Soloists of Frosinone on the steps of Casalvieri

Soloists of Frosinone on the steps of Casalvieri

Another hot summer’s day in Ciociaria settled at dusk in Casalvieri into a windless evening and the promise of a hot summer’s night, though with alternatives to Neil Diamond. Our visit this time to the Val di Comino, to Casalvieri, one of our favourite towns, was to attend an evening concert of Rossiniana by principals … Continued

History of the Potato and 'Petata' of Leonessa

History of the Potato and ‘Petata’ of Leonessa

It is one of the first words that children learn and each of us has eaten many kilos. It seems to have been part of our civilization forever, but has had periods of absence: this is the summary of history of the potato in Europe. The potato arrived in Europe with the Spanish conquerors of … Continued

Notte di San Lorenzo - Zagarolo

Contests and festivals for San Lorenzo in Zagarolo

The week long festivities for San Lorenzo, patron saint of Zagarolo, involve both religion and tradition. At night on the day of San Lorenzo, 10 August, there is the night of falling stars celebrating with glasses of wine, and beside these festivities is the religious festival. Zagarolo is a jewel of artistic beauty, the triumph … Continued

Rieti- Leonessa and its hamlets Villa Pulcini

Leonessa and its hamlets: Villa Pulcini

Leonessa has one of the largest municipal areas in central Italy with 38 hamlets many of which are called ‘villa’, such as Villa Carmine, Villa Lucci or Villa Pulcini. The origin of the name ‘villa’ is very particular because it immediately refers to the ancient Roman settlements where, with this term, an agricultural production centre … Continued

Last Bagpipe artisan of Acquafondata by Bettiol

The best and last Bagpipe Artisan of Acquafondata

Acquafondata is a town in the mountains on the border of Lazio and Molise famous for its Bagpipes Festival (Festa della Zampogna). And maybe you wouldn’t travel through the forests, in the dappled shade of the roads towards Acquafondata unless you had a special reason or somewhere else to go along the road. We saw … Continued

Portone alchemico di Nicolò il mistero di Rivodutri

Nicolo’s Door – The opening for Alchemists in Rivodutri

In Rivodutri there is a unique door that popular tradition calls the Alchemic Door, or “Nicolò Door”, named after the owners of its original building, the Nicolò family since 1757, as a result of the will of Don Bernadino of the Camisciotti family. In 1874, it was handed over to the municipality to be used … Continued

San Giuseppe da Leonessa, il micro-credito e i Monti Frumentari

San Giuseppe da Leonessa, micro credit and Seed Banks

San Giuseppe da Leonessa  (St. Joseph of Leonessa) is a special saint who divided his life between the desire to be a martyr and to help the needy. And he did both things in an original and incredibly pragmatic way. San Giuseppe was born in Leonessa on 8 January 1556 with the unusual name of … Continued

Paliano- hernicantus

HerniCantus: the real popular music of Ciociaria

What unites those born at the beginning and those who came to light at the end of the twentieth century? The so-called “Short Century”, owing to that shortness, should have had closer links between the generations following each other over the years. Yet a farmer – or a shepherd – of class 1925, at twenty, … Continued

Cassino- Anfiteatro Romano by Bettiol

The magic of music at Roman theatre in Cassino

The magic of a spectacle at the Roman theatre in Cassino brings back ancient atmosphere and emotions that thousands of people came here to experience, from every part of the Roman empire. The theatre lies on the side of the mountain, according to the style of the Greek theatres, with a view of the valley … Continued