ABRUZZISSIMO is a subscription-only English-language digital magazine about Abruzzo delivered to your inbox 10 times per year. Every issue is carefully curated by Anna Lebedeva, an Abruzzo-based food and travel writer, who invites local journalists, tour guides, history enthusiasts, photographers, book authors and other passionate locals to share insiders’ travel tips, their knowledge of the region’s history, culture, food stories, and recipes.

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Warm pasta with fresh tomatoes

With the summer temperatures soaring the last thing you want to do is to stay in the kitchen cooking for hours. This tasty pasta dish is light and quick to…
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How to get from Rome to Abruzzo?

So you’ve decided to head to Abruzzo and now it is time to plan the logistics. How to get from Rome to Abruzzo? Here is the complete guide on travelling…
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Pizza Scima: traditional bread recipe from Abruzzo

I first tasted this wonderfully simple bread at my elderly neighbour's house. I had popped round to drop off some post just as she was preparing a very humble yet…
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Health insurance for foreigners in Abruzzo

In WHO’s World Health Report 2000, Italy ranked second for the quality of its healthcare system. While many may argue whether Italy still deserves a podium finish, the country still…
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Old-Fashioned Rose Liqueur

There are not many people in Abruzzo who haven’t inherited from their aunt or grandmother little ornate hand-blown glasses for Rosolio. The sweet, low-alcohol rose petal liqueur, invented centuries ago…
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Walking Amongst Orchids

Abruzzo is one of the best places in Italy for wild orchid spotting, with some of the rarest species growing in the mountains. Two experts share their favourite walks and…
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Blue Flag Beaches in Abruzzo

The number of Blue Flag beaches in Abruzzo has increased from 10 to 13 this year. The prestigious Blue Flag Award is given by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) to…
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Then the Earthquake Happened

Andrew and Katja spent more than three years looking in Abruzzo until they found their perfect home. Something that had enough space for living and working — plus fantastic views.…
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MaJella Forever!

As of today, there is no more Majella National Park in Abruzzo. Instead, there is Maiella National Park. And it has caused an outrage on social media in the region.…
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Christmas Cakes with Walnuts and Chocolate

Every year, Nonna Onorina in Magliano de’ Marsi makes delicious pizza co le nuci (pizza con le noci, or walnut cakes) for her family. Her granddaughter Giulia sent us the…
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Population continues to decline in Abruzzo

For the last six years, people have continued leaving Abruzzo in droves. The population in the region has been steadily shrinking at a rate higher than the national average. In…
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When Maradona Came to Play in Abruzzo

In the aftermath of Diego Maradona’s death, Abruzzo warmly recalls its connection with one of the greatest football players of all time. In September 1984, during the Coppa Italia Championship,…
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Emidio Pepe rare vintages up for grabs

Today, November 14, 2020, rare vintages from one of Abruzzo's most famous wineries Emidio Pepe will be auctioned in New York by the American auction house Zachys. Auction will be streamed…
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Casoli named one of the most beautiful towns in Italy

Casoli in the Chieti Province has been added to the list of the Borghi piu belli d'Italia (The Most Beautiful Towns in Italy). The historic hilltop town well deserves the…
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Abruzzo’s Most Famous Warrior

In 1934 Michele Castagna, a farmer from Capestrano, was preparing a small piece of land for planting a vineyard. When his hoe hit something hard in the soil, he thought…
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WINES AGED IN AMPHORAE: AN ANCIENT TRADITION

Some of Abruzzo’s top wine producers are utilizing one of the world’s most ancient ways to store and age wine: terracotta, more commonly known as clay. Wine has been aged…
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Sulmona’s Red Garlic

My uncle, Fred Dini, was the cook in his platoon in the US Army during World War II. When I was a little girl, he would often make me my…
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Calcionetti with Almonds and Honey

One of the oldest recipes in Abruzzo that takes form in various guises is for the famous calcionetti, cavcinitt, caggntt' or caciunitt – deep-fried ravioli-shaped small pastries with a filling.…
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Pontius Pilate from Bisenti in Abruzzo

A legend has it that the notorious Pontius Pilate was born in Bisenti. Is it just a popular folktale or could there be historic truth to it? A local history…
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Cerasuolo: not your girly wimpy rosé

As soon as hot sunny days arrive, Cerasuolo wine takes frontstage in Abruzzo. The region’s answer to conventional rosé, it has also been winning the hearts and palates of international…