As many of you know, I am Italian, despite my name. My mother is Italian, the daughter of a man named Crescenzo Chiulli. We recently returned from a visit to land of the Chiulli family, the Abruzzo region of Italy.
There were nine of us making the journey, so we rented a house and so began our adventure of a lifetime. We met some long lost relatives, learned much about our family history, and visited the farm in Alanno where my great-grandfather was born and raised. We were honored by the mayor of Alanno, and were treated to the best family reunion party I could ever have imagined.
Over the coming weeks, I will write more and post pictures about my trip. In the meantime, here is an article written by a reporter in Abruzzo who covered the reunion.
Enjoy your Independence Day.
UPDATE: Read more about the trip right here: http://dennishouse.wordpress.com/2013/01/24/journey-to-abruzzo-to-meet-my-italian-family/