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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  6. Linda

    Would you know anywhere on the east coast where I might find Ventricina – I have searched but cannot find it anywhere. I live near Philadelphia and cannot even find it at the Italian Market. Memories of my grandmother’s Cavatelli and Ventricina never leave me.
    Just came back from Italy and visited my parents home town of Montenero di Bisaccia – I too never realized they came from such a beautiful area. I thought to myself why would anyone want to leave here.
    That area is so overlooked by tourists – they have no idea what they are missing. It is a true paradise !!


    1. Ingrid

      Ciao Linda.
      I’m wondering if an Eataly or there is a woman in NY who has an Italian Gourmet store that’s online but I can’t find the link to her. Unfortunately internet is unreliable at the moment as I’m travelling.

      Abruzzo is indeed an overlooked paradise!!


      1. Linda

        Thank you Ingrid – I will try and do more research.
        Happy travels !!

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