After a visit to the Lungarotti winery, we were invited to join them for a special dinner. We did not know what was waiting for us when we walked down the small path surrounded by trees, after a car ride up the hills. Then we entered an Italian dream – on a plain in the woods there were several tables covered by red and white table clothes, and in the small shelter beside it was hectic activity to make the traditional bread arvoltolo. We had landed in the middle of the local celebration of San Giorgio, and surrounded by smiling locals we enjoyed an evening of food, wine and warm hospitality.
The feast in Torgiano was opened by a speech by the mayor, followed by the priest doing a prayer. People got stuffed from porchetta (whole roasted pig) served in bread rolls – luckily for me who do not eat meat they also served the delicious fried bread arvoltolo (check out my recipe), fresh and crispy fava beans and the local pecorino cheese – off course followed by the local produce of red wine.
After dark the huge bonfire was lit, and it was an amazing sight to see the dancing flames in contrast to the dark night – and it was an amazing feeling to be able to take part of such a special event when visiting a foreign country.
What is your best experience of attending local traditions when travelling?
I´m an Oslo based web publisher with passion for communication, travel and a green lifestyle. When I travel, I prefer to go slow, sustainable, and “live like a local”. Why slow? It is about challenging the cult of speed, and to enjoy the small things in life and to live in the present.