Our traditions are based in our history of christian devotion as well as in ancient pagan rituals, often involving entire communities and strongly connected to our rural world. There are many events throughout the year, but there’s a little spike during the Easter period. Some of the most well known celebrations are the Madonna che scappa (the running Madonna) in Sulmona, the Farchie Festival of Petri, the Night of the Faugni in Atri, festa della Perdonanza (“celebration of forgiveness”) of L’Aquila, the Festival of the Snake-Catchers (Festa dei Serpari) in Cocullo, that is known all over the world.
Lest we forget about our gastronomic traditions here in Abruzzo, with our dishes still following the original recipes that have been passed on for generations! Now, many of them are well known nationally and internationally. On top of this, our region regularly wins awards with its oils and wines, like Montepulciano and Trebbiano, well known and exported all over the globe.