In Valtellina with the locals
28.03.2016 - 28.03.2016 14 °C
Poggirendenti Alto Valtellina is a very small hillside hamlet in the valley of the Adda River in far northern Italy. A few miles north is the Swiss border so it's almost as far north in Italy as you can go without yodelling. Poggi is a tight little community and their major social location is the Centivo Sportif. It consists of a tennis court, a bocce rink and probably a couple of other pursuits but the main attraction is the clubhouse which gets going around 6pm in the evenings. Wine is cheap and the food is good. Palmia, the do- all girl with a pretty face,quick smile and exploratory English flits around happily taking orders, serving drinks and mixing up who-knows-what behind the bar. When I remarked to the manager, a big friendly/busy guy that we were from Australia he placed his hand across his heart and heaved a big sigh widely translated as..."tell me something I dont' know....I don't understand..and my personal choice of...you lucky suckers. He promptly poured 3 shots of local hooch for us and toasted "salute"...it was bad shit but hey..you can't insult the locals so I took one for the team and drank TGW's as well!
So...if you are ever in the area I can recommend that they will welcome an Aussie