Atina, the Val di Comino and Ciociaria


Welcome !!! /  Benvenuti !!!



I have always felt that I have "Bella Italia" in my blood


the little mountain town of  ATINA  is a place very dear to my heart.


My maternal grandparents originated from the beautiful mountain community

of  ATINA, Frosinone, Italy, overlooking the River Melfa

and the Meta and Mainarde mountains, on the edge the Abruzzi.


This region is also known as CIOCARIA, the name is derived from an ancient

rudimentary type of footware “Le Ciocie, typically worn by shepherds of the area.

I am proud to be able to call myself a “Ciociara”.


I have a true passion for Italy and all things Italian

(well nearly all !!!)

and always felt a real need to see for myself the land of my forefathers,

to visit Atina and to walk in the footsteps of my grandparents.  


15 years ago my husband and I spent a memorable fortnight

staying with some of my Italian cousins, in Atina.

It was our first meeting, but we were so warmly welcomed and received into the family fold

and Atina transpired to be even more charming

than I could ever have imagined.


If you share my passion about ATINA, the VAL DI COMINO and the CIOCIARIA region,

or if you have family that originated from this beautiful area of Italy .....


Please feel free to Contact me


I would love to hear from you !!!!


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Website and text  © Louise Shapcott (Nonna Lou)

All photos © Louise Shapcott  (Nonna Lou) All rights Reserved

(Except where they have been rightfully accredited to the photographer)

Note - images marked with are in the Public Domain.


Many thanks to

Mirko Macari   and   Ciociaria Foto for kindly giving me permission to use  some of their photos.



Last Updated : Aug 2009