I would like to share some parts of a very special email which came in from a “paesan” in Australia. It meant so much to me that there many Calabrese around the world who share my passion for the our region, our foods and our traditions! Thank you for sharing your story & some of your pictures.
“Ciao Linda, My name is Silvana – born & raised in Sydney but of Calabrese descent….and a very proud one at that. Just saw your post appear on my newsfeed & have to say I love it…..In 2013, my husband & I spent 5 amazing weeks in Italy and I was immediately smitten as it was my first visit there. To be hones, I can’t get Italy out of my head & long to return there one day very soon. We spent 3 weeks in Calabria – Roccella Jonica (my m.i.law’s birth place) was our base, whilst we visited my beautiful cousins half an hour’s drive away in Cinquefrondi/Polistena…my parents birth places. It’s sp nice to read someone else’s positive opinion on what Calabria has to offer as it really is the “forgotten” region of Italy. I guess Italy’s lack of infrastructure in that region is partly to blame for tourist’s by-passing the amazing mountains, rustic surrounds & pristine waters….especially those of the Ionian Coast. Totally agree that it could be a carbon copy of the Caribbean….So important tp hold onto our roots & heritage so your post really caught my attention & as I mentioned earlier, I would love to see more. Looking forward to hearing from you very soon. Kind regards, Silvana”