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Keeping a piazza alive in Italy’s small mountain towns and villages is no easy feat when stark statistics point to 15,000 threatened by depopulation. But sustainable steps can be taken that keep dreams and towns alive, like this neat initiative in the small town of Fontecchio (AQ).
Shepherds are expert weather watchers, but even they can be caught out in Abruzzo’s high pastures, here’s the story of one, Pupi Nunzio di Roio and a sculpture dedicated to him and the other risk bearing shepherds of Abruzzo
It has been a riot, a rainbow, a pretty plethora of pigments on all my sea & mountain adventures over the last decade.
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
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
There are so many places in Abruzzo worthy of a visit but you won’t read about them in the guide books. Yesterday I discovered Fano Adriano!
There are 66 Abruzzesi venues that will be opening their doors for free on 23rd March as part of FAI’s Spring Open Day that aims to preserve, promote and protect the region’s rich and beautiful cultural heritage
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!
With its fairytale views the super friendly Poggio Umbricchio is the Abruzzo town to snuffle out & sample the rare king of truffles, Autumn’s White Truffle
Intimate concerts held in some of the oldest and most beautiful Benedictine Abbeys in Abruzzo are featured in the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage and we have 2 pairs of tickets to win!
How to spend 24 hours in 24 Hours in Pescasseroli, capital town to Italy’s first and oldest national park & described by its most famous son and philosopher Benedetto Croce as being a place of fables and dreams
The characteristics historically used to define the Abruzzesi are ‘forte e gentile’ (strong &…
In Tagliacozzo you will see enough to fire your imagination, and if you have the time you can commence on a walk that will take you backwards through history
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.
Listen to a TV or Radio show with an Italian in it and you’d almost be surprised if he wasn’t called Tony, but do you know why or about Saint Anthony Abbot
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
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
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’
On the rare occasions of a heatwave in Abruzzo, who best manages to capture the feeling of inescapable heat when the temperatures nudge 40 C in the shade
Your chance to win tickets to see Michael Kenna’s ‘Abruzzo’ in Loreto Aprutino
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
A history lesson in slow food, abbey building & mountain spiritual hots spots courtesy of the Via Benedicti
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
Castelli’s pentacromia sounds more a term that should be in The Exorcist script than Italy’s most important ceramic town describing their hot baked palette
“Chi si fa pecorella, i lupi la mangiano”. Make yourself a sheep and the…
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
Bravo Bellante’s Dino Di Silvestre for his hand carved and whittled take on rural life
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
Do the names Macdonell, Atkinson and Canziani mean anything? These foreign pioneers are familiar and revered for those that crave material about their beloved Abruzzo
Abruzzo’s most famous rock face hermitage, dedicated to San Bartolomeo in Legio and just outside the town of Roccamorice, is a wonder!
This second exhibition of paintings and ancient sculpture from the Uffizi Gallery in Florence to be held in Santo Stefano di Sessanio is both a delight and enlightening.
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
Viewing Gessopalena’s shattered homes & memorial looking out at the fresh faced motherly Majella, you simultaneously view horror whilst seeing the beauty of freedom
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
Fontecchio has a scrummy host of adjectives that can be associated with it which is why it’s high in my Top 5 of un-missable medieval Abruzzo towns to visit
Stuart Haines’ fabulous second edition pocket-sized ‘Walking in Abruzzo’ guidebook that includes walks in the Maiella, and Gran Sasso national parks and the Sirente-Velino regional park leads the way in making Abruzzo accessible and enjoyable for even the novice walker
One of our NY based readers, bought this painting titled ‘Abruzzo’ but no one has yet been able to identify where it is, can you help? Reward on offer!
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
It’s not often that you can rave about a motorway with a view, but Abruzzo’s autostrada A24 that leads from Teramo to Rome is a special road with enchanting views
Picturesque Civita D’Antino – commanding views of the Simbruini & Ernici mountains, cool temperatures, great wine & once home to a Scandinavian painting school
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
Roccascalegna from a distance looks like a giant witch’s cloak rising up from the lush surrounding floor trying to break free of the Majella fencing it in
It’s always great hearing how people are helping individuals & communities recover from the L’Aquila earthquakein this case the Medici built Santo Stefano
With Pope John Paul II set to become officially “blessed” on the 1st of May it seemed an appropriate time to visit one of his most beloved Italian retreats
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!
Take a leap back into Abruzzo’s recent historical & sociological past through Azzinano’s emotive colourful blast via its unique open-air murals
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
The fortress at Civitella del Tronto, Italy’s highest fort and the last Bourbon bastion against Italian Unification that fell 20 March 1861
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
Castello Piccolomini’s quadrangular towers are one of those “can’t miss” sights as you drive around Abruzzo, worth a pop in especially its Marsica Museum
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.
The Wicker Man & Montezuma’s sacrificial Aztec fires popped into mind at first glance of Tossicia’s vast log pyramid ready to be lit in praise of San Antonio
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
Rocca Calascio’s crenelated turrets are particularly good to ramble around in Winter, when the snow & soft low light warms its grey stone bones
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
A riot of sculpted medieval expression isn’t a too common artistic phrase but one fully operational at Pescara’s church of San Tommaso deep in the Majella
Mediterranean Oil and Gas plc’s project to drill Ombrina Mare has been refused approval by Italian authorities, after protracted protests by residents
Going out of my way to see an assorted group of Italian bagpipers known as zampognari wasn’t something I ever imagined taking an afternoon out to do in Abruzzo
Fontecchio isn’t a place you’d expect to see Mussolini graffiti that makes you think you’ve come face to face with a surreal Banksy-style joke
For those who think confetti is a paper thing you throw at weddings the Pelino family’s Abruzzo variant is a little more organic and rather more tasty
“Location location location”, the phrase that so many George Clooney & The American buffs have been drooling with increasing volume & vigour this week
Many people whilst in Abruzzo have slept under a taranta, or under these brightly patterned blankets at their grandparents, who took them upon emigrating
Fancy a chance to watch two legendary hunks of rugged gorgeousness, George Clooney & Abruzzo, in action together three times??
The Oratorio of San Pellegrino in Bominaco next to the hillside pine-clad Romanesque church of Santa Maria Assunta is quite simply a beautiful wonder
For those that like to time travel, Albe Vecchia, Alba Fucens medieval neighbour is an opportunity to hop through the feudal remains of the Orsini Family
S. Pietro d’Albe is one Abruzzo church that epitomises that blend of bewitching natural setting with antiquity which Italy, the living museum, is so famous for.
Unlike so many of its famous cousins, Alba Fucens roman ruins allow you the freedom of being alone as you clamber & your imagination to fully run riot.
Carpineto Sinello’s Museo del Maiale (Pig Museum) is almost worth visiting just for the rolling vistas and technicolour fields up to this small, beautiful Chieti town
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
Take a road trip up into any of the high pastures in Abruzzo’s Majella, Gran Sasso & northern Mount Fiori mountains & you start counting the Tholoi
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?
Teramo’s Cathedral Santa Maria Assunta & San Bernardo, it’s positively Zen-like compared to some of the fleshier marble clad church interiors & worth a visit
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
Abruzzo provides an abundance of magnificent scenery, but one of the best for sunsets has to be Fossacesia’s San Giovanni in Venere Abbey in Chieti
Anton Corbijin, Director of George Clooney’s current film ‘The American’ that was shot in Abruzzo, has joined the environmental campaign ‘No Oil Abruzzo’
Ortona has a historical reputation of being fought for and bought; its recent oil fight was one of the reasons we visited this small Abruzzo port town in Chieti
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
What would a holiday in Italy be without a trip to an Olive Oil Museum; particularly one as interesting as the Loreto Aprutino’s Museo dell’olio in Abruzzo
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
The fortified market town of Capestrano is probably every Italian model town maker’s dream with lofty castle set in Abruzzo’s largest national park
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
Immortalised by such renowned photographers as Henri Cartier Bresson & Mario Giacomelli, Scanno is Abruzzo’s cultural hot-spot
Located in the heart of the city of Chieti stands the Cathedral of San Giustino, one of the most important religious buildings of Abruzzo
The National Museum of Abruzzo, housed in the magnificently imposing Forte or Castello Spagnolo, a 16th century fortress which dominates the centre of L’Aquila
Termocrìs is Old Greek for rugged, from which the ruined Abruzzo town & Castle of Ocre derives its name. A perfectly apt description…
Walking in Europe’s biggest parklands; a carpeted woodland of Abruzzo in winter is a scramble of textures & colours
Tossicia’s tiny antique church of S.Antonio Abate (St Anthony Abbot) may be small but it is like stumbling upon a chest of hidden treasure when you visit
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
The hill-side town of Castelli is home to one of Europe’s most renowned majolica products. Brightly hand-painted, these ceramic pieces of art are hugely popular
Buying and restoring a house in Italy via a mortgage is not something to consider if you don’t like stress, bureaucracy, and introspection
A short drive from one of our favourite places, Santo Stefano di Sessanio, is one of the oldest standing forts in Italy, the spectacular Rocca Calascio
En route to ski resort Prati di Tivo is another of the wonderful hill-side medieval towns that Abruzzo does so well – Pietracamela
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
Our June Abruzzo roadtrip from Bascianella to Aragno was one of those experiences when the journey is better than the destination
An experience not to be missed by anyone visiting Abruzzo has to be the amazing village Santo Stefano di Sessanio on the edge of the Campo Imperatore plain
Civitella del Tronto, a 16th century town that grew up at the time of the Spanish domination of the area, around the magnificent Bourbon fortress
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!