By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com
E’ Primavera in Abruzzo
The Abruzzo region is so diverse – from its shoreline on the Adriatic coast, to its small quaint towns on the hilltops, to the majestic peaks of the Maiella Mountains, Abruzzo, has it all.
Two years ago, my wife and I spent a few days in a Casacanditella, a small hamlet perched on an enchanted hill, to admire the Maiella Mountains and the surrounding landscape. Gabrielle d’Annunzio referred to this location as “Il terrazzo d’Abruzzo”.
The only place one can overnight is at the Castello dei Semivicoli, a Baronial house with only 10 rooms, built by il Barone Pernicone between the 17th and 18th century.
In the early 1980’s Mr Gianni Masciarelli took over the property and started producing selected wines from Montepulciano grapes and turned the home into a Castle for guests to enjoy the wonderful surroundings and great wine.
A few words on the Masciarelli family: Gianni became a great wine producer, but part of the Masciarelli family immigrated to the USA from San Martino sulla Marrucina at the turn of the last century.
In the USA, Anthony Masciarelli, an industrial film producer, changed his last name to Marshall after he arrived in the Bronx. In 1934 and in 1943 Gary Marshall and Penny Marshall were born and went on to conquer Hollywood.
Whether its wine in Abruzzo or great films in America the Masciarelli family became great producers.
The Apple of Your Eye
In ancient times, tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of
marriage. Catching it meant she accepted.
FYI – The apple tree is a deciduous tree in the Rose family
Rosario Mariani is the owner/CEO of Europe By Choice, which promotes travel to Italy and other select European countries. He has more than 40 years of experience in the travel industry, previously serving as Director of Italy Product for Italiatour and Club ABC Tours, and also in other positions with EuroFly, Alitalia and Air France.