Today Marianna and I were headed up to Mozzio to have lunch with more of my Rolandi relatives. Her uncle Sergio gave us a ride in his car north of Domodossola to Mozzio.
Even though we are not closely related everyone welcomed me so happily and I truly embraced being a Rolandi.
We headed up into the mountains stopping in Crodo to have a coffee and hot chocolate. I got a hot chocolate but it was more like hot pudding! So deliciously thick. It came with a small caramel biscuit that I happily dipped into the thick chocolate goodness.
Back into the car we got and Sergio took us along the road to Baceno to visit the Monumental Parish Church of San Gaudenzio. The church is very old and as it seems all churches in Italy are, beautiful.
After leaving the church, Sergio gave me a souvenir of a guide to the church. It's in Italian so I will have to translate it. We got back in the car and headed from Baceno to Mozzio, the home of the Rolandi's.
I thought that they would show me the house where everything had started and that would be it but no, that was not to be it. They showed me inside and I learned there and then that it is still held in their control and they have just recently fixed many things.
Sergio showed me this trunk that was covered with stickers from all different locations. The Immigrants Suitcase, he called it.
After showing me the house, he pulled out a thing of photographs. This one features the Rolandi men in uniform during World War I. Possibly Vittorio and Edoardo on the left with Cesare and my great grandfather Giuseppe. I am not sure who the man sitting is.
They had a celebration for the last 100 years in 2004.
After leaving the house we literally walked next door to where Mirella and her husband Giuseppe live to have lunch. It was amazing. We had shrimp with mayo for the first course, risotto with mushrooms and peas, delicious potatoes and chicken covered with pastry before having strawberries and whip cream then as if that wasn't enough, we had gelato.
I happily enjoyed giving their cat Minnie some attention. Her little meow reminded me of how talkative Ricky is.
The house behind us is what they called their "Little House" which Giuseppe fixed up. It's almost like a cabin with three floors, it's own beautiful bathroom, living room with fireplace and tv, complete kitchen and the very top floor which features a very welcoming bed, as seen below.
After exploring the little house we walked down the road to the church where a lot of the Rolandi's had been christened and wed.
The church was very beautiful inside with many painted frescoes on the ceilings and walls. I was not able to get any info on it but I believe it is called St James and St Rok but I am not sure. Will update if I learn anything more.
Giuseppe and Mirella drove us down the mountain back to Domodossola but we stopped at another church. Lots of churches today it seemed. This one was unfortunately closed but the view from the church of the surrounding plain was very beautiful and worth the stop just for that.
We left the church, dropped Marianna off at the Red Cross and I was left with Giuseppe and Mirella for a short drive in which we attempted to communicate becoming friends on facebook. Them not speaking any English and my Italian being very poor and almost non-existent. We survived luckily and I have now requested her friendship.
Until next time: More Domo and a day at the lakes in Arona.