Our village nestles among gently rolling hills, between Abruzzo’s Adriatic coast and the Apennine mountains. Covered with vineyards and olive groves, with snow-capped mountains in the background! It’s beautiful, and we feel blessed to live here!
Largely an agriculture region, it’s famous for its Montepulciano wine. And also for its long beautiful beaches, gorgeous mountains, and great cuisine. Which keeps Abruzzo off the beaten tourist track, making it mostly a wild, unspoiled region. Full of national parks and wild areas, inhabited by wolf and bear.
Abruzzo is truly beautiful, yet also largely forgotten.
And its isolation also makes it a poor region, in more ways than one. Economically depressed, and often politically neglected. Many times even omitted from weather reports on national TV!
Italy’s highway system depicts this isolation most interestingly.
The expressways (called autostrade here) number from A1 to A32. The lower the number, the older the highway. A1, which runs pretty much up and down the Mediterranean coast, was the first.
But our Adriatic coast didn’t get its own highway until A14. Meaning of course, that the east side of Italy remained more isolated and less informed. But even highway A14 didn’t make travel and interrelations much easier for Abruzzo. Because it didn’t get a highway connecting it to the western coast until A25, putting it among Italy’s last major highways. And this left Abruzzo pretty much to itself. Bound by tradition, superstition, and in some ways, ignorance.
But many positives have come out of Abruzzo’s isolation as well. Besides its glorious unspoiled nature, it’s also among Italy’s least materialistic regions. And perhaps because they had to rely more on one another, one of the most hospitable!
But this has not helped them know the liberating power of Christ.
As time and progress have largely passed them by, so has the Gospel. Abruzzo remains one of Italy’s most tradition and religion-bound areas, and among the least evangelized. And that’s why we’re here. Because the people are, for the most part, deeply religious. But with little understanding of Christ’s assurance of salvation.
Our work here largely consists of breaking through religious barriers. Trying to show them God is not some far-off, disinterested deity. But a loving Father, longing to adopt them as his children.
And we ask you to keep our Abruzzo, beautiful but forgotten, in your prayers!