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).
It has been a riot, a rainbow, a pretty plethora of pigments on all my sea & mountain adventures over the last decade.
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
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
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
Somewhere beautiful & tranquil to recover from illness initially bought journalist Mike Durham to Abruzzo, now it’s olive trees, wines, walking & new friends
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
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…
Whilst Abruzzo can be infuriating for getting information it can be a joy delving & finding historical documents that dazzle & paint a picture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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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!