Mountain Town: Fanano, in the Modenese Apennines

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Italians have taught me that it is ok to go on an adventure every weekend…or at least a few times a month!  I’ve discovered the beauty of local travel and the thrill of hoping in the car and taking a ride in any direction, only to discover a different city, a new environment, and what often feels like another country!  I don’t stray THAT far from home, and I’ve written here about becoming an Italian homebody.

 

Our weekend escapes have brought us to the Adriatic Sea Cost, the Apennine Mountains, Milan, Mantova, Ferrara, Bologna … and I feel like I still haven’t seen anything!

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A few weeks ago some friends asked if we wanted to go to Fanano, in the Modena Apennines.  Originally, I was worried there would be no gluten free places for my son to eat, but then we found out that the Skating Rink in the town’s historic centre offered a gluten free menu…. so off we went!

 

 

In about an hour we were in the mountainside, with a dense fog that created a mist all around us.  After lunch the sun was already beginning to set and the small town’s antique centre took on a really magical atmosphere with glowing Christmas lights, the smell of fresh roasted chestnuts and other yummy food.

 

 

It was like stepping back in time.   With origins dating back to 176 B.C., and the actual city being documented in the 700s as  “Fannius”, this little town is filled with history!

 

Visiting Italy in December … aka *Christmas Time*

 

If you plan on visiting Italy over the Christmas holiday, I sincerely recommend you do a bit of research into the small mountain towns and their winter festivals.  In Italy, winter is really “felt” in the mountains because it is colder.  People flocked to snow topped peaks for “white week”, vacations dedicated to skiing and snowboarding, but also to the hillside towns for open air public bonfires, horse and carriage rides and “sagre” – festivals dedicated to wine, local food and products.

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Babbo Natale in the Mountains

We were in Fanano just before Christmas and the town had set up a wooden house, where Santa Claus (“Babbo Natale” – aka Father Christmas) would greet children in the afternoon.  They could bring him their letters and then deliver them directly to him, where his Elf helpers would carefully collect and sort letters in a mailbox!

 

An incredibly authentic experience for my son, this was a little more magical than that time we waited in a line at a mall for an hour, only to end up spending a fortune for a not so great photo!

 

What I Wore

 

I love dressing the part whenever my husband takes us to the mountains.  I’ve had these zip up boots for 10 YEARS! I paired them with my cropped puffer coat and felt like a bonafide snow bunny.

 

 

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My bag was designed by Italian fashion blogger Angela Pavese, who blogs at Imperfecti.com as part of a special collection.  It was created in collaboration with the Italian artisan brand Be*Why.  If you haven’t heard, I’m giving away a Be*Why gold leather cross body, valued at $160 / 130Euro.  This giveaway is international and open for 5 more days.  Plus, in February I have a few more great giveaways and promotions planned with this sponsor!

 

Did someone say blanket scarf? This is the EPITOME OF BLANKET SCARVES! I’ve had this for a few years and it does the trick!

 

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Real Mom Street Style

 

I can’t seem to go anywhere without noticing the great style that Italian moms have.  While waiting in line to give our letter to Santa I noticed this pretty mom and her beautiful and stylish family.

 

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I would love to hear about your local adventures and weekend escapades and your style.  If you do not have a blog but would like to have your style featured, please feel free to send me an email ! reasonstodress@gmail.com….

Now onto YOUR style…

 

#REASONSTODRESS Real Mom Street Style Linkup

 

Thank you to everyone who linked up last week! If you would like to co-host the #reasonstodress linkup I would love to have you, please feel free to email me at reasonstodress@gmail.com !

Today I am in Florence for Pitti Immagine Uomo , one of the largest fashion tradeshows in the world featuring top Men’s and Women’s brands, fashion shows and events.

 

I probably won’t be able to resist instagramming a few of the people (*cough* stylish Italian men *cough*) that I see, so feel free to follow along with Instagram!

 

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  • Angela Pavese

    you are the real blogger! love this post, love my appenines country.

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    • http://reasonstodress.com Reasons to Dress

      Me too. I’ve never lived this close to the mountains, and now I wonder how I did without. And thank you for the compliment tu sei sempre molto gentile.

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  • Porcelina

    Oh this is such an inspiring post! I absolutely want to make more of my weekends and to get up and go places, there’s so much to explore locally, so like you I won’t have to go far at all! But each weekend has the potential to be a mini holiday, if you choose to use your time that way, and it doesn’t have to cost much either! Thanks for hosting the linkup – I’m being a bit naughty this week and linking up a menswear post! I hope your readers won’t mind too much! Have a good week x

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    • http://reasonstodress.com Reasons to Dress

      I love this comment. This is EXACTLY what I wanted to do with this blog…inspire. I would love to read about your mini getaways because I realize that by reading blogs I can discover the whole world….in detail!

      And you’re right. It doesn’t cost much do do this…no flight, no hotel, just a lunch or dinner out, or you could always pack a picnic!

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  • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

    Visiting a mountainside Italian village at Christmas time just sounds amazing!

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    • http://reasonstodress.com Reasons to Dress

      Kaelene thank you so much for coming by and reading my blog. I am so inspired by yours. YOU are someone who can have amazing daytrips!

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      • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

        Of course, I love reading along on your blog!

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  • http://www.jacketsociety.com JacketSociety Nora M

    I think its great that you are taking advantage of the seeing all these beautiful places in a country like Italy. Thank you so much for sharing them with us, I love reading about all the places.
    Nora
    http://www.jacketsociety.com

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    • http://reasonstodress.com Reasons to Dress

      Thank you for coming by! I can’t wait to see your scarves and I love the fact that you are getting your son involved. Ultimately I think that a blog is ALWAYS a personal blog. We all want to share a little piece of ourselves, and for me that means discovering Italy together with my readers!

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  • http://spashionista.com/ Spashionista

    Christmas in Italy looks like it came straight out of a fairy tale! Everything is so beautiful, you must’ve had a magical time.You do look warm and stylish in your outfit – and I love those boots!
    Thanks for hosing the linkup :-)

    Alicia
    spashionista.com

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    • http://reasonstodress.com Reasons to Dress

      Thank you Alicia! It was pretty incredible. The only thing that I still have to get used to is the humidity!! Aside from that this place is so pretty….crazy…with a million political problems, but pretty none the less.

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  • http://reasonstodress.com Reasons to Dress

    Thank you Dawn Lucy for linking up, I love your style!

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  • http://gnomelover.com/ Gnome Lover

    Oh! What fun! I cannot get over your son’s amazing hair. It is so gorgeous and thick. Lucky boy! You look beautiful. Love that blanket scarf and those boots! The stylish mommy and her family look beautiful, too.

    Thank you for hosting! : )

    Jenni

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  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom

    Wow! I can’t believe the ice rink had a gluten free menu, talk about awesome! You do look like a warm winter snow bunny and a very stylish one! Such cute zip up boots! What a fun weekend, so jealous!

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