If you are in the piazza, with the monument to your left, continue straight down the street. Just a few doors down, you will seen a green canape on your left, and a panficio sign. This is the bakery. Take a walk inside and enjoy their thinly sliced pizza marguerite, zucchini pizza, or try the white pizza with thinly sliced potatoes! Enjoy ricotta...more
Stop in and see Vincenzo Petiglio..He makes the best Espresso, and Cappuccino! The locals drink Crodino, Bitter (Red or White ) Zucca di Frutta, which is fruit juice made of pear, blueberry, or red orange. They do not serve food, but the locals enjoy snacks, such as coronetto, potato chips, ice cream (try the Ringo..which are ice cream sandwiches...more
Enjoy the beauty of nature on forca d'arcero mountain, or just drive through the snow with your friends. The fresh mountain air, a little walking, talking, and maybe buy some good cheese. The food is good on forca d'arcero mountain. Just drive slowly because the road is very slippery at times! Do not forget your little barbecue grill, picnic...more
Enjoy all types of fresh, Italian cheeses, prosciutto, mortadella, salami, and other types of sausage meets. Baskets of chocolates, candies, and other sweets are at your fingertips! There are fresh vegetables, fruits, olives, lupini beans, fish, linens, clothing, shoes, and more! Go ahead and try the red, blood oranges--delicious! You can also find...more
The town of Ponte Melfa is a 10 minute drive from the town. Enjoy a crepe at the Crepeteria and Yogurteria. It is owned by my friends, Anna and Roberto Cautilli. It is brightly painted and has a tropical atmosphere. Enjoy many different types of crepes. Some are fattening with Nutella spread in the middle, but you can also have yogurt and fruit in...more
Stop in at Capovalle. It is right behind the monument of the fallen soldiers in the main piazza. You will notice the big sign above the door. Have a good bowl of pasta fagioli...it will really warm you up on a cold day, or a good piece of steak. Pasta fagioli is the best!more
Head over to Piazza Liberta, next to Michelina's Food Market (just a couple of doors down from Massimo Bar. Walk up the little cobblestone hill (it is a small hill, I promise, but wear good shoes because those rocks get slippery) You will see Fernando Trattoria on the right hand side as you walk up the little hill. It is cozy! The owners, cook, and...more
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From 6 pm to about 9pm the streets become alive at the 5 street bars in the center of town. after 9 the streets become deserted and it is time for bed..
Dress Code: Dress as you please.. Italians are friendly
You need a car to get around this valley... Traffic is not bad..Mostly rural mountain roads. You need a international driving permit in Italy.. You can get these for $15 at any AAA office in the USA.
On monday mornings,
The old town of Atina has a huge flea market in town..
Get there early around 8 to 9 am... market closes around 12 noon to 1pm..
Get there early to get a parking space..
What to buy: shoes,clothing,gifts,food for a picnic almost everything is new.
What to pay: bargains
It is customary to stand in the piazza during the Feast of San Donato in August. The locals watch the statue of San Donato Val Di Comino as it is carried through the town. The streets are so crowded, but it is a custom to stand in the piazza or get a glimpse of the statue on the patron Saint Day!more
If you are invited to a family or friend's home, it is customary to invite them to your house ( or your relatives house) Eating in a restaurant is fine, too, but it is more warm and "family oriented" to reciprocate an invitation and invite others to your home ( or your families home) Cooking American food is fun, but it more of a "do as the...more
It is always important to acknowledge the locals as you walk by. Since it is a friendly town, always say "Buona sera" if it is evening,or "Buona pomerrigio" for afternoon, or "buona mattina" for morning. You can also be less formal and say, "Ciao". It is a small town, so if you do not say hello they may think you are grumpy. It is respectful...more
As I have walked through the town with friends, and while walking alone, I must say that the town is safe. I have often seen the local police drive through the town and near the piazza. The police drive by in their jeep, and they often acknowledge the people as they walk by. To be honest, I feel safe in the town and have not heard of any type of major crimes occuring in the town while I was there. No one has ever bothered me, and I have never even seen a fist fight. Other than a few stray cats in the yard, there was not any problem during the winter, spring or summer months. As for any traveller, just keep your passport in a safe and secure place. It is just good common sense as you do not know who may be "passing through" the town from another city or country. Honestly, San Donato is safe, in my opinion.
San Donato Val Di Comino is a down to earthy, and casual town. Although some women wear skirts or dresses, it is not very formal. Jeans or corduroys are great for day or night time in the fall or winter. No one really gets overly dressed. Sneakers or comfy shoes and a good, warm down jacket are needed. Sometimes it gets so windy there, the...more
Most recently, you are allowed to check in 2 suitcases, but the weight of the suitcase can not be more than 50 pounds. You are allowed to carry on one duffle bag. This may change or vary, but most recently, I have found out that you will be fined if your luggage is over the 50 pound limit. sneakers, comfy shoes, or comfy boots are a must! You can...more
I have always beleived that you discover the best things when it is spontaneous, or unplanned. If you take a walk down Via Macerino and head toward the compagna, or farmland, try to get a little lost. Take those narrow roads and see where it leaves you. As you walk past the adorable farm houses, you will see many sights, and hear many sounds. it is...more
Go to the Campo Sportivo in San Donato. There is a soccer field in town (about 20 - 25minutes walking distance from the center of town) Ask any locals how to get to Campo Sportivo. You have to be careful that you do not get lost on one of the side roads, because then you will end up near farmland. It is fun getting lost, but then you will miss the...more
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A typical meal begins at 1:00pm in the afternoon. Many of the local stores, banks and bars close at 1:00pm, but will reopen at 4pm. The largest meal of the day is in the afternoon. The traditional foods of San Donato are: Broccoli Rabe, Veal, Pasta and marinara sauce, salmon sauce, or in bianco, meaning white wine sauce. Pasta fagioli is very popular. Often, the locals like to eat fettucini with mushrooms. Also, the locals eat frittata, which is an omelette made in a large skillet with onions, zucchini or other vegetables. It is a large, round, flat omelete which can serve about 6 people. Crispelle, polenta, lasagna, cannaloni, and lamb are popular. The locals like to eat french fries or roasted potatoes as a side dish. Pannetone and castegnoli cookies are popular in this region. Pears, tangerines, figs, apples, oranges, and figs are popular fruits, as well as chestnuts. The locals like to drink fruit juices, such as pear, blueberry, or red orange. Once in a while, the locals may drink milk with a mint syrup (menta) as a cool, refreshing drink. San Donatese love their espresso or cappuccino, but they also drink Orzo. If a San Donatese is in a hurry, they may buy a pannini with tuna and green tomatoes.
Fondest memory: My fondest memory of San Donato is my grandparents' house, tasting the gelato for the first time, and the way my grandmother's house smelled. At the age of 10, I was able to eat flavors like spumoni, straccatella ( white, creamy, vanilla with chunks of chocolate), and nocciola ( filbert nut flavored gelato) . I remember eating a coronetto for the first time ( a croissant filled with hot, smooth chocolate). Most of all, I remember my first vacation there with my mom and my dad. We went to the Pescasaroli mountains for dinner back in 1980. It was the first vacation that I had taken with my dad, as he often worked long hours. It is the fondest memory because I was able to spend a relaxing day with both my mom and my dad, as well as my grandparents. It was one of the first summers that my dad took a day off from work, and seeing how happy he was to return back to his roots, his hometown of San Donato. Back in 1980, I was only 10 years old, but with the cool, mountain air, prosciutto, gelato, and hanging out with my dad on our first real vacation, what more could I have asked for?