The Gardens

I love Nino. I want to keep him. At 80 years old, he has more energy than me and my mother combined. On a tour of his countryside property, he showed us his various gardens filled with tomatoes, eggplant, olives, lettuce, peppers, zucchini, figs, plums, peaches, lemons and more. As I mentioned before, he and Marianna make everything from scratch, from soap to the wine we drink at lunch. Nino grows and picks everything in the country and then transports the food back up to their house in town. Both places have a spectacular view of the sea.

Nino and Marianna have three children, Salvatore, Giuseppe and Rosaria. After our tour of Tusa and Nino’s gardens, we visited Rosaria’s summer home and had coffee with her and her husband, Biaggio, before returning home for lunch with Mariana and Anna’s family.


(Rosaria’s outdoor summer kitchen)

(Their sweet kittens)

(Nino and me)

(Freshening up at the local well)

(Valeria, Giuseppe, Lucia, Anna).

At lunch, Marianna finally let my mother help her with something! My mom wasn’t permitted to grate the ricotta cheese, but Marianna caved and let my mother put the cheese in a bowl. Haha. I believe my mom also might’ve set the table, but I’m not sure because I was fulfilling my role of staying out of the way (and I was taking a shower because I worked up quite a sweat with all my running around with Nino.