Greetings from Genova! We had a one night visit in Genova and I can already say, it’s a hidden gem. A vibrant city with so many contradictions, small alleys and big palazzos, historical city of banks and fishermen, so many gastronomical delicacies like pesto sauce, farinata (kind of focaccia made from chickpea flours), everything fritto (!), ligurian olive oil etc…You can smell the sea, … Read More Postcard from Genova
It’s official! Great news! Majority of Italian regions will be ”zona gialla” starting from next monday and Piedmont is one of those regions. Gialla means yellow and it’s the lowest corona alert stage in Italy. It means that we are slowly returning to normality. I’m not listing all the changes, only those most relevant to us and our guests. So starting from monday: All … Read More Time for bubbles!
Renting a private holiday house from countryside is probably the most safe way to travel and experience the world this summer. We are happy to welcome you under the italian sun with to most safe way. Wearing a mask in public areas, maintaining a distance for others and sanitazing hands frequently are a new normal here and everyone respects those rules. Also, when entering … Read More Safe travels
What makes a holiday house? What you can expect when you book your stay at Agnes & Albin? Agnes & Albin is a private house in a small village. It means we have neighbours, but it means also that you will be in the middle of Italian true life. The house still feels very private and tranquil, it has a big gate and walls … Read More Holiday house mood
Agnes & Albin is perfectly located at the ”monferrato” wine area, which is especially known for Barbera wines and producers of high quality Nizza Docg version. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nizza_DOCG Our house is surrounded by quality producers such as Olim Bauda, Cantine Brema, Braida, Scarpa etc. Here is a list of some producers https://www.vinorandum.com/appellation/nizza-docg Besides barbera also great whites are produced in this part of Piedmont and … Read More Nizza DOCG
Light rain, lots of fog, sunshine every now and then…sounds like very early spring! I’m sure nature is trying to preserve all the water and humidity for the hot summer. We already have a promise of summer, our camelia tree is starting to bloom! Long walks are the best things in this season. Air is just so easy to breathe and you can see … Read More Foggy season
We love cooking and especially simple cooking, when all the ingredients can shine on a plate! That’s basic here in Italy and that is one reason I love cooking here so much. Nothing complicated, but simple things with quality ingredients. Right now I’m creating our house recipes. Recipes that will be easy to cook in our kitchen or outdoors. Recipes that will be great … Read More Aubergine tomato pasta
We are so happy to set the table for 2021, may it be a good year for everyone. For us the year 2020 was a year to create Agnes & Albin. Now we really hope this year will be a year to finally share it. We already have some reservations – thank you friends of Agnes & Albin! We are so happy you have … Read More New year, new travel plans
This feel so crazy for a finn, but the gardening season is here! Now it’s the moment to cut trees and plant new ones. We are getting our lawn fixed after the pool construction project and some new plants around the pool. Look, this picture says it all – it will be a green summer next year!
Oh my, we have figs this year! This our first year to harvest figs and we are excited. We love figs and now we are enjoying them everyday. These sweet treats go so well with yogurt in the morning or with cheeses in the evening, pure love! The best experience is to grab a sweet ripe fig straight from the tree for a snack … Read More Figs everywhere
Our pool and it’s surrounding stone pavements are finally ready and we couldn’t be happier with the outcome. Pool itself feels like an oasis now when we are living the hot summer months. But the thing that makes me most happy is the use of local stone and recycled bricks in the sun deck and walls. With the use of local and old materials … Read More Ready, steady, swim!
Simple & Good – that’s my cooking philosophy. It’s a food philosophy extremely easy to follow here in Italy, where everyone seem to eat what is in season (=at it’s best). I have noticed that you hardly see ingredients in shops / supermarkets that aren’t in season. Not to mention the outdoor food markets. For example it’s hard to find an avocado when it’s … Read More Simple things