Anne Robichaud

Anne Robichaud, Annesitaly.com & Contributing Writer

Perugia’s Festival Internazionale del Giornalismo: “The Best Media Event in the World”

May 2019
The 13th edition of Festival Internazionale del Giornalismo (the International Journalism Festival) was held in Perugia last month.  Over 600 journalists, photographers, professors, and intellectuals and more than 100 volunteers, students and...


Hazelnut Farming

May 2019
La coltivazione dei noccioleti è uno dei settori italiani di eccellenza a livello mondiale, in un mercato in continua crescita. L’Italia rappresenta oggi il secondo produttore globale dietro solo alla Turchia ed ha un grande potenziale di sviluppo...


Umbria's Valnerina: From Destruction to Dreams

April 2019
Umbria’s mountainous Valnerina, in the Nera River Valley, unveils splendors at every curve in the road. At the foot of the mountain sits the tiny village of Piedivalle. In this village is a small restaurant, Ristorante Guaita Sant’Eutizio (a...


Umbria's Saltless Bread

March 2019
The well-known crusty bread of central Italy is made without salt which, for many, enhances the savory tastes of prosciutto and pecorino (sheep’s milk) cheeses, both high in salt content. Why is there no salt in the bread of Umbria, Latium, the...


Good Friday in Assisi: Ancient Traditions Live On

March 2019
Countless religious customs and innumerable processions in Italy are rooted in medieval street theater. The Holy Thursday and Good Friday traditions in Assisi are living examples. On Holy Thursday night in the 12th-century San Rufino cathedral, the...


Pasta al Cavolfiore

March 2019
Pine nuts and currants often star in Sicilian cuisine, so richly influenced by Middle Eastern culinary heritage. They enhance la pasta al cavolfiore (pasta with cauliflower) – a filling and tasty Sicilian winter dish perfect for this time of year....


Norcia: Prosciutto, Truffles and Earthquakes

February 2019
La città sabina di Norcia, Patria di San Benedetto e nota per la sua profonda spiritualità, si trova nella parte più montuosa ed incontaminata dell’Umbria, nell’area della Valnerina. Le testimonianze del suo glorioso passato romano e medievale sono...


St. Anthony's Fire and St. Anthony's Blessings

January 2019
St. Anthony Abbot, much venerated throughout Italy, is a hermit saint who died in the deserts of Egypt on January 17 in the fourth century (not to be confused with St. Anthony of Padua, a Franciscan saint of the 13th century). Legend has it that...


Il Torcolo di San Costanzo

January 2019
The Torcolo di San Costanzo is a rich raisin, pinon and citron-ladened sweet bread created in honor of San Costanzo, one of the patron saints of Perugia, Italy. Executed on January 29 during the reign of Marcus Aurelius, his memory is celebrated...


Here Comes La Madonna!

December 2018
No, Madonna is not arriving in Assisi but La Madonna is – or so the children believe. As darkness creeps in on December 7 just before the vigil of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on the 8th, the men of the Comunita Montana (Forestry Service)...


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