I’m really enjoying carnival and making the most of it especially as we don’t celebrate it at all in the UK (other than a few pancakes!) Massa seems to provide the best celebration around here, filling the squares and outdoor areas of the city with fun particularly aimed at children and young people. I went on Sunday it was great and silly, with lots of music, dancing and costumes; as carnival should be.

Oh, and, as I’m sure you assumed our olive oil didn’t win any prizes in Filattiera! We did meet some proper olive aficionados’ though!