Giuliana's story is the story of a woman from the beginning of the century who was born into a patriarchal family from which she never managed to redeem. Giuliana was born in 1925 in Abruzzo, in Ortona.
"Farther than Abruzzi", Boccaccio had one of his characters say to give a sense of the distant, of the secluded, of the fabulous. And his can certainly be taken as a proverbial expression to describe the condition and history of Abruzzo.
The pride of Abruzzo
Now that you make me think about it, I too wonder what I have kept from Abruzzo and I must say, dear me, everything; that is, the pride of being one that comes back in my throat when I least expect it.
That breath of the East
Abruzzo is the only southern region, or rather the presouthern, in which the Hellenic component is not felt. Instead, a breath of the East arrived there later, and can be seen in the costumes, carpets, golds, laces. [...] The background of Abruzzo is therefore Byzantine, Romanesque, Gothic, with reflections of the East.