Ciao a tutti! Benvenuti! Welcome to my new blog about Abruzzo. I am a self-confessed Italophile with roots in the Abruzzo. My mothers parents were both born in the Teramo region of the province. My grandfather, Giovanni Pergolini, came from Montepagano (just up the hill from Roseto degli Abruzzi) and my grandmother, Anna Mezzacappa, from Morro d’Oro, (13 kilometres from Roseto).

I visit every few years to spend time with cousins, learn more italian, explore my roots and search for more members of the family tree. I know all of my grandfather Pergolini’s family, however my grandmother’s side have been more elusive.

I’m keen to learn more. Some of the family names are Mezzacappa and Di Rocco. My grandmother’s father was Nicola Mezzacappa and her mother was Maria Antonetta Di Rocco.  They were married in Italy and emigrated a few months apart in 1909 to the USA. Maria Antonetta took my grandmother Anna and an older sister Maria Luisa, with her. We have few family records from this part of the family and would love to hear from anyone with information about the Mezzacappa and Di Rocco families in Italy or around the world (I live in Australia).

Grazie tanti!

Mary Louise (Lou)

Bio: Writer, Blogger, Traveller, Italophile.




  1. Auguri on the new blog! I started mine a few months before you and it’s really a continuous learning experience but I’m really enjoying it. Here in Vancouver Canada we have a lot of Abbruzzese-a lot of them from Civitanova. They are mostly immigrants from the 1960’s. Ciao Cristina

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