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!
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
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
Ignore the Alps & head south to Aremogna, the preferred ski-destination for Romans & Neapolitans, where a budget family ski holiday doesn’t mean slumming it
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
The end of May sees 2 fantastic events for those wanting to explore deeper into the incredible wines that Abruzzo is now famous for across the globe.
A moist and light ricotta and chocolate lattice tart all the way from Manoppelo Abruzzo, home to Veronica’s Veil and Casale Centurione Country House
Alongside noted Italian journalists & Japanese bloggers it was humbling to receive a ‘Words of Wine’ award as European Blogger for promoting Abruzzo wines
If you’re looking for an affordable light & airy Abruzzo villa for your family to stay at whilst you hit the beach and explore Abruzzo’s famous mountain towns try Villa Adriatica
The Abruzzesi adore their baked fish,(Pesce al Cartoccio), and it varies in each of the 3 provinces that nudge its Adriatic coast
An Italian cooking holiday that creates a narrative of Abruzzo that embraces mountains and sea, and provides some authentic cooking experiences to take home from the 4 provinces
Scrabbling about for sweeties thrown by a feisty witch, walking around the village behind a big bass drum, dancing to polka, eating sausage pizza accompanied by soft fruity wines is just part of the experience of celebrating La Befana in our village in Abruzzo
Taking elements from both Abruzzo & Le Marche this dish is a fried heaven of lamb, battered vegetables, sweet custard fritters and olive all’Ascolana; these amazing olives are stuffed with meat, breaded and deep fried to crispy perfection
Tears that prick your eyes for the victims of an un-just earthquake are always harder when you’ve visited their hometown or village. What can you do to help
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
The tale of a small ancient Egyptian grain: hard & glassy like amber, nicknamed the ‘Pharaoh’s Wheat’ that flourished in Abruzzo post migration and genocide
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
Fara Filiorum Petri’s combustible victory re-enactment is breathtaking and loud, imagine 15 x 7 m high reed farchie interlaced with bangers being lit!
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
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
Not many Abruzzo sweets can boast being the favourite of Ignazio Silone, the region’s most famous author acclaimed for his Abruzzo Trilogy.
Abruzzo’s most famous rock face hermitage, dedicated to San Bartolomeo in Legio and just outside the town of Roccamorice, is a wonder!
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
Perhaps more than any other region we have studied so far, Abruzzo for me is all about the images
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
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
Autumn in Abruzzo begins in earnest in mid-October, down on its wine-growing hills, valleys and Adriatic beaches it’s still a temperate 24C mid-October
Brambles appear on every continent this Abruzzo Blackberry Ratafià recipe ensures that where ever in the world you’re based you can toast Italy’s rocky heart!
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 Italian cookery course specialising in piquant & healthy Abruzzo cooking with tours of local producers & Chef-led cookery sessions in an Abruzzo C18th palazzo
Blue on Blue means a carpet of speedwell in the olive groves competing with the sky as to who can chase the real blues away in Abruzzo till it’s officially Spring
Francavilla al Mare’s Carnevale d’Abruzzo had but 5 tractor-pulled floats but for sheer numbers of gappy smiles it shone like there is no tomorrow
How the Italian Renaissance love of bling picked-up the fortunes of Navelli in L’Aquila via the production of saffron, its precious red gold spice
Somebody described cherries as beautiful butterflies, you blink and they’re gone, hence Raiano’s seasonal sagra being utterly unique in Abruzzo’s sagre calendar
These rosemary crisps have become our beach snack bliss along with a glass or 2 of pear juice, here’s the recipe…
Furry things with four legs like wolves and bears get a lot more coverage in Abruzzo than this recent I Spy with my little eye a Wasp Spider
The Abruzzo poet Gabrielle D’Annunzio alongside his lover Hermione explore the spirit of a damp Abruzzo forest listening to the rain falling on the different trees and plants
Fancy a chance to watch two legendary hunks of rugged gorgeousness, George Clooney & Abruzzo, in action together three times??
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
Abruzzo’s coastal resorts are worth exploring in springtime; they’re less crowded and the weather is perfect for walking We asked Fossacesia resident, Pia De Simone to describe what to expect from the home of our favourite abbey at sunset San Giovanni in Venere.
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.
Defining ‘Abruzzo one of Italy’s poorest regions’ triggered tremors of consternation amongst many in Abruzzo who know & love the region
A common question concerning holidays in Abruzzo is what’s it like to take a break in Abruzzo in Autumn, we recommend controversial poet Gabriele D’Annunzio
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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
Want an uncrowded beach for the English August Bank Holiday but dread British coastal drabness. Come to Abruzzo!