In the Abruzzi: Travels in Southern Italy at the Turn of the 20th Century; The History, Culture and Folklore (Paperback)

In the Abruzzi: Travels in Southern Italy at the Turn of the 20th Century; The History, Culture and Folklore By Anne MacDonnell, Amy Atkinson (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Anne MacDonnell, Amy Atkinson (Illustrator)
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Written in 1908, this account of the Italian region of Abruzzi recollects its culture over the prior centuries, and the day-to-day living in the early 20th century.

We visit town after town in the secluded region, with the sights and sounds of old Italian life recounted in evocative detail. Anne McDonnell attests to the fact that the rural Italians have resisted the onset of modern life, shunning the encroaching amenities and conveniences of the cosmopolitan cities. Instead they preserve their rural culture, centuries old and passed on through numerous generations. Poignant subjects include the local poetry and songs, the lively folklore, the religious events and festivals, and a history stretching back to the time of the Romans.

At the time McDonnell authored her guide, the Abruzzi still carried a reputation for brigandage and banditry, with travellers avoiding the region. She debunks this; the region is safe, its people frugal, homely and honest - a visitor being waylaid by robbers a thing of the distant past. Nevertheless, some famous outlaws of the region had shocking adventures in the days of yore, which are recounted here to contrast otherwise peaceful, serene descriptions.

With twelve illustrations and some musical staves, this guide offers an insightful and entertaining look at an Italy of an era gone by.



Product Details
ISBN: 9781789873443
ISBN-10: 1789873444
Publisher: Pantianos Classics
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Pages: 182
Language: English