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.