Sergio Vendittelli, Tony Vendittelli and Bruno Evangelista are three cousins from Canada who wanted to be reacquainted with the soccer team and culture of their forefathers, from what is considered one of the greatest hubs of soccer in the world, Italy. Frosinone, Italy to be exact. Which is part and parcel of the time honored region called La Ciocciaria. Nestled in the lush green valleys and country sides between Rome and Naples, you just know “Soccer Lives Here”. So the three Leone...
A few dozen miles from Rome, but a world away from the hot, hectic
capital, Ciociaria is a region of mighty landscapes and fascinating
Can there really be an incredibly beautiful slice of Italy which,
despite an abundance of fine local produce, award-winning wine and
proximity to Rome remains a well-kept secret? Well yes, this paradise
does exist – but you won’t find it on any map.
Ciociaria (pronounced cho-cha-ree-a) seems to be known only to Italians
and the descendents of expats who walked into exile to survive.
Thousands emigrated to England, Scotland and South & North America in
the 19th and 20th centuries. Now they’re coming back to this sub-region
of central Italy. Its borders have no official definition but, roughly,
the area occupies a tranche of Lazio and the tip of Abruzzo, with
Frosinone as its capital. Rome caps it in the north, Naples in the
south; it’s hemmed in by the Tyrrhenian Sea to the west and, in the
east, the Abruzzo mountains.