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October 15, 2007

Roccadaspide Italy Trip September 2007

Filed under: Mauro — Tags: , , , , , , , — craigbloem @ 1:47 am

In September of 2007 I had the pleasure of visiting Roccadaspide Italy the birthplace of my great grandfather and grandmother. I was not sure what to expect visiting this little town. What I found was nothing short of amazing. In this little town I found a loving family and a piece of the past and the future. A special thanks to Nancy her Mother Sinforosa and the rest of the entire family for making my trip a truly memorable experience. One last thanks to my grandfather for keeping the connection alive with the family in Italy for over 70 years.

Click Here for all the pictures of my trip

-Craig Bloem





Birthplace of Rosaria Mauro on March 3, 1876


View of Roccadaspide from the home of Rosaria Mauro



  1. Craig, thank’s so much for sharing these pictures. It looks like you had a really nice trip. I’d love to hear about it first hand next time I see you.
    Hope you’re doing well.

    Comment by Gretchen (Mauro) Borzi — October 15, 2007 @ 6:22 pm

  2. Wow,

    Craig, Thanks for the great blog and wonderful photos. I am planning a trip this spring and
    would love to hear more details. I will be in Mass. for Thanksgiving. Maybe we can meet.
    I will be staying with my sister Liz most of the week. Let’s talk soon or feel free to e-mail.

    My cell number is 303-249-XXXX. I’m living in Denver, Colorado.

    Thanks again, What a great way to reconnect with everyone!!

    Comment by Alison Mauro (Ali) — October 15, 2007 @ 8:50 pm

  3. Craig-thanks so much for sharing. It all gave me goosebumps. Your grandfather is correct in that the rest is up to us.

    Lots of memories!


    Comment by Krissy — October 15, 2007 @ 10:21 pm

  4. Craig

    Julie forwarded me the pictures. What a great time you must have had. Thanks for sharing


    Comment by Donna (Mauro) Kott — October 16, 2007 @ 6:59 pm

  5. Craig — I had no idea the home town would be so beautiful. Mountains, ocean, lots of food (especially that ricotta pie) and family. What could be better? Keep up the good work. I’m sure your grandfather is smiling . . .


    Comment by Aggie — October 16, 2007 @ 10:25 pm

  6. Craig,

    what a beautiful job you did. The scenery was just beautiful. Wonder how you got some of those shots. Makes me want to got there. Everyone looks so friendly and inviting.

    Comment by patty — October 16, 2007 @ 11:31 pm

  7. Craig,
    Your cousin Dennis here from 257 Cook Lane. I agree with all of the cousins and family that wrote, an absolute great job!! Your grandfather, Uncle Earnest to me, I’m sure is very proud. I have lots of “Mauro Memorabila”, Diploma’s, Henry Ford info. . . form purchasing my Grandmother’s (Gertrude Mauro)here on Cook Lane. I’d love to take pictures and post it somewhere. Is this website here to stay? I think where up to 1 car a second on Cook Lane now!! Thanks for all this information, Dennis

    Comment by Dennis Mauro — December 22, 2007 @ 1:34 pm

  8. Hi Craig I just came across your photos of Roccadaspide. Looking at them brought back memories for us as we visited there in may 2007.We were there for only a few days but often think about it.I speak only a little Italian but remember speaking with 4 older men in front of the fountain near the castle,we all struggled but their pride in their town left its mark on us. thanks for your memories on line. Peter&Sheila Watson Australia

    Comment by Peter Watson — June 6, 2008 @ 10:07 am

  9. Hi…I just wanted to let you know I stumbled across your blog while Googling a search for my great great grandparents hometown of Roccadapside, Italy. I love the picture you took of the area, and hope to return “home” someday. Who knows? We could be very well related. Email me and I can tell you my maiden name and whether or not we are for sure. About 15 years ago my Aunt and her daughter returned to the area and found relatives there so it is possible. Glad to see you had a great trip…

    Comment by Amanda — July 18, 2008 @ 3:53 pm

  10. Hi! I, too, am a decendent from Roccadaspide. My great grandparents and grandparents came to New York in 1901. Some of my Aunts and Uncles have gone back to visit their cousins over the years. I may be going out there this spring. I know for a fact that I have lots of cousins there, maybe we’re related! I enjoyed looking at your pictures. I always google “Roccadaspide” to see if I can find any info on the town. Thanks for the pictures! Karen

    Comment by Karen — February 13, 2009 @ 3:51 am

  11. It was nice talking today. My brother Bobby, Mom, and Dad browsed the sight together. Its great to see. Someday we’ll visit too and add more to the sight.
    Thanks Again

    Comment by Ron DiMatteo — April 22, 2010 @ 9:51 pm

  12. Congratulazioni è un servizio fotografico molto bello, intercettato casualmente.
    In Roccadaspide ho conosciuto: nel 1943, Lucia (Ufficiale medico Air Force) e, nel 1966, Anna Mauro con il marito (Di Matteo…) e la cognata. A tutti coloro che, direttamente o indirettamente, si riconoscoscono collegati alle persone citate, un cordiale saluto.
    Giuseppe Mauro, cl.1934, figlio di Pasquale (Marlborough 22.09.1904 – Roccadaspide 09.06.1969).

    Febbraio 2012.

    Comment by Giuseppe Mauro — February 14, 2012 @ 9:26 pm

  13. For those of you whose heritage is from Roccadaspide I would like to tell you a little about the wonders of this amazing town. I am an American who is lucky enough to live in Europe, and have loved every visit to Italy, that I have had the pleasure to experience. My husband and I loved it so much we decided to buy a property in Italy. My very close friend who was born in Roccadaspide asked us to please look in his home town. We fell in love. We have visited 3 times and have had the most amazing experience. The people are great, but if you visit do not expect many English speakers. The language is not a huge barrier but does make some conversations challenging. The food is all made from fresh ingredients most of which are grown or produced locally. The local ingredients include the famous Roccadaspide chestnuts as well as mozzarella produced from the milk of local herds of water buffalo, of course the hills are covered with olive groves and grapevines and lemon trees as well as lots of fig trees. These are just a few of the local delicacies that make this place so wonderful. My husband I lo the place so much we have decided to buy a large building of great historical value and restore it, so that we can open asbabhotel that will offer a whole cultural experience to our guests.
    If anyone has questions about town please feel free to contact me. I will be visiting regularly until are project gets started and so I may be able to help.

    Comment by Sherry — August 19, 2012 @ 8:59 am

  14. i have been looking at the commets from everyone that has visited roccadaspida and find it very interesting.
    my wife anita and i (bill) mauro will be going over to visit in october this year. it will be our first time to italy. we come from marlboro mass. my grandparents are from there. we have not been in contact with anyone from there but i have a relative from southboro,mass. that goes every year. i hope

    Comment by bill mauro — April 13, 2013 @ 4:24 pm

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