Here lies the oliphant, Abul-Abbuz, in the garden of Lemnbiscati Rome. He is n the midst of his second season of enchanted sleep, of 605 years. For Abul-Abbuz is no ordinary oliphant, having been conjured into existence by princess Sheherazade in one of her 1001 Nights. That’s the difference between Abul-Abbuz and all her other characters, Aladdin, Simdbad the sailor etc...

La Befana

While many know the story of Santa Claus, or Babbo Natale, only Italians know of La Befana—the kind witch who brings gifts on the 6th of January, marking Epiphany day. Here's how the story goes: 

La Befana, an older woman who found joy in housework, spent most of her days and nights sweeping and gardening. She lived in a small house on the road that led to Bethlehem.

SAN GALGANO (Siena) The sword in the stone: Excalibur-Incalibur

The hill of Montesiepi is where ended the parabola of King Arthur’s sword, once Excalibur (out of the stone), now Incalibur (into the stone). But it took all of the might of Michael the Archangel to put it back there and overcome Arthur’s sword carrier Galgano (Gawain). Hehad been poisoned by such a high duty; like all, high things the sword possessed a dark side, which made it hard to relinquish or be relinquished. 

How we made a great olive oil label for Bel Poggiolo, Spoleto, Umbria from its story “Legend of Lazarus and Faroaldo and the Anima Mundi”

Background: After the fall of the Roman Empire, the Lango Bards (long beards), a fierce tribe from North Germany, invade Italy and establish a mosaic of trucculent dukedoms, one of which, Spoleto, is eventually ruled by the barbarian duke  Faroaldo, who has recurrent dreams sent from Lazarus, the last surviving "pillar saint" from Syria, who lives in the hills above Spoleto. 

Our visit to Borgo di Castelvecchio, Tuscany: sword in the stone.

We have just made our visit to the Val D’Orcia, in south Tuscany, not far from Siena. I consider this to be one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. Castelvecchio is a great 800 hectare estate - a wildlife reserve - right in the middle, with great sweeping vistas across the clay glulches towards Montepulciano to the east, the “ideal city” of Pienza to the north and Radicofani and Monte Amiata to the west.

Italy and the culinary Temple. | Storygardenz - Accommodation, Properties with a story, vacation, travel and exploration, Europe wide rental, Storytelling

If one were to imagine a world temple of culinary arts, it would be easy to see that it was supported by four pillars – the four principal culinary schools of the world: Italian, Chinese, French, Indian. Each tradition, quite distinct from the others, can be associated with essential notions and archetypes.