We divide home between the little Cottage we bought in Abruzzo in late 2008, and Mario’s ancestral home, in Campania.
Our Home Base, in the Abruzzo region:
Our main home is a peaceful village, which we’ve nicknamed Beautiful but Forgotten, nestled in the foothills between Abruzzo’s Appenine mountains and the Adriatic seacoast. Abruzzo truly is beautiful, but in so many ways by-passed and forgotten. But then that’s also part of what makes it so special and unique!
It’s a town of only 3000 people, so you’ll also hear frequent mention of the nearest city, a handy shopping spot for things we can’t find in the village. About 30 minutes away, right down on the sea, this “city” boasts a population of 40,000 people! It’s also home to the church we attend.
These images are views we see either right from our own garden, from around town, or from our nearby (10 minute drive) seacoast!
Our Summer Base, in the Campania region:
Our summer home lies in the lonely, abandoned mountains of the Salerno province, nicknamed Beyond Forgotten, because this village is slowly dying off. And the people feel beyond forgotten, and beyond hope of any kind. We spend summers and holidays there hoping to show them that they are not forgotten!
This town of about 500 people, is not only much smaller, but growing smaller all the time. Any mention of going to the “city” here means down the mountain to a town of about 12,000. And in this out-of the way place, that’s a big city!
We use these nicknames and other pseudonyms, along with only general details, because we sometimes blog about these wonderful places and people. And we feel it is important to protect their privacy. Images, as well, are often not of the protagonists, but used purely for illustrative purposes. We realize this can make our story a bit difficult to follow, so we hope this makes it a little easier!
Learn more by reading Our Towns!
[Images our own; header: hills behind our home in Abruzzo.]