Primavera Italiana – Springtime in Italy

Primavera Italiana Springtime in Italy by Italian Summers

As winter finally sputters out, Italy starts warming with softer mediterranean breezes as a thousand varieties of flowers peep out of the luscious grass of its hills and fields. Everywhere in the little country villages and seaside towns wooden green shutters are opened and fresh laundry blooms colorful against the terra-cotta colored buildings. The smell of orange blossoms wafts softly, … Read More

Walking Rome with Claudio Assandri, Piazza Navona from another angle

Walking Rome with Claudio Assandri, Piazza Navona, Rome by Claudio Assandri at Italian Summers
Walking Rome with Claudio Assandri, our Artist who creates our shirt/bag designs, and does some serious sculpting and painting too. He knows Rome as  few do. Very few, you have no idea! So, if one goes for walks, the best way to see Rome is by foot in the company of the son of a famous Archaeologist and a great ... Read More

I just need to go to Italy! The peperoncino bag!

I DON'T NEED THERAPY, I JUST NEED TO GO TO ITALY shopper/beach bag by Italian Summers
I just need to go to Italy!  Peperoncino therapy.. Exactly,  I just need to go to Italy, but let's start with the bag.  This version of our I don't need therapy bag features happy Peperoncinos,  hot Italian chili peppers. The sunny lemons that decorated our other version  have turned into a spicy staple of Italian cooking: peperoncini have always symbolized good flavour, good health and ... Read More

I DON’T NEED THERAPY, I JUST NEED TO GO TO ITALY!

I DON'T NEED THERAPY, I JUST NEED TO GO TO ITALY Shopper tote bag by Italian Summers
Behind every catchy phrase acute enough to be remembered, funny enough to cause good humor and witty enough to decorate our garments and accessories, hides a great truth! Case in point is the famous: “I DON’T NEED THERAPY, I JUST NEED TO GO TO ITALY”. Dr. Mediterranean The disarming reality is that many of us, sometimes, feel we really need ... Read More

Caprese Salad with capers from the Colosseum plus recipe

Capers from the Colosseum with recipe by Italian Summers
CAPRESE SALAD: The Easypeasy Recipe! By Claudio Assandri Ingredients: One fresh juicy Mozzarella. (Cow's milk or, even better, 'Bufala') One or two large, tasty Tomatoes. Fresh and savory Basil leaves. Good salted Capers from Italy. Extra-virgin Olive Oil. Oregano, if possible from Calabria. A pinch of salt Amore... (and, Dean Martin's Italian song compilation as background music) Get a nice ... Read More

A SICILIAN WEDDING…the guests had no idea what awaits them

A Sicilian Wedding by Claudio Assandri, the wedding church
One late summer's afternoon in our family summer house on the island of Stromboli, our gardener/construction worker came to visit to settle some payments for his work. My mother and father sat with Angelo, that was his name, and served coffee before discussing business. As the cicadas buzzed in the trees and the evening descended upon the island, the conversation ... Read More

Italian Summers t-shirts on the blog of Ciao Tutti

Just take me to Italy . Shirts with fun Italian prints by Italian Summers
Sometimes you need a kick in your culo,..Ciao tutti worked very well for me! Italian Summers came out off the closet for the first very first time with out t-shirt and ceramic collection! I was so exited but also had some sleepless nights finishing the website, webshop and realised,..it's never really finished... By Lisa van de Pol Amore for Italy ... Read More

Walking with Caravaggio part two. One fine morning…

Disegno Caravaggio ©by Claudio Assandri
By Claudio Assandri One fine morning, twelve years ago, I woke up to a realization... One fine morning... One fine morning, twelve years ago, I woke up to a realization:  I could be the first to finally find Caravaggio's studio. I had been feverishly reading all the books I could find about him for years then, and in several of them ... Read More

Walking with Caravaggio, part one

Walking with Caravaggio by Claudio Assandri -Bild-Ottavio_Leoni,_Caravaggio
By Claudio Assandri As one moves across Rome's Campo Marzio the cobblestones resonate with History at every step. "Caravaggio was one of them" As one moves across Rome's Campo Marzio the cobblestones resonate with History at every step. Located in the heart of Reinaissance Rome, Campo Marzio takes its name from the ancient monumental parkland located just north of the 4th century ... Read More

Italian Summers plate, Positano Beach Hat, the making of

The making of Italian Summers plate Big Beach Hat Positano. Exclusive ceramic plate by Italian Summers
Italian Summers  plate, Positano Beach Hat, original ceramic artwork on a plate, the making of Italian Summers loves Positano. The winding roads, the views, the profumo's and if you have been here, you know, you really  know, you need a hat, a big hat. Here you will see photo's of the making of the plate "Positano Beach Hat' an exclusive ceramic ... Read More