A Stroll Through Vignanello

Vignanello (translates to “in the vineyard”) is a medieval village about an hour’s drive from Rome. Vignanello has been producing wine for centuries and still does today although there has been a major shift towards producing hazelnuts. These hazelnuts supply the major chocolate company Ferrero Rocher amongst others.

Most families in Vignanello owned their own cantinas (wine cellars) which were dug into the mountain/hillside and there they stored their homemade wines. Sadly these are no longer in use and have either been blocked/boarded up or turned into storage spaces. One of the main attractions is the castle, Castello Ruspoli which was unfortunately closed at the time of our visit.

This village is unadorned and untouched by tourism giving it an authentic atmosphere and an interesting experience to say the least.

A Stroll Through Vignanello

ANZAC Day 2014

ANZAC Day Australia, 25th April 2014. Not a day to glorify war, but rather a day to reflect and commemorate fallen soldiers and the sacrifices they made for our freedom.

Lest we forget.

A.N.Z.A.C. = Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.

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Shrine of Remembrance, and the Eternal Flame, ANZAC Square, Brisbane
ANZAC Day 2014

Teatro Persiani

We were fortunate enough to be given a private tour of this magnificent old theatre in Recanati, Italy, called Teatro Persiani. My cousin, Norma Stramucci, a renowned Italian poet from Recanati, kindly organised this for us. We were also given a private tour of the Museo Beniamino Gigli, a world renowned opera singer from the early half of last century. The museum is also in the same building. They were both fantastic tours!

Teatro Persiani