From The TV Show: Ca’ffetto in Abruzzo

In the Abruzzo episode of the second season of Dream of Italy on PBS, Kathy tries a one-of-a-kind dessert at Caffè Ovidio. Like its name, the ca’ffetto drink is a mash-up between coffee and confetti in an espresso-sized glass. The original creation, invented by Vincenzo of Caffè Ovidio (Corso Ovidio, 224), combines espresso with syrup, sweet almond paste and crushed …

From The TV Show: Confetti in Abruzzo

In the Abruzzo episode of the second season of Dream of Italy on PBS, Kathy visits the factory of a 7th generation family business of hand-made delicious candy coated treats. Confetti, those colorful candy-coated almonds known to Americans as Jordan almonds, was created when the Pelino family opened their confetti factory in the beautiful city of Sulmona in 1783. Seven …

From The TV Show: Donkey Therapy in Abruzzo

In the Abruzzo episode of the second season of Dream of Italy on PBS, Kathy learns about the therapy provided by donkeys at a local farm and even rides one herself! Asinomania is dedicated to donkeys, which are native to Abruzzo but not as numerous as they once were. Eugenio Milonis, the farm’s owner, uses calm, docile therapy donkeys to …

From The TV Show: San Giovanni in Venere in Abruzzo

In the Abruzzo episode of the second season of Dream of Italy on PBS, Kathy visits the nearly 1000 year old monastery of San Giovanni in Venere. San Giovanni in Venere Abbey in Fossacesia originated around 80 B.C. as a pagan temple to Venus and was later used as a monastery for Benedictine monks. The current structure was built in …

From The TV Show: Orchestra Popolare Del Saltarello in Abruzzo

In the Abruzzo episode of the second season of Dream of Italy on PBS, Kathy learns about the region’s musical traditions and Saltarello dance. Orchestra Popolare Del Saltarello, created by Danilo Di Paolonicola, is dedicated to preserving the traditional song and dance of Abruzzo, and mixes traditional and modern musical elements. Instruments such as accordions, flutes, tambourines and guitars accompany …

From the TV Show: Trabocchi in Abruzzo

In the Abruzzo episode of the second season of Dream of Italy on PBS, Kathy enjoys fresh seafood in an old fishing hut turned restaurant. Trabocchi were traditionally stilted fishing huts along the coast of Abruzzo between the coastal towns of Ortano and Vasto. Many have now found new life as restaurants serving the freshest seafood imaginable – caught just …

The Strong and Kind People of Abruzzo: Four Locals To Meet

This article originally appeared in the May 2018 issue of Dream of Italy. Updated 2019. The central Italian region of Abruzzo is called la terra di mare e monti, where you can travel from the Adriatic Sea to the mountains in under an hour. Though only two hours from Rome, Abruzzo is one of Italy’s last unexplored frontiers where you can …

In Abruzzo: Arrosticini on the Range

This article appeared in the September 2016 issue of Dream of Italy. Updated 2018.  Look for Ristoro Mucciante in the Abruzzo episode of season two of our PBS series Dream of Italy  If you’re a fan of spaghetti westerns, you might recognize the location of Ristoro Mucciante, a barbecue-deli-picnic spot on Campo Imperatore in the region of Abruzzo. This is …

Volunteer Your Way Through Italy With Workaway

Updated 2018. A site that will truly help you do as the Romans do, Workaway is an interesting option for adventurous travelers looking to experience Italian life and culture – hands on! Workaway facilitates the exchange of work for room and board. The site lets hosts post their unique labor needs while workers can search for work that suits them …

Sweet Sulmona: Taste the Good Life in Abruzzo

First-time visitors to this often overlooked city, located in the center of Abruzzo, sense it immediately: there’s something very special about Sulmona. Maybe it’s the architecture — a little medieval, a little renaissance, a little baroque. Maybe it’s the food, which some say is the best in all of Italy