Your Italian Hosts:
Antonio and Velia Parisi are your hosts at the agriturismo Villa Velia. Antonio has many years as a tour guide for American Express, and currently concentrates on the beautiful lodgings he has built high on the mountain overlooking Monterosso.
Velia is an accomplished cook and provides breakfast every day of your stay, many dinners and a cooking lesson where you will learn to cook authentic Italian cuisine.
Antonio is fluent in English (and many other languages) and a font of knowledge when it comes to local history. His work with the local Farm Museum and the town of Monterosso's civic organization Pro Loco show his love for his hometown.
Your American Hosts:
Stu Reininger is a professional mariner and author who intertwines a seagoing career with that of writing of and teaching maritime skills. He has long spent his off-seasons traveling through Italy. Five years ago Stu discovered and became entranced with Monterosso. He decided that this was the "bel paese" where he would put down roots and Monterosso became his second home. Now, Stu spends half the year here and his writing has taken on a distinctly "southern Italian flavor."
Sue Muldoon is a seatweaver, basketmaker, photographer, graphic and web designer.
Her first trip to Monterosso in 2019 inspired her to travel back and learn more.
Her love of art inspired the ideas for an art-themed tour with local craftspeople she met on her trip
To see a larger gallery of her 2019 trip to Italy visit this link
Graphite in Monterosso
Learn about Monterosso's past and current history.
Monterosso was home to a graphite factory. Traditionally, the period attire was dyed using graphite for local fabrics.
Silk and linen production was a major part of town in the 1600's
Fast forward to the 2000.s where Italian clothiers are now using graphite to create unique attire that uses much less water, thanks to graphite from Monterosso.
Flax being spun into linen. A traditional Monterosso costume. Linen being hand-woven on a loom.