The goings on in and around Bridgend

Archive for tag: Celts

What’s Wales’ connection with Italy?

Way back in the days when coal was being mined in Wales, many unemployed Italians made their way over here from Tuscany to find work. Many did actually work in the mines, but most brought with them their catering and hospitality skills until every town and valley in South Wales had a local 'Bracchi' shop (Coffee Bar). Today the ancestors of those intrepid travellers still live in Wales and consider themselves Welsh Italians, and still offer superb cuisine and hospitality. It helps to know that the origins of the Celts can be traced back to the mountains of Switzerland, Austria and Northern Italy, so the personality of the two nations is very similar. One difference though is that South Wales gets more average sunshine than Northern Italy….isn't that fascinating?