We invited the author behind ‘Abruzzo in Festa’, Omerita Ranalli to answer some questions on the history of community celebrations in Abruzzo posted by our readers on social media
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Forgotten people, brushed over murders, it’s time to wake up and remember the human cost of extremes
It takes an act of courage to accept that one’s land does not offer possibilities for the future and leave it . But we also need courage – let’s say gall – despite everything to decide to stay – or come back – and try to change things even when the system does not help
Here are 24 surprises to do, taste, experience and expect from a holiday to Abruzzo. They were originally created for the 2018 #AbruzzoAdventCalendar on the Facebook Page, we’ll create another for 2019!
The characteristics historically used to define the Abruzzesi are ‘forte e gentile’ (strong &…
We called him Pop-Pop, not the traditional Nonno. His kind nature endeared him to the Main Line ladies and staff in an era when Italians were looked down upon as second-class citizens.
An inspiring list of the top 15 books about Abruzzo compiled with the help of 3 Abruzzophile book-loving friends; these titles encompass art, food & drink, travel, history, fiction
Lily Lapenna MBE, founder of the youth social enterprise MyBnk recounts her Nonni (grandparents) and explores just what is ‘forte e gentile’
The landscape photographer Michael Kenna tells us about the region he discovered whilst photographing his book ‘Abruzzo’
Help Save Otto and the Aventino River in exchange for dinner, rafting and holiday in Abruzzo Italy
The secret treats that an Abruzzese shepherd keeps in his bag
There is a sense of freedom in Abruzzo that is incredibly rare and is best appreciated without a strict itinerary. Laurence Vannicelli reveals a few of his favourite abruzzo things
Easter in Abruzzo in a simple snapshot: exploring its ceremonies and processions over the revered holy weekend and recipes eaten locally to welcome spring and take on the first picnic of the year
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 more
Sweetness reigns when you do the walk, your morning lap, giro, passeggiata around the village as a toddler in a sleepy rural village in Abruzzo Italy
Only 1.3k people of Abruzzo’s 1.3 million population have endorsed its local bear charity: help build awareness where locals are failing Abruzzo’s bears
Un Viaggio nel tempo Abruzzo, an engaging photographic companion to Estella Canziani’s elusive 1st edition Through the Apennines and the lands of the Abruzzi
When I was a young girl, I loved visiting Salle, it was probably the only place on Earth where I could walk down the street without my mom’s firm grip on my hand
Abruzzo’s bears new fighting chance with the Careful Bears on the Road Campaign by their new champion Salviamo l’Orso (Save the Bears) assocation
Foodie and travel blogger Alessia Odoardi from Castelnuovo Vomano in the Teramo Province tells us a few of her favourite Abruzzo things
Abruzzo’s Instagram community organised a walk in L’Aquila on 15 December capturing the city’s stagnancy or restoration since the 2009 earthquake, take your pick!
Somewhere beautiful & tranquil to recover from illness initially bought journalist Mike Durham to Abruzzo, now it’s olive trees, wines, walking & new friends
My grandfather, Luigi Carmine Guanciale left Collelongo the province of L’Aquila Italy when he was 17, and arrived in the US on March 13, 1905 my birthday
The best of Abruzzo from Janet who lives in Civitaquana with her husband & furkids consisting of 6 chickens, 5 cats, 3 dogs and 1 resident kestrel, called Kevin
Hand-tied is a good way to describe the after effects of an earthquake. Although you feel incredibly lucky that your house is still standing, you can never be too far removed from someone who physically suffered.
Terribly sad news that our Bascianella neighbour Domenico passed away yesterday, regular readers of this blog will know him through our posts and that the blog is dedicated to him and his wife…
Finding Valentino, four seasons in my father’s Italy by Angela Di Sciascio is the perfect read for those planning to take a trip & rediscover their Abruzzo roots
Whilst Abruzzo can be infuriating for getting information it can be a joy delving & finding historical documents that dazzle & paint a picture
Abruzzo’s last unharnessed river, the Aventino faces being reduced to a trickle through new hydo-electric plans
Two new Italian taxes that will be like an icy wind down the back of anyone with Italian Residency that owns a property or has a nest egg in their native lands
Joshua Lawrence’s ‘Favourite Abruzzo Things’, a US State Dept Economic Specialist & author of Carbonara, who lived in L’Aquila until displaced to Pescara
Prime Minister Monti ‘s cabinet approved austerity package began the first of its debtates today, how will it affect ex-pats, holidaymakers & Italians?
A Few of My Favourite Abruzzo Things by Jacqui Dixon co-founder of the new small campsite, ‘Kokopelli Camping’ set in Serramonacesca in the province of Pescara
Mezza Italiana is an autobiography & travel book deliciously intertwined which crosses Australia and Italy’s Abruzzo namely to Fossa in L’Aquila
Time to learn ‘A Few of My Favourite Abruzzo Things’ by Noel McCarthy, the Irish author of the blog AboutAbruzzo, whose holiday home is in Loreto Aprutino
Uncovering ‘A Few of My Favourite Abruzzo Things’ by Sergio Pomante who lives just outside Teramo at La Grande Quercia B&B
Bomba is still threatened by Forest Oil Corporation’s ticking oil time-bomb wielded by the silent and still undecided Italian National & Abruzzo Regional govts
It exceeded our expectations & comments of well thumbed already abound … enter our Walking in Abruzzo guidebook competition to win a copy
An unexpected & romantic surprise on our Abruzzo holiday was renewing our marriage vows: 100 years after my grandparents first got married here in Santo Stefano
Guidebooks to Abruzzo are notorious in their absence, especially in English, Abruzzo instead making at best a slim appearance in general guides to Italy
Our neighbour’s Nonna died today aged 92. An alternative condolence is tonight’s dancing fireflies whose colourful light always bring an eternal smile. RIP
It’s always great hearing how people are helping individuals & communities recover from the L’Aquila earthquakein this case the Medici built Santo Stefano
Abruzzo, with its amazingly varied terrain incorporating protected National Parks, mountains, valleys, beaches and forests, is an excellent region for exploring by foot at a rambler or hiking pace
Our fight to keep the low quality sticky oil under Abruzzo’s seismic mountains, plains and coastline continues but we need a little bit of a helping hand!
Earthquakes bring destruction they shouldn’t be allowed to bring the end of civilisation too. 2 years after the L’Aquila earthquake individual helping hands sought
Here’s a very small tribute to the 60 dogs that drowned when left unsupervised in an animal shelter up in Alba Adriatica that had inadequate drainage in the recent flooding
Anton Corbijn’s 2010 film The American, set in Abruzzo and starring George Clooney, was slow to get released in the UK for some reason, so apologies if this review seems somewhat dated now.
Italy’s Christmas witch La Befana brewed a day of laughter & festivity in L’Aquila today, as the Epiphany Market was held in preparation for her visit tonight
Walking alongside bear & wolf trails won’t soon be an option in the Fioio Valley if proposed road building commences by the Lazio town of Camerata Nuova
Mediterranean Oil and Gas plc’s project to drill Ombrina Mare has been refused approval by Italian authorities, after protracted protests by residents
“Location location location”, the phrase that so many George Clooney & The American buffs have been drooling with increasing volume & vigour this week
Fancy a chance to watch two legendary hunks of rugged gorgeousness, George Clooney & Abruzzo, in action together three times??
48,810 still can’t go home to L’Aquila after earthquake. We asked poet & author Denysé Bridger to provide another perspective
We were delighted to assist Breaking Bread in L’Aquila return to its roots this weekend with its official launch in Abruzzo’s hill-top town of Santo Stefano
There has been a lot of demonstrating in Abruzzo recently against the central Italian government, now it’s Abruzzo’s fight to stop oil drilling in the region
L’Aquila remembered. Sofia, aged 12, recently wrote this letter to a classmate that she lost forever that night. She used to live in the downtown area of L’Aquila.
Breaking Bread in L’Aquila is a perfect Italian cookbook for those lacking a “nonna” to pass down mouth-watering, fresh & zingy recipes of L’Aquila & the south
It’s just 5 days short of 11 months since the L’Aquila earthquake & frustration is growing over delays of the clear up and start of the rebuild
A review & photographic journey of Anne MacDonell’s 1907 book ‘In the Abruzzi’ to see what has changed in 100 years.
How do you capture the essence of life in Abruzzo? Is it the people that live here, the animals, its hill-top villages & towns or the Adriatic & mountains?
Defining ‘Abruzzo one of Italy’s poorest regions’ triggered tremors of consternation amongst many in Abruzzo who know & love the region
It has taken us a year to get it, but we finally have an ADSL connection courtesy of Telecom Italia in the depths of the Abruzzo’s Gran Sasso Mountains
Anton Corbijin, Director of George Clooney’s current film ‘The American’ that was shot in Abruzzo, has joined the environmental campaign ‘No Oil Abruzzo’
December’s Copenhagen Environment Summit is fast approaching, as is the year 2010 and the battle to halt the oil giants’ proposed carve-up of Abruzzo
Life in Abruzzo have created a set of Christmas cards to raise money Bascianella whose church was damaged after the L’Aquila earthquake of April 2009
Following the Art for L’Aquila auction held at the Italian Cultural Institute in London we have now raised a total of nearly £4,000 from the auction
One of the unsold Abruzzi artists from ‘Art for L’Aquila’, Andrea Ciccotelli has dropped the price on his limited edition photographic print to just £350
Art for L’Aquila created by the Minerva Art Project cordially invites you to the Italian Cultural Institute to a L’Aquila fundraising exhibition and auction
For those of you full of enthusiasm to help L’Aquila but who can’t quite afford the €1000 per ticket for the Ferrari Auction try ‘Art for L’Aquila’
Wow, everyone’s donations to the International Red Cross Appeal for L’Aquila means they are almost halfway to the amount needed to provide full support
You’ve made your personal donation to victims of the L’Aquila earthquake what next, rebuilding L’Aquila & her Abruzzo hill-top villages is a long-term project
How You Can Help L’Aquila & the Little Mountain Villages: sadly the death toll has risen to 294 and homeless people living in tents stands at 17,000
Following last night’s earthquake in our nearest city of L’Aquila we’d like to send our sympathy to the beautiful people of L’Aquila and her small villages
After buying a wreck in Abruzzo, most people’s next decision is whether to appoint a geometra or architect to carry out the restoration
A lot of people have asked us why when we have gone to the trouble of buying an Italian holiday home didn’t we go the whole hog and do the land & pool thing
Buying and restoring a house in Italy via a mortgage is not something to consider if you don’t like stress, bureaucracy, and introspection
Oh what treasures both Food & Memories of Abruzzo and Anna Teresa Callen are! Whenever feeling cold & grey we grab this book to rekindle Abruzzo tastes
Are you in the process of talking to Abruzzo estate agents to buy a property in Abruzzo, Italy’s green & pleasant land? Don’t be led up the garden path…
If you are planning to restore a property in Italy which currently does not have mains gas make sure that you get your application in to ENEL Gas quick!
October in Abruzzo, still Autumn but cold. Skies that held a low warm sun in the day, twinkled with stars at night and arrived with a sharp morning frost
Our local town hall in Colledara lists Bascianella as having 92 residents, most who have silvery hair, false teeth and aching hips but all manage to still farm!
If you’re considering buying a house in Abruzzo adapting a few of our tried & tested lines would be good to convince friends & family that you aren’t mad!