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Postcards from San Pietro Avellana

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Postcards from 2004 trip to SPA.

Here are a set of postcards that I got on my 2004 trip to San Pietro. These are scans of reproductions that were for sale at the town museum. These cards all show views of the town prior to its destruction in 1943 by the Germans. For current photos of the town, look at our trip report from our 2004 trip.

From around 1910. The Chapel of Saint Amico in the Woods. I met the woman who was the small child in the white dress, two people to the left of the statue. This chapel survived the war. You can see photos on our trip report web page.
In the book Il Mio Racconta by Mario Colaianni, he dates this photo to "Primi del 1900".
Chapel and Tomb of Saint Amico. This is next door to the main church. This chapel and the church were spared when the Germans destroyed the town in 1943.
Church of Saints Peter and Paul. The church was spared when the Germans destroyed the town in 1943.
The main fountain. It is still there and water is still flowing from it.
This is the municipal plaza. From before WWII. These building were all destroyed in 1943. The Monument to the Fallen is still there.
The Monumento ai Caduti (Monument to the Fallen). A monument to the townspeople who died in the first world war. The monument was dedicated MCMXXI or 1921.

Inscription on the monument:

To the
their lives
on the altar
of the
with the
of the new

Names on the monument:
Per Ferite (Died of Wounds)

Carlini, Pasquale
Carratelli, Carmine
Colaianni, Luigi
Colaianni, Sabatino
Colaizzi, Giovanni
D'Achille, Giuliano
DiFlorio, Agostino
DiIullo, Nunzio
DiMartino, Amico
Friani, Fedele
Morgano, Nicola
Rossi, Vincenzo
Sciullo, Amico
Settifrati, Filippo
Sozio, Antonio
Tempesta, Giovanni
Jannone, Ottorino
Per Malattie (Died of Disease)

Caetani, Giovanni
Colaianni, Carmine
Carlini, Amedeo
Ciotoli, Oreste
Colaizzi, Carmine
DiFlorio, Ercole
DiSanza, Liberato
Frazzini, Vincenzo
Gatti, Giovanni
Milano, Oreste
Onorato, Amico
Quaranta, Alberto
Quaranta, Giovanni
Quaranta, Pietro
Ricci, Sabatino
Tempesta, Francesco

From :
Nov. 1 (or 4, which seems to be a secular AllSaints): November 4, 1918 was the date on which victorious Italy ceased fighting the First World War. It is thus the Italian equivalent of the Armistice Day celebrated in America and most of Europe on November 11th, a date on which the dead of all wars are honored.
    It is also probably useful to note, for the non-Italian reader, that what to the rest of us was a First World War, was for Italy a continuation and completion of the Risorgimento: the war (which for Italy, only started in 1915) was against an Austria that had just a generation or so before still owned large portions of Northern Italy. The Austrian War must therefore be seen in the framework of the creation of modern Italy.
    Finally, precisely because the end of the Austrian War was within a few days of All Saints, there is an effective connection, and in Italy one speaks of "I Morti" as early November, including All Saints on Nov. 1, All Souls on Nov. 2, and Victory Day on Nov. 4.

Another view of the municipal plaza. These buildings were all destroyed in 1943.
The Plaza of the People. These buildings were all destroyed in 1943.
In the book Il Mio Racconta by Mario Colaianni, he dates this photo to "Prima metà del 1900".
Another view of the muncipal plaza. Taken before WWII.
Procession of Saint Amico. Held every year to this day, this procession carries a statue of Saint Amico from the main church to the chapel in the woods.
In the book Il Mio Racconta by Mario Colaianni, he dates this photo to "Seconda metà del 1800".
Typical prewar street view in San Pietro Avellana. All of these buildings were destroyed in 1943 by the retreating Germans.

Other Postcards from SPA

Original postcards in the posession of Dorothy diIullo Carrick. I scaned them in May of 2005 on a visit to her home in Ely, NV.

For scans of the original photos that these postcards were made from, click here.

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