Posts tagged "tradition"

Levanto at the beginning of the XX century

A postcard from the early 1900s and a blast from the past!

At the beginning of the ‘900 the life in Levanto was quiet, with no industries, with a mainly local trade and with an agriculture not susceptible to major changes. However, the construction of the new railway section Genoa – La Spezia (1872-1873) and the consequent arrival of the first tourists, gave a new impetus to the emerging economy. Construction became more beautiful, more rational; streets and squares, new palaces and new buildings took the place of old houses to accommodate families who became wealthy or rich and the villas of the “foreign tourists” arose numerously.

The first bathing establishments equipped with sanitary equipment were born, with a vast solarium and beaches of fine sand. In the early 1900s there were the Sirio, Eden and Vallesanta Baths. The Bagni Eden in the first post-war period were rebuilt in rationalist style with a seawater pool. The Casino of Levanto was actually a gaming hall and exerted a strong appeal especially towards an “aristocratic” tourism.

The villas built along the “Passeggiata della Pietra” are the tangible example of elite tourism that visited often Levanto in those years. The monumental complex of the Agnelli Family, with an immense park, swimming pool and tennis courts, built by the founder of Fiat at the foot of the promontory of Punta Mesco is the image of this development that the town had. Summer evenings came alive at the Casino’s gaming tables and parties were never lacking in its large ballroom. During the day, however, at the edge of the pool, with trampoline and platform, the most prominent families bathed and sunbathed. Still in the 60s artists and songwriters of international fame performed there, such as Mina, Ornella Vanoni and Gino Paoli, Casino manager at the time.

 

 

 

Focaccia bread

Have you been to Liguria and have you fallen in love with Focaccia?

I know..it happens so often! If you would like to try to do it at home and if you would like to amaze family and friends here you will find my special recipe.

Focaccia Ligure
Recipe:

500 gr soft wheat flour / half cube of brewer’s yeast/ 250 ml water / olio extra vergine d’oliva / 15 gr table salt

Knead the flour with the brewer’s yeast, previously dissolved in the lukewarm water and the table salt. Put the mixture, which will be slightly sticky, in a baking tray greased with 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and let it rise in a warm place for about 40 min. Spread the dough with your hands slightly oiled, without removing it from the baking tray. Whisk 1/2 teacup of extra virgin olive oil with the same quantity of water and spread 2/3 of this mixture onto the focaccia surface. Let rise 1 more hour. Take the oven temperature to 250°C and with your fingertips make the typical focaccia holes on the dough, then wet it with the remaining oil and water emulsion, sprinkle with salt and put immediately in the oven. Cook for about 15-20 min. until the focaccia is golden brown.

Buon appetito!

https://www.liguria.guide/portfolio/ligurian-recipies/

 

Levanto is…

Spending a nice holiday in Levanto means not only having relaxing days at sea but also discovering a town rich in history, culture and food traditions.
Today I want to dwell on a typical Levanto delight, which you will find only in this area of ​​the Riviera di Levante: the “gattafin”.
A unique recipe of its kind, loved by children and grown up and it is true that one leads to another!
They are like Proust’s madeleines, every time I eat them I go back to my childhood and the days spent in the kitchen with my grandmother.
But what is the “gattafin”? It is a large ravioli stuffed with wild herbs prepared with the same procedure of herbs quiche, but the cottage cheese ( ricotta) is present in smaller quantities or absent, eventually fried in hot oil.
Perhaps the term comes from “Gattafura”, a fourteenth word which indicated recipes in which the vegetables were crushed by two layers of pasta. We have notice of them  already in cookbooks of the ‘400 and’ 500 and apparently they were  served to the rich lords.

Don’t wait any longer, come for a taste!

It’s Springtime in the Cinque Terre!

Cinque Terre are beautiful in every season, Spring is definitely the best if you love nature,  flowers and hiking . More daylight and a mild climate allow you to organize wonderful walks through the villages of the Cinque Terre and excursions along the trails of the National Park.
A day with a local tour guide at your disposal will give you the opportunity to discover our territory and have a taste of some typical Ligurian dishes.
A good glass of white wine DOC of the Cinque Terre, or a sip of Sciacchetrà is not to be missed!

All this awaits you in the Cinque Terre! Do not wait any longer, book your weekend or your daily excursion!

It’s Easter time! Visit the Cinque Terre and enjoy the new season!

Have you plan your vacation? Not yet? So what are you waiting for! Cinque Terre and its coastline is the best location to celebrate Easter with your family or friends. Every village solemnizes this festivity with processions, fairs, religious celebrations, holy representations all remembering the Passion.

A stay in the Cinque Terre is a unique opporunity to try some of our famous Easter cakes, such as the “Colomba”, a dove shaped dough topped with pearl sugar and almonds or our well known and very popular within the children chocolate easter eggs.

More than this, Spring is coming! The nature is waking up, flowers are blooming and a lovely warm weather is waiting for you. This is the best time of the season to discover our territory. You can spend a day browsing through the villages, sipping some local wines or maybe enjoying a nice cappuccino and croissant seated in a piazzetta.

 

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