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Houses for Sale in Abruzzo at 1 Euro

Silvia Donati | Wednesday, April 8, 2015 – 01:24

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Lecce nei Marsi

Houses for sale in the National Park of Abruzzo in central Italy at 1 euro: for anybody dreaming of owning a house in Italy, this almost sounds too good to be true.

It is in fact true, although here’s the full disclaimer: the houses, in the historical center of Lecce nei Marsi, need to be completely restructured. The owner will need to bear the costs of renovating and making them safe, while respecting the original architecture and the surrounding environment.

– See more at:

Luncheon on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 at Francesco’s

Consider attending a very social Italian luncheon at “Francesco’s” located on Rt. 441 in Baylee Plaza, Summerfield, on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 12:30 PM.

This restaurant made those delicious mini canoli for us this past Febraury when Jennifer Petrino spoke at our meeting.

Guests/spouses/partners are welcomed.  Please RSVP to Joanne   De Cecchis  with the number attending before May 15.

The prices are reasonable and the food quite delicious.  The camaraderie cannot be beat!

Neopolitan Vocabulary

Sumitted by Italian SIG member Pat Zalinski


Greek bradus: slow, sism: movement) has been part of the Neapolitan vocabulary since it was coined in 1883 by Italian geologist, Arturo Issel. The term means very slow uplift or descent of part of the earth’s surface … which happens a lot around bella Napoli.

These seisms are caused by complicated filling and emptying of calderas beneath the earth’s crust that can really shake things up topside. In the Naples area the coastline of the Roman age is actually at a depth of 10 m below the present day sea level. In recent times all this up and down heaving has forced relocation of entire communities inland including parts of Sophia Loren’s hometown of Pozzouli.

Articles for Web Sites of Italian-Americans, WWII Alien Centers, Book

Una Storia Segreta : The Secret History of Italian American Evacuation and Internment During World War II Paperback – June 1, 2001
by Lawrence Distasi (Editor) Sandra Gilbert (Foreword) (Author)


new PBS series on Italian Americans starts Tuesday

Looks to be an interesting series, especially for me, since my grandfather came from Sicily at the turn of the century and came to NY through Ellis Island in 1899.
“The Italian Americans reveals how Italian immigrants challenged the notion of the American “melting pot” — chronicling four generations of Italian-American lives, from the massive late 19th Century wave of immigration to today. From the importance of the family over an individual’s personal aspirations, to their distinctive, circular migration patterns, to the specter of the Mafia that still plagues Italian Americans today, this series peels away myths and stereotypes to reveal a world uniquely Italian and uniquely American.”
“The Italian Americans, this new arrival is a four-hour documentary series that will air nationally on the PBS station KQED in San Francisco and PBS stations across the U.S. on February 17 and 24, 2015, for two hours each evening”

further reading

What Sets Italian Americans Off From Other Immigrants?

We will see how PBS handles the series.

A lot of people are unaware that during WWII that some Italian Americans were held in internment camps. But unlike the Japanese Americans, the US government never said they were sorry and never repaid those who were affected. The US Congress came close in the 1990s, but it failed to pass anything. California only recently passed a bill to address this.

Missoula Montana is the most well known camp,
but there were also camps in other states including TX. Those not sent to camps had restrictions such as curfews and no flashlights. Why the Italian Americans were targeted was because of Mussolini actions in Italy. You had situations where while there sons were fighting for the US, the parent was sent to an internment camp if the parent had not quite finished the steps to become a US Citizen.
further reading:

Una Storia Segreta : The Secret History of Italian American Evacuation and Internment During World War II Paperback – June 1, 2001
by Lawrence Distasi (Editor) Sandra Gilbert (Foreword) (Author)

It Wasn’t Just Japanese Americans Who Fell Under Suspicion in World War II. So Did Italian Americans. – See more at:

“During WWII, over 51,000 of the over 425,000 Prisoners Of War held in the United States were Italian”:

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