I think I travel to small and large towns in Italy to find the perfect fit for me. As I read about the village of Civitella Marittima on Gloria Casina DiRosa's page ( http://www.bit.ly/10sCNp5). see part II of this blog. Of course we crossed paths on Face Book.
What more could I ask for in a village than what Gloria tells me is available in Civitella Marittima? There are about 350 residents, I may not blend in but I could meet everyone.....
Services available in the villageThere are 2 banks, both with an ATM, one grocery store, 2 bakeries, and various other shops (florist, gift shop and ceramics, tobacconist, news agent’s, butcher, fresh pasta, etc.). The village also has a post office, pharmacy and clinic. In the village center there is an excellent restaurant and two bars. And less than 2km away there is another restaurant/pizzeria.
On weekends in June and July, the village cultural association organizes “Dinners Under the Stars“, a series of outdoor dinners featuring a different local specialty each week.
On the last weekend of August is the village “Sagra dell’Alta Maremma“, festival featuring music and dancing, arts and crafts and, of course, good food.
In November, we celebrate the new olive oil and the Autumn flavours with the “Festa del Buco Unto”, a yearly olive oil festival.
I live in a city of 5 million and have not found this feeling of 'home' there.
See Part II for the story on Casina di Rosa.....