Abruzzo

Abruzzo is a region of Italy in Southern Italy, with an area of 10,763 square km and a population of 1.3 million. Its western border lies 80 km (50 mi) east of Rome. The region is divided into the four provinces of L'Aquila, Teramo, Pescara, and Chieti. Abruzzo borders the region of Marche to the north, Lazio to the west and south-west, Molise to the south-east, and the Adriatic Sea to the east. Geographically, Abruzzo is divided into a mountainous area to the west, which includes the Gran Sasso d'italia, and a coastal area to the east with beaches on the Adriatic sea. Abruzzo is considered culturally, linguistically, and historically a region of Southern Italy, although geographically it may also be considered central.

Abruzzo is known as "the greenest region in Europe" as one third of its territory, the largest in Europe, is set aside as national parks and protected nature reserves: there are three national parks, one regional park, and 38 protected nature reserves.

Between 1876 and 1930, out of the 5 million immigrants who came to the United States, 4/5 were from the South, representing such regions as Calabria, Campania, Abruzzi, Molise, and Sicily. The majority (2/3 of the immigrant population) were farm laborers or laborers, or contadini . The laborers were mostly agricultural and did not have much experience in industry such as mining and textiles. The majority of craftsmen was from the South and could read and write; they included carpenters, brick layers, masons, tailors, and barbers. In 1910, 20,000 Italians were employed in mills in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

In the last twenty years of the XIX° century a strong migratory exodus began towards other countries. After 1870 a steady emigration is already registered from the province of Chieti and Molise. The flow became especially intense in the mid 1880's, reaching its peak between 1900 and 1915. Between 1880 and 1900 the inhabitants of the areas of Aquila, Sulmona, Vasto and Lanciano emigrated in large numbers. The province of Teramo will follow in the early 1900's. In the last two decades of the nineteenth century and the first decade of the twentieth the emigration rate regularly increased every year, up to a maximum in 1913 (when over 872.000 emigrants left from Italy), then there was a decline in the years of the first world war. The main destination was America, almost a forced choice because of the vicinity of the ship-sailing ports (Naples, connected through the Sangritana Railway) and the cost of the voyage, which was almost free to Argentina and Brazil, since in the two countries, after the abolition of the slavery, there was a great demand of cheap labor in agriculture. About 1915 there were half a million Abruzzese abroad. And about 150,000 had come back from the United States and Argentina, a very low percentage in the face of the ever growing numbers of inhabitants of the Abruzzi getting ready for the great adventure. During Fascism, for obvious political reasons, emigration towards United States came to a stop, while continuing in direction of South American countries. After the second world war, when the frontiers of the United States closed to emigration, the exodus took the direction of Canada and Australia, virgin territories still to be explored and developed, and welcoming immigrants.

Our travel packages including stay in Abruzzo in a charming affiliated Accommodation (example):


Stay will include traditional "colazione abruzzese". Special dates and requests are subject to availability of accommodation at time of reservation.


Ancestry tour (half day or full day) includes :
  • Walk through your family’s ancestral village
  • Visit churches, cemeteries and ancient palazzi from your grandparents’ past
  • Cultural mediation, logistic support and assistance
  • Pick up service with private driver
  • Engage in helpful-and often colorful-conversations with the locals
Extra Activities :
  • Cooking Classes of "Cucina Abruzzese"
  • Arts & Crafts Tours
  • Culinary & Wine Tours
  • Wedding Planning