My first collection of photos on this blog of Bonefro, Italy received quite a bit of attention, especially from those who were looking for family roots in Bonefro. I was very lucky to spend 8 summers in Bonefro helping to run the Adriatic Chamber Music Festival, and I feel that I came to know the town and its people very well. It’s a time of my life that I will never forget, and I do plan to go back again.
Here is a second batch of photos that I took in 2004, a mix of photos of Bonefro, Termoli and the Tremiti Islands, islands that can actually be seen from Bonefro on the clearest of days, something I saw only once or twice in my 8 years there. I hope you enjoy the pictures.
As mentioned in the previous blog, the most important part of any small town in Italy is its piazza. This picture is one of those rare moments when not a soul sits in the center of town chatting, playing cards or simply walking around.
In 2002 a large 5.4 earthquake shook the small town of San Giuliano di Puglia, just a short distance from Bonefro. While most of the news was centered on San Giuliano and the 26 people killed there, several of who lived in Bonefro, Bonefro was greatly affected by the quake. Here is a picture of one of the two main churches in Bonefro that had to be reinforced by metal beams in order to prevent it from falling down. It looked this way for several years afterward.
The convent. While it no longer serves a religious purpose, the convent is between 400 and 500 years old. It has also served as a jail and more recently a school. It now serves as a center for annual events, such as the Adriatic Chamber Music Festival, which I was a part of. The foundation of the convent itself date back over 2,000 years.
In addition to the piazza, and sitting right next to the pizza itself are the 4 to 5 bars that are open for business year round, also a place for talking (and arguing), playing cards, watching TV and gambling.
Night festival in Termoli. 45 minutes away by car is the coastal city of Termoli. In August of every year the old town has a night festival that lasts for two weeks. Here is the main pizza in the center of old town Termoli, decorated with lights. Festivities last well into the night, with all main roads closed off for music and food.