Our main home is in the little known region of Abruzzo, which was once a joint region with that of Molise. It lies to the east of Lazio and Rome and north of Puglia, with the Adriatic sea and it’s long beaches to the east. As Italy’s most mountainous region, it contains two of the Appenine’s (Little Alps) highest peaks.
Known as Wild Abruzzo
Covered by mostly wild land, Abruzzo is known as Wild Abruzzo.
And Italy’s greenest region
And it is Italy’s greenest region. ⅓ of its territory is set aside as national parks (3 national and 1 regional) and 38 protected nature reserves! These are extremely important, as they ensure the survival of 75% of Europe’s living species, including rare species, such as the small wading dotterel, golden eagle, the Abruzzo chamois, Apennine wolf, and Marsican brown bear. And Abruzzo is also home to Calderone, Europe’s southernmost glacier.
It truly is beautiful. The stark majesty of its mountainous heights is interspersed with deep green valleys, and rolling green hills dotted with vineyards, olive groves, and forests. Like those around us, and which we see from our back yard. (As in the photos below.)
Off the beaten tourist path
Abruzzo has long remained off the beaten tourist path.
But in recent years more people are discovering the peaceful tranquility of the parks. Along with its alluring, clean beaches, picturesque mountain villages, and stately castles. And many say that Abruzzo’s beauty even surpasses that of Tuscany!
The area abounds with livestock such as pigs, cattle, poultry, and goats. And farms producing fruits and vegetables. And is also known for its excellent olives, olive oils, and wines. Like the Montepulciano, which is Italy’s most exported wine.
Products which Abruzzesi chefs make good use of, turning out such tasty offerings as:
- Arrosticini: grilled lamb kabobs.
- Spaghetti alla Chitarra (guitar), cut with a special instrument similar to a guitar.
- Fiadone: Easter breakfast pizzas.
- Pizzelle: anise-flavored wafer cookies, made with a waffle iron-like tool.
- Brodetto: (speciality of Chieti province) fish soup.
- Ventricina: a fatty, salame-type cold cut, with hot pepper, and fennel seeds.
- Porchetta: a moist boneless slow-roasted pork roast with rosemary and garlic.
- Timballo: (speciality of Teramo) a large baked lasagna-like dish, filled with meat, vegetables, and/or rice, often served at Christmas & Easter.
Hungry yet? 😉
Famous Abruzzo people
And Abruzzo has also turned out several famous people too!
- Dean Martin – American singer, actor, and comedian.
- Perry Como – American singer, actor, and TV personality.
- Gabriele Rossetti – political exile and poet.
- And the famous poet Christina Rossetti! (Gabriele’s daughter).
Indeed Abruzzo, pronounced A bruttso, is beautiful! But don’t just take our word for it. We love this region. Well-known for its food and wine, its landscapes, natural beauties, parks, and nature reserves. But we mostly love it because the Abruzzo people are among the most hospitable in all of Italy!
Come see for yourself! You’ll always find a warm welcome in Abruzzo!
Images are my own.