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Reconnect with Your Italian Heritage

Learn more about your Abruzzese ancestors, visit their hometowns, meet relatives and more with your local Abruzzo experts at Experience BellaVita

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Over the past 150 years, since the unification of Italy to World War II, many Italians and specifically Abruzzesi have left their home country in search of better opportunities. Thanks to these brave folks, Italy is famous all over the world for our gastronomy, craftsmanship, ​gesticulations, and much more.

Perhaps your grandparents were some of these adventurous people and if you are lucky, you may have heard charming stories of their home country, tasted traditional meals like the chitarra, and experienced the smells of their kitchen that linger in your memory today. Maybe you just remember their genuineness or the way they worked hard but always saved time to enjoy a good meal and quality time with the family. Their characteristics were unique and probably that’s one of the reasons why you are now looking to connect with them again.

Some of these people eventually came back to Abruzzo while some of them paid the boat tickets for the remaining family members to join them abroad. Still, others never had the opportunity to return to their homeland. The mail system was historically unreliable, and while some letters would get to the other side, others would never reach their destination or be completely abandoned in a mountain village in Abruzzo.

Your friend in Abruzzo

As an Abruzzo native who has lived abroad, I’m passionate about reconnecting people from all over the world with their Abruzzo history and heritage while promoting sustainable tourism, supporting the local economies and preserving the ancient traditions that make this place so special.

Let me trace your Italian roots and share with you the places, food, lifestyle and traditions of your ancestors. Besides being from a small village in Abruzzo and having a great knowledge of the entire area, I’m a local and speak the Abruzzese dialect. I have found this is vital in getting the locals and potential relatives to open up to someone they’ve never met before and to overcome the bureaucratic barriers in the municipality offices.

The past of every one of us is fascinating if we attempt to discover its secrets.

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What We Do

The past of every one of us is fascinating if we attempt to discover its secrets. There are stories of people reconnecting after generations apart. That is why at Experience BellaVita we want to help people to find about and connect with their ancestors, and their family history. We collect all the information from you and then we:

Make Visits: To local town halls, churches, cemeteries, archives, in search of useful documents and pictures that can help us to trace the roots of your family

Connect with locals: By speaking with locals and listening to stories from the elderly, we hope to meet existing relatives and tell them about your stories. That’s how we found the 103 year-old Irene who filled the gap in the Candeloro’s family tree.

Extensive research: After extensive research, we attempt to provide you with a genealogical tree and all the useful supporting documents (i.e. birth certificates) and pictures. In our most recent research, we managed to find birth certificates going back to the 1890s.

Historic, Natural Landmarks & Tailored Experiences: If you decide to visit Abruzzo, we will take you to explore where your family used to live, understand and experience what they used to do, meet any existing relatives and taste the abruzzese traditions of your memories. With the Candeloro’s family, we met all the living relatives and shared a traditional meal from Abruzzo. With a personalized tour, you’ll have the possibility to tour the whole of Abruzzo, its traditions & culture and enjoy our range of experiences. Such as the truffle hunting Tour, cheesemaking, local fresh pasta making, hiking to natural parks, visits to wineries & dining on the coastline and much more. Anything you like can be added, just drop us a message below.

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Contact Us to Get a Free Quote

Get a free quote for a once in a lifetime experience tracing your roots and discovering the untouched Abruzzo.

Send us your family details and other useful information. Tell us how many days you would like to stay and we will get right back to you.

If you want to ask me any information, please feel free to do so. I’ll get back to you as soon as possible so that together we can trace back your relatives and my former ‘paesani’ (fellow countrymen).