Italy’s Wild Abruzzo

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.

Largely wild land, it’s known as Wild Abruzzo and 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.)

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 tasty offerings such 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? 😉

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!

Published by Signora Sheila

Missionary blogger, wife, mom, nonna. Join my simple life journey of faith and missions in small town Italy!

20 thoughts on “Italy’s Wild Abruzzo

    1. Ha Nancy, actually I’ve been told before that I seem like a natural born tourist guide. I think it’s more that the love God has planted in our hearts for this nation and its beautiful places just shines through. It really is the land of our hearts! P.S. A lot of the photography credit goes to Hubby!

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  1. Sheila, I long to visit Italy again and plan to explore Abruzzo. It is beautiful and more like the Italy I remember from our days at Aviano AB. We lived in Dardago. God richly bless you and keep you and Mario. Karen

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    1. Yes Karen, you must plan a visit to Abruzzo. It really is like the old Italy that we remember so well. Although Hubby’s hometown area in Salerno’s Cilento is even more so! Two must sees for anyone who has Italy planted in their heart!! We will await your visit!!

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    1. I agree, Gail! It truly is beautiful!! And that Dean Martin and Perry Como really were two greats! I also enoyed the old Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis movies too, silly as they were!!

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  2. The picture is beautiful and the food sounds wonderful. East of Rome… do you ever think of the apostle Paul when you minister to the people of your region? Praying for you today…

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    1. Oh yes Linda, we do think of him. Especially when we travel the Via Appia and go to such places as the Three Taverns!! We can almost picture him walking there! Thanks for the prayers, and know that you are in mine too.

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    1. Oh if you have Abruzzesi roots you must visit the region! You’d love it! And even your father’s hometown. That is a special experience. At least it was for me going to the place my husband was born and even the house he was born in!! One of a kind!

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