415 Cavalli Island and the Magic of Winter…

Cavalli Island415 Cavalli Island and the Magic of Winter…

Winter in Florence is not usually very cold, from December to January the average temperature is 3 degrees Celsius (37 F).
The only exception was in January 1985 when the minimum temperature recorded in Florence was of -23º C! (-9.8º F)

That year was a disaster for olive trees, an estimated 19 million olive trees, out of a total of 22 million olive trees, were damaged by the extreme cold!

This year I spent my first winter on Cavalli Island and here the temperature touched -30º C (-22º F), freezing cold! But I must say it is a different cold from the one we know in Florence. It’s a dry cold, one you can enjoy if you wrap up warmly!

Lupo loves these temperatures, his thick fur keeps him insulated against the cold. He likes to go out and play in the snow…

It was a very busy week on Cavalli Island… I had the pleasure of spending some time in the good company of old friends who came to visit me from Milan, Sardinia and even from Vancouver, Canada! It was a miniature Tower of Babel… we talked a little Italian, a little English and a little Swedish.

One of the positive aspects of winter is to spend time in the company of good friends around a fireplace telling stories and making plans … There are so many episodes in the adventure of my life which I shared with my friends. I realized that there is more than enough material to write a second book… I wonder… I do not know… but if you wish I can give it some thought…

We ate well and drank good Cavalli wine, vintage 2011, one of the best years! After each dinner we all enjoyed a Cavalli Vodka…

I cooked mainly Tuscan dishes but in the future I will also add some excellent traditional Swedish dishes. Sandra has promised to teach me some of her original recipes handed down from mother to daughter over generations…

This first Winter on Cavalli Island was really great. Even the freezing of the lake and the water pipes we took in our stride so that nothing could interfere with the magic atmosphere that good company and a welcoming fire were able to create…

I LOVE YOU

Roberto Cavalli Blog

Cavalli Island

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