Each June, Nunzio Marcelli gathers his flock of 1,300 sheep and leaves his home near the medieval village of Anversa degli Abruzzi in the Apennine Mountains of central Italy. Walking some 30 miles over three days, 65-year-old Marcelli, his shepherds, and a few guests curious about this region’s traditional way of life herd the animals to an alpine...

We are in the municipality of Roccamorice, a few steps from another hermitage, that of Santo Spirito a Majella, here it is located on a rocky spur of about 50 meters at 700 m above sea level in the Majella, the hermitage of San Bartolomeo. The history of its foundation must be traced back to the Middle Ages. The hermitage is prior to the 11th centu...

I bought my house in a small mountain village in Abruzzo 12 years ago but I still can’t get enough of the views that I see from my balcony: in the south, majestic snow-capped peaks of the central Apennines, to the east – a turquoise stretch of the Adriatic Sea, in between – olive groves and picturesque old towns scattered over the green hilltops. ...

ROCCASCALEGNA IS A SMALL VILLAGE in the Majella region of Abruzzo in central Italy. The village, thought to be founded by the Lombards around 600, sits at the foot of the impossibly-built Castle of Roccascalegna. This extraordinary fortress is perched on the edge of a massive basalt cliff, and was likely built to guard the Secco Valley below. The r...

Italy is a treasure chest of wonders and, as everyone knows, it is also the country with the highest percentage of biodiversity in the world. A fundamental role in preserving this treasure of nature are the nature reserves. In this regard, the Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga National Park established in 1991, one of the three national parks in Abruzz...

È online il bando del Consiglio regionale degli abruzzesi nel mondo per gli “Interventi a favore degli abruzzesi nel mondo – annualità 2020” - Piano di sostegno regionale ai Progetti che vedono protagoniste le Confederazioni, Federazioni e Associazioni iscritte nelle due Sezioni dell'Albo Regionale. Come deliberato nella seduta Ordinaria Annuale de...

When asking a friend what time you should meet for lunch, she may say ‘a mezzogiorno’ – at midday, at noon, or at 12pm.  However, when Italians use the word ‘il Mezzogiorno’, they are not always be talking about lunchtime. Instead they could be referring to the southern area of Italy, including the regions Abruzzo, Molise, Campania, Puglia, Basilic...

A national monument since 1902, the Basilica in Collemaggio de L’Aquila, outside the city walls on the hill of the same name, is one of the best examples of Abruzzo’s architecture. The church was built in 1288 by Pietro da Morrone, who would become pope as Celestine V only six years later. It has protected its founder’s mortal remains since 1327. T...

The majestic Forte Spagnolo, also known as Castello Cinquecentesco, is a castle in L’Aquila, Abruzzo. It is a classic example of military architecture but was never used in battle, and became instead the residence of the Spanish governor in the 17th century, later housing French soldiers in the 1800s and German troops during the Second World War oc...

Visiting the National Museum of Abruzzo (or MunDA) means immersing yourself in the thousand-year history of one of the quietest, most reserved and at the same time hospitable regions of Italy. A region characterized by the wonders of nature and good food could only have very deep cultural roots, explicitly visible in the different rooms of this mus...