Upon return the village, they enjoyed additional demonstrations in traditional ricotta cheese making and basket weaving. They visited the church of San Nicola, where they learned about the Albanian heritage of this small village and heard about the daily agro-pastoralist life from a 4th generation shepherd. The group then enjoyed a buffet of traditional local foods, including handmade pasta, bean soup, fried peppers, cured sausages, olives, local breads, local wines (including the Aglianico wine typical to this region of Italy), and a variety of local desserts. Lastly, the group visited the Borgo dei Sapori in Ginestra, which is a museum that documents the traditional means of wine making, oil pressing, medicinal plant processing, and wheat harvesting used historically in this territory.
We extend our deep thanks to the local government administration, linguistic institute, and cultural organization for organizing the luncheon and demonstrations of traditional life-ways for the students. We also thank the community of Ginestra as a whole for their hospitality and for sharing their cultural heritage with us.
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