The Best of 2022 from Life in Abruzzo

Happy New Year
To our dear readers!
Wishing everyone much happiness, time, freedom, options, and health in 2023!
Thank you so much for clicking thru to the blog and reading and for your comments and interactions on our social media platforms. To those that valued our community and donated funds via buymeacoffee to keep us sustainable, free to readers and slowly keep growing, we really appreciate your kindness in these hard times.

To those that wonderfully wrote for the blog, and allowed us to use your inspiring images for our posts and on social media, grazie mille for helping to imaginatively foster a love and educate of all things Abruzzo! Researchers like Janet Brady for the WhatsOnAbruzzo calendar – a huge thank you for all your work on this project.

For every company and individual that so generously donated products and services to help us raise funds for Ukrainian children via UNICEF in our raffle and lunch and those that bought tickets, our thanks; let’s hope these terrible events come to a close soon.

To those businesses who came to our Christmas lunch and helped us raise a collection for the charity, On the Road, thank you, especially  for listening to our ideas and plans for 2023 and being so enthusiastic about our coming soon cultural association! With grateful thanks to Jacqui Matthews Price for helping us organise it!

Tanti auguri di buon anno!

Sam and Pete

2022 Highlights from LifeinAbruzzoItaly on Instagram

These were the posts and reels that had an incredible reach around the world in addition to a far few likes!

For us, street seafood in San Vito Chietino. Mirko’s and Le Frit, same owners and same excellent, interesting, great seafood 👍

Loads of things,a new festa discovered in Campo di Giove,and seeing my Pizza hero Bonci!

Buying personalised Sulmona confetti for my Mum’s 90th Birthday and rediscovering the delights of Sulmona on market day.

The festa of Borgo più Belli at Caramanico Terme with stalls,flag waving and the discovery of Francesco Mammola a beautiful Musician from Abruzzo.

So many things, but the beautiful autumn colours in the National Parks stand out.

 Discovering spaghetti al aglio rosso di Sulmona at the Trattoria Don Ciccio in Sulmona. It was divine.

Very simple thing, but seeing the Adriatic from our new home for the first time.

For us, buying our home in Citta Sant Angelo!

Pennadomo! Amazing… And the elderly gentleman who sits in the bench there and recites you his poems in dialect!

Visiting family. Seeing the view again from the front yard of my ancestral home in Forca di Valle.

The personalized cookies my neighbor made for my husband and I for Christmas. It’s our first one here and this was a delight!

Calanchi near Il Tarallo, south of Loreto Aprutino. We’ve driven near here many times but it’s the first time I’ve seen this view.

Calanchi near Il Tarallo,
Sam Dunham
Author: Sam Dunham

Sam is a very lucky midlife 'mamma' to A who is 12 and juggles her work as a self-employed freelance SEO food and travel copywriter and EFL teacher. She is the founder of the Life In Abruzzo Cultural Association, co-founder of Let's Blog Abruzzo. she is the founder of the 'English in the Woods' initiative, teaching English outdoors in a forest style school.

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