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I have always felt that I have "Bella Italia" in my blood and 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, the Val di Comino and the mountains of the Abruzzo.
This region is also known as Ciocaria, the name is derived from an ancient rudimentary type of footware “le ciocie” which was typically worn by the 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 I 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.
Over 20 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.
A note of sincere thanks to Luciano Caira of the Archivio Biblioteca di Atina for helping me with this project.
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Last Update September 2016