Retire Overseas Conference Orlando 27th / 30th of August

Conference Live and Invest Overseas – 
Orlando 27th / 30th of August 2017

This year ARP will participate to the annual conference of Live and Invest Overseas in Orlando, Florida. More info.

Habitable country house with land and olive grove, Molise.

Country house of 190 sqm, surrounded by 1 hectare of olive grove. Poggio Sannita, Molise, Italy.

Country house of 190 sqm, surrounded by 1 hectare of olive grove. Poggio Sannita. 70.000 €. View Property.

Restored 200 year old stone 132 sqm villa close to Palmoli, Italy.

Restored 200 year old stone 132 sqm villa surrounded by one hectare of land close to Palmoli, Abruzzo.

Beautiful restored old stone villa with one hectare of land, four bedrooms and four bathrooms. 185.000 €. View Property.

Beautiful villa with sea view. Montenero di Bisaccia. Molise.

Beautiful villa with breath-taking view of the Adriatic sea, Majella mountain and rolling hills. Molise, Italy.

Beautiful villa. 370 sqm of habitable space surrounded by 1.500 sqm garden. 350.000 €. View Property.

Life in Abruzzo. Events and Traditions.

This blog promotes life style in Abruzzo and Molise regions. Events, festivals, traditions and many others interesting, funny and useful tips about Abruzzo and Molise.

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Festivals, traditions and food in Abruzzo and Molise

Festivals and folklore, customs and traditions, heritage, culture, entertainments, food and wine from Abruzzo and Molise regions.

Dairy La Fonte Nuova, traditional cheese from Casacalenda in Molise region

Scamorza Cheese      Truffle Cheese      Primosale Cheese

 Brave man Mr Giovanni Nomaro; In 2000 he decided to start a dairy in Casacalenda, in Molise region. His dream was to produce fresh cheese, mainly pasta filata cheese, “spun paste”, like mozzarella, although Molise had not any tradition of mozzarella making...

Cheese with Truffle Fresh Cheese Caciocavallo Cheese

Since then, the dairy has started to collect prizes and rewards in Italy and abroad, the walls of Giovanni's shop are now filled with prizes won by his dairy products, all produced with the highest quality standards.

Cheese factory in Molise Dairy Factory Molise La Fonte Nuova Dairy in Molise

The cheese is produced only with fresh local milk, the milk used is raw in order to confer unique flavors to the dairies. Giovanni’s cheese is the result of his region, his land, genuine and natural without any type of preservative.

Mature Cheese Scamorza Cheese Chilly Cheese Spun Paste Cheese
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A few week ago I have found a picture in Pinterest, the title was: A DESCRIPTION OF APRUTIUM, NOW CALLED ABRUZZO, APPEARING ON THE BACK OF A MAP DATED 1590, from Donald Hall's 1956 book, "Eagle Argent"; I felt immediately very interested. I tried to read it, but it was too small and some of the words were completely unreadable. I printed the document to try to decipher it, but it has been hard because the file was badly scanned and many of the words were missed up and badly spelt. I have done a search to prove all the Latin names, those at least are right. Below the text I have managed to transcribe.

If someone has some suggestion or comment, I would be glad to hear them!

A description of Aprutium, now called Abruzzo, appearing on the back of a map dated 1590.

from Donald Hall's 1956 book, "Eagle Argent".

In the kingdom of Naples there is a province which they call Abruzzo, the Latin’s anciently named it, Aprutium: why it was so called, as it is uncertain, so that it took not his name of the Bruy, as someone have been of opinion. I make no question.

Some there are which think it so named Ab Aprus of Bores, for that country being forestry and full of woods, it swarmed with wild hogged: other name do derive it ab asperitate montis apennini, from the peaks of the mount Apenninus, which here in this tract is very hideous, steep and high. The greater and better sort of writers do believe that in it some part of the ancient name of Praetutium as yet remain.

For Scipione Mazzella, the Samnites, (and amongst them the Praetutium) the Peligni, Marsicans, Forestum, Vestini, Marsi, and Albenses, have formerly inhabited these places.

It is bounded at this day on the North side, by the Hadriaticke sea; on the West by the river Tronto, anciently called Truentus; On the East, by Fortore, in old time named Fronto; Upon the South it has the mount Apenine although in some places it stretches itself beyond the same.

This province Alphonsus thestout king of Aragon, divided into two parts, Abruzzo the nether, and Abruzzo the higher. Abruzzo the higher, which we have described apart by itself, is severed from the nether by the river Pescara, which old writers called Aternu. Scipione Mazzella in his curious description of the kingdom of Naples, affirmed that this country is by situation and nature of the place, very strong and inhabited by a stout and sturdy nation; and the soil is very fertile of wines and Cattell.

The chief cities of it are: Aquila, Interamnia or Teramo, Amatrice, Atri, Penne: and long since here have stood Amiterno and Fisconio, both now defaced, yet of their ruins and after is raised Aquila some few miles off, built upon the top of an hill, as Velateran and others have written. This city arise  in a place most fertile of all things necessary: so that the Cabbadges here (caulis capucci, they call them) do often weigh, as Mazella reported, sometime thirty, sometime forty pound; In Amiternos fertile fields we went and spend our days. The fields before the cities, do yield such great plenty of Saffron, that thereof yearly they make 40000 ducats. Here is once a year kept a great Faire. It had 110 Churches. Near this city, as Blondus said, is a stone under which runs a stream of oil, which they call oile of peter, or Petroleum: and is desired and fought for many, but of the Aleman’s and Hungarian it is more esteemed than the Italians.

The fame authors recorded that the country people shewed him a Pear-tree  growing upon an hill not far from the head of the river Pescara, or Aterno, shooting up in such a sort that the water falling upon it, divided itself into three parts which became three great rivers, Velino, Tronto, and Pescara running in three divers ways. Aterno in former times a goodly city, famous in histories and the native country of Salus the noble Historian can hardly be discerned where it stood: yet, Blondus said that they do yet threw some pieces of the Theatre, Temples, and Turrets. Mazella affirmed that there yet do remain the Temple of Saturne, the tomb of Thrugìfus daughter and a triumph of the Samnities engraved in marble, a memorial of the happy victory obtained against of the Roman army. Teramo long since called Intersonia, for that it is situate between three rivers, Fiumicello, Trentino and Vitiole, is the head city of this province whose Bishop is graced with many titles and dignities and the lord of the soil is called by the name of the Duke of Teramo, Adria the ancient colony of the Romans, is now called Atri. Some do think that the Emperor Hadrian was born here and of it took his name, as also the Hadriaticke sea, now called Mare Supersum, the higher sea, the Gulf or bay of Ve… F…. sometime had been a famous bishoptick whose bishops are often mentioned in the Councils and Synods held 800 years since, at Rome or other places in Italy. At this day, only some small mention is to be seen of it for it was destroyed by the Lombardes and the Bishops sea was by Pope Alexander the fourth, from thence translated into Aquila. The arms of this country as Mazella wrote is an Eagle argent crowned, standing upon three mounts or in afield Azore. He has desired to understand more of this country let him to the forenamed authors, who I doubt not will satisfy him to the full.  

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 A suggestive festival is held every year in Agnone, in Molise region; the festival is called La N’docciata and it takes its origin from the pagan rite of the fire. In the past, hundreds and hundreds of years ago, the shepherds of this area used to build big torches made of wood. The roots of the festival go back even before the time of the ancient Romans. This area was the home of the Samnite tribes.

Traditional Christmas festival in Agnone, La N’docciata

The torches had a conic hard wood structure filled with brushwood. This type of structure allowed the shepherds to carry the torches on their shoulders when they had to walk in the countryside during the night. The structure also permitted the fire to burn for long time; therefore, the torches were a source of light and a source of heat for the shepherds during the long, cold winter’s nights. The tradition is also related to the pagan rite of the light.

Long torches, made with slats of fir, dried broom and strings
 

Nowadays, the festival is held twice a year, the evening of the 8th of December that in Italy is a Catholic festivity, and the evening of the 24th of December. This is the traditional date, on the Eve night. The second, the 8th of December, became famous on 1996 when it was performed in Piazza San Pietro for the Pope. La N’Docciata is now a big event, with several dozens of torches carried by men wearing traditional shepherd’s clothes.

Dozens of torches carried by men dressed in traditional costumes

The torches formed by just a single cone are normally carried by teen-age kids. The bigger torches formed by two, three or even fourteen cones are carried by adults. The procession is very impressive.

Ndocciata, an ancient Christmas festival celebrated in Molise, Italy

The torches parade strolls along the main road of the Agnone, from the northern side of the village up to the main cathedral. The closing ceremony is held in Piazza del Plebiscito, where what is left of all the torches end up in a giant bonfire of brotherhood.

La N’Docciata, ritual of fire

The village is all decorated with Christmas lights, Christmas trees and shops adorned for the festivity seasons. La N’Docciata of Agnone is a pagan tradition that nowadays embrace the Christmas celebrations and the winter season. A few years ago, La N’Docciata has been awarded the title of Italian Heritage of Tradition.

La N’Docciata, Italian Heritage of Tradition
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An alternative to car or motorbike? Ape 50!!

If you come to Abruzzo you will many of these little, cute vehicles, sometime in bright colours and funny details.

Ape 50, Italy traditional vehicle

The classic Italian vehicle that is versatile, adaptable, handy and yet cute and stylish. The Ape 50 is one of the smallest vehicles on the world nevertheless, it can be loaded up to 205 km. With Ape 50 it is possible to drive in very narrow step roads, like in the historic centres of many Italian villages, in country side dirt roads and even in the city centre.

Ape furgone

To drive Ape 50 is not necessary a car driving license, it is enough a motorbike license and it is possible to drive it from the age of 14.

Ape 50, Italy traditional vehicle

Ape 50 costs only 5.000,00 euro including VAT and the insurance is nothing compared to a normal car.

The best thing about Ape 50 is that it is possible to personalise it in so many different and funny way.

Ape 50, Italy traditional vehicle
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