Life in Abruzzo Food & Travel Guide

All about Abruzzo food & travel in a cherry-picked fashion

Autumn...

Eating the Arcobaleno – Navelli’s Rainbow Pot

Beyond its donkey palio, Navelli in L’Aquila is famous to ‘gastros’ the world over for two autumn crops that enjoy its rich dark sticky soil.…

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Chasing the Chestnut at Senarica

Needin’ the nuts? We’d recommend the chestnut festa in Senarica di Crognaleto, Abruzzo! An event that displays that huge difference between the natural foodie, for…

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Autumn in Abruzzo – Bounty, Beauty & Bereavement

A common question concerning holidays in Abruzzo is what’s it like to take a break in Abruzzo in Autumn?  Being British the temptation is to…

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Helping Amatrice: Spaghetti All’Amatriciana, #VirtualSagra +

Stunning Amatrice was listed as one of Italy’s most beautiful historic hillside towns with good reason and unlike some of its neighbouring Apennine towns, whose entire populations wintered and worked on the coast or Rome it remained alive in the winter.  We’ve made a few food pilgrimages via the short trip up and across Lago Campotosto to the town over the past 12 years.   Lost Loved Ones, Possessions, Home,

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The Secret Inside a Shepherd’s Bag

The secret treats that an Abruzzese shepherd keeps in his bag

Food & Wine

Saragolla – Abruzzo’s Blonde Egyptian Queen

Ingredients… time-old cheerleaders for free passage, trade and export This particular tale is of a small ancient Egyptian grain: hard and glassy like amber with…

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Bocconotti Montoriesi – Abruzzo’s Seductive Spirit Boasting Pastries

Bocconotti Montoriesi are seductive rustic pastries that celebrate Abruzzo’s most acclaimed harvests around the former Roman small town of Montorio Val Vomano in Teramo.  (more…)

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Tipple But Never Topple – Abruzzo’s Liqueurs

Abruzzo's aromatic liqueurs, namely its digestifs or amari, enjoy a fabled reputation for their complex, aged flavours... (more…)

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Places & Sights

Calascio – The Town with a Fable and La Rocca

"Chi si fa pecorella, i lupi la mangiano". Make yourself a sheep and the wolves will eat you.     People have been sheltering and…

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Learning how to Lasso the Moon in Abruzzo

How do you lasso the moon? A great vocab builder from one of the mural facades on the houses in Azzinano in Abruzzo in a…

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Free Kids Ski-Pass for Roccaraso’s Uncrowded Slopes

Roccaraso's slopes are famously uncrowded even at weekends when they get a little bit more traffic with Romans and Neapolitans coming to take advantage  of ski-ing…

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Life & Culture

Castelli’s Pentacromia Hot Baked Palette

Pentacromia sounds like something that should be in the script of The Exorcist rather than a term used for Castelli ceramics, but regardless of such…

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Halloween, All Saints & Remembering the Dead in Abruzzo

Here in Abruzzo Italy, rather than the seemingly ubiquitous Halloween celebrations the magic of Autumn is celebrated on the 1st & 2nd November by reflecting…

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Flowers to Cut Madness

Who needs a bouquet of flowers when a sprig from an elderly neighbour, a single daisy or RaRa flower from your toddler can say something…

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#OvertheBorder

Helping Amatrice: Spaghetti All’Amatriciana, #VirtualSagra +

Stunning Amatrice was listed as one of Italy’s most beautiful historic hillside towns with good reason and unlike some of its neighbouring Apennine towns, whose…

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Uncovering Ciociaria & Slow Food in the Shoes of St Benedict

Ciociaria’s new St Benedict's Way (Il Cammino delle Abbazie - Via Benedicti) is a wonderful journey for those heading to Rome from Abruzzo by way…

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Candelara’s Light & Christmas Cheer – Italy’s Unusual Christmas Market

One Italian Christmas market that stands out as more festival than its traditional market rivals is that hosted by  the stunning fortified town of Candelara

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Bostrengo – No Ordinary Little Rice Cake from Le Marche

Bostrengo is a winter rice cake from Le Marche that is scrumptious served as a sweet pick-me-up when you wake to a cold damp squib…

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Rosemary & Raisin Pumpkin Fritters – Aeolian Roof Raisers

Yummy pumpkin fritters from Italy's Aeolian Islands’ green pearl Salina are aromatic and plump with fresh chopped rosemary, raisins and rolled in cinnamon spiced sugar

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Colapesce’s Tale of Love & Heroism

Why is Sicily's brave marine boy Nicola di Messina nicknamed Colapesce  featured as the cornerstone of L'Aquila's most famous fountain?

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