In his 1865 book about the history of the local Grue family – which between the 17th and 19th centuries included many fine maiolica painters – expert Gabriello Cherubini wrote about the famous ceramics traditionally produced in Castelli, a beautiful medieval town in the province of Teramo: “It is a small town in the area of Teramo in Abruzzo, found...

New Mexico’s Italian community has lost a proud member and a good friend. The world has lost a prolific, creative spirit. Born in Gallup NM, Roger DiCamillo was an architect by trade and an artist by nature, with a gifted hand in nearly every medium from oil, watercolor and pastels to sculpture, pottery, lithography, glass and more. Roger held nume...

Dangle a paper cutout of Italy in the air, then slice it in half with a machete (horizontally; slightly angled). The cut will likely run along a line connecting Rome to Pescara. An excellent east-west highway connecting these cities (in two hours) passes wildly beautiful landscapes between the Tyrrhenian and Adriatic Seas. Most of this journey move...

Straddling the central Italian regions of Marche and Umbria, the National Park of the Sibillini Mountains protects the mountain chain of the same name, which includes the highest peak of the Umbria-Marche Apennines, the Monte Vettore (2476m), and the surrounding hilly landscape, dotted with medieval villages, castles and abbeys, farms and cultivate...

East of Rome, stretching from the Adriatic coast to the Apennine mountains, lies a region of Italy that has not yet inspired the same fervor in international tourists as some of its neighbors. Abruzzo, with a varied landscape that shines in the hyper-regional cooking of its provinces, is one of those lovely stretches of Italy that feels, somehow, u...

25 aprile 1945. Le ultime forze nazifasciste lasciano Milano e per tentare un’improbabile ritirata. Ancora qualche giorno e tutta l’Italia sarebbe stata liberata dalla morsa dell’occupazione tedesca e dalla sanguinosa guerra civile che era iniziata, di fatto, dopo alcune ore dall’armistizio dell’8 settembre 1943. Oggi, a distanza di 73 anni, l’Ital...

When Brendan McConville, an associate professor of music at UT, went to Italy on a Fulbright in 2016, he spent six months soaking up and recording the sounds of the country. During the program, he also translated those sounds into several original compositions based on the poetry of Gabriele D’Annunzio, the prized poet of the province of Abruzzo. T...

Abruzzo is a precious land for its position in our peninsula, a region that collects ancient traditions that draw the sense of identity and pride of its people. Today, more than ever, a sense of belonging has been re-evaluated in the light of what has happened in the territory due to the earthquakes that, after the earthquake that struck L'Aquila i...

La festa della Perdonanza Celestiniana, che si svolge ogni anno a L'Aquila, è la candidata italiana nella Lista rappresentativa del Patrimonio culturale immateriale. Promossa dall’Unesco dal 2003, la lista tutela le tradizioni, gli usi e i costumi delle comunità. Un’eredità intangibile ma altrettanto importante da salvaguardare, per evitare che si...

You might imagine an Italian Easter revolves around going to mass, exchanging chocolate eggs and sitting down to roast lamb. But there's more to it than that. In towns and cities across the country, Easter celebrations involve quirky traditions of sometimes mysterious origins. Here are some of the strangest, which you should definitely try to check...