Nestled between five of Italy’s most renowned regions is a jewel of the peninsula, otherwise known as Le Marche. And yet, this region of Italy is very rarely illuminated and seems to be one of Italy’s best-kept secrets; just as its natives in Toronto are quite the rare find. Immigration of Marchigiani into Canada began in the 1950s and continued until the mid-1960s, with individuals settling mainly in Montreal as well as some in Toronto, according to L'Associazione Regionale dei Marchigiani (A.L.M.A. CANADA INC.), which is based in Montreal. “While we don’t have a specific number, we would estimate the number [of Marchigiani in Canada] to be around 30,000 - 40,000,” says president Anna Perrotti.
Dopo la seconda guerra mondiale, la gran parte degli emigranti umbri si diresse verso la Francia, il Lussemburgo e la Svizzera, ma modesti flussi emigratori si indirizzarono anche verso l'America meridionale, l’Australia e il Canada.
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Vincenzo Mercadante’s career began with a needle, a thread and a thimble at the age of 11, sewing in a tailor shop in the Italian town of San Clemente (in Galluccio, Caserta). Now, the 67-year-old owns his own shop, where he sells suits that are ready-to-wear, or made-to-measure. From pants, jackets, vests, overcoats and even caps, Mercadante custom tailors every garment to “suit” his clients’ needs.
Just utter the word “Calabria” to anyone who’s been there, and watch their eyes light up. People with ties to the place have no doubts in their minds: this southern region of Italy will steal your heart. “I knew I was in love,” says Montrealer Alessandra Tropeano. The 25-year-old was born and raised in Montreal, but even before she could walk – since the age of one – she spent every summer in Italy on her grandmother’s home soil. “For the longest time, I never knew what Montreal summers were like. As a young child, I always remembered how the family couldn’t wait to get to Calabria.
“Avevo così tanta determinazione che avrei attraversato una montagna se l’avessi trovata davanti a me. Nessun ostacolo poteva fermarmi”.
If this is your first venture into the wonderful world of vegetable gardening, I highly recommend that you start small. A 5 x 5 foot plot of land is a manageable size for novice gardeners. If container gardening is a better option for you, begin with 3 to 6 pots and select vegetable varieties that will give you the most leaves, fruit or vegetables from a small area of soil.