Pietrafitta, Settefrati

Parish of Pietrafitta Pietrafitta is a ‘frazione’ of Settefrati and in 1844 the priest there created a ‘State of the parish’ to support his case for transferring the areas of ‘Lota’ and ‘Vallepecorina’ from the Parish of Picinisco to that of Settefrati in order for the parishioners to receive spiritual guidance more easily.  He has … Continue reading

Nardi family reunion set for 2022

I did some research for Shayna almost ten years ago which created more questions than answers but I was never able to accomplish her most sought-after goal – to reconnect with family in Italy. However, Shayna never gave up hope and this year her dream finally came true.  Here is her version of the chain … Continue reading

Charcoal burners of Alatri and the Valle della Femmina Morta

A ‘carbonaro’ is someone who makes his living making charcoal from carbonizing wood. The finished product was used for iron smelting (making pots and church bells), glassmaking and working precious metals (gold and silver jewellery). The men led a lonely life since they must stay near to the kiln to control the ‘burn’ although those … Continue reading