What I knew then, what I know now...
Annette, this search for the past is very like my own. My grandfather, Donato DiPasquale was born in Villa San Giovanni a commune of Rosciano where did you stay there! We, my husband, son and future wife made our journey in 2018 after my genealogical research on Ancestry, Facebook, Italian sites etc. my grandfather came to Pennsylvania in 1912, worked in the H.C.Frick coal mines south of Pittsburgh and married my grandmother in 1917. He was drafted and fought in the final push of WWI in 1918. He did return home and they had 5 children. But as a result of his severe war wounds he died in 1930. My mother shared a lot and I listened a lot and there were various pictures and documents. My mom passed and I continued with half a heart. Donato left two sisters and a brother in Villa San Giovanni. We used Italia Sweet Italia as our tour guide and we visited with my second cousins in Villa Oliveti. I definitely left part of my heart there. We stay in touch.
As always, a great read. I want to go to Spoltore too now, and be Italian <3
Thank you for reading. I've written two others in this series in case you have time to read them! It's been pure pleasure for me as well. Perhaps we are all related, it's what my parents believed!
What a great read, thanks so much for sharing. I’m a first generation Italian Canadian and love my connections to family in Chieti. I’ve been able to visit there often over the years and hope to continue. I truly feel at home when I visit cousins but am also very grateful for the life I have here thanks to my parents.
Really enjoyed reading this Annette. We could feel your heart growing as you found family and gained so much a much greater sense of where you came from. Thanks for sharing your journey.
What a wonderful, moving experience! I’m so happy for you! Thanks for sharing with us.
Searching for your roots in another country is always such an amazing experience. It feels like home even though it's not. It's cool to see people that look like you or your relatives. It was similar when I went to Poland with my dad. Everyone was my size haha. BTW Charlie has a fiend from grade school, Angelo Pace, wonder if he's a relative of your new friend. 🙂