Life in Abruzzo Food & Travel Guide

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

#MadeinAbruzzo Christmas

Such is the strong tradition of arts & crafts in Abruzzo it hosted 1/3 of Etsy’s Xmas fairs… we dip in to find some #MadeInAbruzzo Christmas Ideas

Abruzzo Economia Features LifeinAbruzzo

It’s always lovely to receive a little press, esp. when it’s a whole article on LifeinAbruzzo in the Christmas special of the magazine Abruzzo Economia

Christmas Markets in Abruzzo

Christmas markets in Abruzzo (Mercatini di Natale) are beautiful, short and sweet experiences that celebrate the Immaculate Conception which is a national holiday in Italy

My Nonni From Abruzzo – Lily Lapenna

Lily Lapenna MBE, founder of the youth social enterprise MyBnk recounts her Nonni (grandparents) and explores just what is ‘forte e gentile’

Autumn

Past Favourites

Cachi – Winner of Italy’s Most Beautiful Autumn Fruit

Cachi has to be Italy’s most aesthetically beautiful Autumn fruit.  Its soul-stirring leaves turn the most succulent shades of spotted pinks, reds & orange, which…

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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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Abruzzo’s Autumn Walking Colours via La Mascionara

Autumn in Abruzzo begins in earnest in mid-October, down on its wine-growing hills, valleys and Adriatic beaches it’s still a temperate 16C.  Toasted autumnal coats…

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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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Polenta Picnic at 1450 masl – Waiting for the Snow Festa

This Sunday festival of ‘Waiting for the Snow’ up at the Abruzzo ski resort of Prati di Tivo, 1450 masl in the Gran Sasso Mountains,…

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Navelli’s Saffron Queen and the Power of Bling

The contrast in colours from the 3 delicate red stigmas cloaked by purple petals on an Abruzzo Autumn day couldn’t be stronger; the saffron crocuses…

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Food & Wine

Recipes & Reviews

Pumpkin, Rosemary & Raisin Fritters

Yummy pumpkin fritters from Salina; the green pearl of Italy's Aeolian Islands, aromatic and plump with freshly snipped rosemary, juicy sweet raisins and rolled in cinnamon…

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Bistrot 900 – Giulianova’s Food Crescendo

Giulianova is better known for its Blue Flag beach than its seaside restaurants but Bistrot 900 is a new game-changer in the perception of modern…

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Pizzelle, Cancellate … Nonna’s Ugly Iron that Melts Hearts

An Abruzzese light and tasty must-try dish that rivals the region’s beloved arrosticini for fame are Pizzelle, Cancellate, Neole or Ferratelle depending on which of the provinces…

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