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Abruzzo, a train from a fairy tale


December 4th, 2015

Abruzzo, a train from a fairy tale. Are you looking for a fascinating itinerary that will immerse you into the Christmas atmosphere? This year on the 5th of December the historic abruzzese train will leave the station of Sulmona and will follow the tracks of the Italian trans-Siberian stopping at Roccaraso and then Campo di... View Article

Traditional Abruzzese costume


November 13th, 2015

Traditional Abruzzese costume: wide and colorful Handkierchief in silk, cotton or wool with fringes. Handmade white long shirt in linen. Wide neckline decorated with crochet or with tombolo. Long and wide sleeves. Typical garment of the traditional abruzzese costume is a red-purple colored, rectangular rag that used to be winded up tightly to the body,... View Article

Musical instruments from Abruzzo


October 30th, 2015

“ddu ‘bbotte” from Teramo Among the musical instruments from Abruzzo I would like to mention the organetto (squeeze box) called “ddu ‘bbotte” in the local dialect. It is an instrument that goes with chants and dances during local festivals in the pretty abruzzese villages. The fun comes from the dialect term DDU BBOTTE incessant movement that the player makes opening and closing the bellows. In Abruzzo and Molise, especially in hilly... View Article

Punta Cavalluccio


October 7th, 2015

Here it comes, another well deserved day at the beach, this time in Punta Cavalluccio, Rocca San Giovanni (Abruzzo). Another day to lay out under the warm summer sun. The perfect day for some canoeing and a swim (well, not me, but I tried my best and basically enjoyed being safety in the water). Punta... View Article

Lunch at my nonni’s


October 4th, 2015

Back from the Amalfi coast we are ready to relax with my family in Abruzzo and what’s best than having a lunch at my nonni’s? Everyone needs a tranquil day to lay back, recharge and spend some time with the loved ones. After a lazy morning my husband and I stop by at my nonni’s... View Article

Ripari di Giobbe, Abruzzo seaside


September 16th, 2015

After four days in Jesolo with my in-laws it’s time for us to head south to sunny Abruzzo. A five hour drive, some rain on the way and the smile of my daddy to comfort us when we finally arrive at our destination. We enjoy a 5/6 course meal with him (completely vegetarian…he knows how... View Article

Spectacular Abruzzo: Punta Aderci


July 31st, 2015

On this cold winter day I wish I was here lying down on this incredible rocky beach in Abruzzo. My mum promised to take me here next time I go visit. This is hands down one of her favorite places in Italy: Punta Aderci and its Trabocchi. The Reserve of Punta Aderci covers an area... View Article

Fabulous maiolicas


June 9th, 2015

An absolute gem and one of my favourite regular stops in Abruzzo: the medieval town of Castelli and its fabulous maiolicas. Castelli is a comune in the province of Teramo, Abruzzo, included in the Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga National Park. The medieval hill town lies beneath Mount Camicia on the eastern side of the Gran Sasso Massif. Castelli is best... View Article

The ritual of snakes in Cocullo


May 15th, 2015

One of the most popular traditional feasts of Abruzzo, well-known also abroad, is undoubtedly the Feast of San Domenico in Cocullo, a small mountain village in the province of L’Aquila. The peculiar part of this feast is that the statue of San Domenico is covered with real snakes caught by locals called “serpari” (snake charmers).... View Article

Atelier Carria


April 17th, 2015

Atelier Carria, the name and signature. Maria, a friend and a very talented artisan. Our paths crossed last year when we had a chance to get to know each other in a deeper way in preparation of my wedding receptions in Italy. She is the mind and hands behind the little colorful bags of my... View Article

My darling Abruzzo


March 26th, 2015

Traditions in Abruzzo and how the passing of time has affected them. My mum’s love affair with Abruzzo. “Traditional festivals haven’t changed much with the passing of the years, with the exception of the simplest carousels and the children happy with just one balloon in their hands. I remember a traditional mask (la pupa) that... View Article

Master tailors


March 25th, 2015

Master tailors: nonno and nonna “I grew up with a needle in my hands, I could do needlepoint and jackets since a very young age. I remember when I was ten I would come to Pescara to take some fabrics with me, I would then go home and embroider them. With the money from the... View Article

Living in the countryside


March 16th, 2015

My mum tells us about her life in the Abruzzese countryside. “My name is Naira and I am a high school teacher of physics, I am 57 years old and live in a tiny village named Cavaticchi in Abruzzo. My love for the countryside comes from the long Sundays spent at my grandparents’ house, they... View Article

Modern time Italian artisans


March 11th, 2015

Bottega Artistica Italiana was born some years ago from a communal program of two good friends, Paola and Rita, two modern time Italian artisans. These two teachers felt the need of having a personal space and time to relax and share their passion for all handmade things. “Ours is a tiring job but also an... View Article

Memories of a lifetime


March 6th, 2015

My nonna remembers her childhood in the country village of Nocciano, Abruzzo. “Of my primary school years I remember going down in an underground room in the countryside, there was a torch to light up the room and keep us warm, my teacher was constantly drunk. I studied until I was 8 years old. I... View Article

Pasta made with love


March 4th, 2015

8th of March: International Women’s Day. I am going to make this one the month dedicated to the women in my life publishing posts about them and their lives. I love you all. In my life I have been lucky enough to meet and love my great grandmother; her name was Amalia. She lived till... View Article

Handmade traditional jewel: la Presentosa


February 4th, 2015

In 1894 Italian poet Gabriele D’Annunzio writes a brief description of the handmade traditional jewel: la Presentosa in his book “Il trionfo della morte” (The triumph of the death): “Portava agli orecchi due grevi cerchi d’oro e sul petto la presentosa: una grande stella di filigrana con in mezzo due cuori.” (“She was wearing two... View Article

Christmas games: vacanza italiana part three


January 16th, 2015

A white Christmas in Italy deserves some traditional Christmas games, and this year we couldn’t be the exception. A few days before New Year’s Eve we organized a game night with friends to get together around a table and laugh all night. We started with an unavoidable tombola (similar to Bingo), ours was the Neapolitan... View Article

Princess for one night: vacanza italiana part two


January 14th, 2015

After the intimate wedding that we had on the beautiful Island of Mauritius in October 2014 it came the time for us to go home and celebrate with family and friends. So in December last year Nicola (my husband) and I spent an amazing white Christmas in Abruzzo. The next day, Boxing day (and my... View Article

My romantic fairytale: vacanza italiana part one


January 12th, 2015

During the past Christmas holidays in Italy my husband and I had the pleasure to show to our Australian friends one of the highlights of my region: Santo Stefano di Sessanio. The village of Santo Stefano has been nominated one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. It is part of the Gran Sasso e... View Article

Traditional Italian sugar almonds for celebrations


November 2nd, 2014

I got married in Mauritius in October this year and at dinner on the wedding day my dad proudly showed up with a confection of Pelino confetti (sugar almonds), the well known candies from Abruzzo, the region where my family and I come from. I love him for taking care of me, always reminding me... View Article