Gavin Tulloch

Scienziato e poeta. Ama la chimica, il vino, le donne e l’opera, ma non sappiamo in quale ordine

Best Icecream (Gelato) of the world in Sydney

There are now hundreds, if not more, gelato bars around the world creating a plethora of colours, textures and taste sensations – of single scoop, double and triple, served in cones or paper cups and accompanied at your choice by fruit juices, milkshakes or unique creations of baristas. In every town, there seems to now … Continued

Soundtracks in Castelnuovo Parano by Chamber Orchestra of Frosinone

Soundtracks in Castelnuovo Parano by Chamber Orchestra of Frosinone

The Frosinone Chamber Orchestra (FCO) in its various guises as soloists, quartets, quintets, small orchestra and full orchestra appears in the towns of Ciociaria (the Province of Frosinone) on the sultry evenings throughout summer. This night, a suitably hot August night, the 10th, the day that we celebrate San Lorenzo (St Lawrence for the real … Continued

Soloists of Frosinone on the steps of Casalvieri

Soloists of Frosinone on the steps of Casalvieri

Another hot summer’s day in Ciociaria settled at dusk in Casalvieri into a windless evening and the promise of a hot summer’s night, though with alternatives to Neil Diamond. Our visit this time to the Val di Comino, to Casalvieri, one of our favourite towns, was to attend an evening concert of Rossiniana by principals … Continued

Last Bagpipe artisan of Acquafondata by Bettiol

The best and last Bagpipe Artisan of Acquafondata

Acquafondata is a town in the mountains on the border of Lazio and Molise famous for its Bagpipes Festival (Festa della Zampogna). And maybe you wouldn’t travel through the forests, in the dappled shade of the roads towards Acquafondata unless you had a special reason or somewhere else to go along the road. We saw … Continued

Portone alchemico di Nicolò il mistero di Rivodutri

Nicolo’s Door – The opening for Alchemists in Rivodutri

In Rivodutri there is a unique door that popular tradition calls the Alchemic Door, or “Nicolò Door”, named after the owners of its original building, the Nicolò family since 1757, as a result of the will of Don Bernadino of the Camisciotti family. In 1874, it was handed over to the municipality to be used … Continued

Serrone- Premio Rocca d'Oro by Benedicta Lee

Rocca D’Oro Awards create Bridge between USA and Italy is selected alongside Eva Evola and Aaron Caruso, two opera singers from the Italo/American Bellini Opera Foundation, to receive a prestigious Rocca D’Oro award at the presentations in Serrone. This Ciociarian town lays across the steepish slopes of Mount Scalambra and is a famous centre for Cesanese red wine and ‘soaring’. The summer evening … Continued

Bellegra- Monte Scalambra by Benedicta Lee

Up to Mount Scalambra, roadway to heaven

The first of ninety turns on the route to Mount Scalambra is a sharp left hand from the Piglio road near the end of La Forma, the ‘commercial’ centre of Serrone that runs alongside the main road. From this level, the top of the mountain seems close to heaven. Now half an hour later we … Continued

Trivigliano: una reliquia in onore di Sant’Oliva

Trivigliano: a relic in memory of Saint Oliva

For those who are not born and brought up in the traditions of the church in Italy, the concept of worship of a relic seems unusual. So, to attend a service and procession in honour of a Saint where the item being venerated is a silver reliquary holding the arm of the saint, is a … Continued

Vico nel Lazio chiesa Santa Maria - Bettiol - 14

Walls of Vico nel Lazio open to welcome a son returned

For a traditional Italian family, there may be no pride greater than to surrender a child to the service of God, whether as a priest or a nun. This may seem to outsiders to be an unusual situation in a modern society where selfish human relations and money dominate, but when you walk inside the … Continued

Casalvieri 1000 anni, Sbandieratori

Casalvieri, 1000 years picture in 1000 words

This year, 2017, May 5th marked the 1000th birthday of Casalvieri. Not that the area of the Val di Comino or Terre Comino was not peopled previously, but this date records the first written acknowledgement of its existence. One thousand years, each remembered here with a word to create a picture of a special town. … Continued