Italy’s Wild Abruzzo

Our region, Wild Abruzzo, has long remained off the beaten tourist path. It’s Italy’s greenest region and ⅓ of it is set aside as beautiful national parks, well worth visiting!

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 inland areas abound with livestock such as pigs, cattle, poultry, and goats. And farms producing fruits and vegetables. While the lower areas and coastal lands are known for their excellent olives and 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.
  • Timballo: (speciality of Teramo) a large baked lasagna-like dish, filled with meat, vegetables, and/or rice, often served at Christmas & Easter.
  • Porchetta: a moist boneless pork roast, slow roasted with rosemary, garlic, and pepper.
  • Brodetto: (speciality of Chieti province) fish soup.
  • Ventricina: a fatty, salame-type cold cut, with pepper, hot pepper, and fennel seeds.

Hungry yet? 😉

And Abruzzo has also turned out some famous people!
  • Dean Martin and Perry Como—both proud of their Abruzzo origins.
  • And Gabriele Rossetti—political exile and poet.
  • And the famous poet Christina Rossetti! (Gabriele’s daughter).

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!

Indeed, Abruzzo, pronounced A bruttso, is beautiful! But don’t just take our word for it.

Come see for yourself! You’ll always find a warm welcome in Abruzzo!

[Image ©SheilaScorziello.com]

Author: Sheila

American born, Italian at heart. Wife, mom, nonna to 9, missionary in Italy since 1989 with https://missionitalia.com

8 thoughts on “Italy’s Wild Abruzzo”

  1. 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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