Can Tourism Save the Historic Centre of Loreto Aprutino?

The rain has stopped in the historic centre of Loreto Aprutino, I’ve a wash on, I’ve just come back from a delightful lunch of non-traditional spicy chicken and basmati rice followed by freshly picked blackberries and cream, yum-yum, oh and Bones is on Top Crime. Life could be a lot worse. I’ll be back working tomorrow but before that I’ll sit back and hopefully enjoy the World Cup Final. Life could certainly be a lot worse. I live in a fantastic town full of wonderful…

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San Zopito 2014, Loreto Aprutino

Loreto Aprutino, Sunday 24 May 2015, Continuing a Pentecost Tradition

I’m giving you plenty of notice. More than eleven months in fact. In 2015 Pentecost falls on Sunday 24 May and that’s the day the ox will once again walk through the streets of Loreto with a young child, dressed like an angel, on his back. That’s the day when the festival of San Zopito will once again pull people to the heart of Loreto to see the bue (ox) make the journey from Santa Maria in Piano to the centro storico, then genuflect outside…

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On The Beach, Montesilvano

On Living the Life, Holidays, Summer Festivals in Abruzzo and Collective Nouns

I think I’m here at last. I’ve been living in Abruzzo since August and although I’m still learning my way I believe I can finally say “this is where I live!”. I’ve grappled with house improvements (on-going, plumber arrives today), residency (surprisingly easy), work (enjoyable, fulfilling, but tiring at times) and many other challenges since taking the plunge to live here. It hasn’t been easy but I believe it’s all been worthwhile. Abruzzo is special. I love this region of Italy. And I live here…

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