Abruzzo is the most beautiful region in Italy!!!  With spectacular vistas from the dramatic and majestic Appenines to the azure blue of the Adriatic.

Granted, I didn’t realise it existed – yes, I had heard of the tragic earthquake in L’Aquila in 2009 but I had no geographic appreciation of the area it was situated in at all!

Movies filmed in the region:

  • La Strada
  • Ladyhawke – starring Michelle Pfeiffer & Sam Neill
  • Red Sonja – starring Arnold Schwarznegger
  • The American – starring George Clooney
  • The Fox and The Child

Famous persons with roots in this amazing land:

  • Pontius Pilate (possibly born in the town of Bisenti)
  • Dean Martin 
  • Henry Mancini
  • Rocky Marciano (The Boxer of ‘Rocky’ Fame)
  • Ovid (The poet)
Amazing Wine & Liqueurs:
  • Trebbiano – Bianco/White
  • Montepulciano – Rosso/Red
  • Vino Cotto – Literally a cooked wine
  • Cerasuolo – Rosé
  • Colline Teramane
  • Colli Aprutini
  • Controguerra
  • Genziana – an intense liqueur from Gentian Flowers
  • Centerbe – a bitter liqueur from 100 Herbs
Delicious Food:
  • Saffron
  • Pecorino – Sheeps Cheese
  • Scamorza – Fresh Cows Cheese
  • Peperoncino/Diavolini – Hot Red Chillies
  • Arrosticini – Spit Roasted Morsels of Lamb
  • Maccheroni alla Chitarra – a pasta made on a wooden frame resembling a guitar hence chitarra
  • Cinghiale – Wild Boar

Although I have done little more than scratch the surface to entice you, perhaps this has peaked your interest in this little known haven called Abruzzo.  Join me as I explore the region and renovate my little Palazzo.

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