During fall, the steep hills around the Abruzzo region of Italy buzz with activity as harvest begins throughout the swathes of vineyards. Tractors crawl up the hillside, weighed down with juicy loads of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Trebbiano and Pecorino grapes. These names may feature regularly in wine reviews and guides now, but until a few decades a...

Counting Castles in Abruzzo is ready to introduce the public to the Sothern Italian region of Italy, one of the greenest, yet still little known international tourist destinations. It comes from a collaboration between the US company Native Grapes LLC, based in New Jersey, represented by Hugh L. Preece, Ambassador of Italian Wines, expert oenologis...

A slow travel is like cuddles for the soul, a gift we can make to ourselves to rediscover the joy of savouring a moment without haste. In Italy there are many ways to do exactly this, but one of the most fascinating is to board an heritage train to travel like our grandparents did. Pulled by steam locomotives on tracks that have sometimes been aban...

Who knows what the great poet Ovid would have thought if he had known that his fame would've been overshadowed, one day, by a small and simple sweet of almonds and sugar. Sulmona, a beautiful city of art located in the middle of Abruzzo, is in fact almost more famous for its confetti, as they're called in Italy, than for being the birthplace of the...

An essential dessert on Italian tables at Christmas, torrone (nougat) is a speciality with very ancient origins. According to some Roman hirstorians and writers such as Titus Livius and Martial, in ancient Rome, there was a very similar recipe called cupedia or cupeto. It is the same name by which nougat is known in Irpinia, coincidence? Absolutely...

From the woods of Mt. Maiella, the Borgo of Caramanico looks like “a melt of Acropolis”, as city planners call high middle ages settlements that have this kind of structure. The village was founded in Longobard period on a promontory at the confluence of two rivers, the Orfento and the Orta. The main path develops on the line of the ridge, with ato...

October was Italian American History Month. Given that Christopher Columbus Day has become persona non grata because of radical, leftist Democrats, Italian American History Month does not garner the attention it so rightly deserves. While an admittedly biased Italian American, I am also aware of the significance in celebrating Italian Americans and...

I thought I’d met most of the eccentrics in Italian wine—the experimental outliers who’ve made an impact by following some singular intuition, rare grape or other personal muse. Then I met Luigi Cataldi Madonna in the hot, dry hills of Abruzzo. Charming and self-effacing, he proudly cackled in his smoker’s rasp: “I am the champion of all the crazie...

On Saturday, October 23, 2021, the National Italian American Foundation hosted its 46th Anniversary Gala at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.—and what a memorable Gala it was! This year's Gala featured inspirational and heartfelt messages from five distinguished honorees who were saluted for their remarkable achievements, as well as inval...

Tollo Mayor Angelo Radica and the Tollo City Council assembled in the Municipal Council Chambers in Tollo (Chieti) on Monday night, October 25, 2021 to approve and sign the Sister City relationship with Fullerton, California in honor of Tommy Lasorda (longtime resident of Fullerton) and his parents Sabatino and Carmella Lasorda (both born in Tollo)...