Ilaria Massacesi

The Sea and Its History

June 2018
The boundless blue that one can see from every corner of the Italian peninsula, the unmistakable noise of the waves crashing on the shore, the taste of iodine that fills the lungs with health and freedom...it is the sea! In fact, the sea can not be...


Carlo Cassola and Italian Literature of the 20th Century

March 2018
Carlo Cassola must certainly be included among the great writers of 20th century Italian literature. He was born in Rome on March 17, 1917 and died in Montecarlo on January 29, 1987. His style, known as ermetismo, is characterized by a lack of...


The Feast of the Epiphany on January 6

January 2018
As usual, after January 6, all Christmas festive decorations are removed from around the house because, as the old saying goes: “The Epiphany day all the holidays take away.” First the tree and all types of ornaments, lastly the nativity set which...


Christmas Resolution Letters: My Favorite Tradition

December 2017
It was our Christmas ritual that was repeated year after year. The same one my mother was subjected to as a little girl: writing letters of Christmas resolutions to parents, grandparents and aunts and uncles. Today, when I look back at it as an...


Prati di Tivo and the Smell of Mushrooms

November 2017
The scenery upon arriving at Prati di Tivo was dreamlike. The first thing to see was the “Sleeping Giant,” as the mountain of the Gran Sasso d’Italia is called because it looks like the giant profile of a person resting. There was a wicker swing...


The Passing Moments of an Encounter

September 2017
It was a hot August day during a hot summer in Positano. As she was staring at the water reflecting a yellow and blue light, he watched her and did not understand the silence that reigned there, in that corner of paradise. Everything around was...


Welcome, Spring! May 1st and Its Virtues

May 2017
The month of May brings back to my mind the image of my maternal grandmother, Ada, who, like any true blooded teramana at the end of April, was busy planning the May 1st  lunch celebrating Workers' Day. My grandmother's house was full of...


Easter and its eggs

April 2017
In Italy, eggs are traditionally presented as an Easter gift. Nowadays, "Easter eggs" are made of milk chocolate or dark chocolate and hide inside a small surprise for the youngest; however, in the past, they were simple eggs perhaps decorated with...


Fano Adriano and its 7Fs

January 2017
Fano Adriano is a medieval town nestled in the “Sicilian Valley” inside the National Park of Abruzzo between the slopes of the Gran Sasso, and the Monti della Laga. It probably stands on the ruins of an ancient Roman settlement, as its...


Sulmona’s Confetti

September 2016
An Italian delight that I love to eat in my occasional bouts of melancholy is definitely confetti; known in the U.S. as Jordan almonds or, in particular, Sulmona’s confetti. The town of Sulmona is located in the province of L’Aquila,...


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