1. Oct 2010 VSG Vallaroli Luncheon
    Penns Grove, NJ

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    “ A most beauiful town can be found hidden in the valley between two lush pine forests….it lies facing the peaks of the Gran Sasso and the Majella mountains… “

    This verse, written in the local dialect by the poet Nicolo’D'eramo is dedicated to the town of Introdacqua located in Abruzzo, Italy. Each and every citizen of Introdacqua, both residents and emigrees alike, will always carry these moving words in their hearts….until their dying days and beyond.

    In the valley surrounding Introdacqua can be found open pastures, dense forests, and an abundance of clear and pristine natural springs. The town residents are known for their gaiety, openness, and kindness to all who come for a visit. A wide variety of itineraries are possible. Introdacqua is well served by public transportation. Nearby are the A-24 and the A25 highways. A major railway station is located just three miles away in nearby Sulmona. Rome can easily be reached in under an hour by rail or pullman bus.

    A sojourn to this lovely setting helps the traveler to reconnect with nature in a way that nourishes both the body and the soul.

    The traveler coming to Introdacqua soon feels sustained by a community of gracious and giving people who have the uncanny ability to provide exactly what one has been searching and what life has been lacking. Over the years these values have at times unfortunately been lain by the wayside but in Introdacqua they are not, and will never be, forgotten.

    Those pilgrims setting their sights on local venues will find Introdacqua fascinating and full of unexpected delights. In the town can be found two bars (don’t forget to order a delicious cappuccino at Bar Spillo!), a pub, an ice cream parlor, a bakery, several restaurants (featuring fresh trout), a pizzeria, and a small food market.

    During the summer months two refreshment stands on nearby Monte Playa (altitude about 3000 ft) serve snacks and light snacks to hikers and weary travelers.

    Introdacqua is famous for its musical bands dating back to the 1700′s. Frequent concerts take place in the town center to this day. Folkloristic and church choral presentations delight those lucky enough to hear these beautiful voices ring out across the surrounding valley.

    Introdacqua sits at an elevation of 650 meters. It has about two thousand inhabitants and lies in the Province of L’Aquila in the Abruzzo Region of Italy. It is part of the mountain community “Comunità Montana Peligna.” Each year it host the famous Muntagninjazz musical jazz festival. Illustrious citizens of Introdacqua include the linguist Ernesto Giammarco, the actor Ivo Garrani, and the politician Domenico Susi. Another well known figure born is this town was the self-educated poet Pascal D’Angelo. Pascal emigrated to America where he worked as a “bracciante” (day laborer). His story is told in the book Son of Italy. Through present times the powerful Pronio family members have also left their mark on Introdacqua and surrounding areas.

    ntrodacqua is well known for the friendliness and generous hospitality of the people who live there. Many visitors to this town have enjoyed staying at a locale facility, Antonella Bed and Breakfast.

    The town is also famous for the culinary delights that await the lucky visitor. One well received establishment, Asino D’Oro is known far and wide for its barbeque and grilled meat items. The owner, Luciano, takes great pride in the serving of arrosticini, a specialty of Introdacqua and surrounding villages.

    Slighty to the east of Introdacqua and just a few miles away is nearby Sulmona, famous for the manufacture of “confetti” (Italian sugar coated almonds). There one will find discos, a bowling alley, indoor and outdoor swiming pools, beer halls, restaurants, a movie theater, a museum, and a large auditorium, among other attractions. Those wishing to adventure outside the Introdacqua area will find themselves in close proximity to the Roccaraso ski resort, the beaches of the Adriatic Sea, four national park areas delimited by the Italian Regions of Abruzzo, Molise, and Lazio (the most famous being the Gran Sasso-Monti della Laga, Velino-Sirente and Majella national parks), and Lake Scanno.

    The elementary school was named after Pascal D’Angelo, the Italian American poet born in Introdacqua who emigrated to America when still very young. The mayor of Introdacqua asked the heirs permission to restore the poet’s native home and make it into a museum of folk traditions.

    To the north of Introdacqua, still in the Abruzzo Region of Italy, is the Italian village of Valle San Giovanni, home of Casale.

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