Vola, vola, vola
How beautiful were the times when folk song festivals were held, where you could express the most genuine and authentic feelings of your own cultures.
Today it does not happen anymore, the logic of the music industry, it has unfortunately become just an industry that has destroyed the spontaneity of popular culture, an industry which produces, or perhaps imposes, different standards that are difficult, for many people, to understand.
But in 1992, when the Festival of popular songs was still being held, in Teramo, a dialect song entitled vola, vola, vola (flies, flies, flies) won.
Vola, vola, vola is a piece of music written in 1922 by Guido Albanese and Luigi Dommarco.
It talks about a childish game that was played in Abruzzo in the past.
This Abruzzese song, in mazurca time, is one of the few Italian dialect songs that has had great international success.
Today it is almost recognized as the official anthem of Abruzzo.
The song is often accompanied by folk dances with traditional costumes that make everything even more fantastic.
This piece was then presented, in 1953, at the Italian song festival in Paris where it ranked first.
And after the dances you could have a nice meal.
Bucatini all’ Amatriciana – Abruzzo
The sauce strictly accompanies the bucatini.
Originally from the city of Amatrice (once a city in Abruzzo but now in the province of Rieti in Lazio) this traditional and well-known dish was born as a creative variant of “gricia” (same dish but without tomato).
Fundamental for the success of this first course is a dry bacon that gives the sauce that fat and succulent part that bucatini or spaghetti need to be well creamed.
The amatriciana, in Lazio “matriciana”, was born with spaghetti and then transformed in Rome, in many taverns and trattorias, managed by chefs from the town of Amatrice, in the very Romanesque “Bucatini alla matricina.”
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