Michelle DiBenedetto-Capobianco’s life sounds awfully romantic. During the school year she lives in Port Washington, New York, and each summer she packs up her husband and three sons — ages 9, 10, and 12 — and moves to a tiny town in the mountains of Italy for the summer, where she runs a cooking school and tour company.
The village, called Salle, where her father grew up, feels frozen in time. “There are no stores in Salle,” says Michelle. “We either rely on the various trucks that come to sell things like fruits and vegetables, breads, cheeses, and fish, or we travel to neighboring towns to shop at open-air markets or shops.”
We talked to Michelle about how life’s rhythms change for her in Italy each summer.