A Little History Lesson

The People of Abruzzi Reach for the Sky!

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Our young Gianluca wasn’t the first Abruzzi resident to reach great heights. Excerpts from another son of Abruzzi can be seen on Netflix in the documentary “K2: Siren of the Himalayas.” In 1909, the Italian, Luigi Amedeo, The Duke of Abruzzi, led the first major expedition to climb K2, the world’s 2nd highest peak. His goal was to survey and photograph the region while reaching the highest altitude to which man could obtain. There is a spot on the Mountain named, “The Abruzzi Ridge”.
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So, it looks like soaring to new heights is a common thing in Abruzzi.

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Some Abruzzo History From Wikipedia:

Abruzzo (pronounced [a’bruttso]) is a region of Italy, with an area of about 10,763 square abruzzo -gianlucakilometres (4,156 sq mi) and a population of about 1.3 million inhabitants. Its western border lies less than 50 miles (80 km) east of Rome. The region, divided into the provinces of L’Aquila, Teramo, Pescara and Chieti, borders the region of Marche to the north, Lazio to the west and south-west, Molise to the south-east, and the Adriatic Sea to the east. Abruzzo is split into a mountainous area in the west with the Gran Sasso D’italia, and into a coastal area on the eastern side with the beaches of the Adriatic sea. Abruzzo is considered part of Southern Italy, although geographically it is arguably more central than southern. ISTAT (the Italian statistical authority) considers it to be part of Southern Italy, as a vestige of Abruzzo’s historic association with the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.  (Click on map to enlarge.)

abruzzo -gianluca 10Abruzzo boasts the title of “Greenest Region in Europe” thanks to one third of its territory, the largest in Europe, being set aside as national parks and protected nature reserves. In the region there are three national parks, one regional park and 38 protected nature reserves. These ensure the survival of 75% of all of Europe’s living species and are also home to some rare species, such as the small wading dotterel, golden eagle, Abruzzo chamois, Apennine wolf and Marsican brown bear. Abruzzo is also home to Calderone, Europe’s southernmost glacier.

When the nineteenth-century Italian diplomat and journalist Primo Levi visited Abruzzo he described it as “forte e gentile” (strong and gentle) which, he said, best synthesized the beauty of the region and the character of its people. The quote “forte e gentile” has since become the motto of the region and its inhabitants.

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~Marie

11 thoughts on “A Little History Lesson

  1. Marie, you’ve got me crying in the morning again watching my angel Gianluca. Watching our Boys on their journey is pure joy. They are so a part of our families. Love them so much. Thank you.

  2. Wonderful, Marie!! I love any history lessons about our guys homeland! Thanks for the correct pronunciation for Abruzzo. The photos are beautiful, no wonder our sweetie, Gianluca loves his area so much!! Everything relating to our guys prompts me to exclaim GRANDE AMORE!!!

  3. Thanks, Marie, Thanks to you and the Flight Crew, I have learned so much about Italy. Much, much more than I ever learned in school. And all because of three young men from Italy and Sicily. Who knew? What a lovely country it is. Oh how I wish I could visit your country Piero, Ignazio, and Gianluca. Maybe in my next life?!~

  4. Many thanks Marie for this very detailed information about this wonderful place which Gianluca always talks about and is so happy to return to, I can see why!!

  5. Thanks, Marie! I’ve learned more about European geography and history from following il Volo, than I ever learned in school!! You and others have made this possible! Forever great fun in Texas, Dot♡♡♡♡

    • I’ve learned a lot too, Dot. It’s easier to learn these things when you are “connected” to the subject. The Boys have brought us so much more than just amazing music.

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