This amazing feat of cooperation and religiosity is available only in outback Italy. Maybe it’s in the dust where Ovid, Cicero, Thomas Aquinas, victims of German occupation, Rocky Marciano, Madonna, Mario Lanza and your local greengrocer all dragged their feet. Due east of Rome there is a stew with undisclosed recipe. It’s a combination of determination, independence, statesmanship, art and religion that the locals take pride in calling “Abruzzese”. Abruzzo is forgotten Italy, where strange and wonderful things still happen.
– These great photos courtesy of Antonio Tolli as well as Marco Salustri of Civitella Roveto (AQ). Grazie!
– Contributed by Alexander L. Cicchinelli, an Abruzzo name for sure, is the son of a contadino who passed through Ellis Island in 1907. Alex is a retired university administrator living in Abruzzo, Roma and Philadelphia, depending on the weather. Still an educator at heart, he has strong interest in improving learning in the Italian pre-university sphere. He has worked with the educational testing center of UNSW, Sydney and is currently collaborating with his associates of the Oxford University Testing Center. In odd moments he studies the 1950’s Muscle Rustle when post war young Italians were enticed to cut sugar cane in Australia. Participants in that scheme and their relatives are invited to make contact and share info. Contact him: alex (at) cicchinelli (dot) com