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June 21-22

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Dear Friends,


I have been dazzled and amazed by the sights of the Piedmont and Lake Garda region of Italy. I could talk for hours about the things that we’ve seen and new experiences that we shared together. But first, I have a map to share with you.


The circled area approximates where we are in Italy. In my many visits to this country, I don’t know how I’ve missed seeing the northern area. It is stunning.


Our trip has taken us to Barbaresco, Piedmont area, which is one of 4 areas known for harvesting of the Italian delicacy, the truffle. The truffle is a subterranean fungi. Typically it is harvested during the day using dogs specially trained for this task. One unique breed used by Italians for truffle hunting, the Lagotto Romoagnola, comes from the Romagna sub-region of Italy. It should be noted that any breed of dog can be trained as a capable truffle hunter. I had always thought that pigs were used to find truffles but that is no longer the case. Italy outlawed the use of pigs in 1985 because of the damage they do to the environment. A second problem with the pigs is that they want to eat this delicacy. Can you imagine trying to wrestle a truffle out of the mouth of a 400 pound hungry pig?


Truffle hunting in Barbaresco with Brio, whose nose rewarded us with fresh delicious truffles like I had never experienced. By the way, the name “Brio” translates to “with life”.


Shaved fresh truffles adorn our lunch of homemade salami, bread and cheese, and of course, a glass of local wine.


Have you ever heard of Verona, Italy? This city of ¼ million people is situated at the foot of the Lessini Mountains on the River Adige. For me, it is a little reminiscent of Venice without the canals. Founded in the first century, Verona has a remarkable collection of preserved antiquities, including a Roman amphitheater that is still in use. Perhaps Verona is best known as the setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.


The Roman amphitheater presents a fine example of how this 2,000-year-old city has preserved and integrated elements from all of the historic periods into its culture.


I would be remiss if I didn’t share a photo of Juliet’s balcony.


While our time in Verona whisked by so quickly, more treasures for us to discover were just down the road. Nearby Lake Garda was our next stop. Recorded human history of Lake Garda began around 300 B.C., and like Verona, the area has architecture from the succeeding ages to showcase.


Isola del Gardo. Tour of the private island of the Cavazza family who live there 12 months a year. This is the largest island in Lake Garda. Previously it has been home to a Franciscan monastery, a fort during WWII, and a private residence of the Ferrari and Borghese families.


The biggest island in Lake Garda is Simione. Located here is Scalinger Castle which was built in 3 stages between 1277 and 1405. I was particularly fascinated with the draw bridge, pictured here.



2019 Moss Society in Italy. I will be sad to say goodbye to my wonderful travelling companions. No trip is ever complete without planning for the next one. The 2020 Moss Society trip will be announced next week, so if you missed this one you may consider joining me for next year’s adventure.


I have a lot to look forward to upon my return, especially my trip to Ashland, KY for a very special new print release. This link will take you to the page that has the details about my upcoming visit.


Until next week,



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