January 2002 - Year III, No. 1

Art and Architecture

cover The Spanish Fortress of L'Aquila - commonly called "il Castello" by the Aquilans, is one of the most impressive Renaissance castle in Central and Southern Italy.

Family History

cover The Ammone family, originating probably from Greece, powerful in Sorrento and Sulmona. Also the surnames of the noble families in Sulmona.


Emigration from Abruzzo and the whole of Southern Italy in the aftermath of the Industrial Revolution was caused by a great many factors, among of them the disruption of an age-old social balance achieved through thousands of years of isolation, self-sufficient economy and independent local administrative systems.


cover On the edge of the Laga mountains through the woods to discover ancient abandoned hamlets and see remains of ancient civilizations and castles of powerful kings, which the forest is reclaiming now.


A chicken recipe from Civitella del Tronto, traditionally connected to King Francis II of Naples, and the famous, tasty sugar-covered almonds called "nocci attorrati"


cover On February 3 San Biagio is celebrated, procector of wool workers and a defender against throat disease, and in his honor the "panicelle" are made in places like Taranta, and special "ciambelle di San Biagio" are prepared in other places in Italy.