16 October 1999

The summaries in English were extracted from complete articles published on Il Centro - Quotidiano d'Abruzzo and Il Messaggero - Abruzzo edition.

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16 October 1999 - Il Messaggero

German press speaks of Abruzzo as «the wild heart of Italy» / La stampa tedesca parla di »cuore selvaggio d'Italia» Mare e parchi, l'Abruzzo va, by Francesco di Miero
Germany is discovering the medieval villages, parks, hermitages and abbeys. Here the most interesting titles: Italy's wild heart; Saffron, the valuable powder for popular ballads; Sulmona, imposing scenery for one pope and one poet; Abruzzo, virgin nature and much more; Maja's heritage at Caramanico springs; Between lamb and devotion. The most comprehensive book on Abruzzo antiquities is by two german scholars, Roger Willemsen and Ekkehart Rotter.

16 October 1999 - Il Messaggero

Lanciano - The Eucharistic Miracle returns to the restored church / Il Miracolo ritorna nella chiesa restaurata
The Chiesa di San Francesco has preserved since the 8th century the precious relic, a Eucharist that at Mass really changed into blood and flesh to convince a dubious monk. While the church was under restoration the relic was kept in the church of Santa Lucia. For the occasion a Congress with all the bishops of Abruzzo and Molise in the cathedral, open to all the faithful.

16 October 1999 - Il Centro

Casalincontrada - games and food for the vintage festival / Oggi in piazza giochi e abbuffate - Festa della vendemmia
Meeting place piazza de Lollis, to make the wine and play the ancient games of roticavascello and pallacucca, with award to the best 1998 wine "Lu vine cchiù bbone de lu Casale".

16 October 1999 - Il Centro

Villetta Barrea - Beware the Bear - Instructions from the Park authorities on how to deal with the bear wandering in the streets / Ai residenti sarà spiegato cosa fare - Orso a spasso per il paese - Il Parco ora dà istruzioni - by Cristina Notarantonio
For a week now at dusk «Bubu» leaves Le Quite wood, crosses the Sangro river and eats the apples from a tree near a pub, then by night walks along the village streets. The bear is young, 3 or 4 years old. The Marsian bear is surely peaceful, since time immemorial the only aggressions to man were in self defence or to protect the cubs. Instructions for a close encounter: be quiet, leave the bear enough room to get away, if the animal attacks throw some piece of clothes towards it to attract its attention, climb a tree to at least 4 mt from the ground, as a last resort take a nested position to protect head and stomach and pretend you are dead.