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 Home away from home

I wish you happy birthday – mine, that is. Have a look where we went on Sunday for a wonderful early celebration.

About a week ago amore’s elder daughter Sara and her boyfriend Julien bought the bistro where she had been working for the past year. It is called “LINA Vini e Vivande” and has the best location in Castelnuovo di Porto, a small town 40 km north of Rome.

This is all I knew before our first visit this Sunday. Well, the bit about the best location I added upon witnessing it. This was the calmest, happiest, most relaxed and glorious place I have encountered lately. Even all the dogs got along.

We had some lovely dry meats and cheeses, most excellent wines, and a ricotta chocolate crostata with one candle, for me. Most of the products are local and they don’t serve commercial beverages. Check out the opening hours before visiting.

Unlike some similar towns, Castelnuovo di Porto is alive. The castle above is active in hosting exhibitions and concerts. Many young people live here and LINA is the best gathering place for a drink and a snack.

Thank you, amore’s family, for embracing me, seeing that my own is far away. This is the Italy that many dream of. Here is some photo evidence.


Published by Manja Maksimovič

A Slovenian in Italy for love. Blogger, photographer, translator and would-be writer who would be a writer if she wrote. Plus reluctant but emerging poet. Beware.

22 thoughts on “ Home away from home

  1. Glad you had a wonderful day in such lovely surroundings, Manja. You got a mention on my first post on Rome yesterday, but I hadn’t realised it was birthday time again. We spent this evening in the company of a delightful group of Italians, who are part of our walking group and I practised my very limited Italian.

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    1. Thank you, Jo! I’m glad you got to practice your Italian. 🙂 And happy to see your Rome tour begin on your blog. Already I see that you’ve seen more than me. (That cellar in that shop? What?) I’m pretty sure that rainy weather was better in a way. Less crowds, less heat, which is what I first connect with Rome. And I see that it improved, the weather. Looking forward to more.


    1. Thank you, Lexi! This was such a great day. We were out of home for 12 hours and it felt like another life. I was truly grateful. That moss is common among these tight streets where the sun doesn’t reach. Many doors will be coming from this town on Thursdays.


  2. Happy birthday! (It bears repeating.) You’re becoming quite the travel guide: so many hidden gems you know about! I’m having a glass of wine right now and would love some of those meats and cheeses to accompany it! All I have in my fridge is yoghurt… And I have to ask: what does Lina mean? Over here, it’s a woman’s name.

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    1. Thank you kindly, Romana. That was a most excellent day. And the next Sunday after that I went to see two castles on an open-door day and an art exhibition by the lake. No complains! Just that I did it alone. Having you for company would be perfection.


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