd edition of Umbria Jazz Winter. Of Etruscan origin and...


Assisi's Christmas of "Il Poverello"

July 2017
Even the holiday decorations in the medieval hilltown of Assisi – citta’ della pace – bear witness to San Francesco; simplicity is the theme. Over 25 years ago, Pope John Paul II chose Assisi as the perfect site for his peace...


That Antonio Ligabue Gleam in Gualdo Tadino

July 2017
In northeaster Umbria, Gualdo Tadino, of pre-Roman origins, perches like a silent sentinel on a forested hilltop. A few of the ancient town’s buildings miraculously survived the devastating 1751 earthquake: one was the frescoed 13th century...


In San Pellegrino di Norcia, the Earthquake’s “New Homeless”

July 2017
On the last Sunday in August, Pino and I put on helmets, mounted his moto Guzzi and headed southeast into the mountainous Valnerina (Nera River Valley) towards Norcia, only about 16 kms. from Accumoli (the epicenter of the August 24...


Lucignano, From Gold to Chianina Goodness

July 2017
Il piccolo borgo di Lucignano, situato sulle colline toscane tra Siena ed Arezzo costituisce uno degli esempi più straordinari di urbanistica medievale per il suo impianto a forma ellittica ad anelli concentrici, pervenutoci intatto...


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