Anne Robichaud

Anne Robichaud, Annesitaly.com & Contributing Writer

Assisi’s Monastero di San Quirico: A WWII Refuge

March 2021
Ironically, just steps away from Assisi’s Museo della Memoria, 1943-1944 which recounts the story of the salvation of Jewish refugees in Assisi in WWII, you will pass the entrance to one of the convents where many of the Holocaust survivors were...


The Symbolic Frescoes of Spello

March 2021
Una chiesa Umbra, in provincia Perugia, è un sito sacro molto bello. Anche se la data della costruzione della chiesa non sia certa, si crede sia del tredicesimo secolo. Un pittore, Pinturicchio, è conosciuto per le scene bibliche e storie sulle...


Terni: The “Love City” of Umbria

February 2021
Terni è la “Città dell'Amore” nella regione Umbria. Ha preso questo soprannome perché il vescovo Valentino fu martirizzato a Terni. Valentino è conosciuto come il santo patrono dell’amore perché aiutò un soldato pagano e una ragazza cattolica con...


The Lustrous Lustre Maiolica of Umbria

January 2021
The lustre maiolica in the Umbria region of Italy are treasures I hope everyone gets to see at some point in their lifetime. Maiolica is tin-glazed pottery decorated in colors on a white background. The most renowned maiolica dating to the...


Fresh Goats’ Milk Ricotta in Umbria

September 2020
We are eating late, late, late these nights. That is the only disadvantage to Pino’s goat cheese-making. He milks five of our 27 goats each morning and then again each evening during the last light of day when it is cooler. The goats give us about...


Panzanella piatto dei Poveri

July 2020
Thirty years ago, when we farmed our land, every farmhouse had a matera (a traditional Umbrian bread cupboard) in the storeroom off the kitchen. This bread cupboard was used for the storing of freshly made bread as well as the huge bags of powdery...


An Umbrian Swiss Chard

July 2020
Ingredients:  •  Generous bunch of Swiss chard with stems on •  3 Tbsp. Butter •  2 Tbsp. Flour •  ½ qt. Milk  •  Freshly-grated Parmesan or Pecorino cheese, q.b.  •  Gorgonzola cheese, q.b. (or...


Anne’s Parsley, Pine Nut and Pecan Pesto Sauce

June 2020
With many still under lockdown in Italy, home gardens have become increasingly more important. The Parsley Pine Nut Pecan Pesto sauce for our pasta started right in our Umbrian garden, where we have a generous bunch of parsley. As it was too...


From Cashmere to Protective Masks

June 2020
Christmas gifts for our family members have often been wool or cashmere sweaters purchased at the outlet store at Novella Confezioni in the valley below Assisi. At Novella Confezioni, Monia Mancinelli, daughter of Novella, the founder of Novella...


Pasta ai Gamberi

May 2020
Ingredients: Small, peeled shrimp 2 Small onions, diced 2 Garlic cloves, peeled and sliced Olive Oil (q.b.) Thyme  Marjoram Tomato pulp 1 lb. Spaghetti Directions: Add diced onion and sliced garlic cloves to a deep frying pan and...


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