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always opened by appointment in Los Gatos.
Call Kathy
 408.640.6628 or
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August Festivities
Cinque Terre, Little Houses,
and Scenic Arts, Italian Festivals


Santa Margherita LigureAugust in Italy is a time to retreat to the sea coast or to the mountains to escape the hot, humid times.  It is Ferragosto. The roots date back to 18 B.C., when the month of August was a time to relax after the harvests In combination with this ancient tradition, Christians of today go to a great degree of celebrations on August 15, the Assumption of Mother Mary, the Mother of Jesus, into Heaven. If you are in Italy at this time you can look for fireworks, boat regattas. and more. ( Photo of Santa Margherita Ligure)

A few of the coastal towns to which Italians retreat are along the Ligurian Riviera from Portofino, and Santa Margherita Ligure to the Cinque Terre, the five mountain lands along the sea. This is one of my favorite areas of Italy and near to where our grandmother was born. Santa Margherita is where I like to stay, not in August but in October, while the boats are still running up and down the coastal area.

PortofinoSanta Margherita is home to an Italian Language School which I dream of attending. There is a beautiful swimming beach and you can get a boat to Camoglie, Portofino, Rapallo, and more. There is fantastic shopping in the street markets of Santa Margherita and Rapallo, should you be there on one of those days.  Portofino is the quaint, small, picturesque port just a few miles north--a short boat or bus ride. You can also stay there, but at least go to visit the castle, church, and all the shops filled with laces and arts, and great minestrone soup! If you do come to this area in the summertime prepare for the harbors to be FILLED with fishing boats and yachts almost far as the eye can see. Videos are here and here. (Photo of Portofino.)

Just a short train ride south you will arrive at the Five Villages, the Cinque Terre: Monterosso sul Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. All beautiful towns. The Cinque Terre is a UNESCO World Heritage site.  Here is a map. Monterosso is the largest town with the most activities and a large beautiful beach.

Cinque Terre Monterosso HikeSeveral years back I hiked with my sisters {we call ourselves the
Tre Sorelle) from Monterosso to Vernazza, not a beginner walk, but somehow we saw men and women in nice dress clothes and shoes, one gentleman carrying a baby and a stroller. We do not recommend that, and I see now there is better signage. It is a steep narrow path which sometimes seems to push you in the direction of the cliff as the rock mountain wall juts out along the narrow path forcing you to lean towards the cliff and the sea below. It is a most beautiful climb with vistas of Monterosso  AND Vernazza in the distance The walk is about two miles long and takes a couple of hours. The hiking path continues on after Vernazza to the other towns. Vernazza is another charming port town with wonderful arts for purchase, such as ceramics and laces. The seafood is fresh and terrific all along the coast. (Photo Monterosso hike to Vernazza)

Coming from the other direction south to north, “one of the most unforgettable and famous trails is the Via dell'Amore which links Riomaggiore to Manarola. Taking roughly fifteen minutes, this 'Lovers Walk' offers couples the opportunity to write their names on the rocks and trees surrounding the path.”(From https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/italy/cinque-terre/index.html) In “Manarola (by foot or by rail), you'll find a town filled with boats and tasty seafood restaurants serving fresh-from-the-sea anchovies. Manarola also has lovely swimming areas, accessible from the 'Blue Trail'--a part of the hiking path where you'll need to purchase an inexpensive access pass. Grab your suit, pack a little picnic, and find your own private swimming hole.” Cinque Terre Hike to Vernazza

If you choose to go by train that is very easy, and you will be able to see the beauty of the area. The Regionale train provides a short ride between villages. You can access the Five Lands, Cinque Terre, from the North or the South. Check in to the Cinque Terre pass and details before you go. (Photo Cinque Terre Hike to Vernazza)

I am always interested in the history and customs of a place I will visit. The first few centuries this area was only visited by pirates and those wishing not to be found! During the Second Millennium, the great maritime republics were Amalfi, Venice, Genoa and Pisa. Though always at war with one another they chased the pirates from the Ligurian Seas.

In the XIV century, thanks to the construction of the Military Arsenal of La Spezia and to the building of the railway line between Genova and La Spezia, the inhabitants of the Cinque Terre could escape isolation. This led to an increase in poverty which pushed many to emigrate abroad. In the 1970s, the development of tourism brought back wealth.” (Fromhttp://blog1.villeinitalia.com/?p=2008) The landscape has changed drastically with the terraced hills that are now filled with vineyards and cottages and the region welcoming tourism.

Click here for a video on Cinque Terre.

These ancient towns and villages are depicted in the artworks of Italy. We have many new items from Italy for you to see. Please come and visit us by appointment in August (408-640-6628), bring a group for lunch, or come visit us at the festivals below. Gioia is always available to you online www.gioiacompany.com.

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Mark Your Calendar! 

August 6,7: Sacramento Italian Cultural Society Festival 
GIOIA BOOTH will be there only SUNDAY. Come shop with Gioia Company I look forward to seeing our Sacramento Friends! 
Read more:http://festaitalianasacramento.com/Festa/Festa_Italiana.html

August 20: San Francisco Italian Athletic Club Festival North Beach 
Gioia Booth is inside at this festival. I look forward to seeing you there!
Read more: http://www.sfiac.org/site/calendar/details/more/event_id/30005047

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August 27, 28: Italian Family Festival San Jose Italian American Heritage Foundation
Gioia Booth: I will welcome you and will be there both Saturday and Sunday to bring the “Festa Gioia” to you this month. Come to shop at the Festa! Please visit the Children’s Theatre called Teatro Bambini, I have been on the committee; it should be wonderful; bring the kids!
Read More: http://www.italianfamilyfestasj.org/things-to-do/arts-crafts/

In the Future

October 2: Little Italy San Jose Italian Street Festival
Tell us you’ll be there: https://www.facebook.com/events/284710401878099/

NUMU NEW MUSEUMS OF LOS GATOS, has an interesting new exhibit that began in June called:
Et In Arcadia Ego, contemporary re-interpretation of the mythological theme of Arcadia. Arcadia refers to an ancient civilization of peace, harmony, and caring for nature. Arcadia was a Greek province associated with natural splendor, a peaceful place in the wilderness, and a natural garden during a golden age.
Read More: http://www.numulosgatos.org/exhibitions-2/2016/6/2/et-in-arcadia-ego

Italian American Heritage Foundation hosts many Italian Cultural Events each month
Such as cooking classes, regional luncheons, cena fuori (dinner out at local Italian restaurants), language classes and the upcoming festival. Please join in and check out their website!
For more information: http://www.iahfsj.org/#!events/cfvg
Villa Montalvo Arts Center Saratoga
Summer Luncheon Series Wednesdays and Summer Classes
Montalvo Food and Wine Classic Sept 11, 2016 Tickets are available now online.
Make your reservations today! http://montalvoarts.org/calendar/7/2016/ 

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GIOIA ITALIAN ART AND PRODUCTS always opened by appointment in Los Gatos. Call Kathy 408.640.6628 or Contact kathywinkelman@gioiacompany.com
And always at your disposal online at www.gioiacompany.com


TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES 2016!! Save the Dates!!

Casa Ida Vietri sul MareCAMPANIA

Thinking of staying in the Vietri sul Mare region? Here is a B & B owned by one of our friends in Italy, check it out.  
CASA IDA Historic House Rental & B&B Italy
Campania, near Vietri sul Mari, 
Cava Dei Tirreni, Campania, Italy
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Sorrento Emotions and Dreams
Italian Specialist and Local Residents
Luxury, tailor made vacations
Sorrento, Amalfi Coast, Isle of Capri and all of Italy
Enjoy holidays, short breaks, weddings, honeymoon, dining, cooking, shopping, scuba diving, water activities, coastal excursions with personal crew.
Contact Signore Tonino Pepe, pepetonino@hotmail.it, and tell him Gioia Co. sent you.

Puglia, Italy with Valentina
May 2017. (She takes groups at this time each year.)
Travel through the Puglia region
A step into real Puglia with Valentina, author, designer, artist and native

Sacramento Italian Cultural Society
Nov. 20-28, 2016
Florence, Siena, Lucca, Chainti Wine Region, Pisa, San Gimignano, Vinci and Volterra
Contact: italy@italiancenter.net, 916-482-5900
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UMBRIA/TUSCANY-- Right on the border
Vacation at Le Selve, an Agriturismo!  Contactinfo@gioiacompany.com or 408.640.6628 for a special introduction to the owner. Sleeps six or 12. Two stories. Separate units. Beautiful view. Organic olive grove. Walking trails. Full kitchen. Swimming pool.

Travel with those that live there and learn about the culture.
Italy the Beautiful Tour September 1 -11, 2016.
Thanksgiving Tuscany Tour November 20 – 28, 2016.
Contact: italy@italiancenter.net, 916-482-5900

See you soon...

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