S: Carestia Mother-Daughter Italy Trip ~ May 2005
FC: Carestia Mother -Daughter Italy Trip May 2005
2: 05/19/2005 Everyone arrived in Rome at different times. We took the train from the airport to Rome's Central Station Terminal which was only a few blocks from our hotel.
3: Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore,
4: Aunt Nancy was the center of attention at dinner. | Trevi Fountain
5: At last all the gang is here...MJ & I made sure we had the wine ready for Liz! | Rome
6: Day 2 05/20/2005 Today we toured the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica
9: We (barely) survived the 600 step climb to the top (& back down)...touch & go at times!!
10: After a couple glasses of wine @ the hotel, we were off for a fabulous dinner @ al Nuovo Fagianetto Ristorante & Pizzeria
11: Day 3 ~ 05/21/2005 Today we each did whatever we wanted to do. So Mary Jo, Liz & I ventured out and, over the course of 7 hours we followed... | "The Path of the Illuminati"
12: FIRE | The Ecstasy of St. Teresa | Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria
13: Chigi Chapel | "Demon's Hole" (Subterranean crypt) | EARTH
14: AIR | St. Peter's Square | WATER | Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers | Lunch time in the Piazza Navona...then Gelato
15: Castle St. Angelo
16: Spanish Steps
17: The Forum and Colliseum
18: Aunt Clara's Birthday Dinner
19: Day 4 ~ 05/22 After picking Lori & Lisa up at the Rome Airport, we are off to see the towns where Grandma & Grandpa lived. | Our first stop is at the town of Taranta Peligna. This is a tiny town in the Porvince of Chieti, Abruzzo not far from where Grandma lived. Although Aunt Antoinette and Cathy were able to talk with people there who knew of the Madone family, they weren't able to find any relatives.
20: Countryside of the Province of Chieti on our way to Lama | Altitude: 2200 ft Population: about 1,500 inhabitants Lama dei Peligni, in the province of Chieti, is on the eastern slopes of the Maiella near the Aventino River, between the Fara San Martino and Taranta Peligni valleys. It is situated on the border with the Province of L'Aquila, just below Mount Amaro. IThe town was founded in the 7th century in an area which had been populated since very ancient times. It takes its name from the Peligni, one of the Italic tribes that lived in this area. "Lama dei Peligni" means Sword of the Peligni. During the feudal era the village belonged, among others, to the Grandinati, Capua, and d'Aquino families In 1913, in the section of the town known as Fonterossi, a fossilized human skeleton was found, with the skull well-preserved. These remains date from the late paleolithic period and are known as "uomo della Majella," (Majella man), although in fact they are the remains of a woman. She was most likely a member of a small agricultural settlement that existed at Lama dei Peligni about 5500 B.C. The remains are now in the Museo Preistorico e Etnografico at Rome.
21: Lama dei Peligni | Views of the town
22: Church of San Nicola. Grandma would clean this church every week.
23: Monastero di Santa Maria della Misericordia XIV. This was the convent where Grandma came every day to help the Nuns and work.
24: After talking with some of the older residents of the town, we were able to find the house that Grandma lived in. It had been rebuilt in a more modern style after it was destroyed by an earthquake and bombing from WWII. They only rebuilt the section that was destroyed, connecting it to the reaming older buildings,
26: Caramanico Terme
27: Altitude: 650 meters Population: 2,250 Caramanico Terme is a town in the province of Pescara, located at the foot of the Majella massif, between the valleys of the Orta and Orfento rivers. It is one of the most important spas of the whole Region, due to its salso-bromo-iodic waters and sulphureous waters. Although the first human settlements in this area date back to the Paleolithic period, the town of Caramanico terme was probably founded during the Lombard domination (VII century): In 1706 an earthquake nearby destroyed the town | Diego's house
28: Hotel Cercone Owned by Carestia (no relative)!
34: Elena had been baking for weeks before we arrived. | Elena's husband made his living working with metals. He made her Pizzelle iron by hand and most of the iron work in town..gates,fences, etc...was handmade by him. | All of us together in her kitchen reminded me of all our times in Grandma's kitchen.
35: This is the church that Grandpa went to and the font where he was baptized.
36: Antonio & his wife | Elena's parents Paolo Carestia & Lucia Pallone | The Aunts with Antonio, Angelo & his wife Antoinella and their daughter, Rita, & Granddaughter, Michalia, and Elena. | Antonio and Angelo's mother was Grandpa's sister, Celeste. The have a sister, Nunziatina. When he was young, Antonio was going to come to the US and GRandpa was his sponsor. In the year's time that it took to process all his papers, he met and married his wife and decided to stay in Italy.
38: Antonio & his wife, Isolina, had us all over to their house where we were treated to her delicious baking and Antonio's homemade wine!
39: Treating ourselves to the awesome baked goods at the local bakery. | Cousins
40: All the family prepared a 5 course meal for us. Elena was up at 2:30 AM deboning the rabbit for her specialty.
41: Menu 1st Course: Zuppa with puffy croûtons (broth, eggs and mixed vegetables). 2nd Course: Orcchiette ("ear" pasta) 3rd Course: Galantina - (Animal stomach with minced meat, peas & carrots. Boiled, cooled down and sliced). Deep Fried Onions Green Beans Pickled Shoestring Zucchini 4th Course: Salad Fried Cubed Potatoes Rabbit 5th Course: Strawberries with Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Variety of cookies baked by Elena. Wine: Red wine made by Antonio (Donatella's Husband). | Our Feast prepared by all the women in the family.
42: Elena's | Paolo ~ Maria Max Diego ~ Gratziella Manfredo ~ Manuela Michael Diego Gabriella Diego, Jr ~ Cojia Franchesca Donatella ~ Antonio Luisa Gulio
43: Paolo Max & Gabriella | Maria & Gabriella | Gratziella, Michael, _______ & Gabriella | Gulio | Antonio & Gulio
44: Donatella, Diego & Gratziella | Maria & Gabriella | Diego & Michael | Liberata Pastore (she translates & write all of Elena's letter to me)
45: Diego's cousin, Piere Paulo He was our bartender and also served his own wine that he sells commercially. | Manferedo & Piere Paulo
46: Francesco | Donatella & Luisa | Antonio & Isolina | Nunziatina
47: Lino & Enza (Local barber) | Manfredo
48: At last it was time for everyone to open their gifts.
49: Afterwards we all went back to the hotel and Paolo played the piano for us.
50: Day 8 After many tears and goodbyes, we left Caramanico and header to Tuscany. Our first stop was the Banfi Winery and their awesome Brunello di Montelcino and olive oil | From there we headed to Todi. Being centrally located , those who wanted to took day trips to nearby villages and sites
53: Todi was originally built in 500 BC, and the building and medieval walls were spectacular. Our hotel overlooked the beautiful Tuscan countryside
56: Of course we never lacked for fabulous food or wine!
57: Today we did a side trip to Assisi. St. Francis is buried under the basilica making it a religious center and place of pilgrimage. Today it is known as the capital of world peace | Day 9
58: Bavagna This beautiful ancient town was voted the most attractive village in the country. The city walls are still standing and most sites are a short walk from the main square, called Piazza Silvestri.
59: Orvieto This quaint town dates back to the 9th century BC. The Cathedral dates back to 1263. | The Cathedral was built in 1290 and is striped in white travertine and greenish-black basalt in narrow bands, | Day 10
60: Spent the day, shopping in all the quaint little shops, eating gelato, drinking more wine :)... Beneath the cafe was a wine cellar that is part of Orvieto's underground city.
61: Our last night together. So many wonderful memories to last a lifetime.