Pettorano sul Gizio’s delicious Polenta Ragnosa Sagra celebrates a unique type of polenta that was traditionally made and eaten by the workers of the village who were charcoal burners.
One of the best ways to channel Abruzzo when you’re far away is to cook its famous fried pizza known as Frittella or Pizz’onta. It’s a delicious golden downy inheritance from the days of cucina povera
Montorio al Vomano’s Lampoon of the Fascists: La Morte di Carnevale
Montorio Al Vomano’s carnival celebration, La Morte di Carnevale, is held unusually on Ash Wednesday and since its inception lampooned established authorities to show that spontaneity, irony, satire, freedom and, therefore ‘Carnival’ itself had in fact died with the regime.
We invited the author behind ‘Abruzzo in Festa’, Omerita Ranalli to answer some questions on the history of community celebrations in Abruzzo posted by our readers on social media
The Thrilling Close to a Sagra – Lu Balle de la Pupa
A papier-mâché costume disguises a man and fireworks whose enthralling rhythmic dance to local folk music begins slowly before reaching its finale, ecstatic explosions
Tenacious & hardy can be used to describe the ladies from Prezza but also to their legendary artichokes that grow just 1 side on the balcony of Abruzzo
Here in Abruzzo, Italy it’s the 1st & 2nd November that celebrates the magic of Autumn & reflects on the past and present familial bond which keeps Italy going
Loreto Aprutino’s Festa di San Zopito got me interested in the stories behind the monumental white ox with his carefully trimmed & polished hooves, multi-coloured ribbons & bells
Outside petting corners and bunnies destined for the pot, Teramo Agricultural Fair was a foodie heaven, with 3/5 of the 200 exhibitors, farmers selling produce
Navelli has a new found growing fame as host to an alternative Palio; the colourful Palio degli Asini –yep a unmissable Donkey Race like no other in the world