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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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Italian hill town of Tufillo in Abruzzo

 Retiring to Abruzzo is ideal for those who are looking for a quiet retirement. This region, where the north of Italy meets the south, is one of the most beautiful in the country, is very unspoiled and has beautiful countryside to offer as well as a wealth of leisure facilities. The region looks ancient with its Medieval towns clinging to hillsides and tucked into hidden crevices in forgotten peaks. The inland part of the region is home to many small towns and villages and property is very reasonably priced there. Most of the towns in the region are not large and have a good mix of traditional living and modern life, as good shopping facilities and leisure amenities. Many of the buildings are centuries old, but there are also some new developments.

All inland towns and villages offer a continuous calendar of events like historical pageants, patron saint festivals, open-air dances, folklore performances, concerts and culinary stands. Every season of the year, every city and town sees in Abruzzo a never-ending succession of traditional festivities and folkloristic celebrations, which engage whole communities. The origins of these rituals are often very ancient, and in them genuine Christian devotion and pagan worship have been blended together from time immemorial.

Tufillo is a small Mediaeval village perched on top of a hill, in Abruzzo region, immersed in nature. It is located at an altitude of 557 meters and it counts about 400 inhabitants. It is a very peaceful and quiet place, ideal for those who want to relax. People here are friendly and hospitable.

Street in Tufillo, province of Chieti, Abruzzo
Church of St. Giusta in Tufillo, Abruzzo
Roman fountain in Tufillo, Abruzzo region

Tufillo is situated at 28 km from the Trabocchi coast in the Adriatic coast and from the motor way A-14. The ski slope of Roccaraso is just one hour away. The closest train station is Vasto–San Salvo situated at 30 km from Tufillo. The train station is linked to Pescara where the Abruzzo airport is situated.

Tufillo has prehistoric origins, confirmed by many remains of buildings in its territory and the discovery of archaeological finds. The historic town center goes back to the Middle Age. Here there are many stone buildings and old monuments such as the main church of Santa Giusta, built in 1758 and connected to the marquis Bassano Palace, or the small church of San Vito. The square, Piazza Fuori Porta, is a meeting place for the inhabitants and the center of the social life of the village. Here we find a bar, a delicatessen and the pharmacy. Everything in Tufillo is within walking distance, such as the post office, shops and the traditional market where you can buy meat, fish and fresh fruit and vegetables. In the Palace of Marquis of Bassano, now the headquarter of the municipal office, there is an Archaeological Museum where you can find the “Key of the goddess Herentas”, dating back to the V century BC, which displays a dedication to Herentas, the Oscan counterpart of Venus (herettates súm agerllúd: “I belong to Herentas [and was given] by Agerllu”). The Oscan is an extinct Indo-European language of southern Italy and was spoken by a number of tribes, including the Samnites, an ancient Italic people who lived in Samnium, in south-central Italy.

Key of the goddess Herentas

According to a legend, the ancient village was situated on the mount Farano and an invasion of huge ants forced the inhabitants to move further down. In fact, on the Mount Farano are the ruins of an ancient settlement and they have been investigated by archeologists during the last years.

Tufillo is rich in old traditions with pagan origins mixed with catholic beliefs. The main event is “the Farchia”: on Christmas Eve, the young men of the village make a big heavy bundle of wood, which is around 20 meters long, and transport it through the streets of the old town, by their hands, stopping only at some points set up with cakes and wine. From the church of St. Vito to the main church of St. Giusta the journey continues until midnight, when the wood is blessed in front of the Church. Then they burn it to light the most important night of the year and all the inhabitants celebrate the Night of Christmas Eve by singing traditional Christmas carols.

Young men of the village transporting the Farchia through the streets of the old town
Burning the Farchia the Night of Christmas Eve in Tufillo
 

The "pizz’a figlitt" is the most known traditional food of Tufillo, a sort of pizza bread seasoned with sweet red paprika and sometimes filled with pork crackling. The cavatelli pasta in a sausage ragout is another traditional dish; Cavatelli is a traditional southern Italian pasta shape and you can try them during the famous “Cavatelli Festival” on the 11th of August. For carnival, you can try "lu cangaron", a kind of cheese salami filled with a mixture of cheese, eggs, almonds, livers and raisins. And do not forget the quality of the local olive oil, directly from family-owned producers, freshly pressed olive oil.

The pizz’a figlitt with sweet red paprika. Traditional food of TufilloThe pizz’a figlitt filled with pork crackling. Traditional food of Tufillo
Making homemade cavatelli for the cavatelli festival in TufilloLocal tomatoes for the sausage ragout of cavatelli
Homemade cavatelli from TufilloBoiling water for pasta in the cavatelli festival in Tufillo
 

Shops in Tufillo: grocery store, pharmacy, bakery, bar, restaurant, post office, hairdresser and a shop that sells household products.

Towns nearby:

  • Palmoli is 9 km far from Tufillo.
  • Dogliola is 5 km far from Tufillo.
  • Montemitro is 10 km far from Tufillo.
  • Mafalda is 17 km far from Tufillo.
  • Vasto is 36 km far from Tufillo.

Airports nearby:

  • Pescara is 106 km far from Tufillo.
  • Naples is 155 km far from Tufillo.
  • Rome is 235 km far from Tufillo.

Many overseas property buyers are looking at Abruzzo as the area is not yet as popular as Tuscany and Umbria and properties are therefore cheaper, particularly if you are prepared to renovate. It is a fact that a property in Abruzzo can be up to 50% cheaper than in Tuscany. Many overseas property buyers are choosing the area for investment properties as well as second homes and there are bargains to be found for those who want commercial properties.

Abruzzo Rural Property has sold several properties in Tufillo to foreign clients. Below the testimonials of clients that bought property in Tufillo.

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The sixth of January, here in Italy, we celebrate La Befana, it is a National bank holiday and a religious celebration.

Nowadays the festivity is mainly orientated to amuse children with little gifts and numerous festivals across the country. La Befana is an old ugly witch that flies on a broomstick carrying candies and sweets to well-behaved children, charcoal to naughty children.

This year La Befana has amused everyone here in Abruzzo with an incredible snowfall that will pass to the history. The snow started to fall on hilltop villages during the afternoon of January the 5th.

The 6th of January at around lunchtime, it started to snow even along the coast; it is very uncommon to have snow along the coast, but this winter it has been an exception. By dinnertime everything was white and all the roads were very quiet, no traffic, no noise, no people. Shops all closed and numerous bars and restaurants had to shut down earlier because of the bad snowstorm in course.

Main piazza of the old town, Piazza Gabriele Rossetti in Vasto, ItalyAncient narrow streets under snow in Vasto, Italy
Monument dedicated to Gabriele Rossetti, poet and patriot who fought for the Italian IndependenceThe Caldoresco Castle in Vasto. Winter 2017
 

The atmosphere was breath-taking and magic.

Vasto CathedralRemains of Church of St. Peter, Vasto
Monument to the Fallen of VastoView of Vasto Marina, Italy
 

A friend took some photos of the ancient city of Vasto during the night of the 6th of January; Vasto with its castle, churches, monuments and the narrow roads of its historic centre has never looked so beautiful as under the snow with all the Christmas decorations still on.

Streets under snow in Vasto, Italy. January 2017
Streets under snow in Vasto, Italy. January 2017
Houses under snow in Vasto, Italy. January 2017
 

Thank you Befana, for this beautiful gift!

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Medieval castle of Roccascalegna and mountains view

 Roccascalegna is a small town with about 1.400 inhabitants, situated in the province of Chieti, up in the hills running along the Sangro river. It is only 35 km away from the beautiful coastline with iconic perched fishing huts, so called Trabocchi, over the Adriatic sea.

Medieval town of Roccascalegna

The hamlet is very picturesque, characterized by the stunning Medieval castle built on a rock with the wonderful backdrop of the awesome Majella mountains of Abruzzo. The castle was restored in the 90's and today it is open for guided tours. The small town is perfectly preserved, lying on the spur of the mountain.

View of Roccascalegna church from the castle
View of Roccascalegna from the castle
 

There are many legends but the most famous of all, is that of the Castle of Roccascalegna, which tells of the protagonist Corvo de Corvis and the edict of the “Jus Primae Noctis”, the Latin for the “Right of the first night”.

View of the Castle of Roccascalegna at night

It seems that in 1646, the phantom Baron reintroduced this Medieval practice, which stated that every newly wed bride on the estate of Roccascalegna, was to spend the first wedding night with him and not with the husband. It is not known if a newly wed bride, or the husband dressed up as the bride, stabbed the Baron in the bridal suite and that whilst dying, left his bloody hand print on the tower rock, which was later to collapse in 1940.

Although they tried to wash the blood stain from the rock, it kept reappearing and to this very day, elderly people swear that they have seen the “hand of blood” even after the rock had collapsed.

The hand of blood

The hamlet of Roccascalegna and its castle have been chosen by the film director Matteo Garrone as a location for one of the three episodes of his film “Il racconto dei racconti”,”A tale of tales”. It is the first film in English by the Italian director which was presented at the Cannes festival in 2015 and won seven David di Donatello awards.

Now let’s meet our clients, Sean and Susan, to find out what made them decide to purchase a house in Roccascalegna.

View of the tower of the castle with the mountains
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Colledimezzo in Autumn

 Colledimezzo is a pictoresque village overlooking the lake of Bomba in Chieti Province.

The village is easily reachable by the high way SS652 that connects Colledimezzo with the Adriatic coast. It takes only 30 minutes to reach the beach of Fossacesia, located on the charming Costa dei Trabocchi, while the well-known skiing resort of Roccaraso are at just 50 minutes’ drive.

Colledimezzo enjoys a wonderful view of the lake of Bomba, the verdant surrounding hills and the Majella Mountain, considered a symbol of Abruzzo.

The lake of Bomba stands at just 2 km from the village, on the lakeshores there is a tourist resort called Centro Turistico Il Soffio that avails of swimming pool, camping site, sport facilities and boats’rentals.

Colledimezzo literally means “Hill in between”, in fact the village is located on a hill top between two higher mounts. The origin of the village dates back to the tenth-century.

The village is characterised by a labyrinth of picturesque tiny lanes no accessible by cars. There are three churches in the village. The most important is Chiesa di San Giovanni Apostolo Evangelista with its beautiful bell tower and the ancient oil painting on canvas Madonna col bambino, S. Francesco d´Assisi e il committente, painted by Tanzio da Varallo during the XVII century.

The best time of the year to visit Colledimezzo is during springtime. Summers tend to be hot and dry, while winters are mild with occasional snowfall.

Below a selection of pictures of Colledimezzo.

Colledimezzo in summer
Colledimezzo in winter
Colledimezzo piazza
The lake of Bomba
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