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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.

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 You have bought your dream house in Abruzzo region and now you are thinking about a swimming pool... What permits do you need to install a swimming pool in Italy?

If you have bought a house in Abruzzo and you are thinking about installing a swimming pool, it is important that you follow the right procedure to require the necessary permits before starting any work. Every region in Italy and even every municipality have different laws regarding the installation of swimming pools.

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First of all, to install a swimming pool you need to require a permit to the municipality where the house is located; It is not possible to install a pool without any permit. The permit can be either a simple S.C.I.A. or a building project. If you have bought a land and you are building your house from scratch or if you are restoring a ruin and you intend to extend it, then you will need a building project. An engineer, an architect or a geometra of your choice will apply for your building project. Besides all the structural works, the building project can also cover the installation of the pool.

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On the other hand, if the house is already built and you just need to install the pool, you have to ask a geometra to apply for a S.C.I.A.

S.C.I.A. means 'Segnalazione Certificata Inizio Attivita’, this document is necessary when you intend to renovate the house without changing its structure: renovate a bathroom, knock down a partition wall, change the layout of the rooms, etc…The S.C.I.A. is also required if you intend to install a swimming pool. Normally a geometra charges 500,00 / 600,00 euro to submit a S.C.I.A.

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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.

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