The Thousand Tracks of the Abruzzo Moutains

Chamois – Photo ©

Inland Abruzzo, in other words, the mountainous area, considering that 75% of the regional territory lies over 700 meters in altitude, is undoubtedly the most extraordinary and best-preserved, with its many ancient hilltop villages and castles, medieval abbeys, unique food and culinary traditions, and its calendar of folklore and ancient cultures. As summer rolls in and the snows have all melted, the startling green of the beech forests and endless pastures make Abruzzo’s mountains genuinely irresistible.

The luxuriant flourish of nature paints the entire region with ripe splendor: the greenest woods and meadows in the slopes; mountain lakes at Campotosto, Scanno, Barrea, Bomba, Casoli and Penne; karst caves that make the slopes so distinctive; rolling plateaux dotted with pasturing cattle and sheep; the sweep of a countryside that bears no trace of steep, brooding mountain slopes; the sparkling fresh air ; the marvellous state of preservation of settlements, set in timeless landscapes. All this makes the mountains of Abruzzo an extraordinary place, which can steal a visitor’s heart. Proof lies, above all, in the significant number of “aficionados” who return every year to enjoy the beauty spots: when you fall in love with the mountains of Abruzzo, it is forever.

Barrea – Photo ©

With a third of its territory set aside as parkland, the region not only holds a cultural and civic record for protection of the environment but also stands as the most significant natural area in Europe: the real green heart of the Mediterranean.

One-third of Abruzzo lies in a protected area: three national parks, a regional park, and more than 30 nature reserves. An idealistic and tough decision by those who made the environment their resource and will project Abruzzo into a significant and leading role in “green tourism.”

Most of this legacy – but not all – is to be found in the mountains. Here the landscapes and ecosystems change according to altitude, shifting from typically Mediterranean milieus to outright alpine scenarios, with mugo pine groves and high-altitude steppe. Abruzzo’s mighty mountain system stretches to just a few dozen kilometers from the coast, with the taller peaks ranged behind like a spectacular balcony. The rest of the territory is occupied by steep buttresses that gently slope down towards the sea. The narrow coastal strip, with the terminals of the river valleys, are the only low-altitude plains in the region.

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A few items from Abruzzo

La Cucina: The Regional Cooking of Italy
Fifty years ago, a group of Italian scholars gathered to discuss a problem: how to preserve traditional Italian cooking. They formed the Italian Academy of Cuisine to document classic recipes from every region. The academy’s more than seven thousand associates spread out to villages everywhere, interviewing grandmothers and farmers at their stoves, transcribing their recipes—many of which had never been documented before. This is the culmination of that research, an astounding feat—2,000 recipes that represent the patrimony of Italian country cooking. Each recipe is labeled with its region of origin, and it’s not just the ingredients but also the techniques that change with the geography. Sprinkled throughout are historical recipes that provide fascinating views into the folk culture of the past. There are no fancy flourishes here, and no shortcuts; this is true salt-of-the-earth cooking. The book is an excellent everyday source for easily achievable recipes, with such simple dishes as White Bean and Escarole Soup, Polenta with Tomato Sauce, and Chicken with Lemon and Capers. For ease of use there are four different indexes. La Cucina is an essential reference for every cook’s library.

Grazing In Abruzzo
Bruce Franchini (Director), Lidia Bastianich (Actor)
Lidia loves the region of Abruzzo! She describes the people there as welcoming, giving and jovial, and the hearty food of the region has left her with such fond memories. In the Abruzzese kitchens, Farro, a kind of wheat berry, is cooked as a whole grain and is manufactured in many shapes-both by small artisanal pasta makers and larger pasta companies. She makes this pasta with arugula and ricotta. Following her main course of Lamb with Olives, she creates the deliciously fun Scrippelle-which look like fettuccine-and tosses them in a hot caramel, citrus and apricot sauce for dessert.

Abruzzo. History and art guide
by Latini M. L. (Author)
Although it is a bit too synthetic, to the detriment of the overall readability of the text, the work provides an exhaustive description of the artistic heritage of Abruzzo, inserting points for observation not always recognized. Recommended.

Abruzzo 1st Edition
by Michael Kenna
Abruzzo, located in southern Italy, is known as the green region of Europe because of the system of parks and nature reserves covering more than one-third of its territory. In Abruzzo, Michael Kenna found a cultural identity that elsewhere, for the most part, has been lost to globalization and instant communication. Kenna photographed medieval ruins, ancient villages and a countryside rich in traditional cultivation. As curator Vincenzo de Pompeis writes in the book s introduction, 'Abruzzo's heritage, together with its impressive natural scenery, brings to mind romantic connotations that have historically attracted many international landscape artists, particularly in the 19th century. Michael Kenna fits perfectly into this rich historical vein of celebrated landscape artists who have worked in Abruzzo. Kenna's work often evokes the influences of Romanticism. In his photographs of historic rural landscapes, for example, there is an air of melancholy, which accompanies memories from the past. His images of ruins stir up feelings of passing time, of the constantly evolving ties between history and nature.' This gorgeous new monograph by renowned landscape photographer Michael Kenna is published to coincide with a major museum exhibition in Loreto Aprutino, Italy. Richly printed in duotone on matt art paper, and presented in an olive-green cloth slipcase with black debossed text on one side and a tipped-in image on the other, Abruzzo presents 65 images from the series, published here for the first time.

Michelin Map Italy: Abruzzo, Molise 361 (Maps/Local (Michelin))
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Canti Della Terra D'Abruzzo
Ettore Montanaro
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Italian Folk Songs from Abruzzo 1927-1930
CD and MP3 reissue of the freat italian folk duo. Comes with rich notes and photos of the couple as well. Pasquale and Clara Sciascia immigrated to the U. S. from the Abruzzo region of Italy, settling in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. From 1927 to 1933 they recorded 44 songs fro the Victor, Columbia and Brunswick record companies. The Sciascias were the first to record a number of Italian and Abruzzese folk songs, 14 of which are reissued here for the first time in 90 years. The songs feature wonderful duet singing and exquisite string band accompaniment. Also included are notes on the couple and their music, photos, and the transcribed and translated lyrics. Includes 20 page booklet.