We hope you had a good summer notwithstanding all the Covid restrictions. In normal circumstances we would have resumed our program with a meeting on Friday 18th. However we decided to replace it with a zoom virtual tour of Pompeii and Paestum, which would have been the highlights of our yearly holiday in the Campania region. We also had an opportunity to have a chat and a catch up. Thank you Dave for organizing it and presenting!



Social distancing 17th century style

While a Florence restaurant was forced to close due to Covid, it was able to keep one part of the business open in the form of 17th-Century buchette del vino, or “wine holes”. Click on the link below to watch a short video

BBC – Travel – Florence’s wine portals from the 17th Century

This article was recommended to us by a friend of the Society.


A student was selected for the Architects’ Journal Student Prize by University of Portsmouth to collaborate at the Model Waste Dumping Ground in Peccioli – Tuscany.


This project sits in the landfill site near the town of Peccioli in Tuscany. Over the years, the landfill authorities successfully transformed a waste problem into an opportunity by generating electricity and thermal energy from the waste. The project started with a collection of experiments focused on polystyrene eating mealworms, which, in consuming plastic, convert approximately half of it into carbon dioxide through their faeces and bacteria.

At the site, there is also a hub for people to learn, research, publish, and understand the importance of recycling.

Read more about these fascinating enterprise and initiatives on the Touring Club Italiano website (in Italian language):


Thanks to the member that forwarded this article.

LA CELEBRAZIONE DEL MESE – The event of this month

From this month we are introducing two new sections to our Bollettino, the first one is about a celebration taking place in Italy each month.

It is September and we go to MAROSTICA, in Veneto. Some of our SAIS members will remember this place, as we visited it in 2017 during our holiday in the Region. Marostica is famous for the human chess game reenacted with living chess pieces, in the city public square. The event takes place every 2 years in the even-numbered years. Due to the health emergency, this year’s event was postponed to 2021.

THE LEGEND: The two noblemen, Rinaldo D’Angarano and Vieri da Vallanora, fell in love with Lionora, the daughter of the local lord, Taddeo Parisio. As was the custom at that time, they challenged each other to a duel to win her hand. The Lord of Marostica, not wanting to make an enemy of either suitor nor lose them in a duel, forbade the encounter. He decreed instead that the two rivals would play a chess game and the winner would have the hand of Lionora. The loser of the chess game would also join the family, by marrying her younger sister, Oldrada. The chess match took place on September 12 in the year 1454.

The reenactment of the legendary chess match takes place on the square in front of the Lower Castle with supporters carrying the noble ensigns of Whites and Blacks, in the presence of the Lord, his noble daughter, the Lords of Angarano and Leoncavallo, the court and the entire town population. In addition there is an exhibition of armed men, foot-soldiers and knights, with fireworks and dances and music, which makes the approximately 20 minute chess game the anchor of a festival of epic proportions.

LA LOCALITA` DEL MESE – The place of the month

The second new section we are introducing is about a particular place worth visiting. Your suggestions are always very welcome!

This month we want to admire L’EREMO DI SANTA CATERINA DEL SASSO, on Lake Maggiore.

Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso is a Roman Catholic monastery located in the municipality of Leggiuno, in the Province of Varese in the Lombardy region. It is perched on a rocky ridge on the eastern shore of Lake Maggiore. The monastery can be reached on foot by descending down a long winding stairway or by taking an elevator or by a number of ferry services or boats that dock at the pier.

The construction of the monastery dates from the 14th century, although the more recent frescos are from the 19th century. It consists of three buildings: the southern convent, the convent and the main church. In 1914 it was declared a national monument.




Thanks to one of our members for sharing this impressive painting that he made of the magnificent Greek Tempio della Concordia near Agrigento in Sicily.


The temple was built c. 440–430 BC and is despite its Greek origin named after the Roman goddess of harmony, due to an inscription found nearby. According to archaeologists the temple is, after the Parthenon, the best preserved Doric temple in the world. 



Everyone has a favourite dish from childhood. What is yours?

The “Biscotti Reginelle” are one of the most loved sicilian biscuits of Valentina. The Reginelle are characterized by a rustic taste and incredibly rich in flavour. “Provare per credere!”

Find the recipe on the website recipe corner.

La CANZONE/ MUSICA DEL MESE – Song or music of the month

On the 6th July we lost the great ENNIO MORRICONE, a composer, orchestrator, conductor and trumpet player who wrote music in a wide range of styles.

Our tribute to him is “CHI MAI”( Whoever) a composition written in 1971. It was used in the films Maddalena directed by Jerzy Kawalerowicz (1971) and Le Professionnel directed by Georges Lautner (1981), as well as in the television series An Englishman’s Castle (1978) and The Life and Times of David Lloyd George (1981). The song reached number 2 on the UK Singles Chart in 1981.


Thanks to the member that recommended this item.

DATES WITH YOUR …SOFA: (films, videos and documentaries)

Watch this interesting short video about visiting Italy after lockdown (Venice, Dolomites and Milan).


The bollettino team welcomes suggestions from members and friends, even more so now in times of quarantine and lock-down, if you have watched or read anything that you would like to share, do send them to solentangloitalian@gmail.com

A presto