Friday, September 09, 2016


by Angela Paolantonio


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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Advance Praise

USA & Italia
 Summer 2016 

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Advance praise for The Ghosts of Italy

Angela Paolantonio's lyrical journey into the land of her ancestors evokes all that we love about Italy: the intimacy of its people, the beauty of its landscape, the soul-nourishing food and the embrace of family. Ghosts of Italy brings all this to the page in vivid detail sprinkled with serendipity.
Maryann Calendrille | Owner, (San) Canio's Books, Sag Harbor, N.Y.

"I found the read captivating....I could relate to the whole being single in Italy, as Italians in general simply don't understand about being a single, independent woman....I don't know that I have ever been somewhere where I felt I belonged and there were spirits from the past watching over me and guiding me. What an extraordinary experience."
Valerie Harrison | Travel & Food Writer / Blogger

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

La Tredicina di Sant'Antonio

La tredicina di Sant'Antonio is dedicated to Saint Anthony throughout Italy for the first thirteen days of June. 

Here in Calitri, Sant'Antonio's bell is rung by hand starting around 5 p.m. when the women of la cascina gather down to his little yellow church at the base of the hill to sing prayers for themselves and the town. Vespers. 

The tredicina is an extended novena in the number thirteen. Thirteen days to appeal to Saint Anthony, the patron saint of lost things. And a remarkable way to begin living in this little paese on the hill, I thought. Thirteen is a lucky number in Italy. 

I first heard the bell late one afternoon from over my balcony when I first came to live on via Fontana, way back in June 2006. The neighborhood then was fairly new to me and it came from somewhere just out of view. The ringing of the bell struck me as meditative, an almost melancholy sound.

Sant'Antonio come around, something lost must be found, please help me bring it round - is one of his more popular prayers. 

That was nine years ago. Little did I know what I had already found. Now every summer I look forward to the bell and the days leading up to Saint Antonio's feast day on the thirteenth of June - the luckiest day of an Italian's year. 

Auguri a tutti di Sant'Antonio